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New Cutey Honey


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Title Info

  • seen: 1-4 of 8
  • type: OAV
  • grade: flawed
  • genre: magic_war
  • Other elements of this title:
    • This title may offend the sensitive.
  • people: Go-Nagai
  • made: unknown
  • Review created: Recently, but I didn't record the date.
  • mod: none

This show is about as subtle as the name suggests, being the logical consequence of a drooling pervy sex and violence freak (Go-nagai) mimicing the magical girl genre. This extends to the majority of the fan web-sites, which can make tracking the various manifestations of this anime difficult. Apparently the original cuty honey was as pervy, popular with young boys and unpopular with parents. This is a new OAV manifestation and there is also cutey honey flash, which was an attempt to generate a shoujo title, by another author, out of this basis (why?).

The story concerns a futuristic town which has been completely overrun by super powered criminals. The idealistic mayor who hoped to stop this is about to get gunned down (after the entire police force appears to have been messily killed) when it turns out that his cute secretary is actually cutey honey, a battle android with many forms and a warrior for love and justice (bleh). In truth her main power is to transform between minimally dressed women in a maximally minimal (ie. nude) and extended transformation scene, and thus cloud the minds of fanboys. Still, if this element, and some violent fights, doesn't appeal to you then don't even bother, because the writing is too weak to be interesting. There is little character, the plots are basically just fight sequences, the powers are corny and the dialog bad. If you were expecting a magical girl show then your mind will either go into shock or attempt to evacuate through your ear.

The animation is average but sufficient to the task set. The villains look evil, although not believable, and cutey honey looks properly pneumatic. The different female forms include different outfits, appearances, abilities and silly gadgets. The action animation is competent but simple, the backgrounds are ugly and the color and art fairly simple. The action scenes, and world, are not believable in any way, being simply an arena for the fighting. The music and voices are unremarkable.

Needless to say, for sexist violent trash, this has a western commercial release couresy of ADV (gee, thanks). Still, bonus points for adding the live footage of the release announcement (with live re-enactment (but no nudity)) which makes the animation look classy by comparison.


Words by Andrew Shelton, Web by Ticti, Last Compile: Wed Aug 5 12:39:22 WST 2009