The current Honda Odyssey is a design based on a Car+MPV concept, merging the desirable characteristic of the car ('dynamic performance and style) and the MPV (space, utility, versatility). It delivers an MPV which has the people moving capability of a good size MPV but the sleek looks of a car (or rather a large wagon) and it even drives like a car.
It's a great pity that Honda has in their infinite wisdom again decided to make the Odyssey Absolute one of the many annoying 'JDM-only' models. I suppose this is not going to go down very well with Honda but I have to point out that even if Honda decides to keep the Odyssey Absolute to themselves in Japan, many of us do have the option of the parallel importers. So if you have to get a people mover for domestic reasons but still have the performance fire burning inside you, and if you have the budget for it, the Odyssey Absolute might be something worth considering.