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Honey and Clover, Vol. 1 (Honey and Clover #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,575 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Takemoto, a sophomore art student in Tokyo, thinks his greatest worries in life are finding ways to eat more meat and getting to class on time. But with friends like his, life is never going to be that uninteresting.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 29th 2001)
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Almira
I didn't really want to read this but for my goodreads challenge, I need a short manga, so I gave it a try.

I've seen episodes of this before and all that registered was that Hagu is a cute creative girl who lives with her uncle, the professor of the guys in the story.

Well then, the first volume was quite entertaining, and I liked it, to be honest. It's so close to reality. I could maybe compare some of my friends to the characters, and I often found myself saying, this seems familiar, some perso
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*Queen Diva*
Hmmm...

I'm not sure where to start with this review. The book wasn't awful, but there are a few things that bothers me/I'm a bit lost about. The main thing that bother me is Hagu-chan... she's supposed to be 18 but she looks and acts like an 8 year old... and I'm slightly a bit like "yee" at the fact that the boys have a thing for her.... come on Japan... I know you love doing things like incest and pedophilia...but, sometimes it's a bit too much.

I'm also slightly confused as to the point of t
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Lisa
Some charming and some poignant scenes, especially when the hero, named Takamoto, explains why he doesn't like Christmas. His mother was a nurse, and he spent Christmas in the pediatrics ward, where his mother's attention was given to the sick children there, not to him.
Takes place in art school, starving student life. In their late teens and early twenties. Takamoto falls in love immediately with Hagu, a new, elfin student who is an art prodigy. Her genius makes her lonely and pressured, and s
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Aurora
This is a great romance shojo manga. It follows the art college school life of sophomore Yuta as he struggles to plan his future. In school, he meets senior Takumi and 6th year senior Shinobu. Later, the boys meet their teacher's cousin's daughter Hagumi. Yuta instantly falls in love with her, but it rather shy and finds expressing his feelings difficult. Shinobu also starts to like Hagumi, but directs his attention to her by having her model for him. He also buys her really expensive shoes. Tak ...more
Vicki
Notes below cover books 1-4, spoiler-free (no need to spam my booklist with each individual volume)

This seems like a bit of a marmite series: people seem to either love it, or hate it. Personally, I love it.

The series follows the lives of a group of art students: their friendships, their loves, problems with projects, trying to get jobs, wondering what they want to do with their lives, and quite a lot of wistful nostalgic moments (i.e. wondering, 'will this be the last time that we're all toget
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bakanekonomama
Aaakkk... Jadi inget nonton animenya pas awal-awal masuk kuliah. Aduh, itu lucu buanget animenya.. xDD Jadi pengen nonton ulang.

Manganya lucu.. >v< Suka banget sama karakter-karakternya, terutama banget si Morita senpai. xDD Orang aneh yang suka tiba-tiba menghilang dari kosan, terus pulang-pulang bawa timbunan kroket!!

Oh iya lupa. Latar manga ini ada di semacam IKJ gitu, jadi orangnya ajaib-ajaib semua. Kisahnya tentang mahasiswa yang ada di sana, yaitu Takemoto, Mayama, sama Morita yang
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Sara
This manga is about art students in college in Japan. It's mainly the story of the guys (at least for now) and their life in their tiny apartment with starvation wages.

This wasn't bad. At first I wasn't sure if I could get into this but I started getting more interested in the characters as the story progressed. It was weird seeing Haguchan portrayed as a little girl. She's 18, she's in college, but she is very, very small and seems immature. Some of the boys are crazy about her.

I may read more
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Starbubbles
i give up trying to read this one. i can only force myself so many times to try to read more than a chapter or two. i mean, i've tried to read this more times than i've tried to read little women, and i know that one is a good one. i'm sure this book, and series are fine, but how can i rate higher when i'm so disinterested that i can't make it through to the end? the artwork is sketchy, there's this odd focus on meat, and somehow just because you are small it makes you a fairy. i mean, it even t ...more
Valerie
Almost passed this one up because I wasn't crazy about the art style, but I got used to it. A bunch of kids in art school. The guys are hilarious, with their endless quest to get more meat in their diet. I don't really understand Hagu yet. She doesn't say much, everyone thinks she's cute and an artistic genius, and apparently she looks like a Koropokkur (a fairy-like creature) to Morita, causing him to start snapping pics of her and acting quite wacky. Two other girls do come into the picture, Y ...more
Anne Freya
2.5 stars

Melihat cover-nya ini awalnya kukira ini shoujo manga, tapi setelah kucek di Mangaupdates/Baka-Updates, ternyata ini josei. Yg artinya ditujukan utk wanita usia 18 thn ke atas. Baca review org, josei manga yg dpt award ini katanya sangat bagus tema slice of life-nya, ditambah dgn character development yg mantap. Soal romance? nah, tdk terlalu. Bisa dibilang, saking diupayakan mangaka supaya bnr2 realistis itu, cuma satu yg jadian pada akhirnya...sisanya patah ati dan pada akhirnya move
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Bianca Woods
I always forget how uneven this volume is compared to the rest of the series. The beginning starts of kind of randomly and without a lot of weight to the story. It's not until half way through that you start to see the shape of beautiful but bittersweet story the rest of the volumes are going to tell (and, let's be honest, it doesn't really start firing on all cylinders until Volume Two). So, basically, don't judge this fantastic series based on this volume alone.
Jana
I simply love, love, love Honey and Clover. It never fails to make me laugh out loud and I love and care about all of these characters. Nothing is easy for any of them as they all seem to want and love impossible things, but they still remain true friends and good people throughout, and sometimes in the most amusing and touching ways.
Kayla Loewen
Honey and Clover has established itself as my favorite manga. The characters are awesome, and Chica Umino has such a great sense of humor; I laughed through the whole thing! Love the art, love the story, love everything!!!
Michael Blackmore
I've been meaning to go through this series for a while now, but now, at last, it is time. Fun first volume that hints just right about the dramatic threads to come. Like a number of these sorts of manga stories it tends to be emphasizing the humor and quirks of characters strongly in the beginning and then as you get to know them and be pulled into the story, begins emphasizing the more dramatic elements.

So far sweet and funny story of art students in college as they stand at the cusp of letti
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Nick
May 13, 2008 Nick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: A
Summary: A Comedy/Drama/Romance shōjo manga series created by Chika Umino, which follows three students at a fictional art college in Tokyo. The students, Yūta Takemoto, Takumi Mayama and Shinobu Morita, all live in the same apartment complex. Takemoto is the youngest, and is the shy artist-type one would expect to find at an art school. Mayama is the most reasonable of the three, and is a stark contrast to Morita, who is still in college because he can't wake up in time to go t
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Tara
I will say this is only the 2nd Manga book I have read so I do not have a lot to compare it to, but I could not say I liked it. Of course, the other one I read was a hair better if I had to compare them.
It is a book about 2 boys and one girl prodigy who is an artist or something like that. They were all at an art school, but she was the only one that seemed to do anything with art.
Morita's name got yelled out a lot and he was a bit odd. He disappears for days and comes back with lots of money.
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Nóri Somogyi
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Mike
Many years ago I saw the first couple of episodes of the Honey and Clover anime. I don't remember much from them except that I enjoyed it. I haven't gotten around to watching more, but decided to take an opportunity to check out the source material.

Honey and Clover focuses on a group of male art school students scraping by and an artistic genius named Hagumi that stumbles into their lives. "Hagu" is eighteen but looks (and often acts) much younger. She's a shy girl who is both blessed and curse
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Lavinyaa Pash
'Marry me' is for Mayama, particulary.
Or not. I simply do not want him with Rika Harada. She seems nice but I am shipping Mayama/Ayumi way too much. I want them together so bad. I do. The chemistry is splendid and it feels ... understanding.

There are so many stories in real life like Honey and Clover. Maybe not 5 friends that each one has got a story, but certainly there has been a love triangle such a Takemoto/Hagu/Morita or a square like Mayama/Rika/Ayumi/Nomiya or a simple unrequite love roma
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Jane
Takemoto is trying to concentrate on getting his degree but his friends don't make it easy for him.
It took me through the first chapter to get used to adjust to reading the strips and word bubbles in order. Interesting art work. I didn't realize there was a glossary to help understand some terms until I finished the book. Would have been helpful but I did realized most of it I figured out by the context and pictures.
Đại tá Cá Vàng
Đã sống được đến ngày nó phát hành bản quyền :)
Thích vì nó thoả mãn một góc ngây dại nào đó trong tim mình
Đặc biệt thích cách tác giả mô tả các kiểu tình yêu trong truyện (crush, unrequited love, partnership, obsession,...)
Tình yêu của mình giống Mayama (nhỡ có ai tò mò).
Lord
I had great expectanions from this manga becuase I've already seen the anime and a movie and both were very good (I don't plan to see the miscasted dorama). The story is a bit shattered at the start as we get to know the characters and also the comedy is sometimes a little bit off. But after a little build-up we are rewarded by some heartwarming situations and also with the most hillarious scene with sumo mice.. ;-) I expect this manga to get even better in later volumes. The art is beatiful wit ...more
Salymar
Honey and Clover is not as much about romance as it is about dealing with rejection, and the fear of rejection. The cast have real personalities, affected and often hindered by real emotions. To keep this show from being an angst-filled melodrama, the series keeps the raging emotions suppressed and maintains a cheerful atmosphere lightly layered with melancholic brooding. Despite strenuous circumstances, the characters maintain their sense of humor and refuse to relinquish their bright smiles. T ...more
Amanda Sheila
Not sure if I want to continue reading the manga. Because I think the anime's so much better. But I enjoyed the story, light and adorable. I heard that they made the live-action. Really?
Kat
I'm going to piggyback on A.A. Milne's Introduction to The Chronicles of Clovis for this review:

"There are good things which we want to share with the world and good things which we want to keep to ourselves. The secret of our favourite restaurant, to take a case, is guarded jealously from all but a few intimates; the secret, to take a contrary case, of our infallible remedy for seasickness is thrust upon every traveller we meet, even if he be no more than a casual acquaintance about to cross th
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Amalina
my favourite romance manga ever. i like it that its deep and real because lets face it, not every love is returned.

but i guess its not for everyone.
Ottley
Super story and character development.
The art is lovely as well.
a group of college students become friends and the story follows their individual progression as artists, friends, and at times, lovers.
Alex Gonzalez
I have to get on reading this series. I enjoyed the bits of the anime I saw, so here's hoping the manga won't disappoint.
Dawn Rutherford
Very sweet, though a little heavy on the drinking to go in the teen area.
Dani
This was one of the oddest manga I've ever read! I know this is shoujo but it was practically about nothing! IT took me a while to realize Takemoto is the protagonist because we focus so much on Morita.

There were funny moments like the whole koropokkur / fairy thing due to her small size, the foot mold to buy her shoes and the girl magnet thing with Morita. Despite these moments though it felt aimless and rather stupid. I was totally uninterested in the odd love triangle with Mayama.

BOTTOM LINE
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Chica Umino (羽海野 チカ, Umino Chika) is a manga-ka (comic artist/cartoonist) who was born in Tokyo, Japan. She began work as a product designer and illustrator. Her most notable work to date is her 'beloved' Honey and Clover, a 'slice of life' manga series which debuted in 2000 in Shueisha's manga magazine, CUTiEcomic.

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