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Warning: Some of these anime contain nudity and adult-like humor. Proceed with caution.
It has been a long time since Go Nagai created Cutie Honey, the story of an android who lives undercover as a Catholic School student. When danger strikes, the blond and innocent looking Honey transforms into a red haired warrior of love with superpowers! Honey was one of the first paramounts of the magical girl movement, which has given us very interesting anime, including the latest reincarnation of Cutie Honey, Cutie Honey Universe. Wanna review a couple of anime like Cutie Honey Universe that will make you want to kick ass with girl power? Grab your magical prop and let’s go!
Similar Anime to Cutie Honey Universe
1. Dirty Pair
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul 15, 1985 to Dec 26, 1985
In the world of anime, if you are in trouble, you don’t call the Ghostbusters. Nope, one of many alternatives is to call the World Welfare Work Association, who will send you some Trouble Consultants to help you out. You have to look out for the team called Dirty Pair, though. These lovely angels will cause collateral damage to everyone, ranging from the enemies, to their boss, to the laughs they cause in their viewers.
In terms of female warriors or soldiers, both shows have similar protagonists. The personalities are also the hot spot, like Honey, Kei and Yuri are upbeat. Their uniforms are also revealing, if you know what we mean. The two anime have comedy here and there, and are full of action. The character design is also somewhat similar. The main difference is that Honey is an android, while Kei and Yuri are real girls; and the Dirty Pair tends to bring disaster wherever they are.
2. Ghost Sweeper Mikami
- Episodes: 45
- Aired: Apr 11, 1993 to Mar 6, 1994
The Ghost Sweeper business is run by Reiko Mikami, an exorcist who had trained with a priest of the Catholic Church. Whenever an evil energy or ghost is loose, you can call Mikami to get rid of it. She will do her best with her sword-like exorcist weapons and her martial arts! Her relationship with her assistants High Schooler Yokoshima and ghost girl Himuro will also make you laugh.
Cutie Honey was designed to be sensual, and the same can be said about Mikami. It is also interesting that the protagonists have something to do with the Catholic Church and that both have red hair and green eyes when they are down to business, right? Both also have sword shaped weapons and a strong character, although Honey is sweeter. The enemies in the two anime are supernatural, the format is episodic and we have some adult comedy here and there. So, if you like the ecchi aspect of Cutey Honey Universe and the type of comedy and action of the anime, this might be the right option for you.
3. Slayers Gorgeous
- Episodes: 1 movie
- Aired: Aug 1, 1998
The protagonist of the Slayers franchise is Lina Inverse, a powerful sorceress who travels around the world having adventures, pursuing treasures and defeating evil forces. In the movies and OVAs, she usually pairs up with Naga the Serpent, another powerful and voluptuous sorceress who can be considered her rival and ally at the same time. In Slayers Gorgeous, a tribe of dragons attacks a village, commanded by a warrior called Marlene. Things get complicated (and hilarious) when Lina decides to side with the village’s chief and Naga sides with the dragon tribe.
It looks like animators enjoyed red headed female leads in the eighties and nineties, right? Although Lina is not a magical girl per se, she is the most upbeat, energetic and positive protagonist you could imagine. This cannot be a coincidence as Honey was one of the first heroines with such a personality. We also have an interesting cast of female characters who are hiding something (yes, we are talking about Marlene and Inspector Genet).
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4. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
Everything seems normal in the life of Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki, two middle school students. When they encounter a magical cat-like creature called Kyuubey, he offers them to grant their wishes in exchange of becoming magical girls. Although Akemi Homura (another magical girl) warns them not to accept the offer, Madoka embarks herself in a life of magic and secrets. Expect lots of hope, friendship, sadness and girl power!
Honey and Madoka are regular students until they encounter a supernatural power, which sets their adventures in motion. Both characters are happy girls with cute dress ups, while the general color palettes of their animes is a contrast between bright colors and darkness. Their enemies also have supernatural powers. The main difference is that Madoka has a more dream-like and darker tone. So, if you like Honey but find her too lightheaded or comedic sometimes, maybe your magical girl is Madoka.
5. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Jul 5, 2014 to Jul 18, 2015
Yes, we had to mention Sailor Moon in its latest anime incarnation. The adventures of the reincarnated Moon Princess (Usagi Tsukino) and her friends and family have entertained otaku for generations. While going to school and enjoying life by day, Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon by night to punish the evil forces that want to harm Earth. The peculiarity of Sailor Moon Crystal is that both the story and the illustration style are more faithful to the original manga.
Honey and the Sailor Senshi are practically unbeatable, and if you have seen their transformation scenes, you will notice they are very similar. Usagi also has the ability to transform her appearance to disguise herself like the protagonist of Cutie Honey Universe. Both shows have a bit of comedy, although there are more adult themes with Honey. And finally, both shows have female enemies! If you loved Honey but would like to see a more romantic version of it, Sailor Moon Crystal will fit the bill.
6. Princess Principal
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 5, 2014 to Jul 18, 2015
Our final recommendation is a recent anime that was a pleasant surprise. It combines very well known shoujo anime props with an original flavor and all the girl power. Princess Principal follows the missions of Shirohato, a group of five spies in a steampunk version of England. Hiding in a prestigious college for girls, the five spies will risk their lives while they form friendships and confront enemies.
One of the Shirohato spies is a blond light-headed girl who reminds us a bit of Honey. Yes, we are talking about Princess! The show also combines the purest forms of action with a bit of sensuality, just like Cutie Honey Universe. The animation in both cases is superb! And there is a character who reminds us of Inspector Genet here as well. We already mentioned that both anime are all for girl power, so they focus mostly on the female cast. The main difference is that Princess Principal borrows historical elements and is a bit darker than Honey. Therefore, if you are looking for an anime that has the best of Cutie Honey Universe in a steampunk environment, you have to watch Princess Principal.
Good anime tend to come back, and that is obvious in the case of Cutie Honey Universe. Current anime treats girls a bit different, starting with the fact that they are real humans rather than androids. However, many aspects that Honey pioneered are still there, like being self reliable, knowing how to use a weapon, use costumes to disguise yourself and having a double identity. We can only imagine in which other ways anime like Cutie Honey Universe will continue to evolve and surprise us with their girl power… so far, they can be as sweet, as sour, as light and as happy as you can imagine! Tell us, which other anime like Cutie Honey Universe do you like? Do not forget that we are open to all your comments and suggestions. See you soon!