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Cutey Honey Flash

Cutie Honey Flash
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キューティーハニーF
(Kyūtī Hanī Furasshu)
Genre Action, Adventure, Magical girl
Manga
Cutie Honey F
Written by Yukako Iisaka
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ciao
Original run May 26, 1997April 23, 1998
Volumes 4
Anime television series
Cutie Honey F
Directed by Noriyo Sasaki
Studio Toei Animation
Network Animax, TV Asahi, Sat.1
Original run February 15, 1997 January 31, 1998
Episodes 39
Anime and Manga portal

Cutie Honey Flash (キューティーハニー フラッシュ Kyūtī Hanī Furasshu?, also known as Cutie Honey F)[1] is a 1997 anime television series in the Cutie Honey franchise. In its native Japan, the series assumed the timeslot of Sailor Stars,[2] the final story arc of the long-running Sailor Moon anime. Employing many of the same animation staff of Sailor Stars, including animation director Miho Shimagasa,[2] Flash features very similar character designs and fits the more traditional mold of magical girl series, aimed at the Sailor Moon demographic. The series was also broadcast in Germany.[3]

Plot

Honey Kisaragi is a perfectly normal, beautiful high school student... until her scientist father is kidnapped by the evil organization Panther Claw, that is. However, her father left behind a device that she can use to transform into the red-haired sword-wielding heroine, Cutey Honey. Aided by Seiji, a private eye who specializes in Panther Claw, and the mysterious "Twilight Prince", she fights members of Panther Claw in order to rescue her father.

Characters

Like New Cutie Honey before it, Cutie Honey Flash makes references to other series from Cutie Honey creator Go Nagai. Recurring Honey characters Honey Kisaragi, Seiji, Danbei, Natsuko, Panther Zora, Sister Jill, and Miharu return here,[4] along with Alphonne, Principal Pochi (as a poodle), Gorgon Claw, a female version of Archduke Gorgon of Mazinger Z, Freddy Claw, a female blend of Dr. Hell and Count Blocken from Mazinger Z, and Baby Satan Claw, a blend of Marquis Janus from Great Mazinger and Mazinger Z's Genocider F9. Three boys from Honey's school are based on pilots from Getter Robo and Getter Robo Go, and Great Mazinger briefly appears on a TV screen early on in the series.

Protagonists

Later in the series, Alphonne, also from the original Cutie Honey, appears as Danbei's older sister.

Honey receives help, advice, and white flowers from a mysterious "Twilight Prince" (Tasogare no Prince). Among the things the prince gives Honey are objects invented by her father, the scientist Takeshi Kisaragi. Honey can use the Element Changing Device on her choker by saying the phrase "Honey Flash", to transform in various ways and can heal from otherwise grievous wounds in a matter of hours.[4] Honey can transform into a variety of personas in this series; she can change into versions of Hurricane Honey and Cutie Honey from the 1970s versions, as well as these:[5] Much like the original version, she possesses the Honey Boomerang and Silver Fleurette as her weapons and after her Element Changing Device is fused with Seira's she can summon the Flash Breath, a small crossbow that can launch arrows of fire, water, lightning, or ice.

  • Hurricane Honey (biker). A woman who rides her motorcycle like the wind.
  • Scoop Honey (paparazzi). A woman who is ready with her film and camera acting as a reporter.
  • Stage Honey (singer). A woman who has her microphone and her formal dress ready for an audience.
  • Nurse Honey (nurse). A woman who knows medical needs.
  • Elegance Honey (bride). A woman who wears a white wedding dress. She uses a bouquet when she's in danger.
  • Escort Honey (tour guide). A woman disguised as a flight attendant.
  • Hyper Honey (heroine). The hearts of Honey and Seira combine to take this form,[6] resembling Cutie Honey but with a different outfit and far more powerful.

Later in the series it is revealed that Honey and Siera were two survivors of a series of artificially created humans that were created to possess the Element Changing Device created by her father and Twilight Prince under Panther Claw before Sister Jill personally terminated the project. After the destruction of the incubation machine, Professor Kisaragi found and raised Honey as his own while Seira was taken in by Twilight Prince and Panther Zora.

Panther Claw

In Cutie Honey Flash, Honey must deal with a version of the Panther Claw organization, composed of Panther Zora, a stone figure that reigns over the group; Sister Jill, who is Zora's second-in-command; Prince Zera, a Panther Claw leader who jealously seeks Sister Jill's position in the group; and various henchmen.[4] When fighting enemies, Cutie Honey uses attacks such as the Honey Boomerang, Honey Lightning Flare, Honey Rouge Arrow, and Honey Virginal Invitation.

A fourth character from the original Honey series, Seiji Hayami, appears as a detective whose father was killed by the Panther Claw. Seiji often meets Honey in her Cutie Honey form, not knowing that she is Kisaragi.[4]

Misty Honey

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The fourteenth episode of the anime introduces Misty Honey, a rival and self-proclaimed twin sister of Cutie Honey, whose name was chosen through a contest in Japan.[4] Ironically, Misty Honey was one of her alter-egos in the original cartoon. Misty Honey, unlike Cutie Honey, cannot turn into anyone she wants; she can only change to Misty Honey. She has a band around her thigh that resembles Honey's choker which acts as the activator for her Airborne Element Fixing Device but she uses a ring to transform with the words "Honey Flash". Seira's heart was "poisoned" by Panther Zora when she was found by Twilight Prince. The darkness in her heart (and her flawed transformation device) creates Panther Claw minions. Later in the series it is revealed that Honey and Siera were two survivors of a series of artificially created humans that were created to possess the Element Changing Device created by her father and Twilight Prince under Panther Claw before Sister Jill personally terminated the project. After the destruction of the incubation machine, Professor Kisaragi found and raised Honey as his own while Seira was taken in by Twilight Prince and Panther Zora. Her alter ego, Seira Hazuki,[4] shares her given name with Seiji's child, who appears only in the 39th and final episode.[7]

She can be seen as a negative version of Cutie, since Misty Honey has long blue hair and a more revealing outfit, while Cutie has short pink hair and a less revealing outfit. While the anime and manga versions of the characters of Cutie Honey Flash mostly look similar, the two versions of Hazuki differ greatly in appearance.[4] Misty Honey's attacks include Honey Sexy Dynamite. Seira's family name "Hazuki" is the classical/romantic Japanese name for the eighth month of the lunar calendar. In contrast, Honey's family name "Kisaragi" is the classical/romantic Japanese name for the second month of the lunar calendar. "Kisaragi" corresponds to March/April (Spring), while "Hazuki" corresponds to September/October (Autumn) of the solar calendar, representing the opposing characteristics of the twin sisters.

Production

Cutie Honey Flash uses hand-drawn animation; according to Shimagasa, the use of digitally animated characters on hand-painted backgrounds was planned and tested, but later rejected.[2] Its theme music was performed by Salia.[8]

Movie

On July 12, 1997, Cutie Honey Flash received a sequel in the form of a 38-minute movie. It was released on DVD in Japan on October 21, 2004, shortly after the Cutie Honey Flash TV series was released on DVD.

Media

Episodes

Dub titles are not included since this series has never been adapted to and released in English.

Season One

Ep# Translated title Japanese Airdate
1 "In the Name of Love! the Maiden Transforms!"  
2 "A Young Woman's Determination! A Flower in the Sunset"  
3 "A Girl's Dream! For Whom is the Wedding Dress?"  
4 "The Tear of the Mermaid Princess! The bond between Father and Daughter"  
5 "Overcome your fate! The Girl of the seven-colored Rainbow"  
6 "Can't Transform! Honey Trapped"  
7 "The Sea of Sorrow! Seiji's Recollection of His Father"  
8 "The Sweet and Perilous Scent! Protect a Maiden's Pure Heart"  
9 "Prince is in Danger!? A Rival Appears!!"  
10 "Lighting Flare Defeated!? Honey's Desperate Battle"  
11 "The Encroaching Terror!! Honey targeted"  
12 "Honey Cornered! Jill's Electric Shock Attack"  
13 "Fight with the Power of Love! The Final Battle with Jill"  

Season Two

Ep# Translated title Japanese Airdate
14 "The Entrance of a Mysterious Fighter!! Overture to a New Fate"  
15 "The Act Begins! The Super Battle between Two Honey's"  
16 "The Entanglement of Love and Hate! The Sisters' Tennis Match"  
17 "The Shocking Truth! Father reveals Honeys' secret"  
18 "Scorching Memories! Seira's Past"  
19 "The Competition in Swimsuits! Battling Skeletons on a Ghostship"  
20 "The Seal of Panther Claw! The Secret of Seira's Breast Mark"  
21 "For the Sake of Love! The Last Battle between the Two Honey's"  
22 "Seira Perishes in a Sea of Flames! holding her Father's Love to her bosom"  
23 "The Finale of Love! Honey's Love that Shines through Fate"  

Season Three

Ep# Translated title Japanese Airdate
24 "School Destroyed! The Threat of the Resurrected Panther Claw"  
25 "Honey brings up Baby"  
26 "An "Idol" Panther? The Battle of the Singing Divas"  
27 "The Queen of the Circuit! The Dangerous Ultra-High-Speed Race"  
28 "The One called the "Devil": The Tear of a Panther Warrier"  
29 "Big Adventure on an Uninhabited Island. Much ado about a Treasure Hunt"  
30 "There is No Getting Off! The Train Speeding toward Hell"  
31 "Passion and Love Persist! The Days of Father's Youth"  
32 "The Worst Day for Hungry Private Eye, Seiji Hayami"  
33 "The Trap in Outer Space! Honey's Biggest Crisis"  
34 "Honey's Choice: Seiji vs. Prince"  
35 "Have Faith in Me! The Power of Love at Full Maximum"  
36 "Battle of Courage! The Electrifying Pro-Wrestling Match"  
37 "The Last Holy War! (Part 1) Love confronts Fate"  
38 "The Last Holy War! (Part 2) The Triumph of the Power to Dream"  
39 "Honey the Bride! The Light of Love is Forever"  

Soundtracks

References

External links

  • Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
  • Cutie Honey F -'97 Summer Toei Animation Fair (キューティーハニーF - '97夏東映アニメフェア) (Japanese)
ja:キューティーハニー#テレビアニメ「キューティーハニーF」
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