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For 1973, to have something this sexy was quite a deal. Not sure this
would air unedited in America today. It turned out to be too much for
the Japanese, where it was pulled after 25 eps. Still, it had a fanbase
that refused to let it go, so Nagai later gave us Shin Cutey Honey,
Cutey Honey Flash, the live-action Cutie Honey movie, and something
called re: Cutie Honey. More recently still, there is Cutie Honey: The
Live, a live-action television series.
And that isn't counting the manga, such as the latest Cutey Honey: Legend of an Angel.
She seems to have more powers and gadgetry in this, the original 1973 series, than in Shin Cutey Honey, but isn't as powerful as in the live-action movie. Still, her main power is that she can change into a chef, a ninja, a jet pilot, a rock star, etc.
While Christian imagery abounds in this series (stained glass, Madonna and child paintings and statues, crosses), I don't see the same level of allegory in this series as in the later Shin, in which Honey is obviously meant as a Christ-figure (she has no sin nature and spends a lot of time with two thieves).
All incarnations of Cutey Honey that I have seen to date are worth checking out.
The story of Cutey Honey, a sexy android who can transform her self
into a myriad of forms to defeat her evil enemies, the beast women.
SUPER campy, like Speed Racer, but far raunchier with a fun sense of
humor, Cutey's probably not for children. Our heroine transforms in to
various ridiculous shapes to defeat the bad-guys; A Dirt Biker Racer so
she can drive any vehicle; a Flight Attendant that can parachute using
her cute dress; a Camera-Girl wielding her camera as a weapon; a
Fashion Model who beguiles the enemy with fabulous looks! The show
comes from the same demented mind that brought us Devil Man, Go Nagai.
The show's very psychedelic and smacks of a very high cartoonist. It's great! A lot of fun to watch, with VERY catchy tunes and background music.
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