Another incarnation of the Lovely Warrior: Cutey Honey
First off, a confession: I've only seen a few episodes of this so far. With that out of the way:
Our mechanical angel of justice is a bit more ditsy in this version, or maybe naive would be a better word. Very different than the version in _Shin Cutey Honey_ or _Cutie Honey Flash_ or even the 1973 series.
Mikie Hara, the actress who plays the gorgeous android (the opening credits make it clear that's what she is, so this is hardly a spoiler), is not only super-cute (which any actress taking on this role had better be), but plays the role with a joy that is a delight to watch. Particularly some of the fight scenes, while a bit silly, show how much Honey enjoys her calling.
The exception, of course, are those fight scenes that end the first several episodes, in which we watch her get kicked around for five minutes straight. I understand that the hero has to take a few whacks so we can tell that she is truly overcoming an adversity. I agree that things can't be too easy, or else how do we see that she's a hero instead of a bully? But it gets to be a bit much.
There is a little nudity in this, unfortunately I haven't seen any from Mikie Hara herself. Maybe she shows us the goodies in later eps, but I'm not holding my breath. Still, she is the beautiful transforming android who fights for love and justice, and if you've liked other incarnations of the character, you should check this one out.
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