Honey and Clover, Volume 1

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Takemoto is starting his sophomore year in art school, and he's finally gotten used to the isolated farmland and the insane amount of work. But as it turns out, his troubles are just beginning, as he meets his fellow students: the mysterious, brilliant Morita Senpai and the diminutive prodigy, Hagumi Hanamoto. Senpai disappears for days at a time only to reappear laden down with unexplained wads of cash. Hagumi is small enough to be mistaken for Koropokkur-a Japanese faerie-and is soon the star of a Web site for Koropokkur fetishists. Takemoto, of course, soon finds himself falling for Hagumi and competing with Senpai for her affections. But this manga, winner of several prestigious awards in Japan, is more shaggy-dog stories of college life than tightly plotted romantic comedy. Like her plotting, Umino's artwork is slapdash-at its best it nicely captures some of the shambling chaos of college life, but sometimes the chaos is more confusing than kinetic. In particular, her stilted, wide-eyed renderings of Hagumi create a creepy "Valley of the Dolls" effect that makes it difficult to imagine Takemoto falling for her. Still, the characters remain likable, and the story may be just the thing for those who daydream of escaping to dormitory life. (Mar.)

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Gr 9 Up

With translations scheduled through volume four (December, 2008), this series seems here to stay. In this first volume, Takemoto, a college art student in Tokyo, takes center stage and provides the main perspective. He lives the life of a starving artist and student, looking quite like a character from Chibi Vampire (TokyoPop) whenever he has the opportunity to eat meat. Takemoto lives with several other male students, including the illusive Morita, who frequently takes off on a whim, returning days or weeks later with interesting treats (usually involving meat) and then crashing for a minimum of 48 hours. The first chapter sets the scene for the remainder of the book, with Morita's oddities introduced and all the boys meeting tiny, beautiful Hagu, an art prodigy who catches the interest and attention of everyone she meets. Morita, though, takes special exception and begins to exploit Hagu through a Web site he creates, marketing her as a "koropokkur," a member of a mythical race of tiny people. Throughout the story, the characters go about their daily lives, attending to class, trying to get enough to eat, and falling in love with the wrong people. Umino's graphics are simple, and the characters are typical of shojo manga in that they are prone to frequent fits and hysterics. Though the sexual innuendos are tame, the college setting and complex love connections make this a better fit for high school readers.-Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421515045
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Honey and Clover Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 965,765
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chica Umino is the creator of Honey and Clover, which debuted in 2000 and received the Kodansha Manga Award in 2003. Honey and Clover was also nominated for the Tezuka Culture Prize and an award from the Japan Media Arts Festival.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2010

    A hilarious, heartwarming story.

    Honey and clover revolves around Yuta Takemoto, a college sophomore, and his small group of friends: the cool and collected Mayama, the eccentric and mysterious Morita, the charming but hotheaded Yamada, and his love-at-first-sight, the autistic child genius Hagu. The series tells the stories of these young people and their adventures through life and love, and as cliché as that may seem, it works beautifully and with originality.

    Chica Umino writes her stories with a blend of humor and drama that I haven't seen anywhere else. One moment, you're laughing so hard that you cannot breathe, and the next, you're crying so hard that it hurts, and then you find yourself laughing and crying at the same time. And you'll love every minute of it. The artwork is very simple compared to other shojo titles, but it is drawn beautifully and accommodates the plot very well. The characters are lovable and memorable, and have a depth and reality to them that other cookie-cutter romances cannot hope to match. I have to warn you that things may be a bit confusing near the beginning of the series, but once you get an idea of what's going on you'll be hooked. I also want to warn potential readers that this series has an extremely sad and touching ending that will leave you crying long after the book is put down. I recommend this manga to anyone who wants a true romantic comedy, with laughs and tears and all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

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    I LOVE this series. You might be a bit confused at the begging, but you'll catch on. It's very funny, and it's definitely one of the best mangas I've read, so give it a try, I guarantee you'll love it!

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