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Honey and Clover

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Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Honey and Clover Specials DVD Special 2005 Side Story Bonus episodes only released on volumes 5 and 7 of the DVDs.
Honey and Clover II TV 2006 TBD

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Honey and Clover 2000 TBD
Name Role
Shuichi SHIMAMURA Character Design
Kenichi KASAI Director
Yuzo HAYASHI Music
Chica UMINO Original Manga Creator

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Honey and Clover Moparty 8.3/10 Aug 30, 2013
Honey and Clover MyOwnAlarum 4/10 Jan 14, 2012
Honey and Clover zonkiethegreat 7.5/10 Sep 28, 2011
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Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

The studious and uptight Chiaki is well-known as the top pianist of his school, and dreams of becoming a world-class conductor like his idol, Viera; but his fear of flying (which makes studying abroad impossible) combined with a recent break-up and dismissal from his piano instructor causes that future to seem both bleak and unlikely. After collapsing outside of his apartment, drunk, Chiaki inadvertently meets a young woman named Nodame who, while quite talented at the piano, is unclean, clumsy, and haphazard. Despite being almost polar opposites, the two begin to grow closer and work, together, to overcome the obstacles in their careers.

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You would like Nodame Cantabile because, like Honey and Clover, it's about the lives of college age people.   The two also have a similar style of animation.


Nodame Cantabile is made by the same people that brought you Honey & Clover. The premise of the show is like Honey & Clover with music instead of art, but the direction it takes from there is different. The drawing style will definitely remind you of H&C, as well as the amazing choices made in the OST (the OP & 1st ED are amazing). The characters are just as loveable and memorable as those from H&C, as is the anime itself. Nodame Cantabile, just like H&C, deals with a story of unrequited love as well as the stories of several characters struggling through college with their majors (H&C = sculptures, painting, etc. Nodame = piano, conductors, etc.) and with the pasts that restrain them from being able to move forward. Somewhat similar, but also worlds apart... in a good way.


Honey and Clover and Nodame Cantabile are realistic and emotional; they are made to reflect a part of our lives: college. While watching, you may fall in love with art and also with the characters that are so well-developed. Both series are about dreams, about people, and their thoughts and doings. Surely, they will change your vision of the future. Indeed, they are two masterpieces of the genre.


Both series have a collegian atmosphere and involve one-sided love. While the characters are vastly different, both series concentrate heavily with the development of the main characters and how they "grow-up". If you've enjoyed one, you'll probably like the other.


both have the same atmosphere and feeling:cute,lovely,relaxing and of course funny with slices of life.though nodame cantabile is less episodic and centers on less characters.in both we see different characters becoming friends and filling the empty places of each other's life.


Honey and clover is an anime that takes you through a broad spectrum of feelings over the 26 episodes it lasts. This is thanks to a well written story and interesting characters acting it out. Nodame Cantebile does the same thing, but with more comedy and more music. You will also recognize a familiar animation style if you've seen either because they are very similar.


Well, starting with animation, both anime are very similiar. I'm not sure about the studio's they were produced in but watching NC I can't get rid of the image of H&C, it kept distracting me in the begining. Both series are so hilarious that you won't be able sit still for more than 5 minutes and I mean it! If you have at least a tiny sense of humour you will fall in love with both of these anime. I'm almost absolutely sure that if you enjoyed one of them , the other will definitelly not dissapoint you!!


With both series focus on characters entering their adult life while dealing with the day to day struggles of school life.


With a slice of life look at the world of students, aiming for some goal in their life that they still have no idea of where they are heading is just one of the striking similiarities between these series. Indeed, they do not end there, with the same likeable characters, outstanding music and animation, Nodame Cantabile and Honey and Clover are one of the best combinations going.


Honey and Clover is more dramatic and sad, but subject of Art in both of them and very well done romance is something I enjoyed very much.

So if you liked Honey and Clover for it's peaceful yet refine story, and for it connection to art world you'll like Nodame Cantabile as well.


Nodame Cantabile and Honey and Clover are two of those series which grab you emotionally and make you want more. Guarantee two of the best in this genre.


If you liked one, I'm sure you will like the other ! They have very similiar charm, a warm atmosphere. Both are talking about art college students and their aspirations. H&C an NC are realistic, touching and has very good fabula.


Both are josei anime involving college students and they both include heavy doses of comedy with some romance and drama. Although H&C feature more romance and drama than NC, it's still a large chance that you'll like one if you liked the other.


Each of these series focus around college level artists/musicians trying to fulfill their dreams. Throughout the stories, they both manage to create a lot of humor, some romance, and some drama, although H&C is more romance/drama driven and slightly more mature. If you enjoyed one series you'll likely enjoy the other.


Artists and Musicians have long been known for their peculiar ways. Though highlighted moreso in Nodame, these two shows are an easy recommendation. They share themes of self improvement, romance, and just the right amount of drama.


Let's start with the similarities:

Both shows were produced by JC Staff. Add to this point: Both shows were directed by Ken'ichi Kasai. Both shows take place in a college setting. Both have a slice-of-life feel, though as another user mentioned, Nodame Cantabile is less episodic and moves along at a faster pace.

Character development in both series is very strong. While Nodame Cantabile is more centered around a main pairing, Honey and Clover tends to bounce around various couples and the love polygon that exists.

Both shows also heavily feature self-discovery and goal-seeking. There's also plenty of humor to off-set the more serious undertones as well.

Differences? This is a bit difficult. Honestly, the feel of the two series is very similar. The main male leads are quite different: Takemoto is very uncertain about his life, and rather child-like, while Chiaki is considered to be very mature, and very goal-oriented.

If you like one, there's a very strong chance you'll like the other one, simply because of the vibes that you'll be getting from each one.


Both shows have very similar art styles and are centered on the lives of college students. With this comes the similar humour of an eccentric character who pesters the more collected characters and also a similar romantic tension that comes with their encounters. Much of the struggles are also centered about life and growing up in an art world. 



Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.

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Honey and Clover is a fun (and at times sad) anime about a group of young people attempting to discover themselves, exactly like Nana but with better music. Both series have deep characters and are fun to watch though at times you do wonder what is going on in Hachi's head. The punk rock opening and endings are sure to have you tapping your foot and singing along. If you liked one, try the other.


Honey and Clover and Nana skillfully deal with the transition from life inside of to out of school. They efficiently mix warm and hilarious comedy with heart-wrenching drama to create pathos that further draws the view into the lives and relationships of the characters. The art style also rounds up the similarities between the three; the only major differences arising from the color palette.


Both Nana and H&C are about beautiful frendship, not easy choises, groving up, and finding personal way of life.Characters in both animes are showing diffrent ways off thinking, diffrent problems and very similiar needs - they want to find themselves, love and be loved. They are similiar because of ambiency, masterly animation and great story. For me Nana and H&C are full of intelligence and great humor. I think, that if you liked one, you will enjoy the other.


While having forms of struggling artists in the background, each series focuses on trying to get used to the "real" world, while dealing with drama and love. While Nana's love would probably be considered much more mature, each series fits well together, blending drama, love, comedy, and portraying a sense of despair many feel when getting into the real world.


These two shows feature touching relationships of the romantic variety and otherwise, along with young people trying to make their way in this world while still trying to discover who they really are. I think if you found one of these thoughtful shows to be enjoyable you would also be interested in the other.


Both Nana and Honey and Clover are about young adults trying to find their place in the world. The characters all face their own drama and heartbreaks in the course of their journey. But both series are really good at alternating the funny and heartwarming moments with the more serious dramatic moments. Both shows feature great sound tracks.


Both shows are about a group of college age friends who are trying their best to make it in a harsh world and who fall just a bit short of their goals.  The shows are both very hopeful and sad at the same time and emphasize the fact that you can't always get everything you want, but that doesn't mean that you can't get anything out of life along the way.  The shows have a similar feel and are both very serious and sad with many funny, light hearted moments.  If you liked one, I definetly think you'll like the other.


Both Nana and Honey & Clover revolve around a group of college-age students who get very close as the series' progress.  They are both definitely josei, which makes them more realistic than most shojo romances.  The problems they face could happen to anybody (well, almost), and that is what makes them so beautiful.

The art is very different, but both are very well-done, especially Nana's.  I will say that H&C had better closure than Nana, simply because the mangaka behind Nana cut the story short for health reasons.


Both Nana and H&C are josei anime that focus on the main protagonist/s goals and especially puts a lot of emphasy on romance. Both feature comedy as much as drama so fear not, you won't receive more from one than the other. Both shows also feature characters that strieve to find their own place in the society. If you like one, you will definitely like the other one as well.


Both animes are very slice of life through a growing up age. Although romance is important, it doesn't completely rule the show. In real life romnce is an important factor, but we still have other things going on. Both deal with relationships of all sorts and growing up in general.

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Bokura ga Ita

Bokura ga Ita

Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?

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If you liked Honey and Clover you would also like Bokura ga Ita too because both series have similar animation and smooth characters. The colors in these series resemble each other. The story is not same but not different either.


Both Honey and Clover and Bokura ga Ita feature sweet, slow-paced, relationship-centered stories that are surely to melt one's heart. Both series also feature top-notch soundtracks and are sure to absorb the viewer into the characters that are hard not to love.


Bokura ga Ita is a gentle adventure through the lives of teens; Honey and Clover is a great show that has the same poetic feel and character development that Bokura ga Ita has, only now we look at a group of university students. At times these anime will have amazing humor and absolute sadness, and are both a must see.


Bittersweet. That's the word that describes both Bokura ga Ita and Honey and Clover. They are slow paced, sentimental stories that basically say the same thing: "we were there". They surely will touch one's heart or wake up an almost forgotten memory.


Both have very deep storylines. They give the same feel. Bokura ga ita is about the ups and downs of being in a relationship & HNC is about failed love.. kinda...


Both series have romance, and drama. They both have love triangles and a lot of funny moments. If you like animes that have a lot of drama and fighting over one girl you'd like these two animes.


Both intend to portray more "realistic" romances and both have characters growing through difficult challenges in life. Both have their melancholy aspects, although Honey and Clover takes a slighlty more mature approach to these situations.


Though one is a shoujo show and the other one a josei show, both of them feature protagonists that are faced with difficulties in their love lives. While one puts a lot of emphasy on vocation the other focuses solely on romance. The audiences for these shows might differ but the feeling and the way the characters develops and the story unravels  are quite similar. Give them a shot, you won't regret it!


Both animes have a watercolored look and a more femenine style. They deal with relationships and the romance isn't  predictable.

Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss

Yukari is a typical high school student on the fast track to attending a university, but her boring life leaves much to be desired; that is, until a motley crew of fashion design students ask her to model their new clothing line: Paradise Kiss! Now, Yukari must choose if she will reject the life her mother has laid out for her, and start making choices on her own for the first time. While taking her first steps into adulthood, Yukari also begins to realize that with freedom comes responsibility; a life in the fashion industry isn't an easy one, especially for someone unsure of her own intentions…

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Both series have an artsy and cool feel: in Paradise Kiss that's due the fashion background and avant-guard attitude; in Honey & Clover it's the arts college, the design offices environment. Leaving the parents home to live alone, trying to discover your own talent and what you want from life, learning what personal independence means and how do deal with your own feelings, how to deal with love. It's no wonder both shows are from Fuji Television's late-night anime time slot "Noitamina", with Paradise Kiss airing right after Honey & Clover's ending, trying to please the same public.


Many people (including myself) cringe at the term "coming-of-age," but that's really what Honey and Clover and Parakiss are all about. In the beginning, our protagonists drift without purpose, lost in a world that they care little about. The payoff, then, is watching them gradually strengthen and grow as they search for inner meaning. Parakiss plays like a cooler, smoother Honey and Clover; although ParaKiss's story isnt nearly as fulfilling or heart-wrenching as H+C. Fans of one should almost certainly like the other.


Being young and art-savvy; these young art students have it all. Both Paradise Kiss and Honey and Clover are centered around an art school and the students' lives; they are evolving as we are watching. Both series have good animations and deep, realistic characters. If you liked one, I'm sure you'll like the other.


In terms of situations and characters, along with the choices they must make, Honey and Clover and Paradise Kiss are similar. The characters find themselves facing adulthood, so it might be said they are about "coming of age", and all the while they are surrounded by a world of art. In any case, if you liked the story of one, you will surely like the other.


Both Paradise Kiss and Honey and Clover focus on the teenagers and young adults questionnings about their future, the choices they should make and what they can do with the independence they get when aging. A part of romance adds another perspective to those thoughts and creates an intricate and complex situation that the main characters have to handle, making the viewer curious what decisions will be taken and if their choices will lead to a a happy life.


Both series revolve around the relationships between student in collage/art school. The imagery is perticularly beautiful in these two anime's. I think both give a good insight into Japanese customs and the traditional values in modern Japan.


H&C and ParaKiss are two coming-of-age stories told in a mature and realistic way. They feature romance, comedy, and themes of moving on and growing up. I think if you liked one of these shows it would be unlikely you would be uninterested in the other.


Though different artwise, both H&C and ParaKiss are very similar in terms of characters and story. While one focuses on the fashion world, the other focuses on arts such as painting or sculpting. The main protagonists in both shows are at the beginning confused about the path they want to follow and strieve hard to find a goal and then follow it so that they can fit in the society. Dramatic at times but also filled with humor, both shows are a feast for any josei fan. I recommend them!

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.

Long ago, young Meiko Honma tragically died and her tight-knit group of friends, shaken by the event, drifted apart. Now, ten years later, Meiko has re-appeared as a ghost that only Jinta, the former leader of the gang and an avid shut-in, can see. All she desires is for Jinta to fulfill her final wish so that she can move on to the afterlife, but with no memory of what it was, it’s up to the teenager to gather his former friends and discover what will allow his beloved friend to rest in peace. With so many feelings left unsaid, can this group work out their strife and help the ghost of the girl they once adored?

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Both focus greatly on the theme of unrequited love and bitterness, between the closest of friends.

Both shows also have a focus on growing up and transcending personal barriers.

Haru from Honey and Clover and Menma are similar in the aspect that both of them have a loli-esque feel to them (lovable, innocent/naive and physically small), although both of them are tecnically adults at the time of the show.

Jinta is also very similar to Takemoto, in their role in the story, personality and role as narrator.


Well since Anohana came afterwards, I can say no other anime has reminded me more of Honey and Clover than Anohana.  I have discovered there's a special place in my heart for anime that emphasize the sort of bitersweet, natsukashii, and just longing for an earlier time.  I suppose I like the heavyhanded foreboding because it adds an extra layer to all the actions characters take in the present.  I think drawing styles are similar, but just watch you'll get the same kind of bittersweet longing in both series.  Also, both series are charactere and relationsihp driven, yes both have drama, but what pulls it off is the strength of characters and how they are developed.  Other series I consider to the same longing feeling them to are, Nana, and FMA.

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Although the setting and plot are very different both shows have several major themes in common. Both focus on a group of characters that are struggling to grow up. They are trying to find themselves while at the same time trying to balance new found romantic relationships. The characters in both shows have to deal with problems with their past while worrying about what they are going to do in the future. I think both shows offer a somewhat realisitc portrayal of what it's like trying to grow up and mature. They manage to capture the unique pains of growing up.

Aside from the thematic simalrities both show do a good job of balancing their comedy and drama. They both manage to capture these bittersweet moments that can both be touching and funny. Although I would say that the overall writing and dialogue is much sharper in Anohana.


These series both focus around a group of friends with hidden love interests plaguing them as they attempt to mature. Mixing together a lot of drama, romance, and comedy, these series are both a good watch that will leave you on the verge of tears but extremely satisfied.


If you like story lines revloving around a close group of friends and love triangles within these are for you. They are really great slice of life animes and will make you bawl your eyes out, maybe.


The tones of these two animes are very similar. Both have alot of soul searching, unrequited love and they both are very moving.

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