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Cutie Honey Universe Anime Casts Enka Singer Sachiko Kobayashi

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Kobayashi plays Panther Claw leader Panther Zora

The official Twitter account for Cutie Honey Universe, the currently airing anime project based on Go Nagai's Cutie Honey manga, revealed on Monday that enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi will play the "Last Boss" character Panther Zora, leader of the evil Panther Claw organization. "Last Boss" is Kobayashi's nickname that references her elaborate stage costumes.

Kobayashi performed the Pokémon TV anime's ending theme song "Pokémon Ondo" under the name "Garura Kobayashi" (Kangaskhan Kobayashi). She also performed the ending theme song for Pokémon: The First Movie.

The series premiered on April 8 in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series. HIDIVE is streaming the series as it airs. Sentai Filmworks describes the anime:

Based on the groundbreaking franchise that launched the “magical girl” genre and produced as part of the 50th anniversary commemorating the work of anime and manga wunderkind Go Nagai (DEVILMAN crybaby), Cutie Honey Universe follows Honey Kisaragi, an amazingly humanlike and fashion conscious android with the unique ability to transform her body into a wide range of outrageous yet stylish disguises, each of which comes with its own dazzling super ability. After a run-in with a sinister secret criminal cabal organization, Panther Claw, the luscious and law-abiding Honey makes it her mission to bring them down.

Akitoshi Yokoyama (Photo Kano) is directing the anime at Production Reed. Natsuko Takahashi (Urahara, Yuyushiki) is handling the series composition and Syūichi Iseki is designing the characters and serving as chief animation director. The idol unit AŌP (Mr. Osomatsu, In Another World With My Smartphone) are performing the anime's opening theme song "Ai ga Nakucha Tatakaenai" (I Can't Fight Without Love). The male artist luz is performing the ending theme song "SISTER."

Sources: Cutie Honey Universe Anime's Twitter, Comic Natalie

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