Honey So Sweet Volume 1
Back in middle school, Nao Kogure came across a young man injured in the rain. Thinking that he looked like a delinquent she decided not to get overly involved with him but leaves him an umbrella and some bandages before running away. After starting high school, this same young man that she once helped turns up at her classroom with a big bouquet of flowers and asks her to go on a date with him with the intention of someday getting married. She agrees because she is afraid of him and thus starts their awkward relationship and journey into adulthood.
The Good and the Bad
Halfway through the first volume of Honey So Sweet I wanted to quit. Three quarters of the way through the volume I wanted to throw it across the room.
Let me be clear, this is a perfectly fine volume of manga if you’re into a sugary sweet story that has absolutely zero substance to it and spends the majority of its pages going absolutely nowhere. If you actually want a genuine story to follow that has intrigue, this is not the book that you’re looking for which is a shame because it starts off so promisingly.
Within the first couple of pages, the story is set up for the reader: girl does something nice for a stranger on a rainy day, guy turns up at her school and asks her out on a date with the intention of getting married one day, she says yes because she’s afraid of him but discovers that he’s actually a nice guy. That is a premise that could go in all sorts of wonderful and intriguing directions but instead this volume squanders the opportunity and introduces annoying side characters and tropey events such as an overnight camping trip that comes complete with a test of courage.
Perhaps I would’ve liked this volume more had the writing been more engaging but the personalities displayed by the characters are just flat and uninteresting. There’s barely even any conflict to spur the reader on.
It’s always nice to be able to say something along the lines of ‘at least the art is good’ but sadly I can’t even say that in this case. The artwork in this volume is decent but absolutely nothing to write home about. The designs for the main characters are as plain as the writing and there are no real backgrounds to speak of (that I noticed at least).
When I first read the premise for this series, I was genuinely excited to start reading but that excitement soon turned into utter disappointment. There are certain to be people out there who will enjoy this series but I can’t imagine that there will be many. Flat writing and art makes it very easy for me to pass on this one. Don’t worry about adding this one to your collection as it will be forgotten by the end of the year.
Final Grade: D+