HoneyWorks, sometimes called Haniwa (┗|∵|┓), is a circle of music video artists that includes composers/musicians Gom (FernandoP), shito (Chorisu-P), Oji (Kaizoku Ou), cake (Keiki Uto) and Atsuyuk!; and features Yamako and Mogelatte (with Rocoru fulfilling a similar role until 2019) as the primary illustrators.
When they were first formed, HoneyWorks would primarily use Vocaloid voicebanksnote to fill in the vocals for their works, but nowadays the group has increasingly collaborated with other artists (such as CHiCO, sana, and other utaite and idols) to do the singing. In fact, their major music group, CHiCO with HoneyWorks, is often used for professional projects.
Their work splits up some time after the Love Series song "Tokyo Summer Session". The Vocaloid versions of their songs are featured exclusively on their Youtube account, while the human versions are on the Niconico accounts, with some human songs slipping through to Youtube. By the time "Yappa Saikyou!" was released, they have begun to post human and Vocaloid versions of their works on both accounts again, but at a slower rate.
Having a distinctly upbeat music style, their works usually center around themes of "youth" and lighthearted high school love stories, most notably Confession Executive Committee.
Series by Honeyworks:Music Series
- Love & Hate Series
- Taketori Overnight Sensation
- Confession Executive Committee
- The World is Falling in Love
- Yurufuwa Jikkou Iinkai
- Hashiritsuzukete Yokattatte.
- HoneyWorks Premium Live (mobile Rhythm Game)
Tropes found in HoneyWorks' songs:
- Action Girl: The heroine of "Dawn Moonlit Night" and the kid with the ponytail in "Pride the Revolution" can at least hold their own in a fight. They still need to be saved by their love interests, but not without taking out a few enemies along the way.
- Androcles' Lion: The whole premise of "Holy Flag"'s PV. Every person the hero helps throughout the song eventually comes back to fight with him in his party.
- Anti-Hero: The male lead of "Dawn Moonlit Night" fits the bill. All he wants is to give himself and the heroine a better life. And for that, he plans to steal or charge for services, and if his corruption is anything to go by, dive into darkness.
- Bait-and-Switch: "Love's Scenario" involves a Reincarnation Romance, where a girl's lover rescues her from her abusive husband, after which all of them are reborn as modern high school students. At first, the blond guy appears to be the reincarnation of the abusive husband when he accosts the brown-haired boy after seeing him and the girl flirting, but it turns out that the brown-haired one was actually the abusive husband, and was only pretending to be in love with the girl. The girl ultimately realizes that this was why the blond one had confronted him.
- Best Friend: The two leads in "Twins", who are practically inseparable and nothing but supportive of each other. They even stay close to each other in adulthood.
- Break-Up Song:
- "Nakimushi Kareshi" is about how Miku and Len broke up.
- In the sequel, "Hajimari no Sayonara", Miku wants to get back with Len, but realizes that he's moved on to Rin.
- Bittersweet Ending: "Chiisana Lion" ends with Minami turning back into a cat and all memories of his time as a human vanishing, but at least he and Hibiki are still on friendly terms as cat and human respectively.
- The Cameo: By the very nature of most of the PVs, you're bound to run into characters from the other videos hidden in the environment somewhere.
- Creator Cameo:
- In "Sekai wa Koi wo Ochiteiru", CHiCO appears eating in the festival background. She also makes appearances in many of the PVs she has songs for.
- LIP×LIP appears in the background of "Koi wo Shiyou".
- Cannot Spit It Out: In "Tomorrow with You", a high school student gains a one-sided crush on a salary man that she rides the bus with, but she couldn't work up the nerve to talk to him until he drops his phone by mistake. In the end, and a good couple of days later, she finally confesses her feelings and asks for his name as he's getting off his stop.
- Captain Ersatz: Tends to happen whenever there's a music video for one of the Anime Theme Songs or Endings they do:
- For "A Promise That Doesn't Need Words", the two main characters may as well just be Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha.
- "Pride the Revolution" and "Cherry Blossoms Dance at Dawn Today" both have their Gintoki Sakata Expies; the black haired boy who saves his ponytail friend, and the boy with Gintoki's signature white hair and perm respectively. They both take from different parts of him, with the black haired boy taking Gin's tenacity, wooden sword, and heroism, and the white haired boy taking his looks and sentimentality. In the latter's case, the song lyrics almost certainly apply to Gintoki as much as it does the protagonist, and Takasugi gets his own Expy in the sickly boy.
- Characterization Marches On: Len's personality transforms from being a sensitive crybaby in "Nakimushi Kareshi" to a perverted idiot in "Suki Kirai".
- The Corruption: The male lead of "Dawn Moonlit Night" is corrupted into one of the shadow creatures that the heroine faces off against in the climax. However, he's not totally gone, and saves her when she's cornered by a horde of them.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: A lot of their supposedly male songs are sung using female voicebanks. However, they do make songs with male voicebanks occasionally (Len was used in the way early days, and Fukase was used for the all male s×c album albeit with flower again standing in as a guy). Zig zagged when their songs have official human versions; the guy songs are usually sung by men, although albums such as Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo have male focused songs sung by the very female utaite sana.
- Distressed Dude: The boy with the ponytail in the music video for "Pride the Revolution" gets kidnapped by a group, and his black-haired friend goes through hell and almost gets killed trying to save him. The climax reveals it's more of a case of Damsel in Distress instead, and the group that stole her away was more than likely a group of workers from her family estate trying to take her back home.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Chikako and Minato of Hashiritsuzukete Yokattatte originally appeared in the Comiket 91 single Daisuki na Kototte Kuchi ni Dashite Iitai Jan?/Hello Actor!
- The male lead of "Love's Scenario" looks quite a bit like Magic Kaito in the former's first incarnation.
- In "Kessen Spirit", the bespectacled manager of the Futaba High School volleyball team and the the team itself are ones for Kyoko Shimizu and the Karasuno High School men's volleyball team. The PV is even in the manager's perspective, much like the ending animation of Haikyuu!! TO THE TOP is from Kyoko's perspective.
- Gayngst: HoneyWorks is no stranger to the topic of unrequited love, but the very few songs they have concerning gay/LGBT characters mainly focus on those characters suffering from it hard.
- Dolce and "Can An Idol Fall in Love with An Idol?" reveal that Kazuki Haiga has a crush on his groupmate and friend Fuma Shirayuki, but he never tells him and hides his feelings when Fuma starts to get interested in a fellow idol of the opposite sex.
- Chisa Takano in the MV for "Ugly Creatures" is explicitly a lesbian in love with her best friend, but she's terrified of her figuring out. She also has to deal with the pain of watching said friend happily date a guy, even though she's supportive of the relationship.
- It's implied that the black haired boy of the Two Guys and a Girl friend trio in "To You, Who Was My Best Friend in the World" isn't in love with the girl of the group (which he explicitly says to the brown haired boy), but instead the other boy himself. He's also shown crying alone while his friends finally confess to each other.
- Good Parents: The song "Mama", which was dedicated for Mother's Day, features a mother who unconditionally loves and supports her daughter, from the time of her birth to her adulthood, despite the latter's frequent rebellion during her teenage years."Sad words, hurtful words, I heard them so often
But it's alright, I still love you. I couldn't possibly come to hate you.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you are my child,
And I will always say I love you. I don't need to have a reason."
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The friends from "Cherry Blossoms" gave each other inspiration and a reason to fight, and their bonds shape the events of the music video. Amusingly enough, this pair is friends with the Platonic Life-Partners of "Pride Kakumei" as well, just not to the extent of their two-man friendships.
- Idol Singer: Around 2017, HoneyWorks began to produce a ton of content for fictional idol singers. Their Idol Series in Confession Executive Committee features four groups (LIP×LIP, mona, Minami, and Full Throttle4); they began with the Dolce group around the same time and started producing music for them in 2018; and finally, they have a hand in the Virtual Johnny's Project group ASCANA. They also composed songs for many real-life idols and pop singers as well, such as for utaite gone professional or for THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls. 2021 saw to them producing a proper group, Karen na Ivory, and later another called Takane no Nadeshiko.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: "Love Chord" and "The World is Falling in Love" have two friends who are in love with the same boy. The black haired girl, Tsubomi, doesn't act on her feelings, so she just encourages the brown haired girl (Misaki) to go after the boy (Kaname). After Misaki finally finds out that Tsubomi was in love with him too, the situation is reversed a bit: it's implied that she lets her confess to him. You can see that she's upset about something in "Love Chord" and suspiciously near the door to the rooftop, and in "The World is Falling in Love", the silhouette of a girl with slightly longer hair than Misaki is shown taking Kaname by the tie. The novel reveals that this isn't helping anyone, as Kaname is still in love with Misaki and isn't changing his mind at any point because of this kiss.
- Jidaigeki: "Pride the Revolution" and "Cherry Blossoms" takes place in a setting like this. Fitting, as the songs were originally Gintama openings.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: In "Mama", the protagonist's daughter dated, and eventually married, a man who looks very much like her father. In fact, the titular mother approves of the relationship because the guy is "kind like Papa".
- Likes Older Women: The titular Lolibaba of "I Fell in Love with an Old Loli" is actually in her thirties (but looks like a young girl), while her love interest is in his teens or a little older. Not that he minds, anyway; he tells her as much after she shows him her ID.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Most of HoneyWorks' songs have a cheerful tune. Not all of them have an equally happy lyric. A prominent example is "Rockbell" — its tune is seemingly bouncy and positive but the lyrics makes it clear how terrible the cat's life is.
- Mascot: The panda Panmy (representing a girl) and white bear Kumamaru (representing a boy) with heart-shaped ears that make up their mascot duo were featured in the album cover of Rokugen Astrology, and have popped up in many of their videos since. Most will probably recognize them from the "Suki Kirai" PV. Premium Live also adds a honeybee named Hachi.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Although it's not pronounced as most examples, Len and Miku's dynamic in "Nakimushi Kareshi" can be described as such. Len is "the crybaby" and Miku would always be the one to comfort him when he starts crying. By contrast, Miku was said to be "the strong one", because she's the more level-headed and reliable one.
- Nearly Normal Animal: The protagonist/narrator of "Rockbell" is a kitten who thinks like a human, but couldn't communicate with the humans because he's, well, a cat.
- No Ending: Where other HoneyWorks songs have at least a completed arc by the time their songs or music video ends, "Love@Liar" ends right where it began, with the heroine playing in her band, unable to tell her crush the truth.
- Novelization: The circumstances explaining the names, backstory, and plot of the PV characters for "The World is Falling in Love" comes in its "Prologue" light novel. It comes as a bonus on the first CHiCO with HoneyWorks album. "Suki Kirai" and all the associated songs also have a novelization.
- Perspective Flip: "Wolf" is this to "Canele", as it deals with the reason why the boy won't eat the heroine's sweets— he has severe trust issues after an incident with his old girlfriend.
- The Power of Friendship: "Holy Flag" stresses the importance of friendship, having the hero's adventuring party grow through spreading goodwill around. When the hero reaches his darkest hour, the cloaked girl who he saved in the beginning of the video comes just in time to return the favor, and gives his party a full heal and the hero a needed boost to defeat their foe.
- Precocious Crush:
- "Tomorrow, with You" has a high school girl fall for an older salaryman she met one day on the train, and works herself up to confess to him. At the very least, the man ends up acknowledging her crush and tells her his name, which the audience doesn't get to see.
- The heroine of "Nostalgic Rainfall" starts the story with a huge crush on her teacher, Hiro Ogino. The story eventually moves past this, as she grows up and joins him as a colleague.
- Reincarnation Romance: In "Love's Scenario", a rich young lady left her abusive fiance/husband to elope with her poor lover, and died in the process. Flash forward several hundred years later, all three are now ordinary high school students, and the girl is in a relationship with a kindhearted brunet, while a blond Jerkass stands in their way. It turns out that the brunet is the abusive boyfriend and was pretending to love her, and the jerky blond was her previous lover. Both the blond and the girl figured out that the brunet wasn't truly in love with her at different points. The blond and brunet are aware of the reincarnation, but not the girl.
- Romantic Runner-Up: "Gimme Gimme Call" is told from the perspective of one. It looks to be a Childhood Friend Romance between two boys and one girl, and the girl is having trouble picking one friend or the other. The end of the song reveals that both boys were actually gunning for each other and they never really thought of her as a love interest. Cue the couple comforting their heartbroken buddy.
- Sequel Song: "Suki Kirai" is a continuation to "Nakimushi Kareshi", and depicts Len's new pursuit for love after his break up. It is followed by "Hajimari no Sayonara", where Miku is somewhat regretting her decision to break up with Len, but realises that he already has someone else.
- Shōjo Demographic: The PVs take a lot of visual cues from shoujo manga and anime, and particularly shoujo romance. Even the more action-y music videos fall into this.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: "Love@Liar"'s protagonist disguises as a boy, cuts off her hair and dresses more neutrally in order to become a band member like she's always dreamed of being. However, she's also in love with one of the band members (who had fallen in love with her back when she still looked more feminine), but she can't tell him who she is.
- Tender Tears: In "Nakimushi Kareshi", Miku remembers Len as the sensitive one of the two, because he's always crying. She seems to remember the times she cried and laughed with him as the best times they had together.
- Through His Stomach: "Canele" has its heroine try to warm up to a cold, standoffish boy by giving him homemade sweets to eat. He finally relents at the end of the video.
- Tomboy: The kid with the ponytail in "Pride Kakumei" turns out to be this.
- Tsundere: In "Suki Kirai" (lit. Like, Dislike), Rin is constantly irritated by Len's Handsome Lech tendencies, but couldn't help liking him that way.
- Twin Switch: The protagonists of "Hikari Shoumeiron" are a pair of siblings that grew into a thief and a policeman, respectively. When a cop persuades the lawful brother to take down the thief and realizes that he's about to arrest him, he cuts his hair to his brother's length and goes to be arrested in the thief brother's stead. Luckily the thief brother has none of it and rescues him.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While the pair didn't actually end up together, "The Currently Slightly-Rumored God" is about Amaterasu, who is very well-known for her incredible beauty, falling in love with a frankly unattractive human boy who sports a bowl haircut, wears Opaque Nerd Glasses and has exaggerated buck-teeth (Joe from "Yoshino Wants to Run Away"). You don't realize this is the case until the very end, though.
- Subverted when we see him from Yurufuwa Jikkou Iinkai onwards, as he's actually a handsome boy underneath his glasses and teeth but deliberately hides his beauty.
- Umbrella of Togetherness: "November's Rain" features two childhood friends who usually share the boy in the couple's umbrella when going to and from school. When they reunite a few years after he moves away, the protagonist deliberately makes sure she doesn't bring her umbrella so she can share his.
- The Unfair Sex: Kumamaru and Panmy are often used for comic relief, but Kumamaru fawning over various pretty girls will always earn the jealousy and scorn of Panmy while she's free to giggle and flirt with handsome guys without much backlash.
- The 'Verse: As the years go on, we see that most of their PVs take place in the same universe, since many of the characters in the music videos show up in one way or another in the others. The characters from "A Promise That Doesn't Need Words" have the same uniforms as those from "Love's Scenario", the kids from "Love Chord" seem to go to the same middle school as the characters from the ~Love Series~, Haruki shows up in the backstory of "Promise", the white haired boy from "Cherry Blossoms" has the same necklace as the evil boy from "Love's Scenario", many of the high schoolers in the Honey Works discography take the same train, and Amaterasu and Joe sometimes cameo in works, too. It would lated upgrade into a Shared Universe with the addition of the Dolce cast, written by Kiritani rather than the regular HoneyWorks crew.
- Wooden Katanas Are Just Better: As a shout-out to the series that inspired the video, the protagonist of "Pride the Revolution" uses a wooden sword to fight his way into an enemy stronghold and rescue his friend. He and his other friends are trainees at a dojo, so this makes a little bit of sense.
- Writing Around Trademarks: Premium Live can't exactly refer to any of the vocal synthesizer characters by name (even in the case of "Love and Hate", where the characters are simply called Miku, Len and Rin), so they only call them "the girl" or "the boy" when explaining their plots in the music video overviews. They sidestep this in cases where they're playing someone else (such as in "Taketori Overnight Sensation"). In the case of "Heroine Ikusei Keikaku", which uses characters from Johnny & Associates' Virtual Johnny's Project, the overview simply lists the borrowed characters similarly instead of by their actual names, although they weirdly get to keep their unit name ASCANA. The accompanying Talk Live also gets around it by having Hiyori (who actually knew Virtual Johnny's Asuka in every other continuity) simply forget his name.
- World War II: "Your Sky is Sorrowful" take place during this time, when an older brother not quite out of his teens is enlisted in the army and gives a letter to his little brother for his girl to read. He doesn't plan to get back home alive. He doesn't, by the way.