Animation: Fair
Depth: Weak
Design: Fair
Characters: Fair
Story: Weak

Type: OVA   (8 episodes)

Vintage: 1994

Category:

» action
» comedy
» magical girl

Tagline:

Honey Flash!
Verdict: weak
Review:

New Cutey Honey


Summary: >

The citizens of Cosplay City (no I'm not making that up) are struggling with a huge crime wave. A battle between the mayor on the side of good, and the dark lord Dolmec ensues. But when the assistant of the mayor learns that she is the legendary warrior Cutey Honey, the tables may finally take a turn for the better. But not only is Honey a warrior, she can do pretty much any occupation you can think of - after she transforms herself into their clothing. And with the vast array of criminals overrunning the city, Honey will need all the skills she can get.


Thoughts: >

The first iteration of Cutey Honey ran in the mid 70s, so if the concept seems kind of weird... well, "the 70s". New Cutey Honey is an attempt at a more modern spin on Cutey Honey. It turns into a big fan service orgy, but it doesn't really do it on purpose. The setup just lends itself to that so well, along with naked transformation sequences. That could either be really cute, or really tacky, although as it's done here it manages to be not be much of either.

What generally salvages Cutey Honey is being cute, fun and upbeat. Which the OVA gets totally wrong. It serves up the fan service, but is too dark and serious for its own good. It seems like Cuty Honey got caught up in becoming a typical 90s anime. At least it's well produced, with fair character designs and good animation. Despite getting a lot of things wrong, the real reason I'd say you should avoid this is due to incompleteness. It only gets through 8 episodes of the intended 12. Not bad but not great. As it never finishes it's better to skip.


Quote: >

Honey: I'm going to change!


Screen Caps: >

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reviewed by archen in 1998