Honey & Clover – 23
To make enough money to buy a new bicycle, Takemoto will need to work for 10 days. However, he finds himself mostly useless to the repair crew, working mostly as their cook. Back home, Rika wants to hire Yamada to make more pottery despite Mayama’s efforts to keep them apart. Miwako advises Mayama to let Yamada see him around Rika, and he worries about how to let her off gently. Meanwhile, Takemoto has finished his 10 days work, and Rokutaru makes it known that he wants Takemoto to leave. The chief returns and advises Takemoto that he should continue riding. After a walk and talk with Shin, Takemoto realizes that he can’t be scared and should keep going. The day he leaves, the group sends him off with several parting gifts, including a free bike.
I have remarkably little to say about this episode, which may in itself tell you how I feel about it. There are some good laughs, some touching scenes, and more development of all the central characters. As we move toward the end, I am left unsure of how they will satisfactorily conclude all the storylines since it seems that there’s a ton of plot to wrap up.
I was wondering the other day how Honey and Clover is going to run 26 episodes if Paradise Kiss starts on October 13th in the same time slot. If H&C were to run the full 26, then the last episode would fall on the same day as the premiere as ParaKiss. So it came as little surprise when Garten posted that H&C would only run 24 episodes, with the last two most likely side stories to be featured on the DVD. Now I’m really curious how this series will end this week.