Honey & Clover: Complete Collection Part 3 Comments - Mania.com


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mikimata 4/2/2010 10:52:06 AM

I have to agree with Chris on this one. I wanted to like this series, and there are aspects of it that are very well done. But in the end, it is the quintessential "emo" series with a capital "E." Full of characters that agonize, mope, cry and end up doing very little. It wore me out, and left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

gingifan_home 4/3/2010 2:43:23 PM

I caught Honey & Clover fever after seeing the live action movie, so I anxiously & faithfully await each new manga & dvd volume as they're released in English.  Sure, it's a slow moving vehicle, but that's exactly what I CRAVE and appreciate about this show.  Not everything has to be revealed with jackrabbit speed, and I'm thankful that there's at least one charming shojo story that's been allowed to develop its characters as individuals and in group dynamics over normal stretches of time without resorting to excessive fan service and other cheap quickie manipulations to keep audiences interested.  Let's face it... this series is a contemporary soap opera; this is why chicks dig it and guys not so much.  As a female viewer, I enjoy the narratives from both female and male characters and can understand and empathize with their thought patterns, the internal Q & A sessions, the unrequited loves and losses, and all the environmental nuances in which they live and work.   You guys are missing the point about Yuuta.  The fact that he's an average, decent bloke with an honest/earnest passion for his lady love is what makes him so special, even though his love is not returned in kind. You knew he was going to come out ok and make the right decisions for himself because of his inner strength of character.  He grew up and became a man in this series without forfeiting his honor!  He's not boring; he's the hidden gem and the one who got away.  Shinobu's too much of a loon so you knew he wasn't going to end up with shy Hagu, but I'm surprised that Shuuji made the declaration of love that he did in the end-- I honestly didn't think he had it in him.  My only regret is that Ayu & Nomiya-san's relationship took the longest to hatch. I would have liked to have seen that pair's romance fleshed out a little more, and seen Nomiya work a little harder to win her heart instead of trying to be so cool & calculating in his romancing of her.  I was thoroughly & leisurely entertained.  If I could have my vote, I'd bump this series up to a solid A, right up there with Nana and Paradise Kiss.   



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