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Being a long time Gainax fan & an anime lover I found this 3 episode
series quite intriguing. Kind of a perverted comedy/action type thing.
For the most part it stays fairly light & silly. Gets a bit heavier in
the last episode.
The opening credits are excellent. A combination of slickness & silliness. Very cool. The j-pop theme might put some people off a bit, but it suits the show to come.
Episode 1 is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi who you'll know as the director of the wild & crazy Dead Leaves & Gurren Lagann. This episode does a good job of setting up the campy vibe of the show & Imaishi maintains his manic style! The animation is crude & loose, but vibrant & expressive too. Later in the episode there's some really well composed action sequences.
Episode 2 is a pile of poo. This is what I'm referring to in the summary. It's very poorly done.
Thankfully Episode 3 is AWESOME! From what I can tell it is directed by Masayuki & Hideaki Anno. Great shot choices & execution - really good animation throughout. Lots of action. A satisfying end to this short series.
So there you go!
I don't watch a lot of movies, but I was intrigued to find this flick as an accompaniment to the Cutie Honey 12" action figure. I thought it was a fun movie -- silly, cheesy and musical, lighthearted. I liked the fact that there was so much music. There are quite a few typos in the subtitles, and I'd love to know what the literal translations would be -- I bet there are some little jokes in there. Sure it was grating in parts, but I also found some bits a little creepy. I think it fills its niche well... as the heir apparent to "Barbarella" with some Sailor Moon (wink and peace sign as well as sweet snacks) and Power Rangers (bad guy costuming) thrown in. Now I really want to find the original cartoons and/or graphic novels! (OK, now where do I click to give it a bunch of stars?)
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
(Some Spoilers) 'Re: Cutie Honey' (Re: = Return/Renewal/Regarding) is a
three-part animated OVA (Original Video Anime) series based on Anno
Hideaki's rousing film adaptation of the 1973 manga 'Cutey Honey'
created by iconic Manga writer Nagai Go (To date there have been three
adaptations a 1973 Anime Series, a 1994 OVA sequel, and a 1997
revamp/remake called 'Cutey Honey Flash') .
Broken up into three parts; Episode 1 'Ten' (Heaven), Episode 2 'Chi' (Earth) and Episode 3 'Hito' (Human), 'Re: Cutie Honey' attempts to expand upon the events covered in the movie.
Filled with outlandish mayhem, goofy comedy and garish animation, 'Re:Cutie Honey' tries too hard to be hip and stylish and instead comes off as being more crude and corny.
This being said however, I found parts of the story to be a bit palatable. As in the movie the heroine Kisaragi Honey/Cutie Honey is portrayed as a somewhat ditzy, extremely naïve character who is hopelessly optimistic and good natured almost to a fault. Yet despite her over friendly nature, she finds herself mostly alone and tries desperately to make friends.
Taking a cue possibly from this past Summer's blockbuster, 'Spiderman 2' (Sony/Columbia Tristar; 2004) movie, Honey like Peter Parker also comes at a crossroads of sorts in her heroic career. Does she continue to fight evil despite all the negative fallout she receives from her actions or does she give up and lead a normal life. In both cases, the final choice is obvious.
While the nefarious Black Claw, Gold Claw and Cobalt Claw are reminiscent of Cutie Honey's more horrific and deadlier villains from the 70's manga and anime, Scarlet Claw seems too out-of-place and is more suited to being the villain to heroes like Son Goku (Dragon Ball) or Sailor Moon. Her impish design and irritating voice make her more comical than menacing even when she's threatening to kill half the populace of Tokyo.
We get to learn a bit more about the three main characters (Natsuki, Honey and Seiji) than from the movie and some of the revelations are quite surprising. As a fan of the older Anime series and Manga, I found the changes somewhat refreshing albeit a bit contrived.
The relationship between Natsuki and Honey in particular is expanded and begins to become a bit more ambiguous.
It is pretty interesting how Cutie Honey seems to mirror a lot of the characteristics of the American Comic Book heroine Wonder Woman. Like Wonder Woman, Cutie Honey struggles to find her place in 'man's world' and is constantly confronted with concepts that shatter her naïve view of the world. Both are very much strong female heroines but yet they are both vulnerable to their emotions and loves.
'Re: Cutie Honey ' doesn't really expand on anything that has been set forth in both the Manga, movie or all the other series before it but rather repackages those elements and themes for a younger generation of viewers (a growing trend it seems in Japan as well as America).
While I would have enjoyed it more if it were a bit more edgier or more adult oriented, I still thought it was okay entertainment for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Hopefully the third installment will be worth the wait and will give us the grand climax that was sadly missing from the big budget movie.
Loud, gaudy and camp, 'Re: Cutie Honey' is an assault on the senses.
Taking its cue possibly from American shows like 'Powerpuff Girls', 'South Park' and 'Samurai Jack', the animation is very much simplified to the point of resembling crude graffiti art.
The animation style is also similar and reminiscent of that used in the 'New Getter Robo' OVA series (2004).
While the fantastic title animation promises stylish animation harking back to shows like 'Cowboy Beboy', 'Lupin III' and the original 'Cutey Honey' series of the 70's, the rest of the show disappoints with distorted and garish animation that is sub par and truly unsettling.
Even the animation of shows like 'The Big O' and the American series 'Justice League Unlimited' seem better by comparison.
I can only suspect that part of the intention was to mimic and pay tribute to Nagai Go's original manga work but what worked for series like 'Kikaider: The Animation' may not necessarily work for all shows.
However, while the animation suffers, the story is actually quite good. A very different approach to the Nagai Go story that puts a bit of a modern spin on the tale and yet is still familiar enough so as not to put off fans of the original series.
The music is another bright spot for this series. Koda Kumi's rendition of 'Cutie Honey' is quite good as is the ending theme 'Into Your Heart'. It does help that J-Pop Music Powerhouse, Avex-Group helped with the music arrangement.
'Re: Cutie Honey' is not a bad series, just not a very good one. Long time fans of Cutey Honey like myself, will find this a unique and quite different take on the character and story. While not on the same level as 'Cutey Honey Flash', I still recommend it to fans. First time viewers to the show should hold off and wait for the live-action movie before investing in the series.
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