Underneath the mask Jason is even cuter
Sun, 10 June 2007
One thing I should probably make very clear right from the start of this review, if you are the type of person that is easily offended by great big gravity defying cartoon boobies and copious female nudity then I have a small suggestion;
WALK AWAY NOW, DO NOT READ ANY MORE OF THIS REVIEW AND MOST DEFINITELY DO NOT WATCH THE ANIME!
Having said that if there's anyone left (I know you're still there) then take a walk with me into the world of Cosplay city.
|Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to make lonely teenage boys horny |
Cutey Honey or (to give it its full title) Go Nagai's New Cutey Honey Collection is most likely the first experience that us Westerners have had with the character that is Honey Kisaragi. Unless of course you happened to be in Japan in the mid 70's when the original Cutey Honey series aired and dealt with Honey in high school.
Fast forward to 1994 and this brings us to exactly what we are talking about. Honey is older and now secretary to Mayor Light, until circumstances arise forcing Honey to return to her role of champion of the oppressed, righter of wrongs and protector of truth, justice and kittens and puppies everywhere.
So you're probably wondering just what makes a Mayor's secretary a crime fighting heroine? Well its all down to the outfit she wears and if she's overdressed for an occasion then a cry of "Honey Flash" accompanied by some very gratuitous nudity and Honey is ready for anything, be it riding a motorcycle or posing as a nurse or anything in between.
It's best to look at each disk in this collection individually. On disk one; the first four episodes follow a complete story with Honey facing off against the evil Dolmek.
Disk two's episodes don't seem to follow any connected plot except for the good bashing evil theme. The other difference between them is that disk two's episodes seem to take themselves a lot less seriously. For example, in one episode Honey is shot in her ample chest but is unharmed, as she is wearing a bullet proof bra and a comment is made to the audience about how we can't let the star of the show get hurt.
Of course taking on all the darkness in Cosplay city is too big of a job for one person, even if she is a super powered android so it's just as well Honey's not alone. She has the assistance of Danbei Hayami and his family; being his grandson and Honey's pseudo love interest Chokkei, and his thieving thugs of parents Daiko and Akakabu.
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Danbei is a cyborg himself and its worth mentioning that he is a walking piss-take of every giant robot cliché you have ever seen. Laser beam eyes, exploding fists, this guy's got the lot.
The value of the extras will depend on how much of a Cutey Honey nut you are. You have the almost obligatory clean opening and closing titles, an interview with the voice actor for the Japanese version and some cosplay-like live action Cutey Honey - personally its one of these things you look at once and then never again.
[Ninja's Note: The whole textless into / closing has to be the most pointless extra I've encountered on any DVD. Who rushes home to load up a textless opening song?]
So there it is, an entertaining mix of boobs and crime fighting - not everyone's cup of tea - but if you're of an open mind give it a look
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