Ξ August 6th, 2009 | → 2 Comments | ∇ The Anime Annals |
I’ll be completing the post for the Summer ’09 anime season (or at least what I’m watching of it) in (yet another) few days, mainly because (a) I’m a little tied up around here what with job-hunting, house-cleaning (in-lieu-of-rent), and taking-care-of-business modes, and (b) when not in said modes, I’ve been completely involved in mini-marathonning an older series, Honey and Clover. What a delightful surprise this series has been!
It’s very much a straight slice-of-life show, with equal doses of romance, drama, and comedy thrown in. But the characters are really what drives this story as we track these starving art students at first through college and then onward into their discoveries of real life and their interactions with the real world, their close relationships with each other and the various shifting love triangles that ensue between them. Even this is oversimplifying it though, and I’d suggest merely watching it without pre-suppositions to fully enjoy it. If you can remember (or are going through) those years, then this series will resonate with you.
And now I’ll tell you how to watch it for free, legally, online! The following link will send you to the ever-reliable Anime News Network’s encyclopedia entry for Honey and Clover where you’ll see a button to “Watch it now!” After reading the synopsis (and noting the rating, so you’ll know that it’s high regard isn’t simply mine), click the button and away you’ll go You’ll probably have to put up with a minimal advertisement or two, but that’s kind of the price you pay to watch it streaming. At the least, you’ll be able to check out a few episodes and see if you don’t get hooked like I did. They only have the first 12 episodes, so be forewarned that to get the rest you may have to satisfy your addiction through YouTube or Veoh, since Crunchyroll doesn’t have it. Or, through “other means”. *cough*
By the way, if you’re into the darker stuff, they also have the excellent Phantom – Requiem for the Phantom, which is still ongoing since the spring, and one other series I’ve been addicted to. Check out this review at ANN, and then watch it on their streaming site via the right-hand link on their home page. The article is very right on, and the series is gripping, suspenseful, and at times quite intense. And the OP, “Karma” is beautiful, haunting, and very, very apt…
…unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the OP featuring Karma, just an extended version over a still photo So, knowing how you much prefer some action, here’s an official promotional video:
Gotta go; have fun