Anticipation filled the room as everyone waited for the Cutie Honey Universe panel to start.
Apart from the screening, the panel also commemorated Nagai’s 50th Anniversary of when he started his career as a manga writer and artist.
Unfortunately, photography and filming were not allowed during the episode screening, but what was shown was the second episode about Honey’s origin story and her motivation to join PCIS (Panther Claw Criminal Investigative Services) to fight the evil Panther Claw organization to avenge her father’s death. I enjoyed the episode; it was hilarious and action heavy! Cutie Honey Universe is readily available on Crunchyroll, and it is worth watching if you have a Crunchyroll account.
Once the episode finished, Go Nagai-sensei came out to the stage and greeted his audience! The crowd was overjoyed that they were in the same room with Nagai-sensei. Appearing with Nagai-sensei was the producer of Cutie Honey Universe, Ichinao Nagai, and two cosplayers dressed in Honey’s most recognizable attire.
Eventually, he completed his drawings, and they were impressive! He drew Honey and Akira Fudo as Devilman! Check them out!
A question addressed to producer Ichinao Nagai in regards to Nagai-sensei’s 50th Anniversary was what projects are to be expected in the future. He said that apart from the releases of Devilman Crybaby and Cutie Honey Universe, there will be an upcoming series named Mazinger Z Infinity, the news receiving an enthusiastic cheer.
To conclude the panel, Nagai-sensei played a game of rock-paper-scissors with the audience, the lucky last two standing receiving a Cutie Honey Universe posters.
It was an honor to have the opportunity to see one of the most influential manga artists and writers of all time! I also had the pleasure to photograph the two cosplayers who were with Nagai-sensei. An unforgettable experience it was!