Review: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (NSFW)

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Anime: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Animation Studio: Gainax
Number of Episodes: 13
Length Per Episode: Approximately 24 minutes

Interesting title, no? This show was made by studio Gainax, from the same staff that made the insanely popular Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. They made a huge chunk of dough off of it, so for their next project, they wanted to make a show for themselves. They basically came up with a bunch of ideas, and wanted to incorporate every single one of them into the show.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is that show.

HEADS UP: THIS SHOW IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK. SO IS THIS REVIEW. NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO WATCH WITH YOUR PARENTS.


Before starting, there’s one thing I need to address. As with any comedy show, people have different senses of humor. Not everyone will find this show funny. Though I’m confident in saying I’m sure a LOT of people will. Well, at least people I know.

Anyways, the show is about two angels, Panty and Stocking, and their mission to collect enough “Heavens” in order to be able to return to Heaven. Heavens are coins that they earn for defeating ghosts, and they seem to be a currency for Heaven.
Why are they on Earth in the first place? Well, they aren’t exactly the most well-behaved of angels…

The first thing to tackle is the cast. It’s not exactly a broad cast, and they aren’t exactly deep or complex in any way, but this is a comedy show we’re talking about, so it’s not exactly a requirement.

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Panty: Likes sex.

No, not kidding. Panty may be an angel, but she’s also horny as hell. Will screw virtually any guy with a pretty face. Usually more than once.

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Stocking: Likes sweets.

Stocking will completely devour any food that is sweet. Never seems to gain any weight due to it though. She claims it all goes to her boobs.
Has a gothic dress style, but doesn’t have a gothic attitude at all.

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Garterbelt: Likes underage boys. Also has a bitchin' afro.

His afro should be a character of its own. Seriously.
He serves as priest of the church where the angels Panty and Stocking are staying, and serves as their guide on their mission.

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Chuck: Serves as the mascot and punching bag. Has no brain and therefore has no likes.

All Chuck ever says is “Chuck” in various tones and such. Also does incredibly random crap that usually results in him getting beaten up by one of the cast.
Basically, if Pokemon had a special education class, Chuck would be in it.

 

There’s also one more main character, though he doesn’t exactly get any respect from the rest of the cast.

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Brief: Complete nerd. In love with Panty. Doesn't have a chance in hell.

He has to put up with Panty and Stocking constantly calling him things such as: Geek Boy, Foreskin, Loser, etc.

 

Also, even though they don’t appear until about halfway through, what would a tag team of angels do without rivals?

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On the left: Scanty. On the right: Kneesocks.

If you couldn’t guess it from the horns or skin color, they’re devils. Damn hot ones at that. They’re fan favorites.

 

The first thing you’ve no doubt noticed is the art style. Why does it look so much like Powerpuff Girls? Well, for one, the director said that since the show was going to be obscene, he wanted to do this kind of art style so it would have a kind of “twisted cuteness” to it. In fact, for a brief moment, the show actually makes somewhat of a reference to Powerpuff Girls, though it’s vague and most people won’t catch it.

 

Panty and Stocking are like your classic pair of sisters. They kick ass when they’re on good terms, and when they aren’t, they get into violent fights.snap8

If you’re a pervert good observer, you’ll notice Panty is… well, missing her panties. The reason Panty and Stocking have the names they do, is because those are also their weapons. Panty’s panties transform into guns, and Stocking’s stockings transform into swords. Actually, any “heavenly” panties or stockings can be transformed into weapons, but everyone has their speciality.

 

When you first watch this show, you figure it’s going to be a random comedy with action every once in a while. In the first episode, when Panty and Stocking go to fight the ghost, you get prepared for a Powerpuff Girls fight.

Then this happens:snap9

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And the reaction?

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Everyone watching the show had this reaction too.

They proceed to pole dance through their transformation sequence until they get their weapons transformed. It then reverts to the normal animation, but it was still quite the hilarious event.

Now, I have to make one comment about this whole thing. When the first episode aired, and that scene happened, all the “professional” anime reviewers (namely the ones at Anime News Network) ALL bashed the scene, calling it a “desperate marketing strategy whose sole purpose is in order to sell figurines.”

…You’ve GOT to be shitting me. Clearly these people wouldn’t recognize a parody of magical girl transformation scenes if it hit them in the face. Oh wait, IT DID.

From here on out, the show does still have a lot of it’s usual humor, but there are also a lot of parodies and references. It’s almost like a game to catch them all. Some or blatantly obvious, while others are much more vague, such as one that’s in the second-to-last episode. Most of the parodies and references actually come from well known movies and music groups.

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Wonder what THIS is a parody of.

Also, DAT CLAYMATION.snap16

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To wrap this all up, the show is hilarious, and incredibly enjoyable. One of the most enjoyable parts of the show besides the humor is actually it’s soundtrack. It’s selling ridiculous amounts of copies, and anime fans have been addicted to it ever since it came out. After all, can’t beat DAT TECHNO BEATS.
For a Japanese show, the soundtrack is surprisingly all in English for the most part. With very little accent I might add. Their accent only slips out occasionally. I was impressed. I thought they had hired some white girl to sing the songs lol.

 

Seriously, Gainax, even if the whole second season thing turns out to be a troll, can you still make a soundtrack for the nonexistant season? Please? <3

 

Oh, before bringing this to a close, I think it’s only fair to mention one last thing. If you’ve never watched anything by these guys or by Gainax, the studio is popular for mainly one thing. It caused the term “Gainax Ending” to be created. Let’s just say, the ending to this show is the Gainaxiest of all Gainax endings.

 

RATING: 10 out of 10. Will rewatch many, many times.

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