Seven Seas set to release Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection manga, next summer

Honey Flash!!!

Seven Seas Entertainment recently acquired new rights to reprint the original Cutie Honey classic manga into one hardcover omnibus as Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection, set to release in the summer of 2018.

Cutie  Honey is the original magical transforming heroine from Japan, with a history going back to 1973. The original manga became an instant cult classic, leading to multiple TV shows and a live-action movie.

Cutie Honey is also the creative work of legendary manga cartoonist, Go Nagai. With a career spanning 50 years, Go Nagai created many immensely popular series including Devilman and Getter Robo, and Cutie Honey–his edgy magical girl aimed at boys–remains one of his most influential works to this day.

The North American release for Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection, in one complete hardcover, will flash on July 3, 2018, for $24.99 US.

CAPTAIN’s NOTE: I am a huge fan of Cutie (or Cutey) Honey from the various anime series of her. I am excited about the news of the manga. Soon, I hope the classic 70’s anime series will eventually see the light on local DVD and Blu-Ray releases.

Seven Seas set to bring back CAPTAIN HARLOCK manga classics

Seven Seas Entertainment recently announced their plans to publish the Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection, a reprint collection of Leiji Matsumoto’s original manga, for the first official time in North America, in print. The Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection will arrive in two separate, large trim hardcover omnibus editions.

The opening story follows after a mysterious sphere collides with Tokyo, legends seemingly born of the ancient Mayan civilization appear. But in truth, the beings are alien invaders known as the Mazone, plant women who wandered the earth in bygone ages–and have now returned to make it theirs. With a ragtag crew of renegades at his side, only the space pirate Captain Harlock has what it takes to save the planet.

“Publishing this archetypal series, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary, is a real privilege,” says Seven Seas publisher Jason DeAngelis. “Everyone knows who Captain Harlock is from all the books, anime, and films about him–but until now, Leiji Matsumoto’s original manga wasn’t available in North America. We’re thrilled to finally bring this blockbuster to its longtime fans and give the manga itself the VIP treatment it deserves.”

Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection: Volume 1 will release on April 24, 2018, for $24.99 US.

MUSIC: Ghost in the Shell – Inner Universe, by Origa

WARNING: Features graphic violence and nudity.

  • Title: Inner Universe
  • Composer: Origa
  • Length: 4:54

Notes: Expanded version, regular version used in the first season of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime series.  Footage is from the original Ghost in the Shell movie produced by Youtube user “fenman01.”

Lyrics (English Translation):

Angels and demons circle above my head
cleaving through thorns and Milky Ways
He who does not perceive his calling,
does not know true happiness…

Watch in awe! Watch in awe!
Heavenly glory! Heavenly glory!
Watch in awe! Watch in awe!
Heavenly glory! Heavenly glory!

I am Calling Calling out!
Spirits, I am calling!!!
To remain myself longer…
Calling Calling, in the depths of longing!
To remain myself longer!

Watch in awe! Watch in awe!
Heavenly glory! Heavenly glory!
Watch in awe! Watch in awe!
Heavenly glory! Heavenly glory!

Stand alone… Where was life when it had a meaning…
Stand alone… Nothing’s real anymore and…

…Endless running…
While I am alive, I can try not to fall while flying,
nor to forget how to dream…to love…
…Endless running…

Calling Calling out! For The Place of Knowing!
There’s more that what can be linked!
Calling Calling, Never will I look away!
From what life has left for me.
Yearning Yearning, for what’s left of loving!

To remain myself longer…
Calling Calling, in the depths of longing!
To remain myself longer!

Watch in awe! Watch in awe!
Heavenly glory! Heavenly glory!
Watch in awe! Watch in awe!
Heavenly glory! Heavenly glory!

Personal Thoughts:

I post this today in response to the recent announcement of the Dreamworks backed Ghost in the Shell live-action movie, starring Scarlett Johannson.  I can’t really care. I know what Scarlett Johannson looks like shooting guns and acting badass in some sexy outfit. If they want to add a cyberpunk setting and put some familiar situations to GITS fans using a shit ton of CGI FX, than whatever. Of course, there is the whitewashing..off to a good start with its star. I’m sure the removing of Japanese elements will not stop there.

But what matter in the end, is original content can not be ruined.. The original movies and the follow-up animated series of series will always be out there in some obtainable form. I will go deeper into what makes GITS so great, another time. For now, I just really like this opening to the follow-up animated series (with choice visuals from the classic). And, I will always best remember the GITS movies and series as fantastic animated science-fiction drama.

– Orion T