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  • Acting for Two:
    • For the 1973 TV series, Hystler and Panther Zora are played by Nobuyo Tsuda.
    • In Cutey Honey Flash, Seira Hazuki and Seira Hayami are both played by Akiko Hiramatsu.
    • In the English dub of Cutie Honey Universe:
      • Besides reprising her role as Honey Kisaragi, Jessica Calvello voiced her seven alternate forms.
      • Dr. Takeshi Kisaragi and Alphonne are both played by David Wald.
      • Andrew Love voiced Pochi and Kogoro Iboji.
      • Junpei Hayami and Cutter Claw are played by Amber Lee Connors.
      • Cat Thomas plays Akebi Tetora and Jumbo Panther.
      • Breast Claw and Ika are voiced by Christina Kelly.
      • Tomahawk Claw and Naoko are both played by Katelyn Barr.
      • Margaret McDonald voices Momomi Wareme and Scissors Claw.
      • Maguro and Gill Panther are voiced by Holly Segarra.
      • Shelley Calene-Black voices Iron Shadow and Mayor Terada.
  • The Cast Showoff:
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    • Michiko Neya gets to do her own singing in New Cutey Honey.
    • Both Mitsuhiro Oikawa and Dan Green use their singing abilities in the live-action film.
  • Channel Hop:
    • The 1973 TV series and Cutey Honey Flash originally aired on TV Asahi, while Cutie Honey Universe aired on Tokyo MX.
    • Toei Animation animated the 1973 TV series, the New Cutey Honey OVA, Cutey Honey Flash and Re:Cutey Honey. Cutey Honey Universe was produced by Ashi Productions.
  • 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.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: In Cutey Honey Flash, Alphonne was voiced by the male Toshio Furukawa. Her Universe counterpart was voiced by Minoru Shiraishi.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • In addition to directing the English dub of New Cutey Honey, Matt Greenfield provided additional voices.
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    • The live-action film's English dub was directed by Michael Sinterniklaas, who voiced Detective Todoroki.
    • In the English dub of Cutie Honey Universe, David Wald is the ADR Director and the voice of both Dr. Takeshi Kisaragi and Alphonne.
  • No Export for You: Very little of the series ever made it outside Japan. The original 1973 Cutey Honey TV series was released in France as "Cherry Miel", and 1997's Cutey Honey Flash was very popular in Germany, and the original series was released in the United States in 2013. It was eventually averted with the original manga as well as Cutie Honey a Go Go!, thanks to Seven Seas Entertainment.
  • The Other Darrin: The cast has gone through several actor replacements over the years:
    • Honey Kisaragi herself had five different voice actresses: Eiko Masuyama, Michiko Neya, Ai Nagano, Yui Horie and Maaya Sakamoto. Masuyama originally voiced the character for the 1973 TV series, before she was replaced by Neya on New Cutey Honey in 1994 and by Nagano on Cutey Honey Flash from 1997 to 1998. As for Re: Cutey Honey, Honey was voiced by Horie, with Masuyama, Neya and Nagano reprising the previous roles as guest characters. Finally, in Cutie Honey Universe, Sakamoto plays the titular character this time around.
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    • Seiji Hayami was voiced by Katsuji Mori in the 1973 TV series. Susumu Chiba replaced Mori on Cutey Honey Flash from 1997 to 1998. In 2004, the role was recast again with Hideo Ishikawa. Finally, Shintarō Asanuma voiced Seiji for Cutie Honey Universe in 2018.
    • In the 1973 TV series, Naojiro was originally voiced by Hiroshi Masuoka in his debut episode before being replaced by Shoji Nishizaki in episode 23 through 25.
    • Joji Yanami originally voiced Dr. Takeshi Kisaragi for the 1973 TV series; he was briefly replaced by Eken Mine for episode 16. In 1997, the role was recast with Akira Kamiya for Cutey Honey Flash. When Dr. Kisaragi again appeared in Cutie Honey Universe, he was voiced by Katsuji Mori, Seiji's original voice actor.
    • The late Nobuyo Tsuda voiced Panther Zora for the 1973 TV series. In New Cutey Honey, she was voiced by Kumiko Takizawa. Takizawa was replaced by Rumi Watanabe for Cutey Honey Flash. For Cutie Honey Universe, the role was recast once again, this time with Sachiko Kobayashi.
    • Alphonne was originally played by the late Noriko Tsukase in the 1973 TV series. After Tsukase's 1989 death, Kujira took over for Alphonne in New Cutey Honey. In 1997, the role was recast again with Toshio Furukawa in Cutey Honey Flash. By the time Cutie Honey Universe aired in 2018, Alphonne was voiced by Minoru Shiraishi.
    • In the 1973 TV series, Sister Jill was played by Noriko Uemura, although she was briefly replaced by Haruko Kitahama for episode 12. When Cutey Honey Flash aired from 1997 to 1998, Jill was voiced by Chiho Ōkawa. When Re: was released in 2004, Jill was voiced by Kazue Ikura. In Cutie Honey Universe, the role was recast again with Atsuko Tanaka.
    • As for Honey's English voice actresses, Jessica Calvello voiced the titular character for New Cutey Honey. In the live-action film, Carrie Keranen replaced her. Calvello would later return to reprise her role for Cutie Honey Universe.
  • Production Posse:
    • Many of the Cutey Honey Flash creative team previously worked on Sailor Moon, including director Takuya Igarashi, art designer Yoshiyuki Shikano and main writer Ryota Yamaguchi.
    • For the 2004 film, Hideaki Anno brought in some of his frequent collaborators, including assistant director Masayuki, character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, and actress Mayumi Shintani (Scarlet Claw). His wife Moyoco Anno was one of the character designers.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: In the English dub of Cutie Honey Universe, Alphonne (who is in a relationship with the principal's wife) is voiced by the openly gay David Wald.
  • Role Reprise:
    • After playing Danbei Hayami in the original TV series, Kousei Tomita would later go on to reprise the role for New Cutey Honey and Cutie Honey Universe. Universe would be the final time Tomita would voice the character before his fatal stroke in September 2020.
    • Jessica Calvello, who previously voiced the titular character in New Cutey Honey, reprised her role as Honey in Cutie Honey Universe.
  • Screwed by the Network: The 1973 series was canceled after two seasons because TV Asahi executives got cold feet about the nudity.
  • Throw It In!: While composing the title song to the 1973 TV series, Takeo Watanabe added the "kawaru wa yo"note  at the end.
  • Uncredited Role: Kozo Morishita was an uncredited assistant director in the first episode of the 1973 TV series.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Linda Yamamoto was given initial consideration to sing the title song for the 1973 TV series. Instead, it went to jazz singer Yoko Maekawa.
    • In Cutey Honey Flash, Misty Honey was originally named Dirty Honey.
    • Winona Ryder was considered to voice Honey Kisaragi in New Cutey Honey. However, when ADV Films was unable to afford Ryder, Go Nagai eventually selected Jessica Calvello to play the title character.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Cutey Honey Wiki.
  • Written by Cast Member: In the English dub for New Cutey Honey, Tristan MacAvery is the ADR scriptwriter as well as the voice of Danbei.
  • You Sound Familiar: Ai Nagano, Honey's voice actress in Cutey Honey Flash, also plays the girl who befriends Scud Panther in episode 28.

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