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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • 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. #2

By Chris Beveridge     December 05, 2000
Release Date: December 05, 2000


New Cutey Honey Collection Vol. #2
© ADV Films


What They Say
The evil forces of Panther Zora are on the march, and only one young woman stands in their way! Of course, if that young woman is blessed with over a dozen lovely but lethal combat bodies, then the Armies of Darkness had better start marching awfully quietly!

Whether she’s up against mad bombers, time-tripping samurai, crazed criminal wrestlers or gold-digging femme fatales, Honey’s never been hotter! And of course, the irrepressible Grandpa Danbei and his psychopathic pack of pugilistic progeny are all back as well!

The Review!
If things worked good the first time around, why mess with it the second time? That pretty much sums up both the disc and the content of the 2nd New Cutey Honey Collection.

Audio:
No troubles at all here. The Japanese and English tracks sound pretty solid in their 2.0 stereo format, though as with the first disc, there just isn't all that much real directionality to it. Dialogue and effects come across clean and undistorted and the music sounds great.

Video:
This batch of episodes came a year or two after the first batch, so there is a slight difference in the animation quality, but not much. The only degradation to it is a bit more deinterlacing line noise throughout, but nothing terribly distracting. The materials seem a touch softer than the first disc as well, but there's no color bleeding from oversaturation and no blatant artifacting of any kind. Very solid transfer all things considered.

Packaging:
Much like the first disc, the cover is pretty similar though another variant of Honey's outfit being ripped to shreds. The back gives a brief rundown of things and several bits of animation. The only thing missing in the information list is the recording session that's included in the extras! Fans of voice actors usually enjoy checking these out. The insert provides a bright picture of Honey while the reverse side lists the episodes and their respective chapter stops.

Menus:
Another example of not broken, not fixing it. The menu scheme is identical to the first disc, which we were pretty darn pleased with in both the style and ease of use departments. Access times are pretty good and everything is laid out spot on where it should be.

Extras:
Between both discs, Cutey Honey has some of the best extras in terms of getting to know what went on with the show when it came out in Japan. This set of extras has some pretty good ones, such as an interview with the actresses (cuties, one and all!), a hilarious Live Cutey Honey Concert (where they give away videos of (presumably) this show to five year olds!) and a live recording session with the voice actors. And the original Japanese trailer on top of that. I love it!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the first disc, I was pretty much enjoying the show for what it was. Cute women in various states of undress fighting shapeshifting evil monsters, who also sometimes come in various states of undress.

This disc isn't all that different, and just as enjoyable. The story picks up not too longer after the events of the first disc, with the city now free of the clutches of Dolmeck. The city (Cosplay City of all things!) appears to me to be quite different from before. The rundown look and the almost fantasy-ish style buildings are replaced by the big high tech skyscrapers and other assorted types. Even Chokkei looks different and a bit older!

But instead of having the one big bad powerful criminal running the city, all the little guys are jockeying for the position and crime has taken on a more active role, but generally less devastating. At least until some of these episodes start to play. Honey and her entourage are always on the scene, with Honey being one of her many different modes. The shows do take several dark twists throughout, with various people getting shot at (and hit), blood spilling, necks cracking and some S&M moments. Course, some people may not consider that a dark twist.

After all is said and done, this set of episodes is more of the same in terms of what you get from Honey. You do learn a bit more about her past and how she works, and more importantly, you get more of the evolving relationship between Chokkei and Honey. Cutey Honey's quite a bit of fun, especially for those looking for fan-service with a bit more intelligence and style than some of the other offerings out there.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Video Interview with the Actresses,A Live Cutey Honey Concert,Video Recording Session,Original Japanese Trailer

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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