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Hachimitsu to Kuroba [ハチミツとクローバー]


Drama Details
Title:Hachimitsu to Kuroba
Honey and Clover
Telecast:2008-01-09 to 2008-03-18
Season:Winter 2008

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TV Station:Fuji TV
Duration:11 Episodes

Based on the popular manga and anime of the same name, Honey and Clover follows the lives of five college students and their love triangles.

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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. Canvas [Hirai Ken]

Actor/Actress Cast (28)
Narumi Riko
Hanamoto Hagumi
花本はぐみ (18)
Ikuta Toma
Takemoto Yuta
竹本祐太 (20)
Harada Natsuki
Yamada Ayumi
山田あゆみ (21)
Mukai Osamu
Mayama Takumi
真山巧 (21)
Narimiya Hiroki
Morita Shinobu
森田忍 (26)
Takizawa Saori
Teshigawara Miwako
Kimura Yuichi
Matsushige Yutaka
Professor Shoda
Maekawa Yasuyuki
Teranobori Yasuhiko
Kashiwabara Takashi
Nomiya Takumi
野宮匠 (31)
Izumiya Shigeru
Yamada Daigoro
Murakami Jun
Hanamoto Shuji
花本修司 (33)
Seto Asaka
Harada Rika
原田理花 (33)
Sakurada Seiko
(ep. 2)
Kaito Ken
Harada Hideyuki (ep. 2-3, 6, 8)
Waki Tomohiro
(ep. 2-5, 7-8)
Korechika Atsushi
(ep. 2-5, 7-8)
Nagano Satomi
(ep. 3)
Asanuma Taiki
(ep. 4)
Takahashi Hitomi
Professor Ogami (ep. 4, 6-9)
Hashimoto Jun
Aida Kazuo (ep. 5-6, 8)
Nakamaru Shinsho
the interviewer (ep. 6)
Nakamura Yasuhi
(ep. 6)
Sunaga Kei
(ep. 6)
Yoshikawa Fumiki
(ep. 8)
Shimizu Shogo
the master woodworker (ep. 8)
Hamada Gaku
Rokutaro (ep. 8, 11)
Hiwatashi Shinji
(ep. 11)

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Drama Reviews (11)
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1. Droopy [Rating: 6/10]
This is my first experience with Honey and Clover. I have never watched the anime, the movie, or read the manga.

I enjoyed the chemistry between Nomiya, Takemoto, Yamada and Mayama. Hagumi was like an outsider looking in most of the time. I wonder if it was the acting, or the script or the direction, but she just didn't fit into the group of friends. Apart from that, it was really the bond and banter between friends that kept the series going for the first few episodes. Things started to slow down in the middle and I felt that many scenes were totally pointless. The love triangles were mundane and went stagnant towards the end of the story. Especially in Yamada's case; I was wondering when she'd be smart enough to let go of her unrequited love and learn to recognize the one in front of her eyes.

This is my first time watching Ikuta Toma, and I did enjoy his portrayal as Takemoto Yuta. However, Narimiya Hiroki stole the show with his outstanding performance as the genius Nomiya. Narimiya himself is a genius, at acting. I watched Narumi Riko in 1 Litre of Tears, and compared to that, her acting in Honey and Clover is mediocre and colourless.

I liked the ending song, Canvas by Hirai Ken, and its piano version. I wasn't thoroughly impressed, however, by the soundtrack as a whole.

Overall, it's watchable, but has little re-watch value.
Reviewed by Limes on 14 May 2008
2. Eh [Rating: 7/10]
I thought Honey and Clover was INCREDIBLY slow to watch at some points. The story itself was pretty good and I'd heard a lot about the manga so I decided to watch this (and the fact Toma was in it).

Things really started picking up the last half of the series and especially enjoyed seeing things between Ayumi, Mayama and Nomiya pick up.
Toma did a good just as Takemoto, a contradictive character as opposed to his role as Nakatsu in Hana Kimi. Personally I think the Nakatsu side suits him more because he has a nice smile.
The rest of the cast did VERY well. My favourite character was Nomiya.. though I don't know why I like him the most XD

Overall the drama was okay, though the manga would probably have been better. I watched through this mainly because of Ayumi and Nomiya, and also because Toma was in it. Personally I wanted to stop watching during the first few episodes becuase it was so slow, but the end definitely improved from the beginning.

Worth watching because of high expectations from the manga and for the characters, but I'd say not worth buying.
Reviewed by xEternal on 28 March 2008
3. Narumi Riko badly miscasted [Rating: 6/10]
I can see what the director and producers were thinking by bringing Narumi Riko (16) - a talented young actor - into the role of Hagumi. However, that lively youthfulness they were hoping to transfer onto screen in reality was contrastively replaced by a dull, lifeless perfomance. Anybody who has seen Aoi Yuu as Hagumi (probably in her best performance) in the movie version (worth a watch by the way) will know what I'm talking about. Imagine what the likes of Ueno Juri could've done with this role. She would've nailed it out of the park. Apart from that, the story is also incredibly slow, despite the lovely, laidback setting of artschool. Narimiya Hiroki is excellent as always and frustratingly so, because he is ALWAYS the standout in his dramas (stand up, kou kou no kyoshi etc.) and is somehow unable to get a proper gig as a main character in a drama. Overall, a bit disappointing and could've explored much greater territory as both a love story and a rite-of-passage drama.
Reviewed by dekatrain on 2 July 2008
4. Could have been much better. [Rating: 3/10]
I've read the manga, and watched both seasons of the anime. When the live action movie came out, I was extremely excited. Unfortunately, it failed to deliver anything nearly astounding as the anime/manga did.

Then, when the drama was announced, I kept a tiny sliver of hope when I saw how great the cast looked. Again, I was only let down. It started off okay, and while some episodes managed to get to me with very specific scenes, the series itself just dragged. I think the best thing to come out of this is the music (even then, I only especially love the instrumental version of Hirai Ken's "Canvas").
Reviewed by roon on 26 April 2008
5. So much potential... such poor execution [Rating: 4/10]
I was really pleased with the casting all around. Takemoto was so much better a character than in the anime. As was Morita (even though his story was severly truncated in the drama). I thought Romaya Sempai was a wonderful addition. The middle of the series was so fractured and dragged along so slowly that , however, I honestly can't recommend the series to anyone. I think the director should pretty much be shot. They were random scenes thrown together and like 6 or 7 episodes dragged by because they had so little greater meaning. If you want a good story, watch the anime instead.
Reviewed by phlargo on 17 April 2008
6. Simple and Beautiful [Rating: 8/10]
To be honest, The drama was slow, especially in the beginning. I almost dropped it after the second episode.
But somewhere along the way, this drama started to grow on me. By the end of it, I found that I really enjoyed this drama. I can't really describe it, but this drama really was touching.

If I was impartial though, I would probably give this drama a 6/10.

I didn't read the manga or watch the anime, so I can't make any comparison
Reviewed by chazarst on 30 July 2009
7. Really beautiful [Rating: 9/10]
It is a wonderful story about friendship, love, finding your own way.
I don't know why, but i was really touched by the dorama, i could exactly feel how tekemoto was feeeling with regard to love and your future way and how to find it...

This dorama is of my top 5 fav doramas!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Amber on 8 January 2009
8. Funny & heartwarming [Rating: 8/10]
I actually quite liked this drama. The characters really hit it off for me! I'm a fan of the anime (having watched that first) and I was REALLY pleased with how each actor matched their character perfectly!! A nice watch indeed <3
Reviewed by sezling on 21 April 2008
9. I love Honey and Clover as a whole but............ [Rating: 2/10]
the manga is suberb the anime is amazing the movie was great but this drama lacks the heart that all three of those possessed
Reviewed by Sajen16 on 5 July 2010
10. Too slowly [Rating: 8/10]
The story moved too slowly but it was interesting to saw the young people, the spirit of them to get their dream.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 29 November 2010
11. H&C [Rating: 8/10]
So many one-sided love,
Reviewed by ester_grace on 29 November 2010

Comments From Users (112)
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1. Comments by Jeanxi [Rating: 5/10]
Decided to watch the series since I absolutely loved the manga (one of the funniest I've read in a long time) but didn't have a great experience with the Chinese drama (stuck to the manga's story and had some great actresses, but mainly the acting was not so great). I turned to the Japanese version in hopes of seeing better acting and the amazing Kashiwabara Takashi ^^

For the most part, the acting is better, but the story is too different from the manga for my liking, particularly because the J-drama is much less funny and lighthearted than the manga. The drama plot is typical of college dramas and focuses on the complex relationships among the students and how they chase/find their dreams. So although at first the drama was pretty enjoyable and funny, soon enough, the story becomes too dragged out and cliche (the Romaiya-senpai thing was funny the first two times, not so much after the 10th).

I was really impressed with Ikuta Toma since he did a great job making himself a completely different person from the role he portrays in Voices (the only other drama I've seen him in), which convinced me he's a great actor. However, I'm not so positive about Narumi Riko's performance.

Overall, this was a fairly mediocre and disappointing drama. Although Orange Days did not rank high in my books either, as another mediocre college drama that I've watched, it was still better in comparison to this (incidentally, it also features Nariyama Hiroki and Kashiwabara Takashi though I can't remember Kashi's role).

Summary: WATCH the MANGA, DON'T WATCH either of the DRAMA versions.
2. Comments by joychin [Rating: 7/10]
Actually,it's kind of boring. Not super boring,but a little. I really dun like the main female lead because i think her acting looks so fake. Even when she smiles,it doesn't look genuine. Sigh....maybe it's because i've seen her acting in 1 litre of tears and her character is nothing like in honey and clover but i still think that her acting in 1 litre of tears is more convincing. Other than her,i love the rest of the cast especially toma and osamu!! After watching for a while,i began to wonder,who exactly is the main character because the drama doesn't really focus on the main character but all the 4 friends. That's why,instead of paying attention to the main storyline.....toma and the painter girl,i actually drifted off and was more interested in mayama and the pot girl. The ending was nice,the storyline is not bad,the soundtrack too and also the beginning and the ending where they played the theme song. The polaroid pic concept at the beginning and the self video at the end is really nice
3. Comments by dekatrain [Rating: 6/10]
I can see what the director and producers were thinking by bringing Narumi Riko (16) - a talented young actor - into the role of Hagumi. However, that lively youthfulness they were hoping to transfer onto screen in reality was contrastively replaced by a dull, lifeless perfomance. Anybody who has seen Aoi Yuu as Hagumi (probably in her best performance) in the movie version (worth a watch by the way) will know what I'm talking about. Imagine what the likes of Ueno Juri could've done with this role. She would've nailed it out of the park. Apart from that, the story is also incredibly slow, despite the lovely, laidback setting of artschool. Narimiya Hiroki is excellent as always and frustratingly so, because he is ALWAYS the standout in his dramas (stand up, kou kou no kyoshi etc.) and is somehow unable to get a proper gig as a main character in a drama. Overall, a bit disappointing and could've explored much greater territory as both a love story and a rite-of-passage drama.
4. Comments by pash [Rating: 6/10]
The main issue I have with this dorama is that, until ep.8, the only interesting things about it were the scenes with Romaya-sensei and the ever-changing BTS clips shown during the closing credits (BTW, great song, seriously!). Dull script, unappealing characters and an annoying plot (or rather lack thereof) made it a real pain in the you-know-what to keep on watching until that point. Luckily, though, I didn't give up, as things picked up very quickly from then on and the last episodes were like a fireworks display reaching its climax. Now, how to grade something like that? Seven painfully slow and uninspiring episodes would deserve a "3" or "4", 4 very good episodes could get an "8" or even a "9"...I'll go with something in between and give it a "6". Self-reminder in case I'll ever decide to rewatch it: watch the first ep., skip the next 6, and enjoy the rest! :)
5. Comments by ChapstickMurMur [Rating: 6/10]
Being a fan of the anime i had pretty high expectations for this drama. I wasn't so much let down by the cast especially with Narimiya Hiroki and Ikuta Toma, who both in my opinion, did a better job in their roles as morita and takemoto than the movie version (sorry sho chan ><) but overall it still wasn't very well done. Along the way a lot of the positive messages in experiencing heartache and rejection and growing up that the anime did so well at conveying, just got lost in the drama which was a big dissappointment. I just think for fans who are watching this because of the anime will be severely let down and that honey and clover is just one of those storys that just can't be retold through a drama.
6. Comments by Patazilla [Rating: 7/10]
Hmmmmmm... not easy to grade this one. All in all it's definitely none of my favourites. It lacks some nice absorbing flow... and the characters aren't of my like, but still it had some nice moments. The first episodes were kinda slow, but somehow it catched my interest in episode 8 and 9, which were really good ones. I'm still not sure what to say about the ending. I kinda missed something here, it doesn't really feel as if it ended. Hm. Definitely ok, to see the struggles of the characters and nice philosophic aspects, too, but all in one lacks some assertiveness. All the struggle is a bit anoying.
7. Comments by nishishi [Rating: 3/10]
11 episodes... 1 love triangle and 1 love square... and the ending doesnt fell like an END at all. That's all i can say 'bout honey and clover! So far Honey and Clover gotta be one of the most boring doramas i've ever seen... And wtf was that ending? Gotta be THE WORST ending ever... This dorama would be much better if they showed only Ikuta's character journey (the reason i rate this dorama a 3...) NaH... im not really into all those love triangle stuff... and this dorama is soooo slow paced that i dont recommend it at all....
8. Comments by chibichan [Rating: 9/10]
i can feel Yuuta's (Ikuta Toma) desperation, for not having destination in life, not knowing what to do., not have enough courage to teel his feeling. Somewhat this dorama teach me life.
As a fact i almost give up wacthing this after 3 episodes, at first i feels this dorama is slow, but when reached 4 episodes i started to like this dorama and fall in love with Toma's character at the same time.
really like the scenes, when the three of them gather and listen to Romaya Senpai's word
9. Comments by kneehard [Rating: 7/10]
I am in a love-hate relationship with this drama because some parts of it I absolutely enjoyed watching while other parts I wish I can just cut out of the drama.

To those of you who have not watched it yet, look forward to the interaction between Nirimiya Hiroki's charater and the main actress(sorry I forgot your name), Nomiya+Yamada and Ikuta Toma's self-discovering journey.

I really didn't enjoy the side story of Asaka Seto and the glasses guy.
10. Comments by aimare [Rating: 7/10]
I decided to watch Honey and Clover mainly becoz of Ikuta Toma. Toma did impress me again in this drama, which is much different from his role as Nakatsu in HanaKimi. The story went so slow that I almost stopped watching it if not for Toma, but it got more interesting towards the end of the drama. Good art direction, and the artworks used in the drama are also impressive. Ayumi and Mayama are my favorite couple.
11. Comments by phlargo [Rating: 4/10]
Despite a very promising opening couple of episodes and great casting, I found the middle of the series to be painfully weak. The ending was good, but the anime beats it out in almost every way. I think the character design for Takemoto, Morita, and most of the main characters was so much better than the anime, but the direction fell flat on its face. Too bad - it had some strong potential.
12. Comments by aiscess [Rating: 5/10]
I never read the manga nor seen the anime, that's why I can only compare this to the movie. This is "as good as it gets" for me or should I say, should have been for me. But it seems like, because the screenwriter was from ProDai and Toma was from Hana Kimi, they were trying to do the same formula as those two successful series but it turned out differently and the ratings had proved that.
13. Comments by Oba-chan [Rating: 6/10]
Great start, bad ending. i've never watched the anime version. this series can be great youth drama, but the storyline was sucked in the end. I was shocked when i read the main character was Narumi Riko, not toma. She is cute and talented, but the story tell us everything about Takemoto Yuta, i don't understand why the main character wasn't Toma.
Soundtrack: Canvas [Hirai Ken]: 7
14. Comments by Shachihoko [Rating: 7/10]
The first half of the show was in such a slow start.. Kind of dull and a bit hard to keep going. At least I forced myself to watch it to the end. The other half was enjoyable which is a good thing.. Toma did well on his role, I find Yamada and Morita to be very annoying. Even more with Yamada still keeping going after Mayama, after when she was rejected and trying to move on.
15. Comments by misaki697 [Rating: 6/10]
i watched this one because i absolutely LOVED toma in hana kimi, but this drama was incredibly slow most of the time, and isnt one that leaves a lasting impression.
However, i REALLY enjoyed watching Harada Natsuki's character develop. I also really liked her chemistry with Mayama. i think it was their relationship that motivated me to finish watching the drama.
16. Comments by oldasianguy [Rating: 4/10]
Watched this series up to episode 3 and couldn't watch anymore.....Ikuta Toma and Narimaya Hiroki were slightly annoying....Narumi Riko is in my opinion a fine actress but in this drama, she looks way too young for the part...I would say that the movie version with Aoi Yu was much more enjoyable and sucessful.......but this dorama was draggy and nothing was new....
17. Comments by natzumi [Rating: 9/10]
I liked the casts, the acting and how they were well selected - looked alike the characters in anime. Although the anime does more justice than the live action, which is often the case, I thought that the producers really tried to kept the plot closely to that of the manga/anime. Definatley watch this if you like the manga and the anime. Highly recommended.
18. Comments by strawberrynkiwi [Rating: 8/10]
I didn't even realize the ending was the ending. It feels incomplete, but it was a nice drama. I really like the paintings that 'Hagumi' paints and the art directing. Other than it relating to me being in an art school, I thought the story was lacking. I love the Ayumi-Mayama-Norita triangle though. The closing video is always fun to watch.
19. Comments by balflear [Rating: 4/10]
Maybe I'm a bit biased since I saw the anime and I think the storyline of the anime is way better. The dorama did not manage to portray half of what the anime managed to do. However, I do praise the actors for their good acting, even if their characters did not resemble their anime counterpart in the least (I blame script for that).
20. Comments by Akiiness [Rating: ?/10]
DROPPED. If you're going to watch this, I suggest watching the anime. Trust me and just save yourself the "OMFG, THIS IS HORRIBLE. WHAT A WASTE OF MY TIME [insert curses here]". And I do actually think Aoi Yuu (movie version) is more suitable as Hagu, even though she doesn't quite hit the spot 100%.
21. Comments by EstherM [Rating: 7/10]
The source material is a bit slow and boring already so I wasn�Lt expecting anything hilarious or action driven. The actors fitted well, the major storyline was respected and I recognised many scences from the manga, which I liked. Not grand, but not really bad, like the manga. The anime is funnier.
22. Comments by sezling [Rating: 8/10]
I actually quite liked this drama. The characters really hit it off for me! I'm a fan of the anime (having watched that first) and I was REALLY pleased with how each actor matched their character perfectly!! Through their friendships and interactions the story manages to be funny and heartwarming =)
23. Comments by onie [Rating: 8/10]
i actually watched it because of ikuta toma! hehe.. i also like the actress harada natsuki.. really pretty! i liked the story, it was funny, touching and "kilig".. hehe.. i liked the part when takemoto was determined to find himself.. but some parts were dragging or slow. but all in all it was ok.
24. Comments by aoi_dolphine [Rating: 8/10]
I watched this for Nari, Toma and Riko. This drama is kind of slow BUT still I like the chemistry protray between the 5 leads in the drama. Each has their own boundary to cross, each has their own relationship to deal with and last of all they still keep their friendship to the end.
25. Comments by gopro [Rating: 6/10]
This is about 6.5ish- I watched this being a fan of the anime and I must say that this is a big letdown. Certain moments were too slow and some were too fast. The addition of Ryoma-Sama was great. I recommend others to watch the anime instead or read the manga. (Watched Spring 08)
26. Comments by UsopSama [Rating: 9/10]
This is a touching story of Takemoto and his college friends as they struggle through love, college life and their careers. I really enjoyed this one. There is a lot of comic relief when the plot gets too serious. And each episode does a good job pulling the viewers in for more.
27. Comments by ABINTRA [Rating: 7/10]
I wouldn't really recommend it, though it did have its moments and Ikuta Toma was awesome as always. I admit I'm not a big fan of the manga, but the drama could've done more with the source material; I expected this to be funnier. I felt inspired, though, to get out my paints.
28. Comments by gaston [Rating: 4/10]
Nothing special. Cast was great, but storyline was boring. Only exposure to Honey and Clover is through this drama -- can't see how the manga, anime or whatever medium could fare any better to this storyline. Narumi Riko was nice to oogle over -- only positive for me.
29. Comments by sasukekun6 [Rating: 7/10]
It's a cute drama, I love the comedy in it, but it's just not really my type of drama.

I really did laugh a lot during it from all the stupid goofy things they did. Oh and forever laughing at Matsushige's character. He's amazing! XD
30. Comments by williu [Rating: 6/10]
The first few eps are okay, but because of the insanely bad acting (or rather, bad character) of the female lead and unrealistic characters (in a bad way), it just doesn't cut it. The only positive things about this drama are the sub-plots.

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Users who voted for this drama (15)
1. jekert
wow. this has to be in my top list of jdramas to watch. i haven't seen the anime so i'm judging solely based on the drama and i found it very heart warming. i can watch this over and over again. i love hagu-chan. hehe. :)
2. onie
I found Takemoto's insights really great (I could even relate to some of them). Although some parts were slow, it was nice and I laughed a lot in some of the scenes.
3. 5_lvis_20
I like this drama,i like toma.....
i go to watch comic after i watch this drama...
is so funny.
4. sweetkitty_22
because i know this series is also good.and because ikuta toma is has the lead role!!!
5. Hagumi-chan
Narimiya-san, great work
It�Ls my first dorama, but it has special place in my heart.
6. passionpete2427
The drama's pacing is kind of slow, but still, it's a very touching drama :)
7. lonewolf82
Wonderful Drama.

I hope they would release a 2nd season of it.
8. chibichan
another Ikuta Toma dorama, the story line was really touching.
9. infatuation21
Good:) Love toma !! <33
10. weitingd
toma so cute!!!!
11. suomi90
good cast.
12. Rane
13. Vanilla Queen
14. Amber
15. sessy64