Honey and Clover

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Eden of the East

Eden of the East

In the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday', ten missiles hit the cities of Japan; miraculously, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Some time later, Saki Morimi decides to visit Washington, DC on her graduation trip to America, but that day begins a series of bizarre events. After getting into trouble with the police, she's rescued by a young man who is completely naked save for a gun in one hand and an even stranger item in the other - a phone credited with 8 billion electronic yen and a female voice on the other end called Juiz who will fulfill his every wish. Having no recollection of his past and calling himself ‘Akira Takizawa', the young man accompanies Saki back to Japan in the hopes of discovering who he is. Akira's enigma quickly proves fascinating and Saki decides to help him rather than reunite with her family; but what neither realizes is that Akira is embroiled in a dark game of life and death linked to the Careless Monday missiles. Has Saki just made a terrible mistake, and can Akira unravel his own mystery before they both lose everything?

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hutson hutson says...

The character design is very similar. This is because the same person designed both ;) The humor is close too. 

eaper eaper says...

Each of these series have a very similar character design along with similar characters in general. Further, there is a similar comedy in the series.

NimirRa NimirRa says...

Though the plot of both these shows couldn't be further apart- the characters' personalities, relationships, and interactions are very reminiscent of each other. The mangaka for Honey and Clover even did the character designs for Eden of the East. So if you enjoyed the characters and comedy from one of these shows- be sure to check out the other!

discospider discospider says...

If you're somebody who enjoys seeing similar characters, then this is a good watch as both series have characters designed by the same person. While the plots are very different, there is similar humour and romantic tensions present in both.

Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke

Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.

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Szwagier Szwagier says...

While they seem different both in setting (  art college vs high school )  and in the designated age of viewers (josei vs shoujo) they still should appeal to the same kind of audience

Both are stories featuring somehow anti-social girl ( because she looks gloomy in KimiTodo or because she is a talented artist in HachiKuro ) that slowly opens up and finds friendship and love. KimiTodo is from the perspective of previously mentioned girl, while Hachikuro is from the perspective of her friends.

Both shows have some romance, but it's light and the main focus is "opening up" and "coming of age".  Both use beatiful animation and soothing OST to create really warm mood (though in Honey and Clover this mood often shifts into melancholy ). If you like one of those shows, you should find the other similarly appealing.

arashileonhart arashileonhart says...

Both shows are a fairly even match in terms of romantic yearning, everyday life issues, and laugh-out-loud comedy, and both turn between the three on a dime. Animation that seems like it was done in watercolor is present in both, making them easy on the eyes while very much creating a statement of theme in each--Kimi ni Todoke's themes of the dream-like events for the main character and Hachikuro's dream-like art school setting for all the characters. They both also deal with romance in a non-ugly fashion, as everything is about emotional attachment as opposed to physical or sexual issues.

CeruleanCielo CeruleanCielo says...

Kimi ni todoke as Honey and clover are slow paced animes. They both focus on the feelings of character. They both deal with love issues and broken hearts in a very similar way, all the while showing the bitter sweet feelings and inner thoughts of the characters. Both animes are as much about personal growth and life experience as they are about love.

They both have some good comedy now and again but they're, for sure, not entirely focused on the comedy side of it. They're bitter sweet and they'll make you shed a tear every now and again, but also make you smile at points.

luckyvmeryl luckyvmeryl says...

They both have the same slowpaced smiley feel to them with the laughs and warm feelings mixed in. I watched Honey & Clover first much later on Kimi Ni Todoke, and I thought about H&C the whole time. If you liked Honey and Clover this is definitely your show. And you like Kimi Ni Todoke, then definitely go now to see Honey and Clover. The two are perfect for each other.

Kare Kano

Kare Kano

Yukino had it all. Brilliant, athletic, popular and pretty, she was the perfect school girl with many friends and admirers. But then one fateful day she met her match: a handsome young man named Arima. Now, not only is he beating her at her own game, she's becoming more and more dismayed to learn that she's developing her first real feelings of romance. Can Yukino maintain her model student appearance, or will love ruin all her plans?

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XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

While thre is more humour in Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou, both series have a similar feel to it. Both the series have two genres to their extremes: Drama and Comedy. One of the main differences between the two series is the difference in art (Honey and Clover is more shoujo) and the ages of the main person. In Honey and Clover it's not only romance, while Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou is merely romance and comedy.

richief611 richief611 says...

Yes, you'd like Honey and Clover if you liked Kare Kano, and you'd like Kare Kano if you liked Honey and Clover. You get the feeling that romance and everyday life will intertwine, but in the end, you understand that they will reach each other once the things in life pass.

Honey and Clover and Kare Kano both give you this idea, and I think that if you liked just one of these two, then you'd liked the other no matter what.

StudioGirlKoi StudioGirlKoi says...

While Honey and Clover is set in college, both Kare Kano and Honey and Clover deal with love relationships with not only the protagonists but others such as their friends. As Takemoto begins to fall for Hagu, in Kare Kano the main male lead Arima starts to fall for Yukino.

Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex is a story of a boy and a girl. The girl, Koizumi Risa, is much taller than the average Japanese girl; and the boy, Atsushi Otani, is much shorter than the average Japanese boy. Due to their immense difference in size and constant bickering with each other, the duo is unwillingly the school’s comic relief. As Risa and Otani continue to provide endless laughter for the masses, their friendship develops; and with that, so does Risa’s feelings for Otani...

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noteDHero noteDHero says...

Honey and Clover and Lovely Complex 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 similarites between the three; the only major differences arising from the color palette.

Merryberry Merryberry says...

So what happens when someone falls in love and the other person never realises? It is this theme that is common to both Honey and Clover and Lovely Complex. Because of the use of comedy and dramatic scenes, you feel that the relationships experienced in the anime are part of your very life. Through in similiar artistic styles and some great interesting script and a combination that covers pretty much every part of relationship forming.

CrazyBeverly96 CrazyBeverly96 says...

Both of these are stories about growing up. The characters must learn to stand on their own two feet and they must make very tough decisions for their future.

Sakamichi no Apollon

Sakamichi no Apollon

Lonely Kaoru Nishimi has lost count of how many times he has moved schools thanks to his father's naval career. Newly landed in Kyushu, he finds most of his classmates instantly antagonistic towards him and suspicious of his elite background. Only two other students seem not to mind who he is – the infamously abrasive Sentarou and the gentle Ritsuko. Unbeknownst to Kaoru they have a passion for jazz, and they're about to pull him out of his stiff, joyless world into theirs of loose, swinging self-expression. Through friendship and frustration, love and despair, Kaoru will learn that life has a wealth of experiences in store for him!

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snivets snivets says...

Although the characters in Sakamichi no Apollon are younger than Honey and Clover's, both shows tell coming-of-age stories about friendship and complex love triangles (or maybe pentangles?) with a serious-dramatic tone and a side of light humor.

AirCommodore AirCommodore says...

Another josei series about a love dodecahedron that's as complex as it is unrequited. While Kids on the Slope features jazz music, and Honey and Clover focuses on art, both are full of characters with passion and drive. If you liked one, and are looking for another mature series with bucket loads of drama, definitely check out the other.

Funari Funari says...

Sakamichi and H&C both center on relationships between people first and art second. While H&C has the main cast doing some rather crazy antics at times, when it comes to drama between people, they're both pretty normal. People have believable issues instead of gigantic problems that would require psychiatric aid. Their relationships are riddled with the same uncertainty most people can recognize. A lot of introspection, stupid decisions and one-sided love with the hope of it turning into something else. Sentaro and Morita also reminded me of each other with their random appearances out of nowhere and complete indifference to what other people thought of them.