Honey and Clover (ハチミツとクローバー, Hachimitsu to Kuro-ba-) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Umino Chika (羽海野チカ). It is also known as HachiKuro (ハチクロ) and H&C.
The series was adapted to an animated television series by J.C.Staff, initially broadcast on Fuji TV in two seasons from April 14, 2005 to September 26, 2005 and from June 29, 2006 to September 14, 2006. The series was also adapted to a live action movie, which was released in theaters in Japan on July 22, 2006, and two separate live-action television dramas in 2008, one broadcast in Japan on Fuji TV from January 8, 2008 to March 18, 2008 and the other broadcast in Taiwan on CTS beginning on May 25, 2008.
Takemoto Yuuta, Mayama Takumi and Morita Shinobu are three young men who live in the same apartment complex and are students at an art college in Tokyo. One day, they are introduced to Hanamoto Hagumi, the daughter of a cousin of Hanamoto Shuuji, an art professor, who has come to live with Hanamoto and has become a first year art student at the art school that everyone attends. Yuuta and Shinobu both fall in love with Hagu, but Yuuta hides his feelings and tries to be a friend to Hagu while Shinobu expresses his love in ways that seem only to scare Hagu, such as calling her “Mousey” and constantly photographing her. Hagu herself, though initially timid and afraid of company, gradually warms up to the three.
The group comes to include Yamada Ayumi, a master of pottery who is well known by her nickname “Tetsujin” (Iron Lady), who becomes very close to Hagu. When not at school, she helps run the family liquor store.
The story follows these five characters in their love triangles, unrequited love, graduating from college, finding jobs, and learning more about themselves.
It is quite a refreshing anime to watch. Especially if you have interest about art, you will definitely find it most enjoyable!
Here is the opening of the first season!