Say it with me, folks! Honey Flash!
Earlier today, news broke that Cutie Honey (Cutey Honey) is getting a new anime TV series. The show, titled Cutie Honey Universe, will hit Japanese TV in 2018. The first staff and visual were unveiled, along with the first merch items.
We break the details down below:
The new visual features Honey in all of her main forms. Honey Kisaragi stands on her own at the top right, while the rest appear lined up in the right side of the image. Visible Honeys include (front to back):
- Cutie Honey
- Hurricane Honey
- Flash Honey
- Misty Honey
- Fancy Honey
- Idol Honey
Akitoshi Yokoyama was tapped to direct Cutie Honey Universe at Production Reed, with Syūichi Iseki filling the dual role of character designer and chief animation director. Natsuko Takahashi (Love Tyrant, Urahara) is in charge of series composition.
Manufacturer Exit Tunes is producing a special hug pillow, which features Honey Kisaragi. The pillow will be sold at the company’s Comiket booth. Comiket 93 runs from December 29 – 31.
Cutie Honey Universe is one of three projects being produced to commemorate Go Nagai’s 50th anniversary in the industry. The other two works include Devilman Crybaby and Mazinger Z: Infinity.
Go Nagai’s Cutie Honey is a highly influential manga title, which laid the groundwork for the modern Magical Girl genre. The series, which ran from 1973 – 1974 in Weekly Shonen Champion, spans two collected volumes.
The Cutie Honey manga spawned numerous spinoffs and adaptations, including multiple anime series, numeorus manga remakes, a live-action movie, and a live-action TV series.
Seven Seas currently holds the rights to the Cutie Honey manga, which they describe as:
Cutie Honey, one of the most recognized superheroines in manga history, will finally have her original story in print! Experience the ultimate collection of both volumes of Go Nagai’s 1973 cult classic in one oversized hardcover tome. With a career spanning 50 years, Go Nagai created many immensely popular series including Devilman and Getter Robo, and Cutie Honey–his edgy magical girl aimed at boys–remains one of his most influential works to this day.