Posted on May 16, 2017
Cutey Honey – then and now
You know what’s cool about growing old?
History repeating itself.
I’m talking about games, movies and series that get a cool make-over of their long forgotten stories.
And while I don’t fully agree – this is an understatement – with the portrayal of the world’s oldest magical girl, nor how she is sometimes seen or treated by her peers and nemeses, I love how Cutie Honey has stood the test of time, and pops up every other decade or so since 1973.
The most striking aspect of Go Nagai‘s fortysomething franchise, is how you can put the intro theme of the very first (1973) and very last anime series (2004) next to each other, and the lyrics and tone won’t have changed one bit.
Fast-paced fan service (2004)
Slow-paced retro-ecchi (1973)
Another thing about the intros that struck me as… interesting, is that in all those years, the fan service increased as much as the eye can handle the number of frames and sexual innuendo per minute, but the sexual (ab)use is not taken lightly anymore.
Whereas Honey Kisaragi seemingly had no issues with being groped in ’73 …
… she can’t stand being ‘innocuously winked at’ in 2004.
Good for her!
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Other great “then and now” examples include Lupin III, whose ’77 intro matches its 2015 counterpart perfectly …
Here’s to more of the ‘same same but different‘.