Honey x Honey DROPS is a manga that is far from my usual genres (at least in manga). I liked it fine, but let me preface everything by saying that this manga is for mature audiences only. It deals with a lot of sexual topics and includes some nudity.
In order for me to explain the plot, I need to first explain how the school system works. Within the elite school that the main character, Hagino Yuzuru, attends, there is a class called the Kuge, which is for the Masters. The Masters are a group of high school teenagers from esteemed families. Each Master chooses a Honey to assist them through the school year. These Honeys will, for compensation, attend school for free. For Hagino Yuzuru, this is important because her family isn’t well off and her little brother is attending a private music school.
Yuzuru’s Master is Renge Kai, a boy with a bad reputation for being a player. Kai is a very forceful individual and thinks badly of Yuzuru for accepting the position as his Honey for money (even though it was him who forced her into the position); he believes that she is no better than a prostitute, therefore, he treats her like one to begin with. After a while, their relationship grows into something a bit more, but without hardships. There’s one other Master, Yurioka Chihaya, (who refuses to have a Honey) who wants to separate them using any means possible. He’ll play his part throughout the entire series while another antagonist steps in. This person is Kai’s fiance, Kayaka.
The characters are well rounded and the manga touches on the relationships of the other Masters and their Honeys as well. Yuzuru is one of those characters that I don’t usually like. She’s “ditsy” and annoying at times. She’s like a child half the time and you just wait for her to start crying again. My favorite characters, though, were Kuki Genjo, Sakuragi Nayuta, and Yurioka Chihaya. Genjo and Nayuta are Honey and Master and they’ve been together since childhood (^_^ MOE!!).
The artwork was my biggest problem with this manga. I hate how the girls and kids faces are drawn. They look like aliens because the faces are so thin and the eyes are so huge. The guys are drawn very well and I love the profiles most of all. It’s also very easy to read, too. There isn’t too many side notes or too many words all over the place to confuse you.
I had the most fun with this manga just waiting to see what Chihaya would do next! If you like this sort of thing, you should definitely check it out. It’s not something that I would read again, but I’d recommend it to anyone interested in high school drama, romance, and Ecchi.
This manga consists of 8 volumes, 45 chapters.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10