I don’t remember crying this much over an anime, save maybe Ruruoni Kenshin’s final OVA. Warning! Spoilers ahead!
Honey and Clover’s Season 2 Chapter 12 was such a bitterwsweet, pull out your heart and leave it bleeding episode. But it was so beautiful. Honey and Clover is a wonderful coming of age anime, it’s not exactly romance but all the elements of love are there and in this final episode, everything’s coming to an end. And what a magnificent closure it was. Excuse me while I soak my head for a minute after crying so much.
Honestly, I truly give 5 fives out of 5 for this anime–it’s really that good and there’s also a live action movie of it coming out.
This last episode takes off after Hagu gets injured and her drawing hand got sliced up by the falling glass. After Morita’s “Hagu-napping” and their own restrained confession of love, Hagu stays the night with Morita but when she wakes up, her hand is swollen so she panics. Morita tries to stop her from leaving him, he told her it doesn’t matter if she can ever draw again but Hagu cries and tells him, “I’ll die if I can’t draw anymore!” Morita takes her to the hospital where Hagu chooses Sensei Hanamoto Shuuji, her “acting guardian” to be the one to stay with her for the rest of her life because she just wants to draw again.
It turns out, Hanamoto Sensei has been in love (actually, I’m not sure if in love or has loved) with Hagu all along and he gave up everything just to take care of her and help her recover her operated right hand and draw again. So Hanamoto Sensei resigned from his work as a professor leaving Takemoto and Morita feeling as though they can never catch up to Hanamoto Sensei’s selfless sacrifice.
It was Yamada who asked the question Honey & Clover viewers were all dying to ask, “I thought that Hagu-chan was in love with Morita..”
Mayama: She is in love with him.
Yamada: Then why?
Mayama: I think its a matter of what her purpose in life is.
Yamada: Purpose in life..?
Mayama: Yeah. Love is the reason for some but not for others. Hagu-chan is motivated by her desire to accomplish something.. I believe.
Yamada: Is that more important than love?
Mayama: It’s not a matter of which is more important or which is right. It is not an act of selfishness either. She chooses instinctively before she has time to think it through..
But I guess the biggest tearjerker of all was Takemoto’s goodbye at the train with Hagu. I can’t help it, I sobbed my eyes out. When Hagu jumped up to hug Takemoto, it was a moment well worth a few sniffles but the at the end of that scene, you’ll see why the title is Honey and Clover and my goodness, I was crying rivers when Hagu said, “Please…please let there be as much happiness as possible for you…” And Takemoto opened the package she gave him to find sandwiches with honey and clover spread inside.
With tears running down his face as he ate the sandwich, Takemoto thought, “Hagu-chan, I’ve been thinking all this time… and I’ve been wondering..whether there’s any meaning to a failed love. Is it something that will disappear the same as something that never existed? Now I know. There is a meaning. There was a meaning. Right here. Hagu-chan…I’m so glad…that I fell in love with you…”
A clover flies in the wind, carrying wishes of five people who loved, lost, maintained bonds and formed many memories.
In the end, Morita is in Hollywood, working hard so that one day, he’d once again show Hagi all his creations, Takemoto is working in a shrine in Morioka, Rika and Mayama are back in Spain, Yamada and Nomiya are seeing each other and Hagu and Sensei are working on her rehabilitation.
*sniffles* Pass the tissue please. Here’s the link to the last episode. It’s totally beautiful. Watch Honey and Clover!!! It’s definitely worth it!