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"Honey Flash!"

Right now you are Cutey Honey! You are a super android that has the power of humans, times seven!
Doctor Takeshi Kisaragi

A popular superheroine from the bizarre mind of Go Nagai and animated by Toei Animation. Notable, among other things, for being one of the first female characters to star in a shounen series and through inspiration, the prototypical Magical Girl Warrior.

In the original series from the 70s (aired on TV Asahi, then known as NET), Honey Kisaragi was created as a Replacement Goldfish for Dr. Takeshi Kisaragi's dead daughter, until the criminal organization (with ties to The Legions of Hell) "Panther Claw" kills the scientist while trying to steal his other Applied Phlebotinum. Honey soon acquires a secret identity as an Ordinary High-School Student while fighting Panther Claw's forces, including an especially freaky set of Monsters of the Week in the service of Big Bad Sister Jill and her Quirky Miniboss Squad.

Honey's main power is the Phlebotinum her father was killed for — her body contains the only prototype. Most modern adaptations explain it with Nanomachines, but it's capable of assembling virtually any object from thin air (and disassembling them, too). Honey uses this to become a Voluntary Shapeshifter, able to switch between several forms with matching abilities, costumes, and hair — especially her most powerful form, the sword-wielding redhead Cutey Honey.

Cutey Honey (also Cutie Honey) has one of the strangest target histories around. It was originally conceived as a simultaneous manga and anime medium for a Shōjo demographic, focused on romance and lacking any nudity or excessive violence; in fact, Honey herself owed her transformations to a smart way to sell Barbie-inspired changing dolls merchandising. However, due to a timeslot change, the unproduced anime ended up slated to debut in a Shōnen hour show of all things, which led to Nagai and company to realize they had to change the tone to make it more appealing to a male audience. Thus, they added more action and much more nudity, especially but not limited to Honey's transformation sequences, and so the tone for Cutey Honey was set. The resultant anime ended up getting cancelled over its then-racy content, but it still developed a following, and ironically and to Nagai's surprise, it was tame and pretty enough to attract an unexpected number of younger female fans as well as it had been once planned.

Cutey Honey was usually described as a superhero and not a magical girl, but her spiritual descendants have essentially melded back into the genre to produce the Magical Girl Warrior. Most anime of that ilk owe a lot to Honey: Sailor Moon's very early broadcast incarnation, in particular, owes much to the visual tropes done in Cutey Honey, right down to her In the Name of the Moon speech and her ability to transform. (Go Nagai eventually did create a "traditional" Magical Girl, the more kid-friendly and less successful Majokko Tickle, in 1978.)

Reruns in the 1980s on TV Tokyo kept the original series alive in the Japanese public consciousness, and it was also later broadcast in France under the title "Cherry Miel" ("Cherry Honey") - albeit not until 1989 (although it did air uncut). It was revived several times over the years, with most of those revivals and various manga taking an even more Fanservice route.

There have also been several different manga adaptations of the franchise.

Despite its status as a legendary and influential anime in Japan, Cutie Honey is almost entirely unknown in North America, with the original not being released in the US until late 2013, when Discotek Media distributed the series on DVD. This series is not to be confused with another old-school anime, Honey Honey - although coincidentally both Honey Honey and the original Cutey Honey TV series had the same head writer (Masaki Tsuji) and some of the same animation/directorial staff.

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    In General 
  • Action Girl: Every anime Action Girl is just following the example Honey established way back when. She's to anime what Samus Aran is to video games.
  • Action Survivor: In almost all adaptations, Seiji is a regular guy who gets caught in the crossfire between Honey and Panther Claw. He's generally useless against major opponents, but he can hold his own against mooks and his quick thinking saves the day a fair number of times.
  • All-Loving Hero: Honey is a downplayed example, since she is capable of hating people, revenge and killing her enemies. However she has shown kindness and sympathy to some of them.
    • However, love is still her main credit and claim to fame, and according to the incarnation hate and revenge are shown as clearly clouding her judgment, affecting her powers or causing her distress by clashing with her fundamentally good natured soul.
  • All Men Are Perverts: An example in the manga. In a chapter Danbei and his son Junpei notice a bronze statue (of a naked woman) that was not at the park before which they sexually harass after noticing how the statue reacts to being touched. The statue was actually Honey in disguise and she eventually broke her disguise in an outburst and hid in the bushes.
  • Anime Theme Song: One of the most famous in anime history and covered for every subsequent production. The exception is Universe, which uses a different theme.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "You're under arrest on charges of robbery, destruction of property, running red lights, speeding, no helmet, and so on!" From New Cutey Honey.
  • Ass Kicks You: This seems to be one of Honey's standard attacks. This appears in the live series too (albeit not in the movie).
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Honey's default civilian outfit was fashionable when the manga and anime first appeared in the early 70s: a form-fitting blue and white one-piece dress with miniskirt length and a very wide collar with a plunging neckline. However, it is definitely out of fashion by the late 70s, even though all later series continue to use it. Honey makes it look good in any case.
  • Badass Adorable: Honey certainly qualifies. She's a very sweet, loveable girl when not in full action mode.
  • Badass Biker: Hurricane Honey, Honey's second most used form. A woman who is "cool" with her motorcycle, anytime she needs to escape. Besides motorcycles she is able to pilot any other vehicle.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Even happens in the live action versions, although it's averted in New Cutie Honey (and not only with nipples).
    • Sometimes averted, with hair, scraps of still-transforming clothing, or camera angles keeping her out of NC-17 turf. Sometimes you get the Sailor Moon-esque situation of glowiness not letting you see anything (though really, it's just a little brighter over the areas you need to not display during primetime.)
  • Bathing Beauty: Honey has a few bathing and Shower Scenes in the franchise. Both the classic series and "New Cutie Honey" feature the former. In fact, the 2004 movie starts with her bathing.
  • Battle Boomerang: The Honey Boomerang; it is an item that she has on her left arm while in Cutey Honey form. She uses it to attack enemies from a distance, mostly to disarm them.
  • Between My Legs: Commonly shows up in nearly every version of the show, usually as a Fanservice shot, not least of which is one of these shots with Honey's bare butt in the camera in Re: Cutey Honey.
  • Big Bad: Depending on the continuity, either Panther Zora or Sister Jill is the head of Panther Claw and masterminding their evil plans that Cutey Homey must fight against.
  • Big Eater: The live-action movie and Re: Cutey Honey versions were this because of their powers; if they were too hungry, they lost vital energy and couldn't transform, and if it got too bad, their clothes would start to dissolve.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • Panther Claw is never completely defeated in any series.
    • At the end of Tears, in order to stop the poison clouds, Hitomi must sacrifice herself. But even though she does sacrifice herself, it brings peace to Japan and the disaster has been averted. What's even better, her condenser can regenerate itself.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Honey's three most common forms throughout the franchise are a civilian form (blonde), Hurricane Honey (brunette), and Cutey Honey (redhead).
  • Bragging Theme Tune: The theme song talks about how great Honey is, including her fashion sense and bouncy her boobs are. Also see Honey's spiritual descendant Majokko Megchan, whose Bragging Theme Tune was sung by the same vocalist as the original Cutie Honey theme.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A scene in the original TV series in which Honey is hanging on a cross (in an homage to Go Nagai's first popular manga series, Harenchi Gakuen) and one side of Honey's torn sleeveless unitard-dress is drooping down, exposing her breast, but stopping JUST short of exposing the nipple. One of her tormentors remarks, "That's as far as the broadcasters let us go." However, there was at least one transformation sequence in the original series in which Honey's nipples were visible, although it's very "blink and you'll miss it."
    • A literal example is in the 2nd opening of Shin Cutey Honey.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Honey Kisaragi frequently says "Honey FLASH!" before transforming into the titular Cutey Honey.
    • Once per episode, almost without fail (At least in New Cutey Honey - in one episode the villain interrupted her by running away and she lampshaded how you don't interrupt the heroine's speech), Honey would recite the following to the villain: (Laughs) Sometimes I'm (the first shape she took in the episode), sometimes I'm (second form she took in the episode), and sometimes I'm (third form she took), but the truth is...HONEY FLASH! (Cue Transformation Sequence) Lovely Warrior...Cutey Honey-san!
    • Averted in Tears where Hitomi can transform without saying anything.
  • Calling Your Attacks: In the original series and especially in Flash.
  • Camp: Played to the hilt. Both Re:Cutey Honey and the live-action movie could drown you in it.
  • Catchphrase: Honey often utters, "Kawaru wa yo!" (I'm gonna change!) whenever she transforms. It's even in the opening sequence.
  • Character Exaggeration: Mixed with Lost in Imitation. In the original manga, Honey is a girl of average intelligence who just prefers to play instead of study. She's also of normal maturity, and was mischievous and sometimes even mean to authority figures. In the first anime adaptation she's made more naive to tone down the dirty jokes, so she went from exhibitionist to a quasi Innocent Fanservice Girl. When you get to Re: Cutie Honey, The Movie, and the live action series, she's way more innocent and air-headed than her early incarnations.
  • Chivalrous Pervert:
    • Seiji is always one, but to what degree varies depending on the version. In the original, he's more of an Accidental Pervert who nonetheless is very pleased whenever he gets to grope Honey. In Re:Cutey Honey, he's a borderline sexual predator who takes every chance he can get to ogle Honey.
    • This is a trait of the Hayami clan across multiple versions of the franchise. In the original anime, New Cutey Honey, and even Universe, both Danbei and Junpei are ready to fight or die for Honey almost as soon as they finish leering at her for the first time. In Shin/New, the teenager Chokkei is somewhere between Seiji and Junpei (well behaved, but not above letting his mind wander), while Chokkei's father Akakabu rivals Danbei's perversion (despite being married) — but both of them are True Companions to the heroine, regardless.
  • Cleavage Window: Her costume is a sleeveless unitard with a huge diamond shaped cutout that even shows off a bit of stomach. In Re: Cutey Honey she wears a halterneck crop top with a heart shaped hole over her cleavage. Note the page image.
  • Clothing Damage: Honey's clothes are shredded off during every transformation sequence, as with her the transformation's not just for audience benefit: the device within her that can rearrange matter is actually dismantling her clothes and reforming them, leaving her naked for real in real space, as opposed to the way transformations (including magical girl naked silhouette ones) are sometimes shown or implied to not look to the outside world the way the Transformation Sequence looks to the viewer. Re:Cutie Honey even had her clothes disintegrate whenever she got hungry. And there's plenty of combat-induced Clothing Damage, too (which can also be repaired with a "Honey Flash").
  • Combat Pragmatist: Honey will use ANY and ALL dirty tricks she can think of to come out on top (including but not limited to: distracting the enemy with a shower of diamonds and then dropping a statue on them; transforming her saliva into nitroglycerin and then spitting on the poor shmuck who had managed to pin her to a tree; stripping naked by 'flashing' to blind a flamethrower-wielding mook, and, while he was distracted, kicking him in a fire he had just set, blowing him up; and so on...). She never plays by the enemy's rules.
  • Cool Bike: "Hurricane Honey" seems able to either materialize or find one at will.
  • The Corruption: This is how quasi-innocents become Monsters of the Week in some continuities.
  • Cut Short:
    • New Cutey Honey was originally scheduled for twelve episodes, but it was cut short after the eighth episode was released.
    • The 1973 series was cancelled due to its then racy content.
  • Darker and Edgier: Tears takes place in a science-fiction world and is much darker than most of the series in general.
  • Defeat by Modesty... which is averted completely and utterly. Honey treats nudity more as a minor inconvenience at best.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage:
    • Idol Honey sings the anime theme song while on stage to help raise money for Miharu and Alphonne to rebuild the destroyed school — and get them away from the Panther Claw mooks about to attack.
    • New Cutey Honey has Honey singing the theme song while posing as a musician in the third episode to investigate a villain. Earlier in the episode, Chokkei's father sings a few bars of the song while peeping on Honey taking a shower.
    • Re:Cutie Honey plays with this by having a villain sing the theme song... but replacing the lyrics about how beautiful Cutie Honey is with how much she hates Cutie Honey. She even gets the mooks into the action.
  • Dirty Kid: Junpei from the manga and first series, the younger brother of Seiji and son of Danbei. He is also as perverse as his father, trying to peek as Honey in the bath and grope her.
  • Dirty Old Man: Grandpa Danbei from the manga and New Cutey Honey.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Cutey Honey was originally created as a female version of Warrior of Love Rainbowman.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Honey Kisaragi regularly weaponizes this. Although sometimes her transforming device worked wrong and she did it accidentally.
  • Distressed Dude: Every notable male character will always end up needing to be rescued by Honey.
  • Dumb Blonde: In the newer versions (specifically the movie, live-action show and RE), Honey Kisaragi in civilian mode.
  • Evil Laugh: Honey provides a rare heroic example at the start of her In the Name of the Moon speeches.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme song used in every adaptation is a variation, describing not the plot but the protagonist, and fitting in quite well with the fanservicey nature of the series as a whole.
  • Fanservice: Arguably, this show is the show that started this trope in anime.
  • Female Fighter, Male Handler: In all versions, it's Honey who gets in the battlefront against Panther Claw, being helped by the journalist and Non-Action Guy Seiji Hayami.
  • Genius Ditz: In the RE: reboot. In the original show, OVA, and Flash she was strictly a...
    • Guile Hero: To the point it can cause quite a whiplash for those who only know Cutie Honey from the newer iterations of the character.
  • Gonk: A large number of characters, with one so ugly she fainted upon looking at herself in a mirror (her mother had stripped their home of all mirrors so she would never know how she looked, but she grew curious to know how a female body looked... so Honey provided her with a mirror. The first time she was only terrified into helplessness, but when she tried to make Honey pay she had another mirror...).
  • Grandfather Clause: Honey and Seiji's signature outfits are very distinctly from the 70s, but they're a central part of the Camp charm the series is known for and aren't likely to change any time soon.
  • Gravity Master: Although many adaptations overlook it, the 1973 anime gave Honey enough gravity manipulation abilities to Wall Crawl or perform Le Parkour. Universe goes back to this as an explicit power, even having Honey use a gravity-based special attack in one episode.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's a Go Nagai character with [Hot-Blooded Sideburns the sideburns to match]], go figure.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Less applicable than on other Go Nagai characters, though, as the pic shows.
    • Even Seiji and Junpei have them.
  • Improperly Placed Firearms: Panther Claw Mooks tend to use the Luger P.08 (out of mass production from 1942 to 1991 but with a series of small production runs and using the most widely used handgun cartridge in the world) and the Nambu Type 14 (out of production since 1945 with most of the very few surviving exemplar in the hands of American World War II veterans, their families and collectors, and whose ammo is extremely difficult to find).
  • In the Name of the Moon: The originator of this trope, to the point of being occasionally quoted by the Trope Namer.
  • Inconsistent Spelling: The series title has been both "Cutey" and "Cutie" over the years. The most recent releases use "Cutie", such as 'Re:Cutie Honey", but the older series definitely spell it "Cutey".
  • Leotard of Power: In at least one adaptation. However, in the original TV series and New Cutey Honey, it's actually more like a Unitard Of Power.
  • Lighter and Softer: Arguably every incarnation other than the original manga, even the darker toned Shin Cutey Honey doesn't scape from this. While most subsequent adaptations focus on Fanservice and violence, the original manga is full of Black Comedy that borderlines proto-Dead Baby Comedy, many characters died and it was played for laughs, many gonky girls tried to rape Honey's friend Natsuko and even the dirty jokes are far more kinky and hardcore, for example, towards the end of the manga Junpei, a 10 years old boy licks Honeys crotch while she is naked and only covered in gold paint, and also everyone dies but Honey, the Hajami family and Panther Zora . Taken a step further with the 90's version, Cutey Honey flash, in this version is a magical girl series in the same line of Sailor Moon.
    • The 2004 live action film and Re: Cutie Honey are also this to Hideaki Anno's other works, who is infamous for usually going all-in on making things Darker and Edgier.
  • The Load: Almost in every adaptation the majority of the male characters have at best been helpful mowing down a couple of mooks (who are also men. Notice the pattern?), but will ultimately always become the Distressed Dude, leaving Cutie Honey to save the day.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Helped define the trope.
  • Master of Disguise: Through the "Airborne Element Fixing Device", Honey is able to manipulate the air molecules in the air to create objects and change her appearance. Honey has a large array of transformations and disguises in the series.
  • Matter Replicator: Dr. Kisaragi's Airborne Element Fixing Device (translations vary) is able to produce nearly anything out of literal thin air. Panther Claw desires the device because it can produce unlimited quantities of gold, gems, and other shiny things. Honey's disguises frequently come with accessories and weapons like firehoses, axes, or guns.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Danbei is a short old man with a bald head.
  • Monogender Monsters: All of the monsters are female, without exception.
    • New Cutey Honey was the only one to buck this trend, if only slightly. The majority of the monsters were female, but occasionally there were male goons and Monsters of the Montage. Also the Decoy Leader before Panther Zora reappeared, Lord Dolmeck, was pretty manly.
  • Mood Whiplash: It's hilarious and fanservicey.. and horrible things sometimes happen to characters you like.
  • More than Mind Control: Panther Zora recruits several Monsters of the Week this way. In the latter half of New Cutey Honey we see this in action; a huge, muscular woman (part of a quartet of thieves) slowly becomes more psychotic as she succumbs to her rage and Zora's Mind Rape, and eventually she turns into an acid-spewing monster fully under Panther Zora's control and willing to kill (or try to kill) her former True Companions without a thought simply For the Evulz.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Honey naturally. Her default 'hero' outfit has a Cleavage Window that borders on a Navel-Deep Neckline, and in the live action her outfit is a leather one that shows off all her features just perfectly while still being mostly cartoon-accurate. And she takes the Magical Girl Transformation Sequence to a new level - the transformation mechanism actually makes her clothes disintegrate and reintegrate in a new form, leaving her quite naked for a good few seconds while in midmorph. All that being said, however, it's not a good idea to think she's just eye candy — none of this prevents her from being an ABSOLUTE BADASS!
  • Multiform Balance: The Cutie Honey swordswoman form is usually the most powerful, but each of her transformations tends to have its advantages.
  • Nipple and Dimed: All the versions with the exception of Flash and the live-action.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Some incarnations of Honey act ditzier than she really is. In the older versions, she was mischievous rather than dumb.
  • Police Are Useless: Most often. Exaggerated to a ridiculous degree in the original manga and Re: Cutie Honey: all generic cops are rendered as cheering, clueless children, completely useless when Sister Jill walks in to steal something they were supposed to protect.
    • In Universe, save for Inspector Genet and Seiji Hayami (an operative for the PCIS, the anti-Panter Claw police department) the rest of the police are mocked as useless laughing-stock needing Honey to fight.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Honey herself is not above killing her enemies, but only for the greater good.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: The "Honey Boomerang".
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Best exemplified in Re: Cutey Honey where Panther Claw has a "Big Four" for Honey to fight through before she gets to Sister Jill.
  • Refuge in Audacity: New Cutey Honey and Re: Cutey Honey don't even try to be subtle in their blatant fanservice.
    • The characters themselves sometimes are this. For example, Sister Jill's plan to steal a gold statue in the original manga was to announce when she'd come, enter from the main gate after ringing the bell, and issue a death threat on anyone who dared interfere.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Honey herself, created as the "replacement" for Dr. Kisaragi's dead daughter (though before dying, Daddy told her she should become her own person). In New Cutey Honey, she shows signs of this towards that version of Natsuko after the original's Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Averted somewhat in Re: Cutie Honey, where Honey is the original daughter's mind resurrected in an android body.
    • A darker version is shown in The Live. Proffessor Kisaragi mortally wounded Miki and killed her family, made her into an android with his daughter's memory, and then threw her away when he realized she was flawed. Miki came back to kill him later, though. He'd also done it to Yuki, and her memories of her life are all fake; he at least gave her what she thought was a good life after she proved flawed, though. The reason this Honey is The Ditz and not an Obfuscating Stupidity version is because he needed to make a replacement capable of loving anyone - even the monster he even saw himself as by this point.
    • Fully averted in Universe: Dr. Kisaragi's last words to Honey are a loving and encouraging speech about her being "more precious than a real daughter" and "forged by [his] love and soul". Honey praises her 'papa' for giving her "my life and my body" every time she reminisces about him.
  • Revival: Several times — New Cutey Honey, Cutey Honey F, The Movie, Re: Cutie Honey, and Cutie Honey: The Live.
    • Series Fauxnale: A weird case of a revival revival: New Cutey Honey had a definite air of finality in its fourth episode, but production got renewed for four more OVAs, so Panther Zora started injecting her will into certain violent individuals to turn them into monsters.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Natsuko in the original manga and TV series. Twilight Prince/Prince Zera, Prof. Kisaragi and Seira in Cutey Honey Flash.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Every episode, before one of her Transformation Sequences, Honey will recap the forms she's taken that episode before transforming into her Red Haired Warrior form.
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: Honey's "forms" or disguises are mostly a change of clothes, hairstyle and eye color, but she can actually change her appearance beyond that. Her clothing is made of the same material as the rest of her body and can rearrange its particles at her will.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Honey is groped by both male comrades and villains.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Post-Flash, Kisaragi Honey took one in each new adaptation, to the point by the time Cutie Honey The Live rolled around, outside the name she had very little to do with the original personality-wise
  • Transformation Sequence: Which is either more or less fanservicey depending on which incarnation you're watching.
  • Transformation Trinket: Honey uses her choker to transform into different outfits, including her normal one.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: "Ai no senshi, Cutey Honey sa!"
  • Whip of Dominance:
    • Sister Jill is a Dominatrix themed-villainess with a sadistic streak and most of her incarnations have her wielding a whip as her primary weapon.
    • Most incarnations of Miharu Tsunen have her be a Sadistic Teacher who is so strict and obsessed with discipline that she literally uses a whip on students.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Honey's transformations tend to work this way, although there are exceptions.
  • You Killed My Father: Panther Claw either kills or kidnaps Dr. Kisaragi no matter what the version is, prompting Honey to go and try to kill every single member of the group.
  • Younger Than They Look: Honey passes for a 16-year old human when she's not transformed to look older or younger, but was built more recently than that.

    Original Manga 
  • Fan Disservice: The manga had lots of nudity. Most of it was legitimate fanservice, but there was also the Gonk bullies at Honey's school (hairiest breasts you'll ever see. When Honey tricks them into watching themselves in a mirror for the first time in their life, they scream in horror), Danbei (full-frontal even!), a detective whose anus won't stop bleeding, and Honey (who usually provides fanservice) getting half-naked because Sister Jill bit her shoulders until the arm went limp, destroying her shirt and covering her torso in blood in the process.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Sister Jill, though she wasn't exactly non-threatening since she's an actual panther turned into human.
    • A blink-and-you-miss scene in the finale implies that Sister Jill was human all along, but a literal nobody: as Cutey Honey lectures her, in her final moments, about the power of dreams, she relieves her life, ending with the image of a poor, haggard, blonde-haired girl, hinting at a past of hardships.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the manga version of the attack on Honey's school, Honey creates a fake rock shell around Natsuko to help her hide from the Panther Claw minions hunting down survivors. But since Honey wasn't in top condition herself, Natsuko breaks out from the shell when a group of Quirky Minibosses nears them, loudly pretending to be Honey, and tries to lure them away from the real Honey. She doesn't make it far before she's burned to death.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: Later in the manga, Honey's powers became more and more unreliable.
  • The Starscream: When Sister Jill chastised Dragon Panther, her subordinate openly rebelled, declaring Jill was too weak to order her around, and she would kill her and fill her position. It did not work how she expected it to.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Being a Hot-Blooded Action Girl, Honey is bound to utter the sentence several times. One example happened shortly after one of Panther Claw minions charred her best friend to ashes:
    Honey: Not only They did kill my papa... And blow up my school and kill my friends... My best friend.. They killed Nacchan too! I won't forgive you, Panther Claw! No matter what happens to my body, I will kill each and every member of Panther Claw!
  • This Page Will Self-Destruct: Dr. Kisaragi's robot recording and house do this after delivering his posthumous exposition. Honey is about this close to leaving Seiji to die so he can't tell anyone.
  • The Unfought: Panther Zora in the original manga.
    • Also in the Universe anime: where Honey simply reaches into her dimension, returning with enough power to defeat Sister Jill and empower the Honey Army

     1973 Anime 
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Alphonne lusts after Honey repeatedly, and in the very first episode she's shown fantasizing about Honey and tries to make out with her when they're alone. Thankfully it was a dummy made of a wig and some janitor equipment Honey left behind.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Panther Claw actually tracks Honey back to her school and destroys it.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The 1989 French dub, Cherry Miel, has a totally different theme song from the original, which makes it sound more like a kiddie show even though the series aired uncut in France.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Seiji gets brainwashed by Panther Claw in one episode.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: While she is hanging on the cross, one of the torn sleeves of Honey's leotard-dress droops down and exposes literally all of her breast except the nipple - one tiny sliver of fabric is all that keeps the nipple from being exposed. One of her tormentors remarks, "This is as far as the writers let us go."
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Junpei's girlfriend, Mami, is insanely jealous of his attraction to Honey.
  • Collapsing Lair: Any base belonging to a Panther Claw member will self-destruct upon its owner's death, including Sister Jill's chateau in the last episode.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: Honey often carries her sword this way when she needs her hands free, including the time she used a pirate disguise.
  • Death by Materialism: Panther Claw's main goal in obtaining Honey's elemental manipulation device is to create unlimited numbers of diamonds, rubies, and other shiny things. In the last episode, Honey pours out gemstones to distract Sister Jill long enough to bring a statue down on her head.
  • Glamour Failure: In Episode 3, Honey and Seiji wonder why the owner of a new jewelry store refuses to let reporters take photos of her. Turns out she's a Panther Claw minion in disguise, and the camera shows her true form.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: The baddies try this a lot, usually using Seiji, Junpei, and/or Danbei as the hostage.
  • Hot for Student: Alphonne-sensei has a crush on Honey.
  • Jungle Princess: One of Honey's transformations in Episode 20.
  • Kill the Cutie: Natsuko is generally friendly and supportive of Honey. She gave her life to save her during Panther Claw's attack on St. Chapel Academy.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the original manga, Panther Claw's attack on Honey's school was a bloodbath, killing everyone except Honey (including Alphonne and Miharu, whose deaths were Played for Laughs). In the anime version, the only casualty was Natsuko.
  • Sword Beam: One of Honey's less frequently used powers.
  • Theme Naming: Panther Claw's minions all have either "panther" or "claw" in their names.
  • There's No Kill like Overkill: When Sister Jill discovers she's been photographed by a reporter, Jill is so outraged she goes from ordering the film destroyed to hunting down the reporter, destroying the film, killing the reporter, and then burning down the newspaper's building and kill everyone inside.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Honey has great aim with that sword.
  • Two-Teacher School: Alphonne and Miharu/"Histler" are the only teachers in Honey's school.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 14, where Natsuko dies and the school blows up. Then the Hayami house burns down in the next episode along with Seiji's workplace.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Dr. Kisaragi brings this up in the first episode with his "What is a human? What is a robot?" speech, the gist of which is that even though Honey is an android, he still loves her like a daughter.

    New Cutey Honey 
  • Action Mom: Daiko Hayami. At one point, she's able to Hulk Out of wires that even Honey and Danbei couldn't break.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Gold Digger's the only one of the transformed villains who briefly turns back into her human form, done long enough for her to realize her body's been torn apart by the destroyed transporter. As Gold Digger lets out a final scream just before she's obliterated Honey, who found her actions loathsome, can only turn away in sadness as she bids her enemy good luck in the next life.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Jewel Princess has dark skin.
  • Amnesia Danger: In the first episode, Honey spends a long while running from the Mooks of the apparent Big Bad until she gets her memories back and remembers she can kick their sorry butts easily.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Yasha and the horde of Jidaigeki mannequins she controlled and sent on a rampage came from "Samurai Park", an old theme park that closed years ago.
  • Anti-Villain: Natsuko's former friends Gene, Pokey, and Jan stole a bomb with plans to hold it for ransom, and then use the money to start over somewhere else. The bomb heist was going to be their last heist, before Gene got Hijacked by Panther Zora and killed Pokey and Jan.
  • Back from the Dead: Black Maiden is really Panther Zora.
  • Big Bad: Dolmeck is the main antagonist of the series. Or the Disc-One Final Boss, at least.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Gold Digger finds the idea of becoming a god laughable.
    Gold Digger: Become both a god, and a master of evil? I don't think so. There is no God, in my world.
  • The Constant: In the ambiguous future of New Cutey Honey, a cyborged Danbei is the only living reminder of Honey's past.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Virtual Hacker, a Camp Gay Master of Illusion.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Gold Digger has two blinding lights on the inside of her breast plates she uses to stun her enemies (after flipping the bra cups open to get their attention.)
  • Do-Anything Robot: In this version, Grandpa Danbei's become a Do Anything Cyborg, with most of Mazinger Z's attacks. (This is Lampshaded in the eighth episode.)
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Danbei now is a Cyborg and he has a few great attacks which are a great help.
  • For the Evulz: Scorpion, the battle mistress.
    "You want my motivation? Fuck. You. That's my motivation. I make gang members fight to the death and I got scantily clad women to serve me drinks while I watch. Why wouldn't I be doing this?"
  • Forgot the Call: Honey begins the series in Amnesia Danger as the Sexy Secretary to the first episode's Decoy Protagonist.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Scorpion subjects the women captured by her Thug Hunter squads who catch her eye to this. Most of the others are implied to be left to her men. Daiko is offended that she's left with the male delinquents being forced to fight to the death.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Panther Zora. It turns out Dolmeck was really just attempting to revive Panther Zora to her former glory.
  • Greed: Gold Digger's motivation is her lust for gold, to the point she even bathes in gold pieces and speaks to a pile of gold bars as if it was her baby.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Peeping Spider, almost. It was in the eighth episode, which was the last one made.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Panther Zora showing up after three episodes of Dolmeck as the Big Bad.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Of all the Cutey Honey adaptations, New Cutey Honey has the largest amount of Fanservice and nudity, especially with the numerous Transformation Sequences.
  • Hypocrite: Jewel Princess loathes Virtual Hacker and refers to him as the "Virtual Pervert." This coming from a woman whose lair is literally made up of the petrified corpses of beautiful women she fondles at any given moment.
  • Immortality Begins at Twenty: Honey looks a few years older in New Cutey Honey, possibly due to having used her transformation abilities to age just out of puberty.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Gene is the most masculine looking female in the series, for being huge, muscular, and having a masculine haircut.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Quite a bit in Volume 2, though often it's straight fourth-wall breaking - like when Honey says she's contractually obligated to wear a bulletproof bra because the fans would be devastated if anything happened to her breasts.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Several — Honey wears the Kisugi sisters' unitard in episode 2, she turns into "Chinese Warrior Honey" or "Kung Fu Honey"note  in episode 3, into "Sukeban Honey"note  as well as Liger Mask note  in ep. 7, and into a stripper who looks a lot like Hououji Fuu in ep. 8. The series also has guest appearances by many Go Nagai characters such as Akira Fudo, Professor Kabuto, and an unnamed cameo by the Gamia sisters as a group of Kunoichi.
  • Mama Bear: Daiko is protective of her family, fighting off anyone who would threaten them.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Panther Zora was the force behind Dolmeck in the first four episodes, but in the latter half she extends her influence to villains with no connection to her, empowering and corrupting them so they'll become the new Panther Claw.
  • Older Than They Look: Honey looks a few years older than she did in the original series, but not the over one hundred years she actually is by then.
  • Outlaw Couple: Daiko and Akakabu, Chokkei's parents.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Chokkei's parents Akakabu and Daiko rob banks for a living, but we only see this once during the intro, and they fail spectacularly as everyone in the bank lobby is armed and gunning for them as soon as they fire a warning shot. The prologue to the second episode establishes that Danbei turned them into Boxed Crooks.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up; The "Black Maiden" (a nude girl in a bottle on top of a suit of armor) turns out to really be Panther Zora's reincarnated form; when Dolmeck's armor is cracked open, evil power courses out and ages her back to her adult form.
  • Precocious Crush: Chokkei carried a torch for Honey from before the start of the series.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Jewel Princess, a lesbian who likes to seduce her female victims before killing them.
  • Psycho Serum: The capsules used in the first few episodes, which induce One-Winged Angel in the user. The fifth episode establishes that they're So Last Season when Gene casually stomps a rival villain who monstered out this way.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Honey treats Natsuko as one for the deceased Nacchan, due to them having the same name and even giving her the other Natsuko's traditional nickname "Nacchan".
  • Robotic Reveal: New Cutey Honey doesn't mention that Honey is an android until the third episode, when Peeping Spider discovers the secret after Honey no-sells one of the Psycho Serum capsules. Chokkei finds out at the same time, and is freaked out for about half of the next episode.
  • Series Fauxnale: The fourth episode seems to end everything with a bang. Then four more episodes got made.
  • Shorttank: Natsuko, the plucky young Wrench Wench who joins Honey's team after the fifth episode.
  • Shout-Out: This version has numerous nods to Go Nagai's other works.
  • Shower Scene: Honey in episode 3, which is accidentally interrupted by Danbei and Chokkei.
  • Spy Catsuit: Invoked — Chokkei and Grandpa Danbei wear these while on a spying mission with Honey, and Danbei persuades her that she really needs to change into one, too. Danbei is disappointed when his grandson keeps him from peeping on the Transformation Sequence.
  • Stone Wall: Akakabu's "fighting style" (if you can call it that) is simply to absorb more punishment than the opponent can dish out until he can find an opening. Daiko fell in love with this determination back when they were rival Delinquents(because she was unable to defeat him, no matter how many times he got the crap kicked out of him).
  • Teleport Gun: Professor Kabuto's big project instead of Mazinger in this universe is the "Isrum". He declares that it could also make its user into a "god or a demon" before Gold Digger steals it. She then declares that "there's no god in her world" before embarking on a crime spree.
  • Thanatos Gambit: After a long, difficult battle, Honey eventually manages to skewer the Big Bad Dolmeck — just like he wanted. It turns out that he's Sealed Evil in a Can, and Honey opened a portal to Hell so the souls of the foes she's defeated can awaken Dolmeck's Dragon to take her true form — Panther Zora herself.
  • Too Hot For Home Video: It was originally going to have 12 episodes, but the production company left it at eight due to the costs of censoring some scenes.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The story takes place a century after the original series in a futuristic Tokyo-like metropolis called Cosplay City.
  • Tragic Villain: Yasha of the sixth episode is mourned at the very end, after everyone realizes she was a relic of a bygone era left to rot in the darkness alongside all the other mannequins from Samurai Park. Honey even sheds a tear, admitting her enemy could've been her sister due to their similarities if not for her corruption by Panther Zora.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Akakabu is an overweight man, while Daiko is an attractive young woman.
  • Villain Song: "Burning Up", by punk rocker Saline.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: The Jewel Princess, who kidnaps young women and turns them into crystal statues for her lair.
  • Wham Line: In the fourth episode, after Black Maiden mocks the idea of Honey believing she's human. What sells it is that Honey recognizes Black Maiden's voice has suddenly become familiar.
    Black Maiden: It's been a long time, Honey. You have no idea how long I waited til I could see you again.
    Cutey Honey: Panther Zora!
  • Whip of Dominance: In the second episode, Honey uses her powers to turn into a Dominatrix themed character, complete with a red leather outfit and a whip, which she uses to briefly subdue the Jewel Princess. ("If you're a princess, then call me Queen!") Ironically, the Jewel Princess actually becomes more attracted to Honey after this transformation, even after getting whipped and tied up by her.
  • Wrench Wench: Natsuko; she's able to safely disassemble a city-destroying bomb in the episode when she's introduced.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Honey poses as a stripper to lure a crook she needs boxed out of hiding.

    Live Action Adaptations 
  • Adaptational Badass: Natsuko is a police inspector instead of a civilian and damsel in distress in Cutie Honey.
  • Animated Credits Opening: The first live-action film has an animated opening sequence.
  • Death by Adaptation: Hitomi Kisaragi, a.k.a. Honey herself, dies at the end of Tears. However, it turns out that her condenser is still alive.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Sister Yuki in The Live.
  • The Hero Dies: Hitomi dies at the end of Tears when she commits her Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Heroic RRoD: In Tears, Hitomi uses up all of her powers to stop the poison clouds from destroying Tokyo, knowing that it would lead to her death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Towards the end of Tears, Honey decides to sacrifice herself to stop Jill's poisonous clouds.
  • Large Ham: Everyone as per usual, but special mention goes to Seiji in the movie, whose every movement is ridiculously dramatic and drawn out.
  • Laser-Guided Broadcast: In the Live Action movie adaptation, Panther Claw broadcasts a similar message in both the TV and the Laptop directly aimed towards the three protagonists (Honey, Natsuko and Seiji). Probably the message is only watchable from Seiji's apartment.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Three: The Movie, Cutie Honey: The Live and Cutey Honey: Tears.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In Tears, Honey is the codename of Hitomi Kisaragi.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: Taken to an extreme with Sister Miki and Sister Yuki in "The Live".
  • Replicant Snatching: Cobalt Claw does this to the Alpha Bitch in The Movie.
  • Shooting Gallery: Used in The Movie to showcase Nat-chan's Improbable Aiming Skills (she unloads a magazine but leaves barely more than one hole).
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Honey, Natsuko and Seiji form one in the live action movie. By the end they run a detective agency together.

    Cutie Honey Universe 
  • Adaptational Heroism: Naoko isn't nearly as rapey as in the original manga, often acts as a protector of her fellow students, and actually tries to fight against Badfly Claw when Natsuko is threatened. She fails miserably, but points for effort. Her You Shall Not Pass! moment tanking a Reality Warping bomb to save Natsuko and Honey is more successful. It also turns out that Naoko survived her attempted Heroic Sacrifice and returns during the final battle to help out Honey against Panther Claw.
    • Tarantula Panther, who was a straight-up villain in other Cutey Honey works, is not evil at all here and is pretty much only a villain because she's on Panther Claw's side but against her own will. She, or rather her good half, pulls a Heel–Face Turn in episode 10 and atones for her role in Natsuko's death by killing her other half at the cost of her own life.
    • Dragon Panther. She doesn't kill Natsuko like she does in the manga, and she has a Pet the Dog moment where she expresses concern for Tarantula Panther when she notices she's feeling troubled. And in episode 10 she pulls a Heel–Face Turn. She also helps Honey out during the final battle at the cost of her own life.
  • All Your Powers Combined: In the finale after an I Am Spartacus moment Honey shares part of her powers with the PCIS and her friends. They return, one by one, the powers Honey gave them, amplified and strengthened by their love for her, in time to beat up Sister Jill for good.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Naoko and her gang. They're definitely not as hairy as they are in the manga (that could be because of the amount of time it would take to animate it all), and their designs lean more towards Ugly Cute than straight up Gonk.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: Fire Claw. In the manga she was quite average-looking, but here, she looks almost like a genderbent of The Joker.
    • Histora looks even more haggard, if that was even possible.
    • Jill to a lesser extent. She looks pretty much the same as she always did, but at the same time she now has a more masculine facial build.
  • Bad Boss: Sister Jill rarely gets many points for good leadership, but stands out here considering her plans for Honey frequently involve sending her subordinates into fights she knows they'll be killed in.
  • Barrier Warrior: Honey is able to use her self-propelled Honey Boomerangs to generate Deflector Shields.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Yes, the good guys win and evil is vanquished, despite her suffering Honey didn't lose herself or her all-loving heart, Panther Claw is destroyed, the college will be rebuilt and Naoko has a new, even if smaller, Sukeban gang and still loves Honey. But Honey can't still stop herself from weeping, as she reminds herself of everything Sister Jill took from her.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Notably the only installment in the series that doesn't utilize "Cutie Honey" as an opening or ending theme; this turn around, the honors go to AOP's "Ai ga Nakucha Isaenai" and Luz' "SISTER", though the traditional theme does show up in the last episode.
  • Break the Cutie: The entire reason that Sister Jill plays both sides of the fight with Panther Claw over Honey, while forbidding her minions to attack without permission; she wants to make Honey suffer and be enraged to the point where she'll willingly surrender her father's legacy to Jill.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Naoko, who is still a hulking schoolgirl, Gonky, and threatening, but longs for a nice girl to date and is quite the hopeless romantic.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Kogoro...
  • Creator Cameo: Go Nagai appears in both live-action offerings; In the movie, Honey smashes into his car's windshield, giving him a nice Panty Shot, while in the TV series, he appears in the DVD-only 26th episode.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Natsuko's final words to Honey moments before she dies has the character declaring their love for Honey.
  • Evil All Along: Inspector Genet is really Sister Jill. We know this already, but Honey doesn't, at-least not until the final episode.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sister Jill is hardly scared by Honey's powers, and she's also defiant to the entire PCIS getting on her track. She's utterly terrified by having Honey forgive her in her final moments, screaming at the top of her lungs as Honey plainly and calmly tells that she thinks even Sister Jill has a beating, loving heart somewhere.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: In episode 6, during the attack on Honey's school, Panther Claw uses special bombs that convert nearby materials into gigantic red rose blooms, while destabilizing reality enough to leave bodies partially phased into nearby objects, instead of conventional explosives like the original manga. Even the henchmen are using weapons that look, and act, like flamethrowers — except that they fire red rose petals mixed with particle effects.
  • Fat Bastard: Octopanther is the fattest member of Panther Claw, and the most selfish.
  • Flanderization: Danbei and Junpei Hayami unfortunately both fall under this to the point of scrappy levelsinvoked. In previous installments they were still both quite perverted, but they at least managed to have their more positive traits shine through and were often either supportive or helpful to Honey. In this series however, their perverted sides are cranked up, constantly sexually harassing Honey in almost every scene they appear in. They start off incredibly annoying, but border on being creepy, since they now like cross-dressing...
  • Flower Motifs: Roses are everywhere in this series. Sister Jill uses white roses to turn women into her minions, they turn red when their transformation is complete.
  • Gender Bender: In the final episode all of Cutie Honey's allies turn into Cutie Honey — including the men. The transformation progressively weakens, and some of the men are briefly shown as female, red-haired versions of themselves.
  • Gonk: Naoko and her friends are all these or Ugly Cute.
  • Hate Sink: Sister Jill has always been a vile character, but in this series she's even more of an irredeemable scumbag than before, taking sadistic pleasure in Honey's suffering and pretending to be her friend (under her Genet disguise) only to stab her in the back. She doesn't even care about her own subordinates, seeing them as little more than pawns to be used and disposed of (Tarantula Panther and Dragon Panther even turn against her and join Honey's side because of this attitude). Needless to say, Jill is very clearly meant to be written as loathsome as possible for this installment.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During Panther Claw's assault on Saint Chapel, Naoko, in revenge for the death of her entire gang and in order to protect Honey, intercepts a deadly attack by Snake Panther and covers Honey and Natsuko's escape at the cost of her own life. Except she turns out to have survived since she's one of the participants during the final battle against Sister Jill, complete with her saying that she climbed her way out of Hell just to have her revenge against Jill for the destruction of the school.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Seeing every single one of her friends rushing to her help, causes the battered, broken, defeated Honey to spring back to action
  • Light Is Not Good / Dark Is Not Evil: At the climax of Episode 9, Tarantula Panther splits into two separate individuals. The one dressed in white promptly murders Natsuko while the one dressed in black tries to stop her.
  • Likes Older Women: Junpei, who is a pre-teen, has a crush on Inspector Genet, who appears to be at least 20 years older than him, on top of his crush on Honey.
  • Meaningful Echo: Counteracting Sister Jill's Ironic Echo, every single character coming to help Honey in the final battle, recites a modified version of the ''Sometimes I'm ...., however my real identity is Cutey Honey!", replacing the first part with their real name.
  • Not His Sled: Universe is strongly inspired by the original manga — see the statue scene. However, when Honey disguises Natsuko while escaping from the attack on St. Chapel, and then Natsuko attempts to distract the Panther Clawnote , Naoko suddenly appears in time to protect Natsuko and Honey, allowing both of them to escape alive. This continues on with Tarantula Panther having a Literal Split Personality crisis when she was conflicted about having to kill Natsuki, half of Tarantula Panther and Dragon Panther pulling a Heel–Face Turn, and Naoko turning out to have survived her attempted Heroic Sacrifice six episodes prior to the finale.
  • I Am Spartacus: At the climax of the last confrontation with Sister Jill, Honey is left a catatonic, crying shell of her former self, waiting for release. The entire PCIS, along with Tarantula, Naoko, Danbei and Junpei, shows up, with every single agent, even male ones, dressed as Honey and loudly claiming to Sister Jill to be her and begging Honey to find the will to live and fight again. She does.
  • Ironic Echo: When Genet feels ready to utter break Honey's heart revealing herself as Sister Jill, the mastermind behind her lifetime of suffering and the loss of her friends and family, she outright mocks Honey with her own catchphrase:
    "Sometimes I'm Honey's friend, PCIS Special Inspector Genet. However, my real identity is Sister Jill!
  • Phantom Zone: Honey's Atmospheric Element Condenser Device allows her to enter Pocket Dimensions where she can fight Panther Claw's monsters with no risk of property damage. Panther Claw and its minions are also able to enter and exit the dimension at will, and are able to use it for teleportation and as a weapon.
  • Remake Cameo: Katsuji Mori, who played Seiji Hayami from the 1973 TV series, voices Takeshi Kisaragi this time around.
  • Sadist Teacher: Miharu 'Histora' Tsuneni, as usual. She whips Natsuko so much, she's become numb to it.
  • Secret-Keeper: Natsuko is this for Honey. This often gets her in trouble with Histora/Miharu.
  • Shown Their Work: The ultimate form of the Silver Fleuret is a copy of the Seven Branched Sword, an ancient japanese sword.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Octopanther claims herself to be Sister Jill's secret, powerful weapon, yet when she dies, Jill doesn't remember her at all.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Sister Jill's disguise as Inspector Genet is initially effective, but by Episode 3 her contradictory behavior and apparent abandonment of Natsuko during a crisis begin to make her appear suspicious to the heroes.
  • Tamer and Chaster: In the live-action film adaptation Honey's main outfit looks more like an armor than the skin tight unitard of power that she wears in the original manga, and the few portions of visible skin are covered with a flesh-colored undershirt. It makes no sense considering that the original suit wasn't that revealing (Only her shoulders and cleavage are exposed) and the actress playing her, Eriko Sato is a swimsuit model and even appears in some parts of the film wearing only underwear. This looks more blatant when compared to the animated opening a la Re: Cutie Honey, where drawn Honey wears a suit that barely covered her.
  • Those Two Guys: Akebi Tetora and Momomi Wareme from the PCIS. They seem to exist simply to laugh at Kogoro and Seiji, though they are at least good at their jobs enough to avoid getting fired.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 6 involves the destruction of St. Chapel Academy and the deaths of every schoolgirl there, with the only survivors being Honey and Natsuko.
    • Episode 9 has the death of Natsuko.

Alternative Title(s): Cutie Honey