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So MHA is kinda of on the backburner for now. Not in bad way at all, in fact, I would say Season 3 is best season of MHA so far, but that's for another day.
This show is a Toku Show, and did hear about it in some capacity(I even mistook it for the 2004 live action Cutie Honey film), but this keeps on being talked about by fellow Toku Twitter person, KiwamiCube, or just Cube. So I figured, why not? I need to watch more Toku anyways.
1. Spoliers are abounding folks.
2.I am using TV-Nihon subs.
Also as a disclamer, this will get NSFW.
This is my first impression of Cutie Honey: The Live.
We begin 3 criminals escaping different jails, and they have all been convicted of at least murder. The police but up an effort to stop them, but they end up getting special guns that end helping defeat them. We then cut to our intro theme, which is a bit... unorthodox, to say the least?
The song itself, Cutie Honey, is pretty nice despite some questionable lyrics. As for the opening... I would link to it, but I can't find it on YouTube... and for good reason.
We then cut to a women going to a place called the Hayami Detective Agency, where she meets private detective Hayami Seiji, a detective who lives in poverty in order to expose the problem with capitalism in Japan. She goes there to ask him to find his brother Yamashita Jirou, one of the criminal that escaped. I'll bring this up here so we can come back to it later, but we also keep cutting to a high school where girls are getting their medical check up.
Jirou was convicted for murder, and his sister, Nana think he should turn himself in, and we learn more about him and his motive, but for reasons I'll get into, knowing this is kinda pointless.
We then go to a swimming pool where we see a dude who's actor also plays Kusaka from Faiz talking about who is going to win "this match". It seems that 3 people have bet on the prisoners on how long they can outrun the police. If they win they get a prize and if the prisoners get caught they die. This is demonstrated by Kishima Naoki, who gets caught, and ends up dead. While this works and the game itself is explained fairly well through the episode, I would have preferred some sort of exposition to explain what's going on, but I don't think that's this kinda show.
Nana and Seiji go to the spot where her brother commited her murder, and then Jirou knocks out Seiji, and takes off with Nana, where we learn it was Nana that commited the murder and that Jirou was in jail because he want to keep his sister out of jail. However, someone gave him "a chance". The police show up, and then escape in a car Nana shows herself to be a psycopath, attempting to kill her brother, until the police show up. However, the police,Jirou Nana and Seiji are assulted by a group of hitmen and Kusaka(his name isn't mentioned so I'm calling him Kusaka for now). I think he has multipal people in one body, as he seems to switch between playful and serious on a whim. I like his introduction though, as he still comes across as pretty threatening. But if you think things are weird now... well, be prepared.
Jirou ends up killed as Nana runs and Seiji calls a girl name Kisargi Honey, who's in the medical check-up we talked about early, a he begins running towards a park. However, she gets to the scene pretty fast, and seems overly naive at first. After the hitman begin attacking again, she transforms by RUNNING NAKED THROUGH THE PARK AND KICKING ONE OF THE HITMEN.
YES I JUST TYPED THAT. I needed a moment when saw that, but it is either the dumbest thing I have ever seen, or the coolest thing I have ever seen, and I'm still not sure which.
Her suit is pretty nice, even if it is just red and black leather, though I do like the metal/silver(I can't really tell) on her fingers. Looks like a bunch of rings. Anyways, the last criminal survives and winner got... uh... sexual favours. Huh. Kusuka turns his fingers in FEATHER SWORDS. That's pretty cool. The ends with Cutie Honey being tossed around. Oh and Nana dies as well, probably because she's no longer needed.
The ending is pretty nice, just Honey fighting mooks while a nice little ending theme plays. Honey is a intresting protagonist in the fact that she's pretty childish and innocent all things considered, and I can't wait to see where that goes.
Overall, this reminded a LOT of Senran Kagura, but honestly I'm curious to see where this goes, as the opening teases more heroines, and I want to see how they affect the story. Plus, it's Japanese kind of abusurdly that is fun to watch, because you it's going to be a fun ride at worst.
This was fun to write, it was very different to the stuff I usually watch and I had a lot of fun with the jokes this time.
Either way, thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
Written By Nana Marfo.
Cutie Honey the Live belongs to TV Tokyo