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First Impressions: Honey and Clover

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It has been a long time coming. As I have documented pretty extensively on this website, “March Comes in Like a Lion” has a had a profound impact on both my mental health as well as my personality. The amount of time I have spent thinking about the series and its various messages about self-positivity and bullying have made me a whole different person, on top of bringing lots of enjoyment.

It is not only well-written, but well executed on the part of Studio Shaft, whose odd style of animation lended even more personality to the show as a whole. It is because of Chica Umino’s excellent characters and storytelling that my expectations for “Honey and Clover” were, and still are, extremely high. Safe to say that, at least so far, those expectations have been met.

“Honey and Clover” definitely does a lot right as far as its story and characters. For starters, it is rare that anime uses college as a setting for a story. Most often characters are shown in high school, where their future is yet to be determined. However, given that the setting is an art school, it is pretty obvious, at least to most of the main characters, what it is they are doing.

Yuta is the exception in this case, as he went to art school thinking that he wanted to create, but is unsure exactly as to what. Although he is shown as the entry point to a lot of the relationships in the show, he never feels like the main character, and is in stark contrast to Rei, who feels like the main character from the very beginning.

The show is also similar to march in that it is going to be something of a slow burn. While all of the characters have been introduced so far, it is apparent that the series is going to need all 24 of its episodes to properly flush them out. For example, Shinobou’s work life has yet to be fully revealed, and Shinobou’s competition with Yuta for Haru’s affection, while having been clearly established, has not yet ramped up in any significant way, even though Yuta clearly knows about his feelings.

In that respect, the setup for the show is extremely good. The pace is not so slow that it feels boring, but not so fast that it feels like there are things that could have been explored further.

Beyond the writing aspects, the show as a really nostalgic vibe. “Honey and Clover” came out in 2005, and it definitely feels like it. Maybe its just my personal taste, but a lot of 2000’s slice of life shows have this strange ability to shift between their more light-hearted and serious moments exceptionally well.

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The show’s animation adds to this as well. J.C. Staff tends to have pretty plain animation, all things considered, but here it actually helps to ground attention on the characters, as opposed to just being distracting. Chica Umino’s character designs are also really reflective of this era, and thus fit right in.

While I would hesitate to say the show is as good as “March” three episodes in, “Honey and Clover” still does a fantastic job of setting up its characters in a way that keeps the show worth watching. I definitely look forward to seeing how the series will continue.


Have you all seen “Honey and Clover?” What did you think? Let me know in the comments (but please no spoilers cause I really want to finish it blind).

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Top 5 Most Anticipated Shows on My “Plan to Watch” List

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I think its safe to say that most anime fans who are really involved in the medium have a list of shows they’ve been wanting to watch for so long but just can’t because of their lack of time. As for me, well, I’m not really any different. So, here is a list of the top 5 shows I can’t wait to watch.


5. The Great Passage

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Okay, so here me out. I know when it comes to certain Slice of Life shows it can often seem like they’re going to be super boring, and when I first heard about the series that was my initial reaction too. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is actually a fantastic story set-up. Just based off of the trailers I’ve seen, it seems like a story about relaying the power of words, and as a writer myself, I think that message is very important.

Being completely honest, though, I’ve kind of seen mixed reviews on this one, which is why its only number five, but still, I’m optimistic.

4. Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

I think I can say with a large degree of confidence that March Comes in Like a Lion is not only one of my favorite anime, but has also affected me on a personal level that not many other shows have, which is why I am so excited to watch the other anime inspired by Chika Umino: Honey and Clover. Even just at first glance, the show seems like something I would love. A Slice of Life show about three guys in college and meeting new friends. I definitely want to watch this as soon as possible.

3. Re:Creators

ReCreators

Despite not having actually seen it, I’ve talked about this show a few times just because of how much its piqued my interest. The idea of characters from different fictional media coming to life and fighting it out already sounds like a fun set-up for a story. What has most recently revived my interest in the show is its soundtrack, which has a lot of standout pieces, including one I’ll put in below called Layers

The show’s music just has this hype factor that makes me more and more interested the more I listen to it. Shout-out to Hiroyuki Sawano for making such awesome music.

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

There is a lot of older series that I’ve yet to seriously dig my heel into, including shows like Trigun and most of Bebop, but one that I’ve been extremely curious about is Neon Genesis Evangelion. The show is over 20 years old at this point and has always been seen as one of the popularizers of the mech genre. I have seen portions of the reboot movies, and those are definitely well made, but it seems like it would be a lot cooler to see the original.

1. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Rakugo

Rakugo is a show that leaves me with a lot of questions the more I try to explore it without actually watching it. Rakugo, for those who don’t know, is a form of Japanese storytelling that involves a lone performer on stage playing multiple characters. The story in most cases ends with a comedic punchline, so much of the success of the performance is dependent on body language and how certain lines are delivered.

When I first read about it, I was like “of all the obscure things you could make an anime about, this definitely seems like the most obscure.” But still, considering the amount of praise I have heard from fans of the show, I am excited to watch it nonetheless.


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What Else Should You Watch?: March Comes in Like a Lion

I’ve decided to start another weekly post series, this one being called What Else Should You Watch. In this series, I’ll take a different anime every week and give you some alternate recommendations for shows you should watch based on similar traits the shows share, like characters and story, or just that another show might share a similar X Factor, something that makes it special. Since it’s airing this season and, much to my approval, many people seem to be enjoying it, I thought I would start with one of my new all-time favorites: March Comes in Like a Lion.

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf
Source: Funimation

I’ve mentioned Spice and Wolf a few times on this blog because it is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. The animation is nothing impressive, but everything about its writing is brilliant. From Lawrence and Holo to the Journeys they take, the show is filled with enjoyable moments and, best of all, ECONOMICS!

Both Spice and Wolf and March share a distinct level of character development that makes their leads feel like real people. Even though meeting came about through fantastical circumstances, by the end of the show, we feel Holo and Lawrence’s connection. Their journeys together and their deep understanding of each other as people make them feel like you know them. Rei meanwhile is a loveable but understandably troubled seventeen-year-old who is just trying to find who he is. that need to take a journey through self-discovery is a strong feeling indeed.

Honey and Clover

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Source: Nefarious Reviews

This is admittedly something of a shot in the dark because I haven’t actually seen it. The show’s original manga was written by the same person who wrote the manga for March Comes in Like a Lion and was adapted into an anime series in 2005, with a sequel in 2008 both by J.C. Staff. I thought I would give it a shoutout here is because I have heard a lot of goods things about the show. It also seems to have pretty high praise across the board, so if you check it out before I get to, let me know how it is.

Chihayafuru

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A lot of March Comes in Like a Lion’s appeal comes from its characters and their development, but that development usually revolves around Shogi. Shogi is admittedly very entertaining in March, because the show knows how to build tension between two characters who are facing off, especially when one of those characters is Rei.

If that sort of intense game environment is something you want more of than look no further than Chihayafuru. It centers around the competitive card game Karuta, where players have to knocks cards off the mat as they are called out. It has a lot of the same game and visual appeal that march does while throwing in a love triangle for good measure.


What would you recommend based on March Comes in Like a Lion? How do you feel about some of these shows? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading. See ya, friendos!