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Cutie Honey (キューティーハニー Kyūtī Hanī?, also spelled Cutey Honey) is a Japanese media franchise created by Go Nagai. Cutie Honey first appears on volume 41 of the 1973 edition of Shōnen Champion. According to Nagai, she is the first female to be the protagonist of a shōnen manga series.

The franchise spans many works, including numerous manga series, two animated TV series, two OVA series, two drama CDs, and two live action adaptations. The first anime, aired in 1973, is considered a magical girl series in retrospect. The animated and live-action versions share a common theme song, which has been covered many times by different performers. While Honey's exact appearance differs among the various versions, they all portray her as an outwardly ordinary girl named Honey Kisaragi, who can transform into the busty, red or pink-haired heroine Cutie Honey and other specialized forms to fight against assorted villains who threaten her or her world. One of the trademarks of the character is that all of these transformations involve the temporary loss of all her clothing in the brief interim from changing from one form to the other.

Nagai's inspiration for the character of Honey comes from classic shows that featured protagonists who took seven different forms, including the Bannai Tarao mysteries and Rainbowman (1972). Honey is notable for being mischievous for a Japanese female hero, often teasing her male friends and mocking her enemies in combat. When transforming into Cutie Honey in the anime, she gives a brief rundown of the forms she has previously taken in that particular episode, and then declares, "But my true identity is ..." before yelling "Honey Flash!" and transforming.

1970s versionsEdit

The original works of the franchise were a TV series and two different manga series. One manga was made by Go Nagai and the other by Ken Ishikawa. Nagai's 1973 manga was republished in 1985 as a single volume, but no further versions of Honey were produced until 1992. While Nagai's manga was marketed as "SFコミックス" ("science fiction comics"), the Toei anime is considered, at least in retrospect, a magical girl series.

In these versions, Honey Kisaragi is a regular Catholic schoolgirl, until the day her father is murdered by the "Panther Claw" organization. After his death, she learns she is actually an android created by him and within her is a device that can "create matter from the air" (空中元素固定装置 kūchū genso kotei sōchi, variously translated as "[atmospheric] element condenser mechanism", "Fixed System of Air Elements", "Airborne Element Solidifier", etc.). With her cry of "Honey Flash!" she can use the device to transform into the sword-wielding red-haired superhero, Cutie Honey. This device, or similar devices, have been used to explain her powers in all later Honey versions.

While attending the Saint Chapel School for Girls, Honey seeks revenge against the Panther Claw, which is ruled by an ancient primordial evil known as Panther Zora and her younger sibling Sister Jill. Zora wants "the rarest items in the world" and seeks Honey's device, while Jill, leader of the group's division in Japan, "only wants the finest riches" and has a crush on Honey. Honey's best friend at school is the cute, freckle-faced Aki "Nat-chan" Natsuko. In the manga, Nat-chan, as well as the other students, had a crush on Honey; this crush was downplayed in the TV series.

Honey is aided in her quest by Danbei Hayami and his two sons, journalist Seiji and young Junpei. Danbei is based on the character Daemon from Go Nagai's prior work Abashiri Family. Nagai's manga also borrows the character Naojiro from that series (in a female form named Sukeban Naoko); the anime borrows the Paradise School, along with the characters Naojiro and Goeman (a teacher at the school) from the series.

TV seriesEdit

The Cutie Honey TV series began on October 13, 1973 and ran until March 30, 1974. The TV series is much tamer than the manga version, removing much of the violence, gross out humor and lesbian undertones, but retaining Miss Alphonne's attraction to Honey.

Originally, Cutie Honey was meant to be a shōjo series like the later Cutie Honey Flash, focusing more on Honey and Shun Kazama (Seiji)'s relationship and lacking any nudity or excessive violence. A great deal of merchandising was initially planned, such as 'changing' dolls of Honey. The manga was slated to run in the monthly Ribbon magazine, and the series was set to air at 7:00 on NET TV, a timeslot previously held by mahō shōjo (magical girl) series. However, the timeslot was given to Miracle Shōjo Limit-Chan (which garnered poor ratings) and Cutie Honey was going to air on the hour show, Majū Kaijin Daihenshin!!! which previously aired Micord S and Devilman. Because of this, Cutie Honey was now going to be a shōnen (young boys') series, making it the first magical girl series for boys. To make it appeal to a young male audience, more action was added and Go Nagai proposed to draw Honey nude during her transformations.

In the series, Honey Kisaragi is a 16-year-old girl who discovers she is a super android after her father is killed by Panther Claw. The Panther Claw hopes to attain "unlimited wealth" and to steal the device within Honey created by her father, which would allow them to "create an endless supply of jewels".

At school, Honey is something of a "class clown" who enjoys teasing and pranking her teachers Alphonne and Miharu. Much of the comic relief in the original TV series comes from Honey's exploits at school. Miharu initially sees Honey as an incorrigible pest, but Alphonne is attracted to Honey and goes out of her way to be nice to her.

Honey is aided by the Hayami family in her battle. The eldest son, Seiji, is the first person to discover Honey's secret. He meets Honey by chance, and swears to help her. His father Danbei and brother Junpei also grow very fond of Honey. Later in the series, Honey meets Danbei's nephew Naojiro. He is the "boss" of Paradise School, a low-life school filled with delinquent boys. Honey joins the school and becomes the new "boss".

Honey has a large array of transformations in this series, her most common personae including: Some of Cutie Honey's forms in the TV series, as shown in Tokuma Shoten's Cutie Honey Roman Album Archive book. Clockwise from top right: Kisaragi, Misty, Idol, Hurricane, Cutie.*Hurricane Honey (biker). A woman who is "cool" with her motorcycle, anytime she needs to escape.

  • Misty Honey (singer). A rockstar with a dusty voice, who uses her microphone as a weapon.
  • Idol Honey (stewardess). A woman disguised as a flight attendant.
  • Flash Honey (cameraman). A reporter who blinds her opponents with her camera's "flash".
  • Fancy Honey (model). A classy model who uses a long-stick cigar as a weapon.
  • Cutie Honey (heroine). A sword-wielding pink-haired warrior of love.

In 1992, Nagai wrote that the idea to create the "Seven Transformations" hero was pitched by a Toei producer; he notes that his decision to make the protagonist a "female android" came from female characters from his previous works, Harenchi Gakuen and Abashiri Family, and from the character Maria from Metropolis.

Outside of Japan, the only two countries in which the original Cutie Honey TV series was released were France, where it aired under the title Cherry Miel ("Cherry Honey") from August 1988 to February 1989 and Germany were it aired on German TV-Channel Sat1 under its original title Cutie Honey. In October 2012, Discotek Media announced they will release a DVD boxset of the series in North America in 2013.

For an anime television series, the original Cutie Honey achieved respectable ratings in Japan, and some of its cast and crew have worked on other major titles. The series achieved a peak rating of 11.6% for episode 18 (broadcast February 11, 1974) and generally scored ratings of around 8-10%. Shingo Araki, the character designer and animation director for the series, would later work on Saint Seiya and many others. Eiko Masuyama, who voices Honey in this series, has also worked in Lupin III series and films, voicing Lupin's associate and love (or lust) interest Fujiko Mine. Masaki Tsuji, the series' chief writer, scripted episodes of numerous other filmed works (both anime and otherwise), including Attack No. 1, Urusei Yatsura, Go Nagai's previous Devilman, Sally, the Witch, and Dr. Slump, and is also a published science-fiction writer.

1990s versionsEdit

Cover of Part 1 of Volume 2 of Cutie Honey '90, showing major villain Sister Jill holding a whip.The first new versions of Cutie Honey since the 1970s include the New Cutie Honey OVA and the Cutie Honey Flash TV series. The OVA is set after the events of the original versions, while the TV series is a re-imagining of those events.

A 1992 manga series was also created by Nagai; set 30 years after the originals, it was released in the United States in 1997 by the now-defunct Studio Ironcat, as Cutie Honey '90. It has received criticism for having "bad quality" and "clumsy"-looking characters.

In 1995 a Honey game, Cutey Honey FX (キューティーハニーFX Kyūtī Hanī FX?), was developed by Datawest and released by NEC.

New Cutie HoneyEdit

In 1994, New Cutie Honey was released. Jessica Calvello, the voice of Honey in the English language version, was hand-picked by Nagai. The series, which ended with eight episodes in 1995, pays homage to some of Nagai's other works, including the Mazinger and Devilman series. While the first four episodes contain a complete story, the last four episodes take a monster of the week approach. When the series was released on DVD in 2004, a scripted but unfilmed episode 9, a Christmas story, was released as a drama CD. The eight filmed episodes were released by ADV Films in the United States; the series remains the only Cutie Honey anime to be commercially released in the US.

Cutie Honey FlashEdit

In 1997, a shōjo Cutie Honey series, known as Cutie Honey Flash or Cutie Honey F, assumed the timeslot of Sailor Stars, the final story arc of the long-running Sailor Moon anime. Employing many of the same animation staff, including Stars animation director Miho Shimagasa, Flash features very similar character designs and fits the more traditional mold of magical girl series, aimed at the Moon demographic. The series was also broadcast in Germany.

Honey has a large array of transformations in this series as well, including versions of her original form Hurricane Honey and Cutie Honey. All the characters from the original TV series return, with the exception of Junpei, Naojiro, and the staff of Paradise School. The anime also introduces Misty Honey, a rival and self-proclaimed younger sister of Cutie Honey, whose name was chosen through a contest in Japan. Cutie Honey Flash uses hand-drawn animation; according to Shimagasa, the use of digitally animated characters on hand-painted backgrounds was planned and tested, but later rejected.

Later versionsEdit

Cutie Honey works produced since 2000 include the franchise's first live-action versions (a 2004 film and a 2007 TV series) and an OVA.

Several new manga versions have also been produced. The first, Cutie Honey, the legend of an angel (キューティーハニー天女伝説 kyūtī hanī tennyo densetsu?, lit. Legend of the Tennyo), ran from 2001 to 2003. The second, Cutie Honey a Go Go! (キューティーハニー a Go Go! Kyūtī Hanī a Go Go?), ran from 2003 to 2005; it was not fully released until October 2007. The third, Cutie Honey Seed (キューティーハニーSEED Kyūtī Hanī Shīdo?), ran from 2004 to 2006; it was "written by Go Nagai, but not drawn by him", and tells the story of a boy named Yuuta, a Cutie Honey fan, who meets an alien with powers similar to those of Honey.

2004 filmEdit

The 2004 Cutie Honey film, produced by Gainax and directed by Hideaki Anno, stars popular Japanese model Eriko Sato as Honey. The tokusatsu (live-action) film loosely retells the story of Cutie Honey's battle against the Panther Claw to defend humanity and avenge her father. The movie was released direct-to-DVD in the United States on April 17, 2007 by Bandai Entertainment. Previously, the New Cutie Honey OVA was the only incarnation of Cutie Honey to have been commercially released in the US. It is very popular in Thai culture, and was distributed by Sutida Inc media conglomerate.

Re: Cutie HoneyEdit

Gainax also produced Re: Cutie Honey, a three-episode OVA series. It was first shown on Animax, with the first episode airing on July 24, 2004, two months after the live-action film was released. DVD releases for each episode followed, with the first on September 21. The OVA tells the same story as the film, but contains nudity and additional character development. While Hideaki Anno directed the series in general, each episode also had its own director and the three episodes differed in style.

Cutie Honey: The LiveEdit

A live-action TV remake, Cutie Honey: The Live, premiered on TV Tokyo on October 2, 2007. Starring gravure idol Mikie Hara as Honey, the series focuses on a set of three transforming girls with different personalities, and a Panther Claw run by four leaders.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Throughout the original series and onward, Cutie Honey has had a variety of powers and attacks used to defeat various Panther Claw forces. Among her basic abilities she is capable of driving or piloting any man-made vehicle even when not in one of her alternate forms, jumping extremely high into the air over a hundred feet, super speed even while underwater, and has a high resistance to extreme temperatures such as the arctic or the heat emitted from inside a volcano. Honey also possesses several gadgets including see through glasses that grant X-Ray vision although this is only used in her Honey Kisaragi form, ear rings that can amplify audio such as talking from long distances, and boots that allow her to walk on vertical surfaces as well as ceilings. Her primary weapon is a razor boomerang disguised as an arm band called the Honey Boomerang that can cut through most materials. On her necklace from the Element Change Device she can emit an electric beam called the Honey Beam. For her finishing weapon, Honey uses the Silver Fleurette, an extremely sharp sword she wields with great skill and can sometimes transmit the Honey Beam through for a more accurate shot. The Silver Fleurette can also at rare times be used to spawn a whirlpool underwater called the Honey Storm and emit fire from the tip. Finally, Honey can use a combination of the Silver Fleurette with the Element Change Device to create jewels out of the atomic structure of the air called the Honey Special although this is only used in the final episode to use Sister Jill's greed against her.

Panther Claw ForcesEdit

The Panther Claw crime syndicate is a secret organization with vast amounts of resources that has tried to steal the Element Change Device from Honey and are led by the demonic sisters of Panther Zora and Sister Jill with the former being the older sibling and overall leader. Despite their use of magic they use only androids in their organization including those that join to become their cyborg slaves as implied by Sea Panther in episode 12.

  • Panthers: Appear throughout the series. Powers include super speed, a variety of guns, capable of driving a wide variety of vehicles, and human disguises.
  • Sister Jill: Appears throughout the series. Powers include a human disguise, a flammable wind-like barrier from her belt buckle, conducting electricity by touch, high jumping, a whip that can throw fire balls, bombs, and a pet bat that transports crystal balls.
  • Black Claw: Appears in episode 1. Powers include an extensible set of metal claws for the right hand, a panther claw on the head, teleportation, can launch her claw arms, and talons on the left hand.
  • Fire Claw: Appears in episodes 1 and 2. Powers include manipulating fire from her finger tips and high jumping.
  • Tomahawk Claw: Appears in episodes 2 and 3. Powers include teleportation, ax-like wings that grant flight and are used as weapons, disguising herself as a human although this disguise does not work on cameras, bombs disguised as diamonds, and body electric rays.
  • Badfly Claw: Appears in episodes 3 and 4. Powers include wings that grant flight and hurricane force winds, size changing from that of a human to thirty feet, green electric bolts from the eyes, wing needles, and a whip.
  • Tarantula Panther: Appears in episodes 4 and 5. Powers include hypnotic eye beams, webs from the fingers, a human disguise, and morphing her hair into fire.
  • Scissors Claw: Appears in episodes 5 and 6. Powers include a bladed scissor-like claw for the right hand, a sword, super speed, and high jumping.
  • Iron Shadow: Appears in episodes 6 and 7. Powers include a barbed whip, a black panther with superhuman reflexes named Jango, superhuman athleticism, and a foil sword.
  • Octo Panther: Appears in episodes 7 and 8. Powers include limb extension, suction cups on the arms and legs, a panther claw on the forehead, swimming, and mouth ink.
  • Jumbo Panther: Appears in episodes 8 and 9. Powers include ultrasonic whistling that can control birds and self inflation to reduce velocity when falling.
  • Cutter Claw: Appears in episodes 9 and 10. Powers include creating realistic illusions, summoning fog and a cursed castle called the Cursed Fog, a human disguise, talons on the fingers, a high pain resistance, super speed, and tentacle hair.
  • Breast Claw: Appears in episodes 10 and 11. Powers include an extendable arm from each mammary gland called the Breast Arms, strength, and invisibility.
  • Sea Panther: Appears in episodes 11 and 12. Powers include swimming, hypnotic eye waves, high jumping, sharp claws, super speed, summoning a ghost ship based on a 17th-century pirate ship with a crew of skeletons, and water manipulation. According to her she was originally a mermaid named Marara before being turned into an android by Panther Zora to one day avenge her late sister, Chiruru. Her appearance would later influence other Go Nagai female creatures such as Mephisto Dance and Devil Lady.
  • Blade Panther: Appears in episode 13 and has no official name. Powers include teleportation, a dagger on each limb, and superhuman athleticism.
  • Dynamite Claw: Appears in episode 14. Powers include a human disguise, dynamite strength explosive pearls, wall crawling, high jumping, reinforce fangs, and a highly explosive body.
  • Snake Panther: Appears in episode 15. Powers include a pair of metallic whip harpoons from the back of the head with regenerative properties, mouth flames, high jumping, morphing into a fire ball for long range travel, a cobra connected to the back of her head, and morphing the lower half of her body into a gigantic snake.
  • Spin Claw: Appears in episodes 15 and 16. Powers include a small blade disc on a wire, dozens of bladed discs from here skirt, high jumping, and launchable hair needles.
  • Aurora Claw: Appears in episodes 16 and 17. Powers include turning into an aurora whirlwind called the Aurora Storm, a whip with hypnotic properties, and a squad of unicorn horned sea lions with mouth flames.
  • Coral Claw: Appears in episodes 17 and 18. Powers include high jumping, coral spikes from the back that can be launched like projectiles, and mouth flames. She heavy resembles Pigmon from the original Ultraman series.
  • Puman Claw: Appears in episodes 18 and 19. Powers include an extendable mamba for a tail armed with reinforced toxic fangs and cheetah-like speed.
  • Crocodile Claw: Appears in episodes 19 and 20. Powers include high jumping, an extendable nile crocodile head for her right arm, and a bladed cape.
  • Twin Claw: Appears in episode 21. Unlike other Panther Claw androids they have no actual powers rather they are a pair of motorcycle riders with one having a machine gun.
  • Great Claw: Appears in episodes 21 and 22. Powers include controlling humans like marionettes, summoning a whirlwind of rose peddles, emitting a barrier of water from her body, and illusions.
  • Scorpion Panther: Appears in episode 23. Powers include armored claws, a long scorpion tail with paralyzing venom, a human disguise, creating a sound zone from pods launched from her forehead, and swimming.
  • Drill Claw: Appears in episodes 23 and 24. Powers include a harpoon tipped drill on the scalp and for each arm, an electric extendable tail, and invisibility. According to Sister Jill she is the most powerful panther warrior.
  • Eagle Panther: Appears in the final episode. Powers include x-ray visions, flight, spawning hurricane winds and small tornadoes from the wings, and melting feathers.

Theme songEdit

The Cutie Honey opening theme, which appears throughout all of the Honey anime and live-action versions, is known for its lyrics by "Claude Q" (クロード・Q Kurōdo Kyū?) describing Honey and her body. The 1973 series' theme, originally intended for Linda Yamamoto to perform, was sung by Yoko Maekawa. In Cutie Honey Flash, it is performed by SALIA. In the New Cutie Honey OVA, the original song is performed by les-5-4-3-2-1, and the English language version by Mayukiss. Kumi Koda performed it for the Re: Cutie Honey OVA and its live-action adaptation. In Cutie Honey: The Live, the theme is sung by Minami Kuribayashi as part of Wild 3-Nin Musume. The only other anime theme songs to have been used so consistently are Theme of Lupin III, which has been used continuously on Lupin III animated features since the 70s, and the GeGeGe no Kitaro theme song, used since the 60s.

Other artists have also covered the song, including GO!GO!7188 for their Tora no Ana album, Masami Okui in the Masami Kobushi album, and a version by TWO-MIX. Animetal also did a cover of the song for their Animetal Lady album, with the lyrics sung by Mitsuyo Nemoto of the Japanese pop group Pink Lady. Pop star Ahyoomee's solo debut was a Korean adaptation of Koda's version; it became highly popular online, despite controversy over her pronunciation of the lyrics and her "unambiguously Japanese" outfit in one performance. Harp player Mika Agematsu covered the theme—and songs from Lupin III, Candy Candy, and others—in her album Anipa (UCCS-1088); it was released by Universal Music in June 2006 in Japan, and in February 2009 in the United States.

The song can also be heard during episode 27 of the 1974 magical girl TV series Majokko Megu-chan, when the main character Megu watches Honey, in her pop idol persona (Misty Honey), perform it on TV. In the seventh episode of the 2006 series Princess Princess, the Princesses also perform it, singing a few lines from the theme for an opening to a choir concert.

A "self cover" CD, Cutie Honey (21st century ver.), with new versions of the opening and ending themes by Maekawa herself, was released on February 27, 2008.

Other appearancesEdit

Since its creation in the 1970s, Cutie Honey and its heroine have been referenced and parodied in various works by Nagai and others.

MangaEdit

Honey appears as a secondary character in Nagai's Violence Jack manga. There, Honey is the younger sister of Ryou Asuka and is living in New York City. When she hears of the earthquake that devastated Kantō, Honey and several of her friends go to Japan to search for Ryou, who has become the pet of the Slum King. Honey's friends are alternate universe versions of her transformations in the 1973 series:

  • Cutie (fencer)
  • Hurricane (military)
  • Idol (stewardess)
  • Flash (photographer)
  • Misty (police officer)
  • Fancy (bodybuilder)

In the last volume, Flash, Misty, and Cutie are killed when they fall into a spiked trap when they try to free a chained up Miki Makimura. Honey is electrocuted when she tries to rescue Ryou from the Slum King. Idol, Fancy, and Hurricane die in an explosion. The spirits of the seven women come together to form Angel Honey, whom Ryou sees in his dreams. When Ryou returns to his true form, as Satan, he fights in his sister's memory.

Also, Honey's girlfriend Nat-chan (Aki Natsuko) - or a girl strongly resembling her - appears in the Devilman manga. Her appearance is brief before she is killed by a demon.

AnimeEdit

For Honey's appearance in Majokko Megu-chan, see Cutie Honey (theme song).Honey makes an appearance in the last episode of the OVA adaptation of Kekkō Kamen as a student; her lesbian teacher from the 1973 TV series, Alphonne, also makes two brief appearances there. Danbei is a main character in Go Nagai's 1975 anime UFO Robo Grendizer; in episode 50 of Grendizer, Seiji Hayami appears taking pictures in a crowd. This scene also featured cameos by Hayato from Getter Robo and Babel II from Babel II. In the Japanese opening of Super Milk Chan, there are moments that directly parody the 1973 series' opening sequence.

Video gamesEdit

A strategy video game, Majokko Daisakusen: Little Witching Mischiefs, was developed by Toys For Bob and released by Bandai in 1999, and features Cutie Honey and other magical girls. An RPG, Legend of Dynamic Goushouden: Houkai no Rondo, was developed and released by Banpresto in 2003, and features Honey and other characters created by Nagai.

EpisodesEdit

Cutie Honey is an anime series consisting of 25 episodes.

It was first aired on TV Asahi on 13 October 1973 and concluded on 30 March 1974.

1 "The Black Claw Grips the Heart"

"Kuroi Tsume ga Hāto o Tsukamu" (黒い爪がハートを掴む)

13 October 1973
2 "The Night of Fiery Tree Peony: The Sword's Whirl"

"Yoru no Hi Botan Tsurugi no Mai" (夜の火牡丹 剣の舞い)

20 October 1973
3 "The Red Axe Lays A Trap"

"Akai Ono ga Wana o Haru" (赤い斧が罠を張る)

27 October 1973
4 "I Saw the Demon in the Beautiful Forest"

"Utsukushī ga Mori ni Akuma o Mita" (美しヶ森に悪魔を見た)

November 3, 1973
5 "The Crimson Sky is Satan's Curse"

"Kurenai no Sora Wa Akuma no Noroi" (虹の空は悪魔の呪い)

November 10, 1973
6 "Dreams Torn, The Black Scissors"

"Yume o Saku Kuroi Hasami" (夢を裂く黒い鋏)

November 17, 1973
7 "The Black Panther Sings, The Dance of Death"

"Kurohyō ga Utau Shi no Odori" (黒豹が唄う死の踊り)

November 24, 1973
8 "Demon Calls From The Deep Blue Sea"

"Akuma ga Yobu Aoi Kaitei" (悪魔が呼ぶ蒼い海底)

December 1, 1973
9 "To Silence the Demon's Whistle"

"Akuma no Kuchibue o Kese" (悪魔の口笛を消せ)

December 8, 1973
10 "Phantom Castle Choked in Fog"

"Kiri ni Musebu Maboroshi no Shiro" (霧にむせぶ幻の城)

December 15, 1973
11 "Hands off the Gold"

"Ōgon ni Te wo Dasuna" (黄金に手を出すな)

December 22, 1973
12 "The Eternal Red Pearl"

"Akai Shinju wa Eien Ni" (赤い真珠は永遠に)

December 29, 1973
13 "Tears are the Depths of the Valley"

"Namida wa Taniai no Okubukaiku" (涙は谷間の奥深く)

January 5, 1974
14 "Ah, The School's Final Day"

"Aa Gakuen Saigo no hi" (ああ学園最後の日)

January 12, 1974
15 "Returning to the Debris with Tears of Rage"

"Ikari no Namida de Burikaere" (怒りの涙でふり返れ)

January 19, 1974
16 "From the Casino with Love"

"Kashino Yori Ai o Komete" (カジノより愛をこめて)

January 26, 1974
17 "The Storm Vanishes to the North"

"Kita no Hatte ni Arashi wa Kiete" (北の果てに嵐は消えて)

February 2, 1974
18 "Hot Blood Flaring Up"

"Moeagaru Akai Chishio" (燃え上がる赤い血潮)

February 9, 1974
19 "A Flower Blooms in the Distant Wilderness"

"Harukanaru Koya ni Saku Hana" (遥かなる荒野に咲く花)

February 16, 1974
20 "Loss of the Imaginary Capital"

"Ushinawareta Kasetsu No Miyako" (失われた伝説の都)

February 23, 1974
21 "A Black Shadow Stands in the Green Field"

"Midori no Ya ni Tatsu Kuroi Kage" (緑の野に立つ黒い影!!)

March 2, 1974
22 "Yearning for Paradise School"

"Akogare no Paradaisu Gakuen" (あこがれのパラダイス学園)

March 9, 1974
23 "The Bewitching Scorpio Woman"

"Ayashiki Sasoriza no Onna" (妖しきサソリ座の女)

March 16, 1974
24 "Song of The Proud Challenger"

"Hokori Takaki Chosensha no Uta" (誇り高き挑戦者の詩)

March 23, 1974
25 "A Poison Flower Shatters in Underworld"

"Jigoku ni Chitta Doku no Hana" (地獄に散った毒の花)

March 30, 1974

MusicEdit

The music of Cutie Honey spans many soundtracks, including Cutey Honey: TV Original B.G.M. Collection and New Super Android Cutey Honey: Music Collection Vol. 1 by Columbia Records, and Koda Kumi's Love & Honey by Avex Group under the Rhythm Zone label.

Cutey Honey: TV Original B.G.M. CollectionEdit

Cutey Honey: TV Original B.G.M. Collection (テレビオリジナルBGMコレクション キューティーハニー Terebi Orijinaru BGM Korekushon Kyūtī Hanī?), or simply Cutey Honey: BGM Collection, is the soundtrack to the original 1973 Cutie Honey anime. The soundtrack was released on vinyl (product number CX-7054) by Columbia Records on May 21, 1982. Columbia would re-release the soundtrack on compact disc several times: on February 1, 1990 (CC-4586), on June 21, 1995 (COCC-12683), on November 28, 2000, and on September 25, 2003 (COCC-72028) as the 28th installment of the first volume of the ANIMEX 1200 series.

This album includes compositions by the show's composer Takeo Watanabe (渡辺岳夫 Watanabe Takeo?). It also includes the original version of the Honey theme song, performed by Yoko Maekawa (前川陽子 Maekawa Yōko?). The closing theme was also performed by her as well. Like a lot of soundtracks released at that time, the music scores in this release are abridged in order to meet the then standard limit of tracks.

Cutey Honey: TV Original B.G.M. Collection
No. Title Length
1. "Cutey Honey" (キューティーハニー(前川陽子) Kyūtī Hanī (Maekawa Yōko)) 1:34
2. "Saint Chapel Gakuen: Seinaru Kane no Oto / Gakuen Seikatsu / Honey Dassō ~Histler no Theme~ / Dasshutsu Seikō" (聖(セント)チャペル学園:聖なる鐘の音/学園生活/ハニー脱走~ヒストラーのテーマ~/脱出成功 Sento Chaperu Gakuen: Seinaru Kane no Oto / Gakuen Seikatsu / Hanī Dassō ~ Hisutorā no Tēma ~/ Dasshutsu Seikō) 4:33
3. "Panther Claw: Josei Kaizō Ningen ~Amazoness~ / Panther Claw no Dokuga / Himitsu Kōsakuin / Hyō no Tsume wa Hōseki ga O-Suki" (パンサークロー(豹の爪):女性改造人間~アマゾネス~/パンサークローの毒牙/秘密工作員/豹の爪は宝石がお好き Hyō no Tsume: Josei Kaizō Ningen ~ Amazonesu ~/ Pansākurō no Dokuga / Himitsu Kōsakuin / Hyō no Tsume wa Hōseki ga O-Suki) 6:40
4. "Kisaragi Honey no Himitsu: Fuan ~Kisaragi Hakase no Shi~ / Kanashiki Android ~Kūchū Genso Kotei Sōchi~/ Kunō / Tatakai e no Ketsui" (如月ハニーの秘密:不安~如月博士の死~/悲しきアンドロイド~空中元素固定装置~/苦悩/戦いへの決意 Kisaragi Hanī no Himitsu: Fuan ~ Kisaragi Hakase no Shi ~/ Kanashiki Andoroido ~ Kūchū Genso Kotei Sōchi ~/ Kunō / Tatakai e no Ketsui) 4:45
5. "Miyo! Honey no Shichihenge: Semarikuru Kuroi Kage / Hurricane Honey Tōjō / Dancing! Misty Honey / Kusen!! Flash Honey / Cutey Honey no Theme" (見よ!ハニーの七変化:せまりくる黒い影/ハリケーンハニー登場/ダンシング!ミスティハニー/苦戦!!フラッシュハニー/キューティーハニーのテーマ Miyo! Hanī no Shichihenge: Semarikuru Kuroi Kage / Harikēn Hanī Tōjō / Danshingu! Misuti Hanī / Kusen!! Furasshu Hanī / Kyūtī Hanī no Tēma) 5:07
6. "Flash Bridge: Bridge 1 / Bridge 2 / Bridge 3 / Bridge 4 / Bridge 5 / Bridge 6" (フラッシュ・ブリッジ:ブリッジ1/ブリッジ2/ブリッジ3/ブリッジ4/ブリッジ5/ブリッジ6 Furasshu Burijji : Burijji 1 / Burijji 2 / Burijji 3 / Burijji 4 / Burijji 5 / Burijji 6) 1:58
7. "Hayami Ikka Koko ni Ari: Honey-chan Yāi!/ Bugei Hyappan Hayami Dan Hyōe / Ai no Senshi? Hayami Junpei / Honey to Seiji" (早見一家ここにあり:ハニーちゃんやーい!/武芸百般早見団兵衛/愛の戦士?早見順平/ハニーと青児 Hayami Ikka Koko ni Ari: Hanīchan Yāi!/ Bugei Hyappan Hayami Dan Hyōe / Ai no Senshi? Hayami Junpei / Hanī to Seiji) 5:07
8. "Fashionable Honey: Dress Up / Dandy ni Machi o... / Honey no Kyūjitsu / Honey no Tameiki" (ファッショナブル・ハニー:ドレスアップ/ダンディに街を…/ハニーの休日/ハニーのためいき Fasshonaburu Hanī: Doresu Appu / Dandi ni Machi o... / Hanī no Kyūjitsu / Hanī no Tameiki) 6:05
9. "Kessen ~Silver Fleuret~: Tekiyaku Tōjō / Kuroki Noroi ga Honey o Nerau / Kettō / Tsuiseki / Honey Flash!/ Ai no Senshi - Cutey Honey" (決戦~シルバー・フルーレ~:敵役登場/黒き呪いがハニーを狙う/決闘/追跡/ハニー・フラッシュ!/愛の戦士・キューティーハニー Kessen ~ Shirubā Furūre ~: Tekiyaku Tōjō / Kuroki Noroi ga Hanī o Nerau / Kettō / Tsuiseki / Hanī Furasshu!/ Ai no Senshi Kyūtī Hanī) 6:09
10. "Tsukanoma no Happy End?: Heiwa ~Senshi no Kyūsoku / Happy End / Panther Zora ~Aratanaru Teki~ / Honey Flash!" (つかの間のハッピーエンド?:平和~戦士の休息/ハッピーエンド/パンサー・ゾラ~新たなる敵~/ハニー・フラッシュ! Tsukanoma no Happī Endo?: Heiwa ~ Senshi no Kyūsoku / Happī Endo / Pansā Zora ~ Aratanaru Teki ~/ Hanī Furasshu!) 3:26
11. "Honey's Foggy Night" (夜霧のハニー(前川陽子) Yogiri no Hanī (Maekawa Yōko)) 2:42

New Super Android Cutey Honey: Music Collection Vol. 1Edit

New Super Android Cutey Honey: Music Collection Vol. 1 (新・キューティーハニーミュージックコレクション Vol.1 Shin Kyūtī Hanī Myūjikku Korekushon Vol. 1?) is the licensed soundtrack to New Cutie Honey, the first Cutie Honey original video animation (OVA). It was released in Japan on February 21, 1994 (COCC-11513) by Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd. (now Columbia Music Entertainment). It would be reissued on CD-R (COR-11513) by Columbia's on-demand subsidiary R-Ban on October 21, 2001, and on March 21, 2007 (COCC-72247) as the 167th release of volume six of the Animex 1200 series.

This album features compositions by Kazuhiko Toyama, dramas (DJs) and commercial spots (CMs) with Honey's voice actor Michiko Neya, and two songs by Les 5-4-3-2-1: their rock version of the Cutie Honey opening theme used in the first four episodes, and the closing theme "Circle Game" heard in the first two.

Music Collection Vol. 1 is one of four New Cutie Honey soundtracks; a second and third Music Collection were also released, along with a Vocal Collection.

New Super Android Cutey Honey: Music Collection Vol. 1
No. Title Length
1. "CM① New Cutey Honey Spot "Cutey Honey"" (CM① 新キューティーハニー スポット「キューティーハニー」 CM① Shin Kyūtī Hanī Supotto "Kyūtī Hanī")
2. "DJ① Opening" (DJ① オープニング DJ① Ōpuningu)
3. "Cutey Honey" (キューティーハニー Kyūtī Hanī)
4. "DJ② Special Guest?!" (DJ② スペシャルゲスト!? DJ②Supesharu Gesuto?!)
5. "Crime City" (犯罪都市 Hanzaitoshi)
6. "Splendid Chase" (華麗なる追跡 Kareinaru Tsuiseki)
7. "DJ③ Special Guest!? & Traffic Information" (DJ③ スペシャルゲスト!?&交通情報 DJ③ Supesharu Gesuto?! & Kōtsūjōhō)
8. "Enemy Land Infiltration" (敵地潜入 Tekichi Sen'nyū)
9. "Battle I" (戦闘I Sentō I)
10. "Battle II" (戦闘II Sentō II)
11. "CM② Honey Fashion Spray EX" (CM② ハニー・ファッション・スプレーEX CM② Hanī Fasshon Supurē EX)
12. "DJ④ Special Guest & Honey's Anything Counselor Office ①" (DJ④ スペシャルゲスト&ハニーなんでも相談室① DJ④ Supesharu Gesuto?! & Hanī Nandemo Sōdanshitsu①)
13. "Theme of Dolmeck" (ドルメックのテーマ Dorumekku no Tēma)
14. "The Army's Attack" (軍団の攻撃 Gundan no Kōgeki)
15. "DJ⑤ Honey's Anything Counselor Office ②" (DJ⑤ ハニーなんでも相談室② DJ⑤ Hanī Nandemo Sōdanshitsu②)
16. "Theme of Death Star" (デス・スターのテーマ Desu Sutā no Tēma)
17. "The Devil's Army" (悪魔の軍団 Akuma no Gundan)
18. "Dolmeck Suspense" (ドルメック・サスペンス Dorumekku Sasupensu)
19. "DJ⑥ Honey's Anything Counselor Office ③" (DJ⑥ ハニーなんでも相談室③ DJ⑥ Honey Nandemo Sōdanshitsu③)
20. "Happy Danbei" (HAPPY 団兵衛 HAPPY Danbei)
21. "Theme of Danbei" (団兵衛のテーマ Danbei no Tēma)
22. "DJ⑦ Honey's Anything Counselor Office ④" (DJ⑦ ハニーなんでも相談室④ DJ⑦ Hanī Nandemo Sōdanshitsu④)
23. "Theme of Panther Claw" (パンサークローのテーマ Pansā Kurō no Tēma)
24. "Cutey Honey (Honey Flash Version)" (キューティーハニー(HONEY FLASHバージョン) Kyūtī Hanī (HONEY FLASH Bājon))
25. "CM③ Cosplay City Bank Association" (CM③ コスプレシティー銀行連合 CM③ Cosupure Shitī Ginkō Rengō)
26. "DJ⑧"  
27. "SEXY HONEY"  
28. "Chokkei's "Honey Traffic Report"" (直慶の「ハニー寝起きレポート」 Chokkei no "Hanī Neoki Repōto")
29. "BATTLE HONEY"  
30. "To the Peaceful Town" (平和な街へ Heiwa na Machi e)
31. "DJ⑨ The Cosplay City Just Opens" (DJ⑨ コスプレシティー只今開店 DJ⑨ Cosplay Shitī Tadaima Kaiten)
32. "Warrior of Love" (愛の戦士 Ai no Senshi)
33. "Love and Peace" (愛と平和 Ai to Heiwa)
34. "DJ⑩ Ending" (DJ⑩ エンディング DJ⑩ Endingu)
35. "ANGEL HONEY"  
36. "Extra..." (オマケ・・・ Omake...)
37. "Circle Game: Love Song" (サークル・ゲーム~chanson d'amour~ Sākuru Gēmu~Chanson D'Amour~)

"Love & Honey"Edit

Main article: Love & Honey On May 26, 2004, Kumi Koda released the single "Love & Honey" which includes her cover of the main theme "Cutie Honey" as well as several other songs written for the film Cutie Honey and the OVA Re:Cutie Honey.

NewEdit

New Cutie Honey (Japanese: 新・キューティーハニー Hepburn: Shin Kyūtī Hanī?, officially romanized as New Super Android Cutey Honey or New Cutey Honey) is a 1994 Japanese anime series in the Cutie Honey media franchise created by Go Nagai. Inspired by continued popularity of the original 1973 Cutie Honey television series, and first announced by Toei Video on October 1993, it remains the only Honey anime licensed for sale in the United States. Unlike the original, it was developed as an OVA (original video animation), a type of anime made for home video. Its filmed episodes were released by ADV Films in the US, and have also been sold in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand.

Set one hundred years after the original, it follows protagonist Honey Kisaragi, along with her friends from the Hayami family, as she fights criminals in the fictional Cosplay City. Honey, a female android, has a device within her that allows her to transform into various personas, or summon weapons and other powers, by shouting "Honey Flash!" The first four episodes contain a complete story in which Honey battles the forces of Dolmeck, a man feared even by other criminals. In later episodes, she defeats other enemies empowered by her returning former nemesis, Panther Zora. The series staff planned to make at least twelve episodes, but it ended with eight in 1995. A 2004 DVD release included a scripted but unfilmed ninth episode—a Christmas story—as a drama CD.

New Cutie Honey includes many characters and cameos from or based on prior works by Nagai, such as Mazinger Z and Devilman. It has inspired merchandise of its own, including many scale model kits of Honey. ADV's English language dub of the series features Jessica Calvello, who Nagai picked for the title role. Critical responses to the series have focused on its production values and voice work, and have explored Honey's transformations—which often tear off her clothes and show her naked body as they occur—in relation to her strong character traits. It has also been compared and contrasted with other anime based on Nagai's works.


PlotEdit

New Cutie Honey is set one hundred years after the events of the original 1973 Cutie Honey television series, in the fictional Cosplay City. Mayor Light (ライト市長 Raito shichō?, voiced by Sho Hayami in its original Japanese and Jason Douglas in its English dub) vows to rein in a citywide crime wave and restore peace. However, a self-proclaimed "Lord of Darkness" named Dolmeck (ドルメック?, v.b. Yūsaku Yara and Bryan Bounds), feared even by other criminals there, seeks to derail his efforts in the first four episodes. A large freelance gang of armored, axe-wielding mutant motorcyclists, joined by two of Dolmeck's allies—Black Maiden (ブラックメイドン, v.b. Taeko Yamada and Tamara Lo), a very young-looking red-haired girl who rides naked in a humanoid robot slightly shorter than him and can psychokinetically move objects and people; and Peeping Spider (ピーピングスパイダー?, v.b. Hirohiko Kakegawa and Guil Lunde), who wears decorative robotic spider legs and an electronic trinocular scope, and can use stealth technology, see through objects, sense spacetime disturbances, and trap people in strong webs—attack an outdoor meeting of the Mayor and his fellow citizens. Dolmeck then halts the attackers and asks the Mayor to rule the city with and under him. Unknown to all, Light's secretary Honey Kisaragi (如月 ハニー Kisaragi Hanī?, v.b. Michiko Neya and Jessica Calvello) is a gynoid who previously could transform into the titular red-haired, sword-wielding heroine Cutie Honey or summon other personas and powers, often after shouting "Honey Flash!" She later confronts the biker gang and another female minion of Dolmeck, and inadvertently regains those abilities and lost memories before defeating the group. Chokkei Hayami (left), Honey (in Cutie form), and Danbei HayamiLight agrees to fight crime in the city with Honey's help. She moves into the home of Danbei Hayami (早見 団兵衛 Hayami Danbei?, v.b. Kōsei Tomita and Tristan MacAvery), a returning character from the 1973 Cutie Honey series. He is now both a 150-year-old cyborg fitted with many sensors and tools, and a pervert who often tries to see Honey naked and even asks her to transform to do so. They live there with his young grandson Chokkei (早見 直慶 Hayami Chokkei?, v.b. Rica Matsumoto and David Nance), who has a crush on Honey and wishes to become like Mayor Light; and Chokkei's parents, who themselves attempted to rob a city bank in the first episode. Chokkei's mother Daiko (早見 大子 Hayami Daiko?, v.b. Rika Fukami and Tiffany Grant) is a self-proclaimed expert thief who can summon increased strength when her son is in danger, and a descendant of Seiji Hayami from the original TV series. His father Akakabu (早見 赤カブ Hayami Akakabu?, v.b. Wataru Takagi and Greg Stanley) loves his wife and son but, like Danbei, is not above peeking at Honey when she showers. Black Maiden, Dolmeck, and Peeping SpiderHoney remembers that the minion she defeated injected liquid from a "capsule" to transform into a monster. She fights other capsule users, then seeks the capsules' source. After she defeats a female capsule distributor, Peeping Spider learns and reveals Honey's true robot form. He kidnaps Chokkei and sends him to Dolmeck's airship, and Honey and the rest of the Hayamis fly there to rescue him; they fight Peeping Spider, defeat Black Maiden, and attack a large structure in the ship along the way. Maiden then reveals herself to be Panther Zora (Honey's nemesis and the leader of the Panther Claw in the original series) reborn; Honey wounds Dolmeck, and his body releases the fallen evil souls of all the countless villains Honey has killed. Zora then absorbs them, evolving her body into that of a fully adult woman. Honey tries to re-seal Dolmeck's body, while Danbei destroys the airship. After the entire Hayami family escapes the ship with Danbei's jet pack, Honey emerges alive from within a falling rock.

The next four episodes are set an unspecified time after the battle with Dolmeck. Chokkei has grown older and fond of Honey, and the Hayamis remain with her to fight off antagonists who transform and gain their power through direct influence by Zora. Mayor Light rarely appears in this half of the series. A girl named Natsuko (夏子, v.b. Junko Iwao and Jenny Strader) appears in the fifth episode as a criminal who wants to use a nuclear bomb to get a ransom; she joins Honey's group by the sixth episode, often stays near Chokkei, and calls him "boy" to his annoyance. Her presence reminds Honey of her old friend of the same name who died at the hands of Sister Jill in the original versions of Cutie Honey and vows to protect her. Natsuko is initially confused by this until Chokkei explains the reason why. In the seventh, Daiko—now a leader of a "United Thug Alliance" of gangs—goes with Honey and the Hayamis to rescue fellow thugs imprisoned by an army of "Thug Hunters", and reveals she fell in love with Akakabu for his persistence in an earlier fight with her. Peeping Spider returns in the eighth, last episode; there, Honey and her friends capture him and use his technologies to defeat a teleporting gold thief.

ProductionEdit

Background and developmentEdit

Go Nagai created the Cutie Honey franchise in 1973. The first anime incarnation of Cutie Honey was broadcast from October 13, 1973 to March 1974, alongside the Go Nagai Cutie Honey manga that had started publishing on October 1, 1973. Fred Patten wrote in the liner notes for Rhino Entertainment's CD The Best of Anime (1998) that the series, even untranslated, was a favorite among early anime fan clubs for its nude transformation sequences and innuendos. Even as brief nudity became commonplace in 1980s anime, the continued popularity of Honey inspired New Cutie Honey's creation in 1994. Toei Video announced the series in a press conference dated October 12, 1993, with Go Nagai, series director Yasuchika Nagaoka, Hitomi (the lead singer of the group les 5-4-3-2-1, who perform the series' Japanese theme song), and Honey and Chokkei's Japanese voice actors Neya and Matsumoto in attendance.

The Japanese name of the series, 新・キューティーハニー, became officially romanized as New Super Android Cutey Honey or New Cutey Honey. It has also been spelled with "Cutie" instead of "Cutey". Unlike the original Cutie Honey, the series is an "OVA" (original video animation), one made for home video formats such as VHS tape. OVAs are known for their higher quality than anime TV series, and Toei felt the new Honey was especially high-quality because (according to them) each episode used ten thousand cels, three times the usual number. By November 1994, series planner Naoko Takahashi said that Honey was tentatively set to last twelve episodes, with more to be considered later, but the series was cut short at the eighth episode, released in late November 1995. Several scenes in that episode have unshaded foregrounds, partly drawn characters with missing legs, or both. A script for a planned ninth episode was produced as a drama CD voiced by the series' original voice actors. Its English dub, made by ADV Films in 1998, features Jessica Calvello, who was hand-picked by Nagai to perform the voice of Honey. In a post at the Anime on DVD forums, voice actor and writer George Manley—who has worked for the Houston-based ADV—praised both Neya and Calvello's work in Honey as examples of "impressive" performances, and said that the series, whose dub was released four years before he began voice work, "was the title, and I often admit this, that brought me back to watching anime and started me on a long road to, 'Wow, I wonder what might happen if I moved to Houston...'".

Themes and cameosEdit

Chokkei: Honey, I'm sorry. For not being more helpful back there. Honey: No, you're wrong. The reason I'm able to fight is because of the way I feel for you. —episode 2 At the 1994 Anime America convention, Nagai talked about the contrast between Honey and the dark Cosplay City: "I thought... well, what would Honey-chan do if she appeared in a dark futuristic city like in BATMAN. In the movie BATMAN, everything is dark. Dark background and dark characters. However, in the case of Honey-chan, she’s super cheerful and sunny. She really stands out due to the dark background." He believed that New Cutie Honey differed from other anime that focus on settings and characters' expositions, and that Honey instead "makes her own moves, and she carries the whole story". On the relative weakness of male characters in the series, he said, "Honey-chan is like a mother, and she loves to protect weak men. Their existence is her reason to live, like oh, 'I have to fight to protect you.'"

Honey pays homage to some of Nagai's other creations, such as the Mazinger and Devilman series; the first two episodes alone include many cameos. The first shows Mayor Light and Chokkei in a picture with characters from Nagai's Harenchi Gakuen, Iyahaya Nantomo, and Oira Sukeban, while Devilman's titular character appears as a gargoyle. In the second, a scene in a downtown market in Cosplay City has cameos from Hige Godzilla from Harenchi Gakuen and Naojiro Abashiri from The Abashiri Family; a scene in Honey's bedroom shows a bust of Mazinger Z and a framed picture of her father, Dr. Kisaragi; and several scenes show Mazinger Z's Sayaka Yumi, The Abashiri Family's Kikunosuke, and an unnamed character from Kekkō Kamen as they get turned into plastic-coated statues. Cutie Honey's skin-tight, full-body costume uses the same design and tricolor (blue, black, and red) scheme as that of Nagai's original manga, but its chest opening—with rounded side edges—resembles the one in her 1973 anime attire. The opening sequence used in the first four episodes shows versions of Honey's original seven forms in the TV series: Kisaragi, Hurricane, Misty, Idol, Flash, Fancy, and Cutie. Danbei's techniques parody those of Nagai's super robots Mazinger Z and Grendizer. Later episodes feature appearances by Akira Fudo of Devilman and Professor Kabuto of Mazinger Z. In episode 7, Honey transforms herself into Kouji Kabuto. The title sequence of episodes 5 through 8 features Sirene, Devilman's nemesis, and Akira Fudo of Devilman along with Mazinger Z's Juzo Kabuto. Devilman can be briefly seen as one of the back-up guitarists for the one-time antagonist Saline in episode 3.

MediaEdit

Episodes and releasesEdit

The eight 25-minute episodes of New Cutie Honey are directed by Yasuchika Nagaoka and produced by Toei Video. Their names in Japan are prefixed by "Stage.", followed by the episode number. Each episode title, from the fifth onward, is prefixed with "Dark Army Story (闇の軍団編 Yami no gundan hen?)". ADV Films released the series in four two-episode VHS tapes with English subtitles. The subtitled versions were released between 1994 and 1996, and English dubs of the episodes were made in 1998. New Cutie Honey was followed by the TV series Cutie Honey Flash in 1997 and the three-episode OVA Re: Cutie Honey in 2004.

The series has been reissued many times for various markets, and was eventually shown on television and posted on the Internet. Four-volume VHS versions were released in France and Italy in 1996: the French version (also called Cutey Honey: La Guerrière de L'amour) was dubbed by Chinkel and released by Dynamic Visions (now known as Dybex), and the Italian (Cutey Honey: La Combattente Dell'Amore) was released by Dynamic Italia (now Dynit). Toei re-released the entire series on DVD on May 21, 2004 as the New Cutie Honey Complete Pack. The release included a drama CD called Kurisumasu ni Noroi no Yuki ga Furu (クリスマスに呪いの雪が降る?, lit. "Cursed Snow Falls in Christmas") based on a script for an unfilmed ninth episode. ADV reissued the series on two DVD collections in November and December 2000, as a single two-disc Essential Anime edition on May 25, 2004, and on a three-DVD bundle with the Kekkō Kamen OVA in April 2008. The series was published on two DVDs in the United Kingdom, released on September 20 and November 15, 2004, by ADV Films UK. Madman Entertainment followed with a two-DVD collection, released in Australia on February 2, 2007 and in New Zealand on March 14. Two episodes were broadcast each month on the Toei Channel satellite television network between January and April 2003 and episodes were shown on the Anime Network in April and May 2004. The Anime Network added the series to their on-demand Online Player service on July 9, 2009. By then, ADV had divested many of their assets: the company transferred licenses to Honey and other works to AEsir Holdings, their home video distribution arm to Section23 Films, and Anime Network to Valkyrie Media Partners on June 1 that year.

Writer Kurōdo Kyū (クロード·Q?, lit. "Claude Q") and composer Takeo Watanabe are credited for both opening themes of the series: "Cutie Honey", performed by les 5-4-3-2-1 for the first four episodes; and "Cutie Honey (English Version)", translated by Masaki Takjao, arranged by Takao Konishi, and performed by Mayukiss for the next four. The themes are based on the original series' theme "Cutie Honey". The English theme, which has a softer beat than the les 5-4-3-2-1 cover, is also used for the prior episodes in ADV's November 2000 DVD release. Three ending themes are used: les 5-4-3-2-1 arranged and performed "Circle Game" for the first and second episodes and "Rendez-vous in Space" for the third, and Mayuki Hiramatsu performed "Legend of Good-Bye" for episodes 5 through 8.

Episode list
Episode # Title VHS release date (Japan)
Stage.1 "An Angel Descends"

"Tenshi wa Maiori ta" (天使は舞い降りた)

April 21, 1994
Stage.2 "The Sweet Trap of the Jewel Princess"

"Hōseki Hime no Amai Wana" (宝石姫の甘い罠)

April 21, 1994
Stage.3 "A Singing Voice Is the Devil's Temptation"

"Uta Goe wa Akuma no Sasoi" (唄声は悪魔の誘い)

August 21, 1994
Stage.4 "The Death of Honey? Battle for the Sacred Skyship!"

"Hanī Shisu!? Matenrō no Seisen" (ハニー死す!?摩天楼の聖戦)

August 21, 1994
Stage.5 "Challenge! The Fangs of the Evil Sky Monster"

"Chōsen! Jakūjū no Kiba" (挑戦!邪空獣の牙)

July 21, 1995
Stage.6 "The Evil of Revenge"

"Ayakashi no Fukushūki" (妖かしの復讐鬼)

July 21, 1995
Stage.7 "Prison Is the Nest of Evil"

"Kangoku wa Jaaku no Toriko" (監獄は邪悪の虜)

November 21, 1995
Stage.8 "Temptation Shines Like Gold"

"Yūwaku wa Ōgon no Kagayaki" (誘惑は黄金の輝き)

November 21, 1995

SoundtracksEdit

New Cutie Honey theme songs"les 5-4-3-2-1 - Cutie Honey" This Japanese version used in the first four episodes was advertised as a "more danceable" version of the original Cutie Honey theme.----

"Mayukiss - Cutie Honey (English version)" This English cover, which has a softer beat, replaces les 5-4-3-2-1's version in later episodes, and was also used for the first four in an ADV Films release.----

The music of New Cutie Honey has been released on several soundtracks, and some of the music has since been re-released on compilation albums. The first soundtrack, New Super Android Cutey Honey: Music Collection Vol. 1 (COCC-11513), was released on February 21, 1994 by Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd. (now Columbia Music Entertainment). It includes les 5-4-3-2-1's "Cutie Honey", advertised as a "more danceable" version of the original, and "Circle Game". It also has guitar work by Yoshio Nomura, background music by Kazuhiko Toyama, and dialogue between protagonists Honey and Chokkei. It was followed by Music Collection Vol. 2 (COCC-11840) on June 21, 1994, which includes a version of Cutie Honey sung by Michiko Neya, along with "Burning Up!", the theme of Saline used in the third episode; by Special Vocal Collection (COCC-12543) on April 29, 1995; and by Music Collection Vol. 3 (COCC-12551), which has the English Cutie Honey theme, on June 1, 1995.

The three-CD compilation Gō Nagai Collection: Gō Nagai & Dynamic Production World ~True Music Version~ (永井豪作品集 永井豪&ダイナミック・プロの世界~真・音楽篇~?), released in June 1998, includes the les 5-4-3-2-1 version of Cutie Honey as the last of its 71 tracks. The 2004 compilation Cutie Honey Song Collection Special has six New Cutie Honey tracks.

MerchandiseEdit

New Cutie Honey and its characters have inspired a wide range of products, and the character Honey in particular prompted many model kits and figures. The New Cutey Honey Perfect Guide, an art book with character descriptions, interviews, and detailed summaries of the first two episodes, was released by Keibunsha on May 19, 1994. This was followed by New Cutey Honey Perfect Guide Vol. 2, made for the next two, on November 11 that year. The two books contain information on other series-based merchandise, such as Honey-themed telephone cards, posters, t-shirts, a 1/6 scale model kit of Honey by Noriyasu Tsushima, pencil boards, production materials, and a carrying case. A series special called "Flash.1", Tenshi no kyūjitsu (天使の休日?, lit. "Angel's holiday"), was released on VHS and Laserdisc on November 21, 1994; it includes 30 minutes of selected scenes from the first four episodes and appearances by Nagai, Nagaoka, Neya, Matsumoto, and Fukami. In December 2005, a 283-page book by MEF containing drawings and production material from New Cutie Honey and the 1995 PC-FX video game Cutie Honey FX was released.

Two sets of six Honey figures, based on various forms she takes throughout the series, were released by Banpresto. Both have three common figures: one of her Cutie form, another of her "S&M Queen" form, and one of her Armoroid form with broken armor (which she takes during a battle in the eighth episode). 1/8 scale models of her Cutie and standard "Kisaragi" form—the latter first taken at the end of the first episode—were made by Volks; both show her with one foot on a base labeled "CH". A 1/6 scale kit of Cutie Honey lying on her side, with her sword in hand, was released in limited quantities in 2000 and 2001. Three 1/5.5 scale Honey kits that depict her diving suit (from the sixth episode), tennis outfit (from the English-language title sequence), and Kisaragi form were created by Kurushima and released between late 2002 and early 2004. 1/6 scale kits based on Honey's Cutie and Kisaragi forms, and 1/5.5 scale kits of her Cutie and partially armored forms, were created by Yu Makimura of Left-Hand.

ReceptionEdit

Chris Beveridge of Anime on DVD (now part of Mania.com) gave positive reviews to the two New Cutey Honey Collections released in 2000 by ADV; he "was really impressed with the production values of this show" and called it "quite a bit of fun, especially for those looking for fan-service with a bit more intelligence and style than some of the other offerings out there". Two reviews of Honey on the website Anime Jump greatly diverged: site maintainer Mike Toole rated the series 3.5 out of 5 stars and called it "tons of fun, a light, tasty action-comedy that's ... spirited and silly and tongue-in-cheek", and praised its character designs as "letter-perfect to Go Nagai's original (quite appealing!) character designs"; Jason Carter praised Calvello's voice work in his review of the 2004 ADV release, but rated it 1.5 out of 5 stars, said that much of Cosplay City "goes back and forth between looking like an ordinary modern metropolis and resembling some sort of Smurf town built of polluted marshmallows", and concluded "The characters are largely annoying, the plot is hackneyed, the nudity is absurd, the fighting is rarely more than average, and the whole thing is ultimately pointless - as the series' later attempts at developing Honey as a person make all too clear." Sandra Dozier of DVD Verdict was also unimpressed with Honey: "I can see why it is popular—the glossy animation, the well-endowed chicks, the scant clothing. If that isn't your thing, however, there is very little to draw you to this series."

Reviewers have noticed Go Nagai's influence on New Cutie Honey; several considered it among the best anime based on his works, while others preferred different series. Dozier said that Nagai is "recognized in the anime world as an influential artist and storyteller who is known for preferring extra helpings of nudity and violence in his work", and that such influence "definitely comes through" in the series. Carlos Ross of THEM Anime gave earlier Nagai anime bad ratings, but called Honey "another Go Nagai-based anime that common logic should dictate that THEM rate harshly - except that we actually enjoyed it immensely", while calling its "awfully ugly backdrops, and weird-looking characters" "standard Go Nagai". Beveridge says he greatly preferred Honey over other Nagai offerings, but that "it really doesn't rise up too much higher than thinly veiled fan service with something of a story". Scott Green of Ain't It Cool News praised "Nagai's tasteless sense of strangeness" as the series' "highpoint", saying its "bright American style superhero design, with kaleidoscopic oddity, humorously gratuitous nudity and violence" make it "amusing nonsense". In his negative review, Carter said the Devilman-based Devil Lady was a more entertaining anime with a similar "impressively built woman fighting monsters" premise.

Many reviewers also contrasted its portrayal of main character Honey as a powerful figure with how it also shows off her body through her nude transformation sequences. Susan J. Napier, author of Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke, distinguished the series from more pornographic anime such as Wicked City, Twin Dolls, and La Blue Girl. Napier thought that the series "sends mixed messages" because even though Honey has great strength and heroism, her transformations are very sexual in nature. She wrote that "the presumably male viewer is invited in, to participate in the unclothing and clothing of her nude body, while both male and female viewer alike are allowed the vicarious participation in the ecstatic transformation process", but quickly added: "Despite the regressive and voyeuristic aspects of her characterization, she is still clearly the film's hero, one worthy of admiration and emulation ... in the film's several violent scenes she more than holds her own." Dozier did not share that sentiment: she said "Honey does have some appeal as a fighter and as someone who cares very much about the people who are important to her, but her android past and her family life aren't explored too deeply—mostly, she's too busy getting into compromising situations and fighting evil."

Both Dozier and Yuricon president Erica Friedman wrote about the sexual nature of Honey, including the lesbian desire of the Jewel Princess (one of Honey's enemies) for her in the second episode. Friedman—who had looked for such "implied yuri" in Cutie Honey manga—called the Princess's appearance "*just* what I was hoping for", and praised Honey's change to her S&M Queen form in response. Ross said about the series: "It's seemingly exploitative, it's incredibly sexist, and the female members of my household - you'd expect them to be indignant, but, no, they were laughing their butts off because it was so blatant, and yet Honey was actually never objectified in the whole series." He further writes, "Honey Kisaragi is an extremely strong character who is no damsel in distress. If anyone needs help in this series, it's the guys!" Toole said that Jessica Calvello "gives the character a growling, tough-girl charm that was conspicuously absent from the original version", while Dozier said that Calvello captured "the combination of innocence and bravado [of Honey] that is both so confusing and yet so appropriate". Beveridge said the "fight sequences are pretty well done and provide some fun moments watching Honey battle the various demonic forms", but concluded that Honey's main goal is to showcase the lead heroine's changes: "Oh, lets face it. it's all about the half to completely naked transformation sequences. They're grrreat!"

FXEdit

Cutey Honey FX (キューティーハニーFX Kyūtī Hanī FX?) was a Cutie Honey video game developed by Datawest and released by NEC for the PC-FX in Japan in 1995.

FlashEdit

Cutie Honey Flash (キューティーハニー フラッシュ Kyūtī Hanī Furasshu?, also known as Cutie Honey F) is a 1997 anime television series in the Cutie Honey franchise. In its native Japan, the series assumed the timeslot of Sailor Stars, the final story arc of the long-running Sailor Moon anime. Employing many of the same animation staff of Sailor Stars, including animation director Miho Shimagasa, Flash features very similar character designs and fits the more traditional mold of magical girl series, aimed at the Sailor Moon demographic. The series was also broadcast in Germany.

PlotEdit

Honey Kisaragi is a perfectly normal, beautiful high school student... until her scientist father is kidnapped by the evil organization Panther Claw, that is. However, her father left behind a device that she can use to transform into the red-haired sword-wielding heroine, Cutey Honey. Aided by Seiji, a private eye who specializes in Panther Claw, and the mysterious "Twilight Prince", she fights members of Panther Claw in order to rescue her father.

CharactersEdit

Like New Cutie Honey before it, Cutie Honey Flash makes references to other series from Cutie Honey creator Go Nagai. Recurring Honey characters Honey Kisaragi, Seiji, Danbei, Natsuko, Panther Zora, Sister Jill, and Miharu return here, along with Alphonne, Principal Pochi (as a poodle), Gorgon Claw, a female version of Archduke Gorgon of Mazinger Z, Freddy Claw, a female blend of Dr. Hell and Count Blocken from Mazinger Z, and Baby Satan Claw, a blend of Marquis Janus from Great Mazinger and Mazinger Z's Genocider F9. Three boys from Honey's school are based on pilots from Getter Robo and Getter Robo Go, and Great Mazinger briefly appears on a TV screen early on in the series.

ProtagonistsEdit

The main protagonist of the series, as with other Cutie Honey media, is Honey Kisaragi. However, unlike other Cutie Honey incarnations, Honey is not an android but possesses a fully functional human body including reproductive capabilities. Consequently, she is indeed a 16-year-old girl at the beginning of the series, not a robot posing as one. Honey studies at the boarding school, St. Chapel Academy, along with best friend Natsuko Aki (who is nicknamed "Nat-chan") from the original 1970s versions of Honey. The academy's faculty includes former Honey characters as well: here, Miharu returns as a dreaded teacher, while Danbei Hayami is the academy's director. Later in the series, Alphonne, also from the original Cutie Honey, appears as Danbei's older sister.

Honey receives help, advice, and white flowers from a mysterious "Twilight Prince" (Tasogare no Prince). Among the things the prince gives Honey are objects invented by her father, the scientist Takeshi Kisaragi. Honey can use the Element Changing Device on her choker by saying the phrase "Honey Flash", to transform in various ways and can heal from otherwise grievous wounds in a matter of hours. Honey can transform into a variety of personas in this series; she can change into versions of Hurricane Honey and Cutie Honey from the 1970s versions, as well as these: Much like the original version, she possesses the Honey Boomerang and Silver Fleurette as her weapons and after her Element Changing Device is fused with Seira's she can summon the Flash Breath, a small crossbow that can launch arrows of fire, water, lightning, or ice.

  • Hurricane Honey (biker). A woman who rides her motorcycle like the wind.
  • Scoop Honey (paparazzi). A woman who is ready with her film and camera acting as a reporter.
  • Stage Honey (singer). A woman who has her microphone and her formal dress ready for an audience.
  • Nurse Honey (nurse). A woman who knows medical needs.
  • Elegance Honey (bride). A woman who wears a white wedding dress. She uses a bouquet when she's in danger.
  • Escort Honey (tour guide). A woman disguised as a flight attendant.
  • Hyper Honey (heroine). The hearts of Honey and Seira combine to take this form, resembling Cutie Honey but with a different outfit and far more powerful.

Later in the series it is revealed that Honey and Siera were two survivors of a series of artificially created humans that were created to possess the Element Changing Device created by her father and Twilight Prince under Panther Claw before Sister Jill personally terminated the project. After the destruction of the incubation machine, Professor Kisaragi found and raised Honey as his own while Seira was taken in by Twilight Prince and Panther Zora.

Panther ClawEdit

In Cutie Honey Flash, Honey must deal with a version of the Panther Claw organization, composed of Panther Zora, a stone figure that reigns over the group; Sister Jill, who is Zora's second-in-command; Prince Zera, a Panther Claw leader who jealously seeks Sister Jill's position in the group; and various henchmen. When fighting enemies, Cutie Honey uses attacks such as the Honey Boomerang, Honey Lightning Flare, Honey Rouge Arrow, and Honey Virginal Invitation.

A fourth character from the original Honey series, Seiji Hayami, appears as a detective whose father was killed by the Panther Claw. Seiji often meets Honey in her Cutie Honey form, not knowing that she is Kisaragi.

Misty HoneyEdit

The fourteenth episode of the anime introduces Misty Honey, a rival and self-proclaimed twin sister of Cutie Honey, whose name was chosen through a contest in Japan. Ironically, Misty Honey was one of her alter-egos in the original cartoon. Misty Honey, unlike Cutie Honey, cannot turn into anyone she wants; she can only change to Misty Honey. She has a band around her thigh that resembles Honey's choker which acts as the activator for her Airborne Element Fixing Device but she uses a ring to transform with the words "Honey Flash". Seira's heart was "poisoned" by Panther Zora when she was found by Twilight Prince. The darkness in her heart (and her flawed transformation device) creates Panther Claw minions. Later in the series it is revealed that Honey and Siera were two survivors of a series of artificially created humans that were created to possess the Element Changing Device created by her father and Twilight Prince under Panther Claw before Sister Jill personally terminated the project. After the destruction of the incubation machine, Professor Kisaragi found and raised Honey as his own while Seira was taken in by Twilight Prince and Panther Zora. Her alter ego, Seira Hazuki, shares her given name with Seiji's child, who appears only in the 39th and final episode.

She can be seen as a negative version of Cutie, since Misty Honey has long blue hair and a more revealing outfit, while Cutie has short pink hair and a less revealing outfit. While the anime and manga versions of the characters of Cutie Honey Flash mostly look similar, the two versions of Hazuki differ greatly in appearance. Misty Honey's attacks include Honey Sexy Dynamite. Seira's family name "Hazuki" is the classical/romantic Japanese name for the eighth month of the lunar calendar. In contrast, Honey's family name "Kisaragi" is the classical/romantic Japanese name for the second month of the lunar calendar. "Kisaragi" corresponds to March/April (Spring), while "Hazuki" corresponds to September/October (Autumn) of the solar calendar, representing the opposing characteristics of the twin sisters.

ProductionEdit

Cutie Honey Flash uses hand-drawn animation; according to Shimagasa, the use of digitally animated characters on hand-painted backgrounds was planned and tested, but later rejected. Its theme music was performed by Salia.

MovieEdit

On July 12, 1997, Cutie Honey Flash received a sequel in the form of a 38-minute movie. It was released on DVD in Japan on October 21, 2004, shortly after the Cutie Honey Flash TV series was released on DVD.

MediaEdit

EpisodesEdit

Dub titles are not included since this series has never been adapted to and released in English.

Season OneEdit

Ep# Translated title Japanese Airdate
1 "In the Name of Love! the Maiden Transforms!"  
2 "A Young Woman's Determination! A Flower in the Sunset"  
3 "A Girl's Dream! For Whom is the Wedding Dress?"  
4 "The Tear of the Mermaid Princess! The bond between Father and Daughter"  
5 "Overcome your fate! The Girl of the seven-colored Rainbow"  
6 "Can't Transform! Honey Trapped"  
7 "The Sea of Sorrow! Seiji's Recollection of His Father"  
8 "The Sweet and Perilous Scent! Protect a Maiden's Pure Heart"  
9 "Prince is in Danger!? A Rival Appears!!"  
10 "Lighting Flare Defeated!? Honey's Desperate Battle"  
11 "The Encroaching Terror!! Honey targeted"  
12 "Honey Cornered! Jill's Electric Shock Attack"  
13 "Fight with the Power of Love! The Final Battle with Jill"  

Season TwoEdit

Ep# Translated title Japanese Airdate
14 "The Entrance of a Mysterious Fighter!! Overture to a New Fate"  
15 "The Act Begins! The Super Battle between Two Honey's"  
16 "The Entanglement of Love and Hate! The Sisters' Tennis Match"  
17 "The Shocking Truth! Father reveals Honeys' secret"  
18 "Scorching Memories! Seira's Past"  
19 "The Competition in Swimsuits! Battling Skeletons on a Ghostship"  
20 "The Seal of Panther Claw! The Secret of Seira's Breast Mark"  
21 "For the Sake of Love! The Last Battle between the Two Honey's"  
22 "Seira Perishes in a Sea of Flames! holding her Father's Love to her bosom"  
23 "The Finale of Love! Honey's Love that Shines through Fate"  

Season ThreeEdit

Ep# Translated title Japanese Airdate
24 "School Destroyed! The Threat of the Resurrected Panther Claw"  
25 "Honey brings up Baby"  
26 "An "Idol" Panther? The Battle of the Singing Divas"  
27 "The Queen of the Circuit! The Dangerous Ultra-High-Speed Race"  
28 "The One called the "Devil": The Tear of a Panther Warrier"  
29 "Big Adventure on an Uninhabited Island. Much ado about a Treasure Hunt"  
30 "There is No Getting Off! The Train Speeding toward Hell"  
31 "Passion and Love Persist! The Days of Father's Youth"  
32 "The Worst Day for Hungry Private Eye, Seiji Hayami"  
33 "The Trap in Outer Space! Honey's Biggest Crisis"  
34 "Honey's Choice: Seiji vs. Prince"  
35 "Have Faith in Me! The Power of Love at Full Maximum"  
36 "Battle of Courage! The Electrifying Pro-Wrestling Match"  
37 "The Last Holy War! (Part 1) Love confronts Fate"  
38 "The Last Holy War! (Part 2) The Triumph of the Power to Dream"  
39 "Honey the Bride! The Light of Love is Forever"

Tennyo DensetsuEdit

Cutie Honey, the legend of an angel or Cutie Honey Tennyo Densetsu (キューティーハニー天女伝説 Kyūtī Hanī tennyo densetsu?), also known in Italy as Cutie Honey '21, is a Japanese manga by Go Nagai. It is a sequel to the Cutie Honey and Cutie Honey 90s manga series created by Nagai as well.

PlotEdit

The year is 2005. The police, unable to carry out their work, are asking for help from talented private investigators for the most complex and important work.

Among these are Seiko Hayami, who, with the help of her assistant Hisashi Hanyu, will be involved in cases concerning strange apparitions of monstrous beings, which will eventually lead to a confrontation with the Panther Claw terrorist organization/religious sect, who worship the goddess Zora, under the command of the bestial Sister Jill.

Defeating the organization seems impossible, but help is at hand from the android, Cutie Honey. Having seemingly travelled from the 70s to defeat Panther Claw, she resides with Seiko in the form of Hisashi.

 A Go Go!Edit

Cutie Honey a Go Go! (キューティーハニー a Go Go!! Kyūtī Hanī a Go Go?) is a Japanese manga created by Go Nagai, Hideaki Anno and Shimpei Itoh. It is loosely based in the original Cutie Honey manga series and, alongside the Cutie Honey film and the OVA Re: Cutie Honey, is part of the project of the Cutie Honey Production Committee to re-launch Cutie Honey.

PlotEdit

In this version of the tale Aki Natsuko, more commonly known as Na-chan, is a squad leader for the public safety bureau and her subordinates live in fear of her. Her suit-wearing, chain smoking, gun wielding, impatient personality keeps her workers in their place.

The story begins, as it does in so many of the other Cutie Honey adaptations, as the evil Sister Jill and her Panther Claw gang have invaded the city. It is only the timely appearance of Cutie Honey that saves the city from total destruction. Natsuko throws herself into the mêlée, machine gun in hand.

When Butterfly Claw has been defeated, Natsuko takes it upon herself to arrest Honey for disturbing the peace.

The second time the Panther Claw attacks, Natsuko is all over it. She's also right there with the handcuffs for Honey, who cheerfully goes along with her.

After she's released for the second time, Honey (in disguise) brings Natsuko back to her father's lab, and all the typical Honey elements are explained. Prof. Kisaragi asks Natsuko to befriend Honey and help her become more human. When Natsuko arrives home that night, she finds that Honey has come to live with her.

In Volume 2, Honey and Natsuko learn that bizarre things are occurring at St. Chapel Jogakuen. So Natsuko signs up as a teacher and Honey as a student and they head off to this mysterious and strict private girl's school. They are met by Miharu, a sadistic teacher who takes an instant dislike to Honey.

Honey's roommate, Ayumu, is a good student and very nice person. But when Miharu can't catch Honey during her nightly transgressions or punish Natsuko, she targets Ayumu. Honey appears to be stalked by a dark, large and very gloomy upperclassman, who ultimately turns out to be in love with Ayumu. She blames Honey for Ayumu's troubles, and attacks her, but when the Panther Claw attacks the school, she backs off and lets Honey stop Spider Claw.

At the end of the story, Sister Jill names four new top Claws - Black, Gold, Cobalt, and Scarlet. Honey's father is killed, Natsuko vows to protect Honey, and Honey vows to fight to the bitter end to stop Sister Jill. The book ends, promising to continue the story in the next volume - which never happens.

2004 FilmEdit

Cutie Honey キューティーハニー Kyūtī Hanī?)</span> is a 2004 Japanese tokusatsu (live-action) film adaptation, produced by Gainax, of the 1970s manga and anime series Cutie Honey.

The film stars popular Japanese model Eriko Sato as the hyperactive Honey. Directed by Hideaki Anno, the film loosely retells the classic story of Cutie Honey's battle to defend humanity and avenge her father against Panther Claw. In this version, Honey's powers come from the Imaginary Induction System. Called I-system for short, the name is a pun on the word "love" (愛 ai?). Villains Honey faces include Sister Jill, Gold Claw, Cobalt Claw, Scarlet Claw and Black Claw. The film also features a cameo by creator Go Nagai.

In its native Japan, Cutie Honey was followed two months later by an animated series, Re: Cutie Honey, based on the film. In the United States, the film was released direct-to-DVD on April 17, 2007 by Bandai Entertainment. Previously, the 1994 New Cutie Honey OVA was the only incarnation of Cutie Honey to have been commercially released in the U.S.

Main charactersEdit

Cutie Honey/Honey KisaragiEdit

Honey Kisaragi (played by Eriko Sato) is the daughter of professor Kisaragi. She was a normal person until she had an accident where her human body died. Her father saved her by creating an android body and transferring her mind into it. Thanks to the AI system, she is able to transform into almost any identity she needs. When transfomed into Cutie Honey, she becomes a powerful warrior wielding a sword. She needs to have energy in order to change from Honey Kisaragi to any of her transformations. When depleted, she has to eat a lot to regain her abilities. Her father was killed by the organization Panther Claw, and she vows revenge against them by any means necessary. Although she has a lively and carefree personality, she has no friends and most people take advantage of her naiveness. Her only relative is Dr. Utsugi, a friend of Dr. Kisaragi who has continued his research.

Natsuko AkiEdit

A police inspector, Natsuko (played by Mikako Ichikawa) is in charge of the cases related to Panther Claw, which makes her meet the mysterious warrior Cutie Honey. Distrusting Honey, she sets out to strike down both Panther Claw and Honey. She has a serious personality, never smiling and being cold around others. However, by meeting Honey she begins to change and becomes more friendly to others. Her two immediate subordinates are Todoroki and Goki, both of them loyal to Natsuko even in the harshest situations.

Seiji HayamiEdit

Seemingly a regular reporter, Seiji (played by Jun Murakami), he follows Honey closely and has a deep knowledge of her, her powers and origin. He always assists Honey whenever she needs it, and seems to be fond of Natsuko as well. His true motives, however, are not clear, but it's sure that he is not a simple reporter.

Gold ClawEdit

Gold claw (played by Hairi Katagiri) is the first to battle Cutie Honey. She almost wins but was defeated by the Honey Boomerang while trying to escape the sea bunker she and Honey were battling on. Gold Claw was not killed but later in the movie Sister Jill removes her thinking of her as weak. Gold Claw's left arm has 3 blades to slash and her right has barrels wrapped around her wrist so she is able to shoot Gold Missiles. The long blade on the top of her head may be used to grab and throw her enemies and to fly using it like a helicopter propeller.

Cobalt ClawEdit

Cobalt Claw (played by Shie Kohinata) is second in line to fight Cutie Honey. First she stole the body of Honey's boss, then she chases Honey and Nat-Chan into an elevator where she ditches the skin and reveals herself as Cobalt Claw. Cobalt would've been able to win but lost due to the I-System reacting to Honey's feelings of vengeance. Ultimately Cobalt Claw was melted. Cobalt Claw usually steals skin to get close to her victim, then she attacks with her 4 long braids, usually by tripping or gagging. If her braids are destroyed Cobalt Claw uses her contortionist body to unzip extra pockets in her suit that carry extra arms.

Scarlet ClawEdit

As you would predict Scarlet Claw (played by Mayumi Shintani) is third to fight Honey. Honey and Scarlet fight high up in the sky above the city. Scarlet was obviously powerful, bringing with her an aura that made the world around her into a shade of red. During the fight Scarlet Claw ends up leaving a large hole in several Buildings including the Office Building where Honey works. Scarlet Claw is defeated when Honey deflects her force beam back at her and, fleeing, she is destroyed by Black Claw.

Black ClawEdit

"Black Claw" redirects here. For the fictional creature in Dungeons & Dragons, see blackclaw.The final Claw to face Honey is the seemingly androgynous Black Claw (played by Mitsuhiro Oikawa). Black Claw is duochromatic (black and white) and fights with a spinning sword attack and a hidden microphone. During the fight Panther Claw's minions played classical Music and accompanied Black Claw as (s)he sang. Black Claw was defeated when Honey used a point blank Honey Boomerang.

ButlerEdit

Sister Jill's butler (played by Toru Tezuka), he is her most loyal minion.

Sister JillEdit

Sister Jill (played by Eisuke Sasai) is the head of Panther Claw. Her real power and form are unknown. She has a special interest in Honey's AI system.

SeedEdit

Cutie Honey Seed (キューティーハニーSEED Kyūtī Hanī Shīdo?) is a Japanese manga created by Komugi Hoshino and Go Nagai based on the original Cutie Honey series by Nagai. As with Gomaden Shutendoji, Harenchi Gakuen ~The Company~, Kekko Kamen P, Mazinger Angels and Occult Dan D3, Cutie Honey Seed is a newer take on Nagai's classical series with different illustrators and settings.

In this series, Yuta, who is a fan of Cutie Honey, suddenly finds a beautiful alien girl. He names her Honey Kisaragi. Like the protagonist of the same name from previous Cutie Honey works, she has the ability to transform.

PlotEdit

Yuuta is a big fan of Cutey Honey. He likes her so much, he is unable to tell his next door neighbour, Midori, he loves her. He is also unaware that she is in love with him.

One day, an alien crashes nearby and Yuuta is on the scene. Upon seeing the alien resembles a human female, he gives her the name Kisaragi Honey, just like his favorite heroine. Initially, he tries to hide Honey's existence, but when that fails, he lies about her, pretending she is his cousin.

Honey is a typical alien: naive, innocent and impressionable in every way. Like all members of her species, she develops any power necessary to protect herself and others. After she watches most of Yuuta's Cutey Honey collection, she develops "super powers" just like the "real" Cutey Honey's, in order to save herself, Yuuta and his loved ones - even going so far as to shout "Honey Flash!"

ReEdit

Cutie Honey (Re:キューティーハニー Rei Kyūtī Hanī?) is a three-episode OVA (original video animation) series based on the 2004 tokusatsu (live-action) film Cutie Honey, both being adaptations of the 1970s manga written and illustrated by Go Nagai. The series was co-produced with Gainax and Toei Animation, directed by Hideaki Anno, and shown on the Animax satellite television network in 2004. The first episode aired on July 24, two months after the live-action film was released. DVD releases for each episode followed, with the first released on September 21. The series tells the same story as the film, but contains nudity and additional character development.

PlotEdit

A mysterious organization known as Panther Claw make their presence known by terrorizing Tokyo and giving the cops a run for their money. Police are further baffled by the appearance of a lone cosplaying vigilante who thwarts all of Panther Claw's evil schemes before disappearing. That cosplayer is Honey Kisaragi, the result of the late Professor Kisaragi's prize experiment. A master of disguise, Honey can instantly alter her physical appearance and outfits. But with a push of the heart-shaped button on her choker, she transforms herself into Cutie Honey, the scantily clad, sword-wielding warrior of love and justice.

CharactersEdit

ProtagonistsEdit

Honey Kisaragi / Cutie Honey (如月 ハニー Kisaragi Hanī?)
Voiced by: Yui Horie
Kisaragi Honey works as a temp at an office in Tokyo. She's also an android out to get revenge against Panther Claw for killing her father. Her weapons are a boomerang, a rapier, a lance, and the power of Love.
Seiji Hayami (早見 青児 Hayami Seiji?)
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa
Hayami Seiji claims to be a newspaper reporter, but he seems to know a good deal about the technology that Cutie Honey utilizes, and seems to be studying her closely.
Natsuko Aki / "Nat-chan" (秋 夏子 Aki Natsuko?)
Voiced by: Junko Noda
Inspector Aki Natsuko is in charge of bringing Panther Claw to justice. She has incredible aim with firearms and can be fearless even if it is raining bullets.
Kyōko Izumiya (泉谷 京子 Izumiya Kyōko?)
Voiced by: Kazuko Sugiyama
Know by everyone as "Granny", she is the janitor at Honey's work who's always bringing onigiri for her. Granny's food is the best because it is made with love.

Panther ClawEdit

Gold Claw (ゴールド・クロー Gōrudo Kurō?)
Voiced by: Noriko Uemura
The Club of the Four Gods, Gold Claw is the first truly powerful foe that Honey faces. Heavily armed and armored, Honey needs to be resourceful to find a way to defeat her. Gold Claw has Destroyer Panther, Doctor Panther, and Scope Panther as goons.
Cobalt Claw (コバルト・クロー Kobaruto Kurō?)
Voiced by: Mami Kingetsu
The Diamond of the Four Gods, Cobalt Claw has a pair of tentacles that extend out of her mask that can wrap around a foe and generate an incredible amount of electrical current. Cobalt relishes the opportunity to show off her strength to Sister Jill and defeating Cutie Honey.
Scarlet Claw (スカーレット・クロー Sukāretto Kurō?)
Voiced by: Hiromi Konno
The Heart of the Four Gods, Scarlet Claw is a pint-size villain with an umbrella that can vaporize a foe. Very manipulative, Scarlet Claw is able to turn the general populace against Honey. Scarlet's goons include Tank Panther, Bazooka Panther, and Sky Panther.
Black Claw (ブラック・クロー Burakku Kurō?)
Voiced by: Yumi Touma
The Spade of The Four Gods, Black Claw's primary attack is with vocal sound waves that she amplifies with her microphone and staff. As much as she tries to comprehend, she can't figure out what Sister Jill truly desires. A homage to Baron Ashura and Count Brocken, the classic Mazinger Z villains also created by Go Nagai.
Sister Jill (シスター・ジル Shisutā Jiru?)
Voiced by: Kazue Ikura
Sister Jill is the leader of Panther Claw. The Four Gods of Panther Claw act to realize her wishes. Her preferred weapon is a whip which can summon shadow hands. Jill is served by The Four Gods of Panther Claw as well as a mysterious butler. In the last episode she possesses a demonic body that heavily resembles Demon Lord Dante, one of Go Nagai's earliest works.

ProductionEdit

The series makes references to other anime such as Lupin III and Sailor Moon, and many references to Kill Bill. As with prior Cutie Honey series, the OVA also features cameos from some of Go Nagai's other works, including Akira Fudo of Devilman, Kouji Kabuto and Boss from Mazinger Z, Duke Fleed from Grendizer, and previous Cutie Honey regular Danbei.

Each of the episodes in the series had its own director in addition to Anno; a reviewer on the Gainax fansite Gainax Pages said that the episodes have such differing styles that "each episode director must have had considerable autonomy".

Re: Cutie Honey, like the 1970s manga, portrays Cutie Honey with dark-reddish eyes, not green eyes as in New Cutie Honey and Cutie Honey Flash; in Re: Cutie Honey she also wears an outfit that covers more of her cleavage than the other versions, but shows her midriff and other parts.

The opening theme, used for both the OVA and the live-action movie, is "Cutie Honey" performed by Koda Kumi, whilst the ending theme is "Into your Heart", also by Koda Kumi.

MediaEdit

SeriesEdit

The Re: Cutie Honey Complete DVD, released on September 21, 2005, includes a CD drama starring the four voice actresses that have voiced Honey up to then: Eiko Masuyama (the '70s series), Michiko Neya (New Cutie Honey), Ai Nagano (Cutie Honey Flash), and Yui Horie (Re: Cutie Honey).

EpisodesEdit

  1. Volume Heaven
  2. Volume Earth
  3. Volume Human
  4. Volume Harmony (Drama CD)

LiveEdit

Cutie Honey: The Live (キューティーハニー THE LIVE Kyūtī Hanī Za Raibu?) is a Japanese tokusatsu production of the popular Cutie Honey manga and anime series chief directed by Makoto Yokoyama and written primarily by Toshiki Inoue. It began airing on TV Tokyo on October 2, 2007. Gravure idol Mikie Hara (原 幹恵 Hara Mikie?) portrays Honey Kisaragi, the title character.

CharactersEdit

Honey Kisaragi/Cutie HoneyEdit

Cutie Honey as seen on volume 6 of the DVDsHoney Kisaragi (如月 ハニー Kisaragi Hanī?) is an android girl who can transform into the titular Cutie Honey (キューティーハニー Kyūtī Hanī?) by tapping on her heart necklace and saying the words "Honey Flash!" (ハニーフラッシュ! Hanī Furasshu!?). Her powers come from the Airborne Element Fixing Device (空中元素固定装置 Kūchū Genso Kotei Sōchi?) installed in her body, also known as the "Honey System" (ハニーシステム Hanī Shisutemu?). The Honey System allows the creation of objects out of thin air, allowing Honey to transform her outfit into practically any disguise. The Honey System can also reduce objects to thin air just as easily, which Honey uses as a finishing move to destroy anything she is in contact with. She possesses super-intelligence and strength, and a healing factor. Her personal emblem is a Red heart and in battle she can summon a rapier called the "Silver Fleuret" (シルバーフルーレ Shirubā Furūre?). She seems to have a crush on Yuji's third personality, Giza. However, her strong crush also inadvertently gave him a fourth personality named Hikaru.

On a few occasions, the energy of her Honey System goes out of control and begins to destroy everything that she touches. When this happens, Honey sleeps for three days and then goes into a berserk mode. To prevent this, Seiji has a device that will drain away the excess energy and return her to normal. To date, this has only occurred twice.

After finding out that both Miki and Yuki could transform as well, she tries to unite the three of them against Panther Claw. However, their clashing personalities have made this difficult. It was also revealed that she was the one who buried her father, Doctor Kisaragi, one year ago. However, she does not know the cause of his death.

After driving off Hikaru, Honey brings Miki's lifeless body to Mayumi, requesting an operation in order to revive her. Mayumi accepts, but tells Honey that Miki would be depressed if she is to go on with the operation. Regardless, she is prepared. However, Hikaru once again manages to mess up the proceedings, and even steals Honey's power in the process. With Yuki's help, he is driven off one more time. After hearing Yuki's request to kill Honey, she willingly accepts, but on the condition that Yuki takes care of Miki in her stead. With that, Yuki accepts her request, then decapitates Honey on the spot.

Honey's lifeless body would be picked up by Hiromi, who forcibly purges her powers from her and transfers them over to Yuki. The conversion turned Yuki evil, with a will to destroy. After Miki retrieves her, she is revived by Mayumi and Miki's powers were transferred over to her. When she came to, the first person to greet her was Hayami, who didn't have the heart to tell her the truth about everything. She would then run to Professor Kisaragi's mansion to find out the truth for herself. It was there that she finally meets up with Yuki again, this time completely under Hiromi's control. She initially refused to fight her, but after finding the backup limiter, she Flashed, this time with a blue outfit and Kukri weapon similar to Miki's. After Hiromi was killed by Yuki, Honey managed to ultimately destroy her. After the battle was over, Honey decided to help out Hayami, now truly known as the Warrior of Love, Cutie Honey. In the epilogue, it is hinted that both Miki and Yuki "live on" inside Honey as Honey demonstrated fighting techniques similar to Miki's headbutt and Yuki's kick.

This version of Cutie Honey is more empty-headed than her previous incarnations, possessing a very poor grasp of social conventions and an almost perpetually upbeat attitude, which has caused animosity amongst her peers in her class. Unlike the original where she was a Catholic school girl, in this version she attends a standard all-girls high school.

Honey's birth date is February 26 and her father is Doctor Kōshirō Kisaragi (如月こうしろう博士 Kisaragi Kōshirō Hakase?). The three girls possess the same birthday as Doctor Kisaragi was looking for girls who share the same traits in order to recreate the image of his deceased daughter.

Honey is portrayed by Mikie Hara.

Seiji HayamiEdit

Seiji Hayami (早見 青児 Hayami Seiji?) is a young, excitable private detective who helps support Honey. His dream is to write a book on the "demonish (sic) things in modern Japan's capitalism", and to this end he lives in a slum so as to better understand the dark side of society. He met Honey 14 months ago, when he was helping a girl get her "notebook" from a gang and was running away from that gang. She was disguised as a fortune teller and transformed to fight the gang members. In the present, Honey is helping him with his detective cases.

He constantly goes after different women. He confesses his love for Saotome Miki in a letter that he gives her, which she then proceed to tear up in front of him. He also expresses feelings for Yuki, but she also rejects him. Although he is rejected by both girls, he still continues to court them, especially Yuki.

Some time after the final battle was over, Hayami returned to the Kisaragi residence to gather up Doctor Kisaragi's research. His original intention was to safeguard the information from Panther Claw and similar criminal organizations, but after discovering Doctor Kisaragi's notebook and learning the truth about Honey's creation, as well as Miki and Yuki, he instead throws all of Doctor Kisaragi's work in a burn barrel, effectively destroying it.

Seiji is portrayed by Shouma Yamamoto.

Miki Saotome/Sister MikiEdit

Sister Miki as seen on volume 7 of the DVDsMiki Saotome (早乙女 ミキ Saotome Miki?) is a cold young girl who is the polar opposite of Honey, being introverted and anti-social. Like Honey, she has the Honey System installed in her body, changing her into a blue armored form called Sister Miki (シスターミキ Shisutā Miki?). In this form she cannot control her aggression, causing her to develop a fear of herself. She stays away from other people because she is afraid of hurting them against her will. Despite her cold demeanor, she cares about Honey.

Miki was originally a normal schoolgirl in a happy family. Her parents are killed when Doctor Kisaragi uses the Air Solidifier device to create a giant hand made of stone that stops the car her family was in and ultimately takes her life. She is then reprogrammed as Doctor Kisaragi's daughter. However, when flaws are shown in her Honey system, she is discarded by Dr. Kisaragi. After Miki finds out the truth, she kills Doctor Kisaragi in cold blood before turning herself in to a juvenile institution for young girls.

When Miki stays transformed for too long, her kukri becomes a rusted piece of metal. In this state, she is captured by Yuji and trapped in a room of chains to prevent her from transforming to escape. When Honey comes to save her as bait to get Honey's Honey System, Miki transforms to save her, sacrificing her life in the process. She then reveals that she was the one who killed Professor Kisaragi, their father, because her true family and herself had been killed by him in order to transform her into an android. She dies, impaled from the inside from the chains she had taken into her body during her final Honey Flash.

She would be revived again at Honey's request by Mayumi, albeit with a limited lifespan. She then goes on a rescue mission to save Honey and Yuki from Hiromi, only to find Honey's lifeless body at the surgery site. She returns to Mayumi, requesting the same operation Honey did for her, not only to save Honey's life, but for her own sake so that she can live on in Honey who is able to "throw everything into just being alive". Mayumi condescendingly accepts, saving Honey and transferring Miki's powers and abilities over to her at the price of her life.

Like Honey, she transforms with the phrase "Honey Flash!" (ハニーフラッシュ! Hanī Furasshu!?) by pressing her personal emblem, a blue spade. However, her transformations are flawed: she draws any loose metal she is in contact with into her body when she flashes, only to pull them out painfully later. Her weapon is a kukri called the "Boomerang Bleu" (ブーメランブル Būmeran Buru?). Miki's blue motif and stark contrast to Honey's personality draw many parallels between her and Misty Honey, Cutie Honey's rival from Cutie Honey Flash.

Miki is portrayed by Ayame Misaki.

Yuki Kenmochi/Sister YukiEdit

Sister Yuki as seen on volume 8 of the DVDsYuki Kenmochi (剣持 ユキ Kenmochi Yuki?) is the adopted daughter of the prestigious Kenmochi family. She states that she has only been living with the Kenmochi family for three years. She is very proper in how she speaks and acts, and is extremely naive; although she is very fond of curry.

Yuki was originally a young girl living in a hospital. She was dying of a terminal disease when she was discovered by Doctor Kisaragi, who remade her in a second attempt to recreate his daughter. The experiment was initially a success, but just like with Miki, she was eventually discarded when flaws were shown in her system.

She develops romantic feelings for Honey after they meet for the first time. After this meeting, she begins to show a darker nature, becoming jealous of any of Honey's companions she shows affection for. She becomes increasingly self-centered and greedy, believing that Honey is meant for her alone. When she learns the truth about Dr. Kisaragi, believed to be her real father, and Miki's ability to Flash, her personality changes dramatically, killing anyone who will not give her answers about her past on sight. She was responsible for killing Duke Watari and has twice threatened Miki's life.

She also possesses the power of the Honey System, changing into a white armored form called Sister Yuki (シスターユキ Shisutā Yuki?) with the phrase "Honey Flash!" (ハニーフラッシュ! Hanī Furasshu!?). In this form she becomes a cold, merciless warrior using graceful and powerful karate. Her personal emblem is a white diamond. She can summon a chakram called the "Platinum Chakram" (プラチナチャクラム Purachina Chakuramu?) as her weapon. Like Miki, her Honey System is flawed. This flaw began with materializing random toys outside of her body. The malfunction progresses later on into absorbing objects into her body and forced out later in a similar fashion to Miki's flaw. Upon being told by Yuji that Honey is not a human but simply an android, she becomes convinced that Dr. Kisaragi created Honey to be "spare parts" for her, so that she can repair her flawed Honey System.

Since then, she has forced Honey to reveal the truth about being an android in front of her classmates, and started a campaign in order to keep Honey alone; this way, Yuki would be Honey's only friend, and ensures that she would be around when she will need the spare parts. She has threatened Seiji many times. After beating up Yuji with Honey's help, she then decapitates a willing Honey in order to maintain her own life, but not before promising Honey to "take care" of Miki in her stead. However, before any of that could happen her air solidifier device fails. Yuji returns to see both Yuki's and Honey's lifeless bodies. Their bodies were eventually taken by Hiromi and her husband whose plans were to take Honey's powers and transfer them over to Yuki's body. This process turns her evil with a will to destroy anything in her path. She would later have a backup limiter placed on her neck when the initial limiter implanted within her fails, placing her fully under Hiromi's control. In the battle with Honey the backup limiter is destroyed. However, still unable to gain control of herself, she kills Hiromi and continues to fight Honey who ultimately destroys her. After her body is destroyed, Yuki comes to Hayami as a spirit with a final request for him to take care of Honey.

Yuki is portrayed by Makoto Takeda.

Natsuko AkiEdit

Natsuko Aki (秋 夏子 Aki Natsuko?) is Honey's best friend and room-mate. When Honey flashed to save one of her classmates, she became aware that Honey is an android. She, along with her other classmates, tries to avoid her after learning this. Natsuko then develops a fever, and after realizing that Honey has taken care of her, she rekindles her friendship.

Natsuko seems a bit nerdy, and she has glasses that she constantly adjusts. She often expresses concern about her looks, the size of her breasts being an especial worry for her.

Natsuko is portrayed by Megumi Komatsu.

Gen-sanEdit

Gen-san (源さん Gen san?) is a homeless man who often hangs out with Hayami. He is very well connected amongst Japan's homeless, and is a great source of information on the underworld. He also has the uncanny ability to find (and cook) edible things in the most unlikely of places.

Gen-san is portrayed by Kenichi Nagira.

Doctor Kōshirō KisaragiEdit

Doctor Kōshirō Kisaragi (如月こうしろう博士 Kisaragi Kōshirō Hakase?) is the professor behind the creation of Cutie Honey, as well as her two predecessors, Miki and Yuki. After his daughter died in an accident involving an early model of the Air Solidifier device, he was motivated to recreate her. To this end, he targeted two young girls with the same birth date as his daughter and recreated them as androids, only to discard them when flaws were shown in their programming. After both experiments failed, he decided to recreate his daughter from scratch (Honey), however, before she was activated, he was ultimately killed by Miki.

Doctor Kisaragi is portrayed by Go Nagai, the creator of the Cutie Honey series.

Panther ClawEdit

Panther Claw (パンサークロー Pansā Kurō?) is an underworld organization dedicated to profit at any cost, saying at one point that making money is "the same as breathing" to them. They serve as the main antagonists of the series, and use advanced cyborgs (identifiable by their black hoods) as their henchmen. It is split into four divisions, each covering a different business and run by a different executive. In the epilogue, a new Panther Claw is shown, wearing silver masks, under the command of a female monster.

Yuji NakajoEdit

Yuji Nakajo (中条 有次 Nakajō Yūji?) is a young genius with an IQ of over 200 and multiple personality disorder. His two main personalities are that of a cold, calculating adult and an excitable, cruel child named Hikomaro (ヒコマロ?). In these two forms, he can produce razor-sharp feathers from his arms and hands which he can fire at will.

He also possesses a third, demonic personality named Giza (ギザ?) that he cannot control. When this personality takes control, he becomes overly aggressive, more tapped into his emotions, and is able to produce bat wings from his arms with fearsome claws as hands. He later manifests a fourth personality named Hikaru (ヒカル?), a female personality who does not like to fight, preferring to manipulate others into doing what she wants instead. This personality was brought about when Yuji was overwhelmed by Honey's affection for him, and a small portion of Honey's power manifested itself as a mole on Yuji's face.

In his Hikaru personality, he has become obsessed with obtaining the Honey System in order to make himself as "beautiful" as Honey. He has experimented at the cost of his henchmen's lives. He has been so far successful in creating a flawed Honey System similar to Yuki and Miki's, but wishes to perfect it by using Honey's body. After Honey was decapitated, Yuki lost consciousness after her forehead was penetrated by metals. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Yuji managed to obtain the Honey System by taking Honey and Yuki hostage. His plan to become complete like honey, however, was foiled by Hiromi, who uses the Honey System to revive and turn Yuki into a destructive weapon. Yuji was ultimately defeated when Yuki used "Honey Flash" and ran her chakram through his body. From the surface of a pond, Yuji sees the reflection of his four personalities, Hikomaro, Nakajou, Giza, and Hikaru, respectively. After seeing his image as Hikaru, he commented, "Beautiful," before dropping his head onto the water.

He runs an illegal gambling operation, creating and executing spectacular bets for the wealthy elite to place their money on. In the first episode, for example, he breaks three men out of prison, gives them advanced weaponry and takes bets on who will last the longest. However, he also rigs the results of these gambles by using his henchmen to interfere.

Yuji is portrayed by Kohei Murakami.

Duke WatariEdit

Duke Seiya Anthony Watari IV (デューク清也アンソニー渡4世 Dyūku Seiya Ansonī Watari Yonsei?) is a bilingual gentleman who switches between English and Japanese very frequently. His public face is that of the president of an IT company. Though he is composed most of the time, he possesses an extremely short temper and is prone to yelling "Shit!" when something bad–no matter how minor–happens to him. He can produce blades from his feet and possesses incredible fighting abilities. He has a friendly rivalry with Yuji. He is on his fourth and fifth foot blades, the previous ones being pulled out by Sister Yuki. However, after he was beaten by both Honey and Miki, he runs into a confused Yuki, who kills him in a brutal fashion with her chakram. His remains were subsequently picked up by Yuji, who remakes him into a mindless cyborg. Once Yuki becomes complete and once again fights him in his mindless state, she burns a part of his face off, and just when it seems like he's been shut down for good, gets back up with his usual, "SHIT!" and kicked Yuji with his foot blade. Before he can fight Yuki, however, his cybernetic body fails him, and he falls to the floor, without ending his last sentence, "You little bit...."

His role in Panther Claw is to create the cybernetic "human weapons" that they use as henchmen and in auctions to sell for profit. He accomplishes this using a medical care group as a front, using hospitals to change innocent patients into brainwashed bio-mechanical weapons.

Watari is portrayed by Mark Musashi.

Mayumi KarasugawaEdit

Mayumi Karasugawa (烏川 真由美 Karasugawa Mayumi?) is a cruel sadist who works as a teacher at Hamaguri Gakuen, an elite private school. She is a lesbian who makes vicious advances on her students and is attracted to Honey and Miki on first sight. She is an expert in Kinbaku, a style of bondage originating in Japan, and uses it to tie up men who she believes have been "bad". She also has the ability to swallow and regurgitate whole eggs at will. Because of her strong interest in Miki, she tends to act as an informant at times. It was also through Miki's ex-boyfriend that Mayumi discovers Miki's dark secret as the murderer of Doctor Kisaragi, which only fuels her interest in Miki even more as she tells Miki that she is the only one who would love and accept her darkness.

It was later revealed that Mayumi had loved Miki more than any other woman, and would even kill her own subordinates to make sure she was safe. She was devastated when Honey brought a lifeless Miki to her, and was more than willing to start an operation to transfer Honey's life energy over to Miki at Honey's request. She is later scouted by Miki for the same reasons, to which she at first refuses, but once she saw that Miki was willing to give herself to her for Honey, she called her a "foolish woman" and proceeded to doing the operation. During the operation, Miki grabs her hand, her final words being, "Mayumi Karasugawa, Thank you", and with those words, she felt both a pain in her heart and from the wound she had previously received by being impaled by Miki's kukri in their last battle. She finishes the operation and takes Miki's lifeless body down a river in a rowboat. She has one final sentimental moment with Miki and dies alongside her body, laying in a rowboat they both were eventually submerged into the water sometime afterwards. Mayumi's mask was later shown floating above the water's surface at the end of the scene.

In combat, she uses tekagi-shuko. By putting on a special half-mask, she can transform into her own armored form resembling a harlequin. In this form she can extend her hair to bind her opponents.

She uses Hamaguri Gakuen to scout out and induct new members of Panther Claw.

Mayumi is portrayed by Erika.

Hiromi TanakaEdit

On the surface, Hiromi Tanaka (田中 弘美 Tanaka Hiromi?) is a mild-mannered housewife who runs a fish shop in a quiet shopping district. The truth is that she is a Panther Claw executive with a pathological obsession with making money. She is secretly in control of the district where her shop is, and establishes ridiculous taxes, laws and fines in order to collect money. Her husband also helps in her schemes and is a proficient martial artist, although from time to time, his back tends to give out. The two are often seen driving a truck in their many attempts to capture Honey.

Hiromi was perhaps the most successful of the four Panther Claw leaders in obtaining the Honey System had she not lost control of Yuki. When Honey destroys the backup limiter, Hiromi assumes that Yuki was broken, but later suffered the same fate as Yuji as the liberated Yuki once again used "Honey Flash" and penetrated her with the chakram. In death, Hiromi asks her husband and son to "take care of the rest" before dissolving into molecules, leaving behind a starfish and various fishes.

She uses various frozen sea creatures as her weapons, from exploding starfish she throws like shurikens to a large fish which she wields like a sword. Naturally, they lose their effectiveness once they have thawed. Hiromi's most powerful weapon is a rocket launcher installed within her stomach.

Hiromi is portrayed by Eri Fuse.

EpisodesEdit

  1. Honey Flash! (ハニーフラッシュ! Hanī Furasshu!?)
  2. Hostess Club Blitz! (キャバクラ大作戦! Kyabakura Daisakusen!?)
  3. Nurse and Explore! (ナースで探れ! Nāsu de Sagure!?)
  4. Fear Auction! (恐怖のオークション! Kyōfu no Ōkushon!?)
  5. Second Girl! (第二の少女! Dai Ni no Shōjo!?)
  6. Maid Please! (メイドでどうぞ! Meido de Dōzo!?)
  7. Beware of the Cellphone! (ケータイにご用心! Kētai ni go Yōjin!?)
  8. Dangerous Lesson! (危険なレッスン! Kiken na Ressun!?)
  9. The Princess Kidnapping Incident! (お嬢さま誘拐事件! Ojōsama Yūkai Jiken!?)
  10. Trap of the Triple Date! (トリプルデートの罠! Toripuru Dēto no Wana!?)
  11. The Corrupt Old Lady! (悪徳のおばさん! Akutoku no Obasan!?)
  12. Desire for Harmony! (欲望のハーモニー! Yokubō no Hāmonī!?)
  13. Mixer to Me! (合コンしちゃうぞ! Gōkon Shichau zo!?)
  14. A Toast to Memory! (乾杯メモリー! Kanpai Memorī!?)
  15. Reckless Honey! (暴走ハニー! Bōsō Hanī!?)
  16. Forbidden Love! (禁じられた恋! Kinjirareta Koi!?)
  17. The Devil's Ensemble! (悪魔のアンサンブル! Akuma no Ansanburu!?)
  18. Return Papa! (パパをかえして! Papa o Kaeshite!?)
  19. Android, Get Out! (アンドロイドは出て行け! Andoroido wa Deteike! ?)
  20. The Value of Existence! (存在の価値! Sonzai no Kachi!?)
  21. The Secret of Professor Kisaragi! (如月博士の秘密! Kisaragi Hakase no Himitsu!?)
  22. The Last Wish! (最後のお願い! Saigo no Onegai!?)
  23. The Gift from Father! (お父様からの贈り物! Otō-sama kara no Okurimono!?)
  24. Requiem of Fury! (激情のレクイエム! Gekijō no Rekuiemu!?)
  25. Warriors of Love! (愛の戦士たち! Ai no Senshi-tachi!?)
  26. Dr. Kisaragi's Notebook! (如月博士の手帖! Kisaragi-hakase no Techou!?)
    • This episode was a DVD exclusive

CastEdit

  • Honey Kisaragi (如月 ハニー Kisaragi Hanī?): Mikie Hara (原 幹恵 Hara Mikie?)
  • Seiji Hayami (早見 青児 Hayami Seiji?): Shouma Yamamoto (山本 匠馬 Yamamoto Shōma?)
  • Miki Saotome (早乙女 ミキ Saotome Miki?): Ayame Misaki (水崎 綾女 Misaki Ayame?)
  • Yuki Kenmochi (剣持 ユキ Kenmochi Yuki?): Makoto Takeda (竹田 真恋人 Takeda Makoto?)
  • Natsuko Aki (秋 夏子 Aki Natsuko?): Megumi Komatsu (小松 愛 Komatsu Megumi?)
  • Gen-san (源さん Gen san?): Kenichi Nagira (なぎら 健壱 Nagira Ken'ichi?)
  • Yuji Nakajo (中条 有次 Nakajō Yūji?): Kohei Murakami (村上 幸平 Murakami Kōhei?, previously Masato Kusaka in Kamen Rider 555)
  • Duke Watari (デューク渡 Dūku Watari?): Mark Musashi (マーク 武蔵 Māku Musashi?)
  • Mayumi Karasugawa (烏川 真由美 Karasugawa Mayumi?): Erika (Erika Oda) (エリカ(小田エリカ) Erika (Oda Erika)?)
  • Hiromi Tanaka (田中 弘美 Tanaka Hiromi?): Eri Fuse (ふせ えり Fuse Eri?)
  • Sakunosuke Tanaka (田中 作之助?): Tsutomu Kitagawa (喜多川 務 Kitagawa Tsutomu?)
  • Doctor Kōshirō Kisaragi (如月こうしろう博士 Kisaragi Kōshirō Hakase?): Go Nagai (永井 豪 Nagai Gō?)

SongsEdit

Opening theme
  • "Cutie Honey" (キューティーハニー Kyūtī Hanī?)
    • Lyrics: Claude Q (クロード・Q Kurōdo Kyū?)
    • Composition: Takeo Watanabe (渡辺 岳夫 Watanabe Takeo?)
    • Arrangement: Tsuyoshi Watanabe (渡辺 剛 Watanabe Tsuyoshi?)
    • Artist: Wild 3-Nin Musume (ワイルド三人娘 Wairudo Sannin Musume?)
    • Episodes: 1-24
Used as the ending theme for episode 25
Ending themes
  • "BUT,metamorphosis"
    • Lyrics: Aki Hata (畑 亜貴 Hata Aki?)
    • Composition & Arrangement: Katsuhiko Kurosu (黒須 克彦 Kurosu Katsuhiko?)
    • Artist: Minami Kuribayashi (栗林 みな実 Kuribayashi Minami?)
    • Episodes: 1-4, 6-7, 9, 11, 13-16, 18, 20, 22
Cutie Honey's ending theme
  • "I lost the place"
    • Lyrics: Aki Hata (畑 亜貴 Hata Aki?)
    • Composition & Arrangement: Katsuhiko Kurosu (黒須 克彦 Kurosu Katsuhiko?)
    • Artist: Aki Misato (美郷 あき Misato Aki?)
    • Episodes: 5, 8, 12, 17, 21, 24
Sister Miki's ending theme
  • "Toiki Scarlet..." (吐息Scarlet... Toiki Sukāretto...?, "Scarlet Sigh...")
    • Lyrics: Saori Kodama (こだま さおり Kodama Saori?)
    • Composition & Arrangement: Kaoru Okubo (大久保 薫 Ōkubo Kaoru?)
    • Artist: Aira Yuhki (結城 アイラ Yūki Aira?)
    • Episodes: 7, 10, 19, 23
Sister Yuki's ending theme

Cutie Honey: The Live Vocal Album: Metamorphoses was an album released featuring songs performed by various Lantis recording artists for the series, including remixes of the opening theme by Wild 3-Nin Musume, the second and third ending themes, "Out Sider" (アウトサイダー Autosaidā?) by Granrodeo (as well as a remix), "Flash the Night" by Masaaki Endoh, a cover of Amii Ozaki's "Serenade" (蒼夜曲(セレナーデ) Serenāde?) by Masami Okui, "Follow you" (Follow you ~君とともに~ Follow you ~Kimi to Tomo ni~?) by Hironobu Kageyama, and "the Last Land" by Childe~.

ReceptionEdit

Ilya Garger of Time said that Cutie Honey was more like the "tamer" 1970s anime version than the original manga, with campy" over-the-top" acting and "unpolished" CGI effects. Garger added that "much of the film seems devoted to giving people a chance to ogle [Eriko Sato] in an array of fetching costumes—and in all fairness, she does an excellent job of being oglable." A Variety review agreed with those points: it called the movie "an embarrassment of kitsches" with "camp pleasures and candy-coated, comic-book giddiness" that has "more humor and a lot less perversion" than the manga, and praised Sato as "a highly marketable plus as the sexy superhero who shouts 'Honey, flash!'", but said its CGI and matte effects were "crude by H'wood standards".

On Allmovie, Jason Gibner wrote that the film's "scenes where Honey lounges around in nothing but a white bra and panties for extended periods of time" give "a feeling of unpleasant and unexpected sleaziness", despite being aimed at children with villains similar to those from Power Rangers and the childish heroine Honey; while he said Sato's role as Honey is "hard not to enjoy", he considered the film an unsatisfying "noisy thing" with an incoherent story.

The OVA's visuals have generated mixed reactions; an Anime on DVD review praises the vibrancy of the digital ink and paint, saying it "brings Honey’s world to life" compared to older Cutie Honey series. However, a review on the website Japan Hero criticizes the animation, calling it "distorted", "garish", "sub par and truly unsettling", except in "the fantastic title animation". Still, the series itself has been praised for its story and music, and has been called "creative, funny, and never repetitive".

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