English: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
Synonyms: PanSto, PSG
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2010 to Dec 25, 2010
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.841 (scored by 50469 users)
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SynopsisPanty and Stocking—the Anarchy Sisters—are two nasty-ass angels who got booted from the pearly gates for being foul-mouthed bitches! Now they spend their nights blowing up ghosts in the seedy abyss between Heaven and Earth. Panty likes sex, Stocking likes sweets, their afro-sporting main man Garter Belt has a fetish we can't mention. Together, they're turning the mean streets of Daten City into a buffet of bodily fluids. Ghosts don't stand a chance against their lingerie of mass destruction, and if this debaucherous duo can collect enough Heaven Coins, they just might get their halos back. It's a slim chance in hell, but anything can happen when you're rolling commando, especially with Panty and Stocking!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Other: Panty & Stocking in Sanitarybox
Characters & Voice Actors
I'm not going to mince words here, gentlemen. This right here is what is commonly referred to as an "orgasm of excellence". This series is so good it'll probably kill you by the time it's done. As in, this thing Gainax has made here can roughly fall under the definition of autoerotic asphyxiation. But that's just a summary of the show's quality as a whole, let's break this shit down:
To put it plainly, the entire point of this show is to take the illusions otaku have surrounded themselves with for the last 10 years and annihilate them through a wanton, infinite assault of sex and Western style. This show is not Sora ga Otoshimaru Hime Desu Beats! or whatever the hell it is you people watch nowadays. This is about a gun-toting whore and her diabetic goth friend slashing and shooting giant monsters literally comprised of shit, armies of dead sperm soldiers and their especially polite and well-mannered rivals, and when they're not doing something like that they're getting into some other shenanigans which may or may not involve parodying Transformers. Oh yeah, they're Angels or something under the command of Black Dynamite and have Gir as their sidekick and have to collect coins by killing monsters to get back into Heaven. But honestly, who cares? There are panties in this show that turn into guns and it's funny as fuck.
Behind all this exquisite and sophisticated comedy is probably one of the most feminist morals ever, another thing that separates P&S from your average animu. Through the entire series, the female main characters do what they want, when they want, how they want while the male lead is useless, flaky and gets captured a lot. This motif boils down to "It's okay to be a bitch. Live free and if you screw up have a man clean up after you." As you can see, this show's driving message has all the modesty of its main duo. It's fantastic.
Also, that token Gainax ending. It's there and as wonderful as ever.
It's entirely episodic like a US cartoon, but with an overarching point. There are actually 26 episodes, but they're all 12 minutes long. Each episode is two episodes. That's right, this show has a 2x Quality Multiplier.
This show oozes with style that has pretty much never been tried before in the Eastern world. Think Dead Leaves (if you haven't seen this, take 40 minutes away from that time vampire Korean MMO I'm sure you have minimized in the corner and watch it. Dubbed only. It'll be the best thing you'll see all month) meets Power Puff Girls. The art and animation quality are as incredible as they are unique, using a potent blend of patented hand-drawn Imaishi scribbles, CGI and actual, real-life explosions at the end of each battle. The comic-styled on-screen sound effects from Dead Leaves also make a return here in full force, and they make the whole thing such a cool and unique experience. Another, minor thing I like is that the girls change clothes every episode, a subtle but welcomed touch that more cartoons should employ.
Oh yeah, it should be noted that this isn't an "ecchi comedy" (Those aren't funny or even passable as entertainment. If you came here looking for one of those and are now reading this review with a twisted expression of shock on your face, it should be noted that I personally and sincerely hate you and several things that look like you). Yes, there are more sex jokes than I've ever seen in a 12 minute cartoon segment, but the girls themselves are not fappable. That's the point. If something along the lines of "UNFAPPABLE ANIME GIRLS?! WHAT IS THIS" just escaped the blubber of your face, this isn't the show for you. In fact, most shows and animation in general isn't for you. As said in the previous section, this show was designed to be the antithesis of every ecchi moe series that has ruined anime in the last decade.
The punchline is that there are often scenes where Panty and Stocking become similar to standard, over-proportioned anime women to cocktease otaku, and there are people here who're actually going "i don't get it, why wasnt the whole show like that?". Jesus christ
This won't be hard. We have /eight/ main characters in the show.
PANTY: She loves sex and violence. Her panties turn into a gun named Backlace. In episode 1, she banged four or five guys. I love Panty.
STOCKING: She loves sweets and goth frills, not to mention looking down on her sister's bad habits. "Serves you right! I hope you shit out all your organs! Hahaha!" Also her stockings turn into katanas and she has a bondage fetish. I love Stocking.
GARTERBELT: A large, angry, black afropriest who tries his hardest to make the derelict angels do their jobs. Dude is awesome and intense. Also, a pedophile.
CHUCK: literally Gir
BRIEF: The nerd who follows Panty around, the anime everyfan that the show makes fun of.
SCANTY & KNEESOCKS w/ FASTENER: Creating a beautiful parallel to our lustful and gluttonous heavenly duo(along with terabytes of more fan art), these two demonic siblings are just grand and add a much-needed team of villains for P&S to unknowingly beat each episode.
OH LORD THAT SOUNDTRACK:
Upon beginning this show, I got five seconds in. I hit stop. I hit play.
Yes, my brain said, the theme song is, in fact, electrorock "PANTY STOCKING, PANTY PANTY STOCKING YEOW!!"
As expected from a Gainax original series, this soundtrack is godlike and like Gurren Lagann's, it's extremely varied. The ED alone makes the whole thing worth getting.
The OST is out now btw. It's missing a few good tracks so gainax can release another one later for more $$$ or something though. Still, it's just swell.
Gainax is trollan' weaboos hardcore while simultaneously resurrecting the entire medium with Imaishi's bare, tired hands. If you like style, great music and actual humor then you'll probably like this a lot. Oh yeah, and it's easily a contender for Anime of the Year, right next to Rainbow, DRRR and Sym-Bionic Titan.
Truly a work of art, the only setback is that it isn't dubbed, and due to crunchyroll's indescribable faggotry, it won't be for a while. I have a strong feeling, that with a patented Funi gag dub(WHICH IS COMING IN 2012 OH MY GOD), this show's quality will burst into dimensions the human mind can't even acknowledge.
(editor's note 2013: the dub is great) read more
Warning: this review contains some foul language. If you can't handle that, then this review is over... don't watch Panty and Stocking.
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt... A title I’m going to shorten from this point on... Is a show about two angels who’ve been expelled from heaven, and must destroy ghosts in order to be accepted back through the pearly gates. They follow the lead of a mysterious black priest named Garterbelt, who shelters them, manages them, and aids them in finding their targets. However, now that they’re living new lives as mortals, what will be more important to them... Their quest to return to their old home, or the vices and sinful pleasures of their new home?
Our central character is Panty Anarchy, the older of the two sisters. She’s obsessed with sex, and has become addicted to the feeling of human intercourse. Her weapon, appropriately, is a pair of panties that can turn into an angelic gun. Her little sister is Stocking Anarchy, who has become obsessed with sugary sweets, which she consumes almost as voraciously as Panty consumes men. They’re both greedy, selfish, arrogant, basically the exact opposite of how you’d expect an angel to act.
They have a dog named Chuck, who is constantly abused, thereby justifying his existence. They also obtain a sidekick named Brief, an introverted virgin boy who acts as the group’s moral center, to absolutely no avail. Their manager, Garterbelt, is a priest, and... Do I really need to explain him any further than that?
Their archenemies, Scanty and Kneesock, are a pair of demonic sisters, who oddly act like the exact opposite of our heroes... Stuck up, reserved, dignified, but just as selfish and arrogant.
So, hearing this plot description, you’re probably thinking that a bunch of bored, overworked middle-aged men must have come up with this scenario via committee while drunk off their asses. And if you’re thinking that, well... Yes. That’s exactly what this is, and that’s exactly what happened.
The Gainax team took a well deserved vacation after they wrapped their work on Gurren Lagann, they all came up with this gem while drinking together. The plot, the characters, and almost every other detail was cooked up by people too wasted to cook, and yes, that includes the art style and tone.
Like all alcohol fuelled get-togethers, the conversation inevitably diverted towards dirty jokes and adult humor, which they of course decided would be the focus of the show. They committed themselves to it, and if nothing else, you have to admire their tenacity. Panty and Stocking is vulgar all the way through, containing more fucks and shits than any televised show could be expected to have. They used these words in English to get them past the Japanese censors, but even without the foul language, there are entire episodes devoted to sex, bodily fluids, and often both.
And for those of you who’ve gotten this far into the review while thinking the material may be tastefully done, think again... Taste, as it turns out, is the one word that seems to have been banned from the script. Unless of course Panty’s complaining that her food would taste better with some jizz on it.
There’s an episode where they fight a shit ghost... One where they fight a puke ghost... There’s a nose picking ghost who they have to fight with their nosebleeds... And yet the only episode that ever offended me was the one where they have to fight a platoon of sperm ghosts who died storming the beaches of vaginal Normandy. Don’t blame me for being offended, I have a Grandpa who fought in that war.
The problem with this approach isn’t the fact that it’s offensive... It’s that it isn’t funny. The humor relies entirely on shocking you, but it doesn’t take long for that shock to wear off, and the content on screen to become... Well, dull, if you can believe it. And since the actual writing is bare bones and lazy at best, that shock value is really the only thing it has to try and keep you engaged with.
Well, almost. There’s also the art style, which is based primarily on the work of Genndy Tartakovsky. Think outlines, bright colors, consistent angles, and character designs that could almost trick you into thinking it was flash animated. And that’s not the only western property that Panty and Stocking touches on... The references to western culture are constant and merciless, with America as it’s favorite plaything. There are entire episodes playing around with Romero movies, Michael Bay’s Transformers reboot, and even a late nod towards X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Episode titles will be puns on American movies, even when the episode itself has nothing to do with said movie.
For an anime that tries it’s damnedest to inspire cries of ‘What the Fuck,’ the only WTF question it really deserves to be asked is ‘Why the Fuck?” It isn’t so much ‘What the Fuck are they doing, it’s ‘Why the Fuck are They Doing It?’ As well as, ‘What the Fuck Were They Trying to Accomplish?’ And the answer, I believe, comes back to Excel Saga.
I’d like to believe one of those Gainax executives was an Excel Saga fan. Because this show reeks of Excel Saga.
Seriously, take a look at the similarities. You have two eccentric heroines, a blonde-haired extrovert and a blue-haired introvert with larger breasts (Excel and Hyatt) who work for a mysterious individual who’s constantly assigning them bizarre missions (Il Palazzo), and they have an abnormal dog who’s always in constant danger (Menchi, although he looks like Gir), and they eventually take on a third member who has trouble fitting in with them as they consistently get abused... And come from a surprisingly affluent background... (El Gala, for those of you who read the manga). And they have to battle an opposing syndicate lead by a corrupt mayor(OH FUCKING COME ON!). The difference is that instead of being well-meaning girls who are out to conquer the city, we have self-serving girls who are out to save the city.
However, this blatantly obvious... Um, we’ll call it an influence... Isn’t always a bad thing. I may criticize it for probably stealing it’s basic plot structure from Excel Saga, but if there’s one thing I can give it credit for, it’s for successfully stealing it’s bold, experimental tone as well. Excel Saga was a blank slate anime that used every episode to do something entirely different, depending on the whims of it’s creators. It would drive it’s unique characters through absurd situations on some days, and lampoon the crap out of another series/genre on the other day. Panty and Stocking is the only anime I can think of that was able to steal this tone, and make it their own.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have no ear for Anime music. But I loved this anime’s music. There’s a lot of electronic music in this title, and while I don’t know enough about electronic music to describe it very well at all, I can say that I found it very enjoyable. Even the autotuned tracks... And there are many... Are ridiculously catchy. But the highlight, for me, was the ending theme, an entirely english song called Fallen Angel. I’ll let the song speak for itself, but I honestly can’t see any other song working as well when placed in the background of an ending video that features chibi bobbleheads in a number of perilous situations. The result is just... Adorkable. A word I don’t even like.
And then, we have the English dub. Good lord, do we have the English dub.
The English dub takes the vulgarity of the series, as well as the pop culture references, and cranks them up to eleven. And after hearing how much Jamie Marchi enjoys reading her extra-perverse lines, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that she’s the one who wrote the damn thing. Mostly.
As much as I love Jamie Marchi as an actor... For the record, I think the majority of her performances are fun and full of life... I’ve never liked her as a script writer. I think she’s one of those rare writers whose quality declines if she’s given too much freedom with it. I already talked about her in my Yamada’s first Time reviews, calling her one of the most try-hardiest writers in the anime genre, and with the amount of dirty jokes and movie quotes she managed to jam into this dub, I can imagine her primary tool being not a pen, but a crowbar. although the engrish swearing in the sub was pretty damn funny, I only laughed about a dozen times while watching the dub... Which consists of thirteen episodes.
The casting is perfect, the actors do their best, but in the end, no amount of sincerity can make it sound like anything other than suppressed writers laughing at their own jokes. you simply can’t saver writing that’s this bad.
All vulgarity and no wit makes Panty and Stocking a dull boy.
Oh, while we’re on the subject of the dub, this one kills me as a voice-chaser, as it’s a prime example of Cherami Leigh mimicking Luci Christian’s voice.
While I fail to appreciate this anime as a comedy, I actually really respect it from an artistic perspective, and i’m not just talking about the addictive art and animation style. By following Excel Saga’s experimental example, Panty and Stocking makes room for some surprisingly bold artistic decisions. The art style becomes hyper-realistic during the puke episode, a brief change that will leave many first time viewers wondering if they’ve wandered into a different show. There’s an entire episode done in one continuous shot, save for some time skips. And my favorite episode of all is Chuck to the Future, an episode where the dog Chuck goes through what can only be called a David Lynch style story, told through barely any dialogue, as he battles his arch-nemesis Fastener. And since they had time left over after this segment, the writers just said “Fuck it,” and did a music video that parodies a huge chunk of the western popular music scene.
But that loose style also carries a huge drawback. The thing I hate the most about this show is that it knows how plotless and irrelevant it is, and by coating itself in a thick shell of non-existent fucks, it safeguards itself from criticism. you can’t ask why the writing is so bad, because it’s Panty and Stocking. You can’t ask why there’s so much about it that doesn’t make any sense, because it’s Panty and Stocking. You can’t bring any arguments about consistency, logic, continuity, or character development because it’s fucking Panty and Stocking!
One of the creators has cited Drawn Together(and other adult cartoons) as a primary inspiration for the vulgarity and overall tone this show, but considering how little fucks it gives about it’s own presentation, I’d be a little quicker to finger Tom Green as it’s inspiration. It doesn’t try to give us anything more than whatever the fuck it wants to give us, and in doing so, it can’t possibly fail. And in a weird way, as much I hate this, I can actually kind of respect it.
Oh, and there’s also an eight minute OVA called Sanitarybox, but it’s entirely pointless, and if you don’t want to think about discarded foreskins every time you eat a Funion, don’t even bother with it.
Overall, Panty and Stocking will be different things to different people. Some of us will find it hilarious, some of us will find it an intriguing art piece, and some of us will just roll our eyes and be alienated the entire time. As far as i’m concerned, these are all valid reactions to one of the most original anime shows to come out in the last decade. It looks great, despite it’s best efforts, and it sounds great, also despite it’s best efforts, and even if you can’t call it enjoyable, if nothing else, you can at least call it unforgettable.
I give Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt a 6/10.
Same feel, both have extreme non-sense action scenes, dirty humor and stylized art. The Protagonist are similar, Retro reminds Panty and Pandy reminds Stocking.
As products of the same twisted mind (that of animator/director Hiroyuki Imaishi), these two anime have a lot in common: the uber-stylized visuals, hyper-speed pacing, audiovisual overload, surreal "storytelling", love of overkill and deranged sense of humor which characterize Imaishi's work are on full display in both works. It's a style that will repulse some as much as it will fascinate others, but if you like one you're practically guaranteed to like the other.
Extremly similar action, art and humor.
Both are incredibly intense and stupid, but in a good way.
-similar crazy artstyle
-both have badass main characters
-full of dirty jokes
Similar Art, Action, Characters, and Humor, though Panty & Stocking has less action. Also, it's very fast paced and the storyline is a bit confusing, like FLCL. Either you will love, or hate this. Btw, in the credits of the English Dub, Gainax has a place, not sure if they helped out, but with it the camera angles it seemed so, that company also made Panty & Stocking.
Both are directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, and they have the same kind of humor and action.
Pretty much Panty & Stocking in movie form with more focus on action.
some weird things going on, similar art, similar kind of homour and much action
Production I.G. and Gainax both worked on FLCL. Both follow two crude protagonists with a penchant for sex and violence. Both have a crazy, comic-book kind of art style.
It has the same perverted humor and same gross out takes. The characters cuss a lot and it pretty much tries to mimic american style animation.
Both were directed by the same man and both are filled with high octane action with stylish visuals.
They also both make little to no sense with the stories they hold.
Holy Shit! Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt & Dead Leaves seem to embody this term with all their might. Both are simply crass entertainment that try to be as vulgar and explicit as possible chock-a-block with blunt sex jokes and trash entertainment, whilst rattling the senses with their sharp comic strip style animation and are both fast paced experimental animations by Production I.G. and Gainax.
Panty and Stocking can be considered far more witty and more of a social commentary, while Dead Leaves is the embodiment of pulp fiction entertainment where its plain offensiveness and stupidity is its best point.
Dead Leaves is similar to Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt for various reasons, this OVA shares the same director which explains both very little and oh-so-much… This anime also has some of the same quirky animation and humour which I like to refer to as Immature/Mature (which I personally find hilarious) and finally the pacing at hyper speed is definitely present.
Both have western-like animation, both are action and comedy and both are full of perverted jokes and randomness. Both were made by same director.
Both shows have a whole lot of wtf going on. They both have a high random factor and deal with aliens, angels, spoofs of other shows and a whole lot more.
Both of them are full of crazy madness, maded by Gainax. Same cool driving music, awesome characters, same sense of humor. And also they about teenagers life.
It's simple...Both of them are pure GAINAX animes!!!A full package of humour,endless entartaintment,quality music and non-stop action...Banzai GAINAX!!!
Both are incredibly random.
both includes insane scenes and battles with demons. and of course with a very weird weapons.
Both shows have very random humor. Both deal with concepts of aliens, hell, and robots. They also both have very crazy, over the top fight scenes, and catchy music. Finally, both shows are Gainax productions.
Both are absolutely hilarious, ridiculous, and best of all, nonsensical.
If i had to decide on just one anime that was similar to FLCL i would definitely say Panty & Stocking. It's not that these two are overly similar in story or possibly even genre, cause there not, but the kind of comedy and how the characters acted in FLCL i found very similar in panty and stocking. And I enjoyed that both were rather short series, short and sweet as they say.
Both are crazy action comedies. Sometimes you wouldn´t even know what is going on and it´s trippy but enjoyable ride. Both have similar animation and both were made by Gainax.
Opening Theme"Theme for Panty & Stocking" by Hoshina Anniversary
Ending Theme"Fallen Angel" by Mitsunori Ikeda ft. Aimee B
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