Out Tuesday on DVD was the live-action version of Honey and Clover (subtitled). I’m curious about it. I enjoyed reading the manga, but I suspect seeing the characters “in person” would make them even easier to relate to (and distinguish).
The plot is the same — college students find love and make life decisions while pursuing their art. However, in the manga, the childlike Hagumi appears elfin and blonde. Based on pictures, in the movie, she still looks young and vulnerable, but I find her much more acceptable and human-looking. And not quite as creepily young.
Sho Sakurai and Yu Aoi, who play Takemoto and Hagumi, also both appeared in Hula Girls, another Viz Pictures release. The Honey and Clover disc has cast interviews as a bonus feature. Find out more at the movie website.