Introducing the recommended Japanese anime “Honey and Clover”



In a run-down apartment, art students Takemoto, Mayama, and Morita lead a fun but impoverished life.

One day, the three are introduced to a small, lovely girl named Hagumi by Hanamoto, a faculty member at the Hamadayama Art University they attend, who is also the cousin of Hagumi’s father.

Upon seeing the innocent Hagumi, both Takemoto and Morita fall in love with her in an instant. Takemoto, who is straightforward and clumsy to the point of being frustrating, and Morita, who confuses those around him with his overly complicated approach, express their love in completely opposite ways.

As their expressions of love intertwine, time passes without Morita, Takemoto, or even Hagumi realizing each other’s feelings.



Yūta Takemoto
The protagonist of this work. He is a student in the architecture department and is 19 years old at the time of his first appearance. He lost his father to illness at an early age and was raised in a single-mother household. He found his purpose in life in supporting his mother, but lost his life goal when his mother remarried. He somewhat aimlessly enrolled in art school because he was good with his hands. He is skilled at all household chores.

Hagumi Hanamoto
The main heroine of this work. She is in the oil painting department and is 18 years old at the time of her first appearance. She is commonly known as “Hagu”. She has a natural talent, and her works have a charm that attracts many people. Her appearance and behavior are childlike, and she often appears to be a child rather than a university student in the work. She is timid and not good at socializing. Also, because she is a genius, she was often kept at a distance by those around her, and she couldn’t make friends until she met Takemoto and others.


Shinobu Morita
A sculptor turned Japanese painting major. He is 24 years old at the time of his first appearance. He has an abundance of talent, but he often disappears for long periods of time, causing him to lack credits and miss the deadline for his graduation work, resulting in him repeating years.

Takumi Mayama
He is in the architecture department and is 22 years old at the time of his first appearance. He is excellent and has a solid, sensible personality. He dislikes having his pace disrupted or being left out, and he almost always participates in gatherings with his friends, no matter how busy he is.


Ayumi Yamada
A potter, she is 21 years old at the time of her first appearance. She is commonly known as “Ayu”. Her talent and beauty attract many men around her. She has experience in karate, and when she gets angry or panics, she sometimes delivers a heel drop to those around her. Her sense of cooking is very unique.

The charm of this work

“Honey and Clover” is known as the epitome of “unrequited love by all”. It’s not about the fun of being on the verge of mutual love, but about the unrequited love of just earnestly longing.

However, the switch between serious and comedy is very fast, and you can laugh so much in the comedy part that your stomach might burst.

You can keep watching in an infinite loop of heartache, laughter, heartache, and laughter.

This work is very good at depicting painful unrequited love, and it’s the kind of work that stays in your heart long after you’ve read it.

Especially if you watch it when you’re around the same age as the characters, in your early twenties, you might feel something even more.

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