Directed by: Hideaki Anno
Starring: Eriko Satô, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Murakami
Apparently this is based on a 70’s anime of the same name, about a woman who died and then came back as a robot, and also she has Power Rangers-type powers. I have no idea whether the original was also a comedy that made fun of the tropes of that genre, but I’d like to think that it wasn’t and someone just took a goofy old show and made it into a farce.
An evil group of monsters called Panther Claw are out to kidnap beautiful women so their leader, Sister Jane (who is obviously a man) can eat them and live forever. When they encounter Cutie Honey, a superheroine robot who runs on the power of love, they decide to take the collar she uses to keep herself alive (and also it lets her change clothes) instead. With the help of a sour police officer and a seemingly omniscient reporter, Honey saves the day, and her “father”, the professor that Panther Claw has kidnapped.
This movie actually starts out hilariously. I was laughing my ass off for the first twenty minutes of this movie, because it’s just so insane and does a perfect job of lampooning the genre. It’s got a really interesting style that’s obviously born out of having very little money for special effects, and yet attempting to recreate giant anime monster battles. Unfortunately, it slows down a lot for the second act, and the acting is actually bad enough where it affects the film poorly. Also, the serious moments never really feel right with the humorous atmosphere they set up, and that just drags it down further. I’m not really sure if I’d recommend this… but I’m not disappointed that I watched it, I can say that much.