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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: A-
- Age Rating: 15 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: New Cutey Honey Collection
New Cutey Honey Collection Vol. #1
By Abraham Chinchilla Jr.
February 16, 2002
Release Date: November 21, 2000
New Cutey Honey is a continuation of the original 70's TV series. New Cutey Honey is one of my favorite anime series, which is why this was the first DVD I had to buy. This disc contains the first four of eight episodes.
For my primary viewing session, I listened to the English language version, which I'll note was done well, but I listen to the Japanese version as well. Both English and Japanese tracks sound great. The sound is very solid, and dialogue is very clear. I found no distortion in neither language. I am somewhat satisfied with the audio.
A very good transfer for a series first released in 1994. The colors are well represented and vibrant. I found no rainbows or bleeding. I noticed minor grains in episode 1, when the moto-mutant gang attacks. When my disc reached 1:25:30 there was artifacting for about 2 seconds.
The packaging is very cool in my opinion. The front of the cover is identical to the first English dubbed volume. A nice picture of Honey transforming into her Warrior form. The spine features Honey in her regular form. The back has four screen captures, along with a brief summary of the show. The back also lists the features included on the disc, except the Press Conference was not listed. The insert features a picture of Cutey Honey from the cover of the third English dubbed volume, along with some screen captures in the background. The back lists the chapter stops for the episodes. I noticed ADV had made a mistake, listing four chapter stops for each episode when they actually have five.
These menus are great. The main menu is very cool. It uses the same picture of Honey from the cover, with four running clips, casting in blue, playing in the background (one for each of the four episodes), with the ending theme, "Circle Game", playing. The sub-menus are basically static screens featuring Honey in different forms and poses, they all play music as well.
The extras on this disc are the same extras found at the end of the New Cutey Honey videos. These are great extras. First up, is the unlisted Press Conference. Very fun to get to know the people who put work into this series. We also get a cute Costume Play which also includes Miss Hitomi's (Les 5-4-3-2-1) performance of the (original Japanese) Cutey Honey theme song. There some very funny Phone Messages included here, I'd like to try them sometime. And to top it off, a Production Portfolio, which runs for 5 minutes featuring character designs and cel art. I was hoping since they do not use the original opening sequence (used for episodes 1-4) that it would be in the extras. No original Japanese opening here. They use the second opening which is originally used for episodes 5-8, because it obviously had a credit-less version. No credit-less opening 2 either (nor ending).
This series is a continuation of the original 70's TV series. New Cutey Honey takes place in a city where civilians live as criminals, Cosplay City. As the mayor of the city tries to maintain peace, the evil Dolmeck continues to turn civilians into monsters. By distributing capsules, which transforms people into creatures, Dolmeck gathers the souls of those to reawaken the great darkness. But there is a hope for Cosplay City, a lovely warrior should appear, that warrior is Cutey Honey!
In the first episode, we meet the main characters of the story. Of course we meet Honey Kisaragi, but we also meet Chokkei Hayami, a boy in his teens with a crush on Honey. Honey is Mayor Light's sectary. As Mayor Light is making a speech, a gang of bikers attack the citizens attending. Suddenly, we meet Chokkei's grandfather, Danbei Hayami. Armed with many gadgets and attacks, Danbei attacks the bikers. Then we meet Dolmeck who mysteriously arrives to try and persuade Mayor Light in joining him. We also meet His accomplices, Black Maiden and Peeping Spider. Mayor Light obviously refuses to join forces with Dolmeck. Later, Dolmeck sends an assassin after Mayor Light. After a long chase, Mayor Light and Miss Kisaragi find themselves on top of a roof along with Chokkei and Danbei. Danbei then tells Honey to pray for the power to fight. Doing so, Honey becomes Cutey Honey.
Through out the next two episodes, we get more character development. Chokkei's crush on Honey grows as well. I'll try not to explain too much about episode 4, there would be many spoilers there. We find out that Dolmeck is gather the souls of evil people and those who use the capsules to reawaken the "great darkness". And now that Chokkei has been kidnapped, it's up to Honey to save him and stop the upcoming evil.
This series is really good, and no, it's not really about the "Honey Flash"... well maybe. Heh. This series has excellent animation, a good plot, and one heck of an English dub. This series is simply awesome!
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