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->''"Is something that will disappear the same as something that never existed?"''

''Honey and Clover'' depicts the lives of the students of an art college in Tokyo. It centers mostly around three young men, Yuta, Takumi and Shinobu, who live in a run-down apartment complex and who have become very close friends.

One day one of the art professors introduces Hagumi (Hagu), his cousin's extremely talented daughter from the countryside. Hagumi looks very young for her age and is shy toward strangers, which doesn't prevent Yuta and Shinobu from falling in love with her immediately. Both boys are awkward in their ways of showing their affections though, which leads to a very delicate [[LoveTriangle love triangle]].

Takumi also finds himself in love, this time with an older woman, while another student, Ayumi, in turn is in love with him. This love triangle actually gets the most attention at first, emphasizing the hopelessness of both people's unreciprocated feelings and leading to much of the drama during the first series.

''Honey and Clover'' started out as a {{josei}} manga series, serialized in various magazines from 2000 till its ending in 2006. It has been adapted into two anime series. A [[LiveActionAdaptation live action movie adaptation]] has been released in 2006 and two TV dramas (in Japan and then Taiwan) started airing in 2008. Yes, it's ''that'' popular.

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!!Tropes:

* AirVoyance: A platonic version involving Takemoto swearing at Morita's plane.
* AbortedDeclarationOfLove: Happens quite a lot.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Taken to the extreme, [[spoiler:except in one case and subverted in another.]]
* AmusingInjuries
* ArtShift: It happens on occasion, usually when looking at one of Hagu's works or in one DVD-only episode, where the art style (and scenery) shifts to something out of a {{Shoujo}} manga. It's even [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] in show with the following line: "You've turned into a shoujo manga character!"
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Life goes on, but Yuta has to say goodbye to the object of his unrequited love, Hagu, and is left with bittersweet memories of his college days]].
* BlankWhiteEyes: Happens a lot to Hagu. Not surprisingly, considering the idiocy she gets confronted with.
* BlueWithShock: Often appears with the BlankWhiteEyes whenever Morita does something. Or when Ayu cooks.
* BoringReturnJourney: Takemoto's trip back from [[spoiler:Hokkaido.]]
* BrokeEpisode: One of the DVD-only episodes, Chapter L, was one of these taken to extremes, flashing back to a period when everyone in the apartment was desperate for meat.
* BrokenBird: Rika Harada is one, physically as well as emotionally.
* CampGay: The Fujiwara Brothers ([[SuperMarioBrothers Mario and Luigi]]) who head Fujiwara Design Bureau.
* CannotSpitItOut
* CannotTalkToWomen: Yamazaki. Attributed to his education in an all boys institute.
* CherryBlossoms: The traditional 'cherry blossom viewing party' is a RunningGag in the series' first season, especially with Morita using it as a means of earning money.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Shinobu Morita, although also Hagu arguably qualifies.
* CountryMouse: Hagumi.
* CutesyDwarf: Hagumi.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Kaoru.
* EmptyFridgeEmptyLife: Triggers [[spoiler:Takemoto]]'s CharacterDevelopment.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Lohmeyer-senpai. End of any argument.
* ExtremeDoormat: Takemoto, before his CharacterDevelopment.
* FoodPorn: When the food isn't cooked by [[LethalChef Yamada or Hagu]], that is.
* FourLeafClover: A recurring theme throughout the series, culminating in the heart-wrenching ending.
* GenerationXerox: The subtle [[spoiler:Shuuji/Rika/Harada]] love triangle greatly resembles the Takemoto/Hagu/Morita love triangle. Their personalities are similar, and (technically) [[spoiler:both Harada and Morita get their respective girls, except Morita doesn't get to keep Hagu, in spite of their feelings for each other.]]
* GeniusDitz: While being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} as stated above, Morita is also pretty much TheAce when it comes to anything involving art- to the point of winning an Academy Award at the end.
* GentleGiant: Lohmeyer-senpai.
* GrowingUpSucks
* HeroicBuild: Lohmeyer senpai
* HimeCut: Yamada.
* IGotARock: Shuuji comes back to the art school early and gives the girls expensive gifts, while giving the boys "a stamp, a postcard, and a rock."
* InformedAbility: Hagu's art as depicted in the series is fine, but for someone who is supposedly extremely talented, it isn't anything special, though that's probably due to the mangaka's own style and skill more than anything.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.
* {{Josei}}
* JourneyToFindOneself: What everyone thinks [[spoiler:Takemoto]] is embarking on when he goes missing.
* LeftHanging: The show ends without answering [[spoiler:whether Hagu's hand will be fine or what actually happens with the other relationships]].
** That can be seen as an example of RealityIsUnrealistic.
* LethalChef: Yamada, Hagu
* LiveActionAdaptation
* LoveHurts: In several varieties.
* LoveTriangle: Two of 'em. Three if you count a possible one in the backstory.
* ManChild: Hagu, who is 18 but acts about half her age--just the way she looks.
* MediumBlending: The first intro.
* {{Megane}}: Mayama, Nomiya
* MoodWhiplash
* {{Motifs}}: The Wheel (Ferris Wheel, Bicycle Wheel) is often used as a metaphor for love and relationships in the first season.
* PerpetualPoverty: This ''is'' college/art school, and the first time in the lives of the characters that they're living out on their own. Used for gags in the early part of the manga, before the main story finds its feet.
* ThePromise: Morita and Hagu promise each other that they will make great art to show each other in the future, and Hagu promises that she'll always be watching over him.
* RaceForYourLove: More like "Race For Your Rival." See AirVoyance.
* RecapEpisode: The second season's first episode is basically a retelling of the events in the first season.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Oh so many of them.
* SceneryPorn: The anime is just full of soft colors and prettiness.
* SliceOfLife
* SmokingIsCool: Hanamoto-sensei and Mayama seem to perpetuate this stereotype, or try to.
* SparklingStreamOfTears
* StarvingStudent: Most of the cast
* TheOtherDarrin: Takamoto's original voice actor, Kamiya Hiroshi, was hospitalized and replaced by Nojima Kenji for episode 12 of the second season. Kamiya rerecorded the episode for the DVD version.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: When Takemoto [[spoiler:got on his bike and left home to see how far he can go without looking back]], the others refused to help him because they believed he was trying to "find himself." They thought this because apparently Professor Hanamoto tried to do the same thing. [[StopHelpingMe Seven times.]]
* ThunderShock: Used for humor, such as when Mayama and Takemoto first sampled some of the LethalChef cooking in Episode 7 of the first season.
* TitleDrop: Not literally, but [[spoiler:the honey and clover sandwiches Hagu gives to Takemoto]] count.
* TrainStationGoodbye
* WeirdMoon: With moving pictures on its surface.
* WifeHusbandry: An interpretation of [[spoiler:Hagu and Shuu, as Hagu chooses Shuu over Morita (who she is in love with) because she feels Shuu can take care of her better (after she gets into an accident where she may not be able to paint again).]]
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