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.
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 magically 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.
- 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?)
- 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.
- 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, the classic Mazinger Z character 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.
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 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 Re: Cutie Honey Complete DVD, released on September 21, 2005, includes a CD drama starring the four seiyū 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).
- Volume Heaven
- Volume Earth
- Volume Human
- Volume Harmony (Drama CD)
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".
- "アニメ・特撮 | SKY PerfecTV!". SKY Perfect Communications Inc. Archived from the original on 2004-08-13. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
Animax Presents "Re: Cutie Honey," the first story, "Heaven's volume", the second story, "Earth's volume" Ch.183 Perfect Choice; the first story 7 / 24 (Saturday) - 8 / 27 (Friday), the second story 8 / 28 (Saturday) - 9 / 24 (Friday). Neon Genesis Evangelion's Hideaki Anno directs the latest Cutie Honey! After Eriko Sato starred in the live action movie published in May, the animated work Re: Cutie Honey was born and will start broadcasting! ...(C) LATERNA, Toei Video, TOWANI, Gainax; original: (C) Go Nagai / Dynamic Planning (アニマックスPresents 「Re：キューティーハニー」 第1話「天の巻｣ 第2話「地の巻」 Ch.183 パーフェクト チョイス 第1話 7/24(土)～8/27(金) 第2話 8/28(土)～9/24(金) 「新世紀エヴァンゲリオン」の庵野秀明監督による最新型キューティーハニーが登場! 5月に公開された佐藤江梨子主演の実写映画に続いて誕生したアニメーション作品「Re:キューティーハニー」を放送スタート! ...(C)LATERNA・東映ビデオ・ガイナックス・トワーニ 原作：(C)永井豪/ダイナミック企画?)line feed character in
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Episode 1, "Heaven"'s volume; Video & DVD rental start date: Friday, September 10, 2004; Release date: Saturday, September 21, 2004 (第１話「天」の巻 ビデオ＆ＤＶＤレンタル開始日 ： 2004年9月10日(金) 発売日 ： 2004年9月21日(土)?)
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