English: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
Synonyms: PanSto, PSG
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2010 to Dec 25, 2010
Producers: Gainax, FUNimation EntertainmentL, Kadokawa Shoten, Half H.P Studio, AT-X, Kadokawa Pictures Japan, The Klock Worx, flying DOG, Kadokawa Contents Gate
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.861 (scored by 41093 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
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Nov 24, 2013
Warning: This review contains subject matter that is not appropriate for young children.
November 23, 2013 was a very special day, Yesterday was The Day of The Doctor. It was the 50th Anniversary of the longest Science-Fiction series Doctor Who. Pffft, fuck that! *ahem* Actually, I really enjoy Doctor Who and I was just joking, But this day should also be honoring all doctors of all fields, you know… the doctors that give you your checkups to see that you are healthy. Also, let’s not forget the teachers that teach high school students Sex Education. Hold on, Teachers are not doctors. Even with what I was told in High School, I did a lot of researching. Why? Because any young adult would have. Hell, it was bound to happen after someone goes through puberty. Who am I kidding? Why the hell am I bringing this all up!? Well, this review I am about to start is an anime that’s going to blow your mind without squeezing your eyeballs like popping cherries. Get ready to get turned on and aroused with Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt!
In a town named Daten City there is a group of ghosts that move in that are taking advantage of human greed. In Daten City there also lives Two angels (as well as sisters), Panty and Stocking, are sent from heaven to exterminate them. However ,in reality they got kicked out for naughty behavior.
Oh dear, where do I begin? Well, this is a Studio Gainax production and this is by far their most interesting show to talk about, as random as it gets. I remembered watching how silly, manly, awesome, and badass Gurren Lagann was and I remembered how cool FLCL was. With Panty and Stocking, this is a little different. Before you say that the animation is decent, well this show will trick you right there. The animation may not look like much, but that is exactly what Gainax intended. Gainax payed homage to American animation and even some other stuff. The style is unorthodox compared to the typical anime viewing we tend to get. Panty and Stocking succeeds strongly here. The animation is inconsistent intentionally and I swear this is one of the most over the top anime that Gainax has produced. Dead Leaves is crazy, Gurren Lagann is awesome, FLCL is fun. Panty and Stocking is pretty much all of that rolled into one. Also, the explosions are fucking hilarious.
But the biggest highlight of the animation is the transformation sequence. Enough said. Am I the only one that thinks that Gainax really got a little too carried away with these scenes. I mean they made Panty and Stocking look pretty. fucking. hot. With a show like Panty and Stocking, Gainax sure had a lot of fun making this show and they made this show awesome.
The music by Taku Takahashi and TCY Crew is also pretty damn good. Like the show’s nature, the soundtrack is crazy, loud, and just way too fun. Well… for the most part. The soundtrack compliments the show and it is a soundtrack worth listening to outside the show. The opening is a rare anomaly when it comes to anime. It’s only 30 seconds long. As for the closing, it’s pretty nice. The highlight song is undeniably “Fly Away” by TeddyLoid. This song kicks ass and it makes the transformation scenes or any other scene that the song is used in worth watching. This soundtrack is great and another strong factor to this show.
When it comes to voice acting, The Japanese cast is over-the-top like you would expect. Arisa Ogasawara is a blast as Panty, Mariya Ise is also great as Stocking. Kouji Ishii is hilarious as Garterbelt. Hiroyuki Yoshino plays Brief well. Yuka Komatsu and Ayumi Fujimura are great as Scanty and Kneesocks, and Shigeru Chiba is over-the-top as Corset. The Japanese cast is well-casted because of the show’s nature. As with the English Dub, Jamie Marchi is a riot as Panty. Monica Rial was a huge surprise for me. If you thought she gives her characters whiny voices, Think again! That is actually her normal voice on a everyday basis, well...for the most part. Beside that, She is fucking hilarious as Stocking. As far as English Dubs go, Stocking is one of my favorite roles that Monica Rial has voiced. Chris Sabat does the voice of Garterbelt which I swear is either awkward or just too damn funny. A white guy voicing a character that is Black. I’ll let you be the judge on this one. The only thing that Chris Sabat is lacking is the over-the-top quality that Ishii-san pulled off well. Even though Garterbelt is played by an Asian man and a white man. The voices are still pretty good, but I must admit… I think Kouji Ishii had the better performance. There were a couple of moments that Chris Sabat botched. The fact that he’s a white guy, he does give a convincing performance in the dub. Joel McDonald is terrific as Brief. Colleen Clinkenbeard and Cherami Leigh are pretty good as Scanty and Kneesocks. Chris Ayres is okay as Corset. Know you’re probably wondering why I’m not mentioning Takashi Nakamura and Ian Sinclair when it comes to Chuck. That’s because they don’t need to do a whole lot of work with that character. Just saying. They were both good. As much as I like the Dub, I will say that the Subtitled Version has one advantage over the Dub, and that is even though the language in Japanese, most of the profanity is spoken in English…Allow me to correct myself, it is spoken in ENGRISH. But even if the Subtitled Version has one advantage over the dub. I will compliment Colleen Clinkenbeard for her credit in the ADR direction and taking the liberties to stay true to the original Japanese script despite some differences in dialogue even though it’s insensitive either way. It is still a Dub worth listening to, but I strongly recommend watching the Subtitled Version before or after watching the dub if you want a good laugh.
Speaking of good laughs, The characters are a riot. Panty is not the stereotypical dumb blonde. She’s just very selfish, She’s very rebellious, rude, easily angered, and very bitchy. She is also a sexaholic. All she cares about is finding men to fuck and she likes to help her friend “Pinkie Pie”.Yeah, I just went there. Stocking is a complete opposite to Panty even though she has her own “interests”. She likes to eat sweets (hmm, interesting), she can be just as rude when pissed off, and she compliments Panty very well when it comes to appearance, personality, etc… Garterbelt is also a great character to watch alongside Panty and Stocking. His “interests” sure are interesting but not for everybody. The entire trio is a riot. Scanty and Kneesocks are pretty much Panty and Stocking’s counterparts as well as archenemies. The same goes for Garterbelt’s archenemy. But they compliment eachother fittingly. But here’s a kicker, the main characters aren’t the only fun characters, so are the episode exclusive ones as well and a couple interesting ones as well. Oh let’s not forget Chuck. He is awesome, Why? Because if you remember Invader Zim and loved GIR, then you’ll love Chuck.
The show has appreciative animation, the show has kickass music, the show has funny characters, and should the story be important? Pfft, fuck no! The show contains shit jokes, penis jokes, boob jokes, women jokes, men jokes, sperm jokes, weight jokes, nose-picking, vomiting, Ass-kicking action, robots, Zombies, sex toy jokes, lawyers, the Beach, relationships, Chuck, backstories, a music video, transformation scenes, Movie homages, video game homages, TV show homages, Movie title parodies, TV show title parodies, sex jokes and a bunch of other shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits that this show has offer.This show is socially insensitive, insensitive on gender, and it is religiously offensive to a certain degree, and guess what? This show does not give two fucks about all that. This show is very sporadic, yet it was done on purpose. And…That’s why Panty and Stocking is an awesome anime. Here’s the one important kicker. This is not a Hentai anime even though it has a lot of sexual jokes and moments. There’s even a few sex scenes albeit not as explicit as a Hentai anime. Let’s remain mature, shall we? He he… Giggity. Anyway the show is pretty awesome in the long run. That is until…
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is available by Funimation.
With all that said, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is a crude series that was intentional since Day One. It is an awesome anime once you turn your brain off, On second thought… Let this anime fuck your brians out. The animation is appreciative, the soundtrack is bitching, the characters are out of this world, and fuck the plot. The show is not perfect, but it is still awesome.
I give Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt a 9.2 out of 10, it is EXCELLENT!
Feel free to leave a comment, and REPENT MOTHERFUCKERS! read more
Oct 2, 2010
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
Apr 24, 2011
It is a not a sophisticated series.
As an anime in general, its selling point is not a deep and compelling story with fleshed out characters, exploring various philosophical issues in order to deliver a good message.
As a comedy anime, its humor is not very classy. Its laughs are not derived from insider knowledge (well, most of them) or sublime writing.
So what exactly is the appeal of this anime, you ask?
In Gainax's own words, "vulgar and indecent jokes".
This is usually not a good selling point for anything, because honestly potty humor is very rarely an effective form of comedy. It is quite possible you will not find this series appealing even if you legitimately give it a try. That's fine.
However if you're anything like me, you'll find the result is surprisingly entertaining and one of Gainax's best (if strangest) shows.
The refuge in vulgarity works fantastically, and the numerous references to western animation/movies, slick animation, awesome music, zany characters, and blatant abuse of engrish makes for a very fun experience; if you've ever played Conker's Bad Fur Day, it's very similar. it's honestly one of the most entertaining anime I have seen in a long time. In typical Gainax fashion, the ending will involve you tearing your hair out.
This is a very love or hate series; either you will find it fun as hell or you'll hate it and find it a disgusting waste of animation cells. I'd at least give it a try, but you should know what to expect before you watch it. read more
Aug 21, 2013
As always, my reviews are spoiler free.
Story - 3/10
Panty and Stocking, a pair of angel sisters are rejected from heaven due to their questionable natures. In order to get back in, they must kill ghosts to collect heaven coins. It seems like a pretty simple story, and that's because it is; each episode (with a few exceptions) is divided into two halves, each killing a ghost wreaking some sort of havoc in the city. This havoc is usually directly involved with some sort of crude humor (the tissue factory has been taken over so men can't "relieve their frustrations, all of the city's sewer waste has been possessed, etc.). Panty and Stocking will show up and, with an interesting incantation and poll-dancing mahou shoujo transformation sequence, destroy the ghost with their weapons made out of their... panties and stockings. There really isn't so much fighting as their are one liners.
This is a comedy anime, but not the average one. It relies almost entirely on dirty jokes, which can get old pretty quickly. On the other side of the heaven coin, however, there are many witty scenes and parodies to appreciate. A favorite of mine was sperm soldiers assaulting a beach with a certain "mound" being their final goal. Therefore, we have a mixed bag of stale sex and bathroom humor and relatively thoughtful parody, although the former certainly dominates the show.
Animation - 7/10
The animation is totally different from any other anime I have seen. Many say it is like South Park, but I would say it looks much closer to cartoons like Invader Zim. It is likely going to be a very polarizing factor, but I liked it. They will occasionally change the art style to a more traditional anime or chibi style for various purposes (meaning sex appeal or comedy). Overall, I liked the change of pace, with a nice color pallet and comic book sound effects written into the backgrounds.
Sound - 9/10
Whether or not you enjoy the humor or animation of the show, most people would agree that the soundtrack for this show is superb. I want to also mention in this section that the dub would be far superior to native English speakers. I found the Japanese audio with subtitles to be totally unfunny, but the banter between Panty and Stocking is much more entertaining in English, profanity and all.
Character - 7/10
Panty, Stocking, and Garterbelt are not particularly good characters in their own right. However, when they are combined together, the situations they get themselves into can prompt some hilarious dialog. The arguments between the sisters are brutal but funny, and Garterbelt's attempts to keep the two in check never go as planned. Each of the characters has a few overarching personality traits. Panty is completely sex crazed (her goaling being to sleep with 1000 men on earth before returning to heaven) and lazy in her ghost killing duties. Stocking's adoration for sweets is unbelievable, but she is the more serious of the two in both daily life and ghost killing. While she is not a total whore like Panty, she shows strange interest in the opposite sex and is into some exotic bedroom activities, like bondage and electrocution. Garterbelt doesn't act like the priest he is in any way, other than the stereotype of enjoying... younger company. Together, they make a good comedy trio. The other characters are essentially useless.
Enjoyment - 5?/10
How much you enjoy this show will depend entirely on how much you like the characters and if you like the crude humor. I liked the characters, but not so much the humor.
-You will probably like this show if you enjoy Western cartoon aimed towards adults.
-It contains a large amount of crude humor, foul language, and sexual themes.
-Watch the dub (another strange exception to my Japanese language preference). read more
Nov 8, 2013
The show has no deep, complicated ideas to it. It's also that of a silly idea, but not as simple as say, South Park. Our two main characters are angels, who have been banished to Earth.Which is scary, because nothing is illegal in Heaven. Most of the story spent is taken up by the team having fun, but it also focuses on their goal. Do we get it? You'll have to find that out on your own. It wants to be crude, which is actually a large standard considering how its also satirical in nature, even with its use of gross-out humor.
Art (8/10): You have been warned if you find yourself to be very purist when it comes to "anime style". Panty & Stocking's art style, as said, is unique in terms of Japanese Anime. But unlike adult animation, it has detail and something other than a mouth is (just about) always moving on the screen. One of my problems though, even if there was less for the team to redraw over and over, is that the animation did not seem as fluid as some Western animation. Then again, it's expensive and even fewer would be able to handle how smooth everything would be.
Sound (7/10): I almost never care for a soundtrack. I seem to like this one a lot though, it consists of many electro-pop songs with little meaning (except for Fly Away and Fallen Angel) which we haven't heard very much due to its obscurity, but it seems to fit the idea of the show.
Character (6/10): Our two main characters are sister and sister with the names Panty & Stocking respectively. These aren't your happy pappy anime girls either, they're crass, disturbing, angry about their job, towards each other, and even to their Afro donning priest who somehow tolerates every single act they do. I can't help but ironically watch the excuse of entertainment called "Reality TV".
Their "Afro donning priest" is named Garterbelt. One look at this character may make him seem racist, but the only thing that may raise concerns are his big lips, like that of a caricature. But personally what's more disturbing is his implied pedophilia, and less of the idea that he resembles blackface, which we've seen many times in Anime because Japan must be a world where racism towards African-Americans doesn't exist.
Scanty and Kneesocks are the antagonists of the series. They, as "devils", call for an organized, clean life. This, hilariously, angers the Angels. This was an amusing way to satirize the advent that Heaven is better than Hell, drifting away the idea that nobody in Hell is clean, and putting in the idea that Heaven doesn't actually give you what you want.
Enjoyment (8/10): This anime isn't for everyone, even with the advent of being like adult animation, so I wouldn't recommend it to any random friend of yours. This is entertainment to anybody who has their share of laughing at vulgar, sex-related humor. With me being comfortable with many forms of humor, I for one enjoyed it a lot. Many of the references to the U.S. were unexpected. Especially the "cameo of Ren and Stimpy as ghosts" and one of the jokes referring to a Michael Jackson trial. ...that was an acceptable spoiler, right?
Overall (8/10): Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is a brilliant but vulgar way to give you an impression of how GAINAX views western culture, satirizes western subjects and (specifically men's) reactions to provocative ideas you would get killed for. The series has an incredibly unique look to it for anime, battle scenes that are just plain silly, and characters so inspired by the west that in a way you could show this to a friend, and they'd never know it didn't originate from the west. Like I said, this anime isn't for everyone. You'll need to have the tolerance for some of the jokes if you're a woman or a man, or you expected a different idea of its humor. Anyway, I'm looking forward to watching this again, in English maybe, and enjoy it all over again. read more
Dec 26, 2010
The main argument as to why Panty & Stocking is a masterpiece are all embellished ways of saying "funny," "it's a parody," and "cool art." Some people go as far as to say that Panty & Stocking is actually genius scripting - a juxtaposition between today's current moe anime standard and hardcore "American pop culture." I've even come across the explanation that Panty & Stocking is "a new level of anime," one that doesn't require intricate or meaningful plot, characters, or story - essentially an anime that thrives on emotion and it's acute sense of humor.
That my friends, is complete bullshit.
Panty & Stocking is an anime that relies on swears, penis jokes, and violence as its selling point. Now many anime have capitalized on at least one of these points before and have succeeded (Detroit Metal City, Seitokai Yakuindono, and Baccano! in respective order). So Panty & Stocking tried to do all three simultaneously. I found this not only moronic, but offensive. Never before have I actually been ashamed of watching anime. I am a male, and I have even strapped myself to a chair and watched such titles as Boku no Pico, Bible Black, the Ghost Stories dub, and a high amount of other borderline disturbing anime and media with radical content and ideas and not ever have I felt what I felt when watching Panty & Stocking.
I felt stupid.
What do I mean by that? I mean that Panty & Stocking insulted my intelligence and grouped me in the level of humor that one would find in such riveting pieces of American glory like "Family Guy" and "Superjail." I personally watch anime because I view it as a medium that has great qualities that other media culture could learn from. I openly started Panty & Stocking with hopes that it would verily mock the troupes one could find in American media in a way that had not been done before. What I received was a trashbin of repetitive storylines combined with zero-dimensional characters that did nothing but yell about phallus's and excrement. The attempt on grasping American culture (even today's pop culture, which is what I believe Panty & Stocking wanted to poke fun at) disgusted me. Not once did I find the use of references to famous American films appropriate. Not only did the references have nothing to do with the episodes at hand, I felt that Panty & Stocking tried to take such references and use them as a tool of manipulation trying to coax viewers into thinking that Panty & Stocking was legitimately a smart piece of composition. I can easily see where people would be misled, that is with the art looking similar to various cartoons in America, Panty & Stocking must be a parody! Not at all. In fact, Powerpuff Girls had a stronger plot to begin with, and to even group this anime together with that cartoon would be slander to Craig McCracken. The animation may be new to Japan, but it has been seen before in cartoons, and it's been seen better so all exclamations like "The art is weird so it's good!" and "Different art just isn't appreciated!" are false. Gainax, one of the most acclaimed and profitable animation studios in Japan, truly abused the art style to boot. Watching only a few episodes you can see where corners were cut (which is extremely noticeable in episodes 10, 11, and 12.) A recap in a thirteen episode anime, should never be necessary. How is it that anime such as Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Monster, and Glass Mask, spanning over fifty episodes each never used a single recap episode in its main series, yet Gainax has the balls to put one in a thirteen episode /comedy/ series? Truly outrageous.
The characters in Panty & Stocking might as well have been pieces of shit or drivels of snot. Oh I must have forgotten. They are pieces of shit and drivels of snot. Nearly every antagonist, save the demon sisters whom I will touch upon in a moment, makes the characters from Mars of Destruction look creative. They exist solely to be discarded, and even worse, to swallow precious moments of your time away. The demon sisters who are introduced halfway through the series actually shined a beam of light down onto this hellhole of a production, but only briefly. They were first brought into play standing for everything that Panty and Stocking opposed and after their episode had ended, I hoped for more episodes similar to theirs to occur. But what do I get? A conflict that builds between the antagonists and protagonists for one episode, and then the demon sisters regress into Team Rocket. Never again are the demon sisters relevant as antagonists and most of the proceeding episodes are focused on them releasing some sort of monster and then failing as they fly into the sky. Now the supporting characters might as well be called the crippling characters, because that is really all they do to the overall story. Garterbelt does nothing but hinder the story and abuse the stereotypical "all priests are gay child molesters." If this was meant to be a way to confront the issue in the Vatican, it failed, and if it was meant to be a funny comment on the church's political standpoint, then well, it failed again. Garterbelt assumes the role of mentor to Panty & Stocking but ultimately ends up being a total eyesore and teaches the protagonists nil. And then there's Chuck who is likened by many to Gir from the Invader Zim series. The main difference between the two is that Gir was actually funny. I really don't think I have to go into much detail on Chuck's character design because all he says is Chuck and is then squashed by a larger object. He plays absolutely no role at any point in the series, but there exists an episode in which he is the focus. After watching this episode I was very much tempted to sign up for lessons in Japanese so I could write angry letters to the writer in his native language begging him to quit his career in animation and move onto a medium that won't suffer from his obvious mental deficiency. Then is the character named Brief, who portrays the cliched disgusting otaku with no merits other than his apparently large penis. His atrocious character design is only overshadowed by Panty's single trait - how much of a gigantic unlovable disease infested whore she is. Both her and Stocking are obvious fodder for prepubescent virgin teenagers attracted to the sheer idea of sex. I would even go as far as saying that if this anime did not contain explicit transformation scenes in which characters remove their undergarments it would be nowhere near as acclaimed as it is. That is to say, the fanbase consists of perverts striving to find some deeper meaning in their anime which they try to defend by explaining that if you don't like it, then you must have a poor sense of humor or need to "loosen up." Compare Panty & Stocking to Mitsudomoe - both anime including large amounts of sexual content used as jokes - Mitsudomoe has characters that possess qualities beyond "she likes sweets" and "a huge bitch" though. Panty & Stocking can't actually even compete with Mitsudomoe on a scale larger than sex jokes, because the characters and story are so disabled that it merely strives to fill the void with even more moments of mediocrity. I don't find Panty & Stocking unfunny because it doesn't suit my humor, I find it unfunny because there is no humor to begin with.
Then there's the canon discontinuation. Anyone who tries to makes sense of the abominable ending or any one of the episodes all together deserves to have themselves locked into a sanitarium. Another reviewer describes the two eleven minute episodes per episode as a "times two multiplier" but I would I disagree and say that it's actually a divided by two denominator. The split episodes merely reflect the inconsistency and the lack of coherency that Panty & Stocking exclusively has. One moment the entire cast is zombified, the next everyone is on the beach being sexually violated by sea monsters. Not ever will the story amount to anything beyond not having one.
The sound in Panty & Stocking, I will cede, is very good. The ending song, performed by Lisa, is wonderful and regrettably has very little to do with the anime. In the ending sequence a scene that appears to be a vague backstory on both Panty & Stocking exists, and alas once more, Gainax turned their noses away from such a sweet smelling idea. Even cartoons for the youngest of children have stories explaining the origination of their characters. Dora the Explorer had more character development than Panty & Stocking. Beyond the ending are numerous in episode tracks, whilist very enjoyable, I felt that many of them were overplayed and often unfitting (I can recall about four episodes ending with the song that includes the lyrics "Clap your hands.") The opening is closest thing to piece of satirical work - the song is a shout-out to all cartoons which only repeat the characters name over and over again.
Now if you've actually read this far, I believe you've come to the conclusion that I hate Panty & Stocking. If you thought anything but that, then you're wrong, because I detest Panty & Stocking more than a Red Sox fan from Boston hates the Yankees. It is an insult to the medium of anime almost as much as is when someone says "You like anime? Then you must love anime porn," and I will end this review saying Panty & Stocking does nothing but encourage statements like that. It gives a foul name to anime, for it lacks the fineness that geniuses like Tezuka and Kon worked themselves to death to bring us. When it comes to Panty & Stocking, I am disturbed with anime being associated with it.
And for people who may find this review too serious and that I must not have "understood the point" of this show I would like to say that I did not miss the point. You just made up a point yourself, because this anime lacks one. read more
Dec 24, 2010
First thing that one should wonder is what this show was trying to accomplish. I'm not a fan of Gainax, and thus I am not extremely acquainted with their works. However it's pretty apparent that Gainax was trying to do something that would be different. What they have isn't a complicated or redeeming story. Far from it. The two main characters Panty and Stocking are impulsive and obsessed with sex and sweets respectively. That's all there is to the main characters, and that never changes throughout the show. The most development you ever see from the story or characters is in the priest Garterbelt, who is given a moderately interesting backstory in one episode complete with some decent use of dramatic and comedic elements. Outside of that, the show cannot be praised for its plot and characters alone. For the most part, the show progresses episodically more or less simply because there is a lack of a cohesive plot.
Given that the show is really not aiming to please its audience with traditional story elements, the main option remaining is clearly humor. Probably one of the biggest factors in creating split opinions among viewers (aside from the deliberately shallow plot) is the decision of the show to choose crude and vulgar humor as its primary form of entertainment. Now please do not take this the wrong way. Crude and vulgar humor alone doesn't ruin a show, but at the same time, there is in fact a right way to do it so that it actually is entertaining. The way I see it, P&S both fails and succeeds simultaneously in this department.
The way P&S fails at humor comes down to how at least half the time, the jokes have nothing to do with anything in the plot. The perfect example of this is Panty's Engrish profanity. You should be ashamed of yourself if you find it funny, because it really doesn't serve any purpose and has no relevance to anything that actually happens. A lot of extremely brief references to pop culture all around the world are made throughout the series, and they might as well not exist since again, virtually none of them have any relevance to anything that happens as Panty and Stocking are destroying things, indulging in worldly desires, playing volleyball, showing off as idols, etc.
On the good half of humor however, some of the show's mini plots do in fact turn out to be truly entertaining and original. Part of the originality comes through the amazing production alone. By itself, the concept of sperm soldiers on a mission to enter the womb might only raise brows at best (given that particular concept has definitely been done at least once by Family Guy as I recall, and only god knows what South Park hasn't covered), but it's the imagination of the developers that truly brings such a concept and a few others to life with vibrant colors, eye catching motions/effects, and sweated detail where it counts. P&S's art style is a bit unusual, comparable more to that of western animation as opposed to what is commonly used in anime. The almost bouncy object designs however work perfectly for this series, which tries its best to be unafraid of venturing into dangerous territory that no other group (besides Gainax presumably) would dare lay eyes upon. It's fair to say that the times that P&S does come up with something original, it is genuinely well presented.
Towards the latter half of the series, while P&S never truly abandons trying to come up with more and more of these good and bad mini-plots, an attempt to create an actual plot direction occurs, but this is extremely brief and intermittent. This isn't to say that there was any extra legitimate plot or character development. However post-introduction of the demon sisters, the quality of action scenes goes from decent to astounding during several interactions between the conflicting angels and demons. Again, the plot and characters really can't be praised for much, but it's at least apparent that Gainax is trying, and it shows in how detailed and well scripted some of the fights become.
All in all, I feel the biggest problem with P&S is consistency. What I believe Gainax was trying to accomplish was anything but a simple task. Being "different" especially in a day and age where there are uncountable records for every original concept that has ever existed is a tall order. Was Gainax trying to be funny? Were they in the end actually trying to make a new kind of story? Or were they just trolling everyone? It doesn't seem far off that they were probably going for a combination of all three, and that resulted in sacrifices in certain areas, or times where they simply just ran out of really good ideas.
All in all, P&S does have its moments, both good and bad, and generally it will be easy for most people to focus on either the good things or the bad things, but not both. To its credit though, it is different. Ultimately I would personally look towards American sitcoms, probably South Park in particular if you're looking for something actually funny. Otherwise it is up to you to decide where your tastes lie when considering this show. read more
Sep 25, 2013
When I first saw the preview for this, I instantly thought that this was going to spiral downward. People were gonna hate it, and there would be no chance that this would be any good at all. That's what I thought, at least. But then I started watching it. I don't know if it was the profanity, the humor, the crude and sexual remarks... either way, this was actually a really good watch. The only other anime that I'd ever seen that could actually be crude and sexual with it still being funny in a mature way was Seitokai Yakuindomo. Very rarely do you find something similar in the anime world. You might find it on modern day television, but Japan has never been one to make animes like this. So without further ado, let's get this review started.
The story is about 2 angels that are kicked out of Heaven due to their inappropriate behavior. One of them, Panty, is addicted to sex and her goal is to fool around with 1000 men. The other, Stocking, is the gothic candy eater. Together with the help of the sassy black priest Garterbelt and their... dog, Chuck, the two angels fight ghosts in order to collect enough angel coins to get back into heaven, while still taking time to do their own things. There isn't really any major plot in this series other than the last 2 episodes, but each episode is filled with action, humor and fun. It was really entertaining to watch as these foul-mouthed bitches fight their way to heaven.
When I first started watching, I was wondering if this was really considered an anime. The artwork was that of something in an american cartoon, but at closer glance, this is totally anime, but a totally different kind. If you watched Astro-Boy as a kid, you might think of it in terms of artwork. Back then, anime like Astro-Boy looks nothing like the anime of today's generation. Panty and Stocking is similar, only it's nice to have a change. Overall this artwork was actually fantastic! A lot of the time it has the same look as the poster you can find on this page, but once they start transforming their weapons, it goes to a sexy hot everyday anime style. As for the action scenes... awesome. They were awesome. I don't know how to describe them, they were just... awesome.
So. Much. Profanity. But it's hilarious. I know it's horrible to say that swearing made the entire show hilarious from start to finish, but it's honestly true. Anyways, I loved all the voice actors and actresses in Panty and Stocking. We have Jamie Marchi as Panty, Monica Rial as Stocking, Christopher Sabat as Garterbelt, and a few others that really were totally awesome.
Characters were awesome as well. I don't really have anything bad to say about them. They all have different personalities which made them lovable, but my overall favorite had to be Garterbelt. One of my favorite lines of his is what made me love him so much:
"PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE! SHUT THE F**K UP YOU BITCHES!"
That made me drop to the floor, laughing my ass off. I don't think I've cried out of laughter that much since I had watched Seitokai Yakuindomo. Garterbelt was a brilliant character. As for Panty, she might be a slutty bitch, but she had that lovable side to her as well. Stocking was awesome, loved her sweet cravings, and she's pretty badass when wielding swords. Overall, a good character selection.
I enjoyed this entire show. There might have been one episode that was a little bit boring, but other than that, I was laughing every minute. Overall, this was an awesome show. If you enjoy the crude, sexual humor of Seitokai Yakuindomo or any other show similar to that, you'd love this. Now hit the "Helpful" button or repent motherf**ker. read more
Mar 16, 2013
PSG is essentially Powerpuff Girls meets South Park, without the social commentary (mostly). The vulgarity is ramped up to 11--so much so that at parts it even made me a bit uncomfortable. (Not an easy thing to do!) If you think that today's crop of adult TV animation is boundary-pushing, then you haven't seen anything yet. The series follows two fallen angels (Panty and Stocking) as they attempt to buy their way back into heaven by eliminating numerous earthly 'ghosts,' which are constructed from the regrets of those who have died. Unfortunately, a lot of these regrets are based around various unsavory elements, which means that Panty and Stocking, when they're not clashing with one another, are fighting giant shit monsters, giant snot monsters, giant vomit monsters, giant lactate monsters, giant sperm monsters, etc. Things do vary a bit--there are monsters based on high school cliques and even one duo of ghosts that mimic the relationship between a prostitute and her pimp, but by and large the show aims for nonstop gross-out.
When there's not action on the screen, we mostly follow the lives of Panty and Stocking, who begin the show as being very unlikable, and end it as being only marginally more likable. Panty is a sex-obsessed blonde, convinced of her superior beauty--she wields the power to turn undergarments into firearms. (As you can imagine, this leads to some pretty interesting 'transformation' sequences.) Stocking is a lolita-goth girl whose love for sweets may even exceed Panty's love for sex. She can turn stockings into swords. The two lack any other noteworthy talents, other than being exceptionally adept at hurling insults at one another. There are other characters as well, the two most important being Garterbelt, who acts as their guide and mentor, and Brief--a regular guy who falls hopelessly in love with Panty.
If you are bound and determined to watch this, allow me to suggest that you do so with the English dub on. Who would have guessed it, but the Japanese were even more limited in their vulgarity than the English dubbing crew was--the director himself prefers the inventive vulgarity of the English script. (That said, the Japanese version does have its charms, and is well worth watching, as well.) Things do get off to a bit of a rough start in the early proceedings, but about halfway through a surprisingly decent sense of continuity is established, and it does honestly build to a hell of a concluding chapter. Let me just say that this anime ends with the Gainax ending to end all Gainax endings--stick around after the credits have rolled and be prepared for the most ridiculous, over-the-top, shocking stinger of all time. I genuinely hope this show gets a second season. It needs one.
Does this show have any redeeming values? Mmmm. Depends. It is vulgar and juvenile yes, but the action sequences are frequently jaw-dropping, and, believe it or not, there are a couple moments that actually generate real pathos or sweetness. PSG is more than just caffeine-fueled sex-obsessed juvenile wanking--it's got a heart in there somewhere. (Buried very, very, very, very, very deeply.) And some of the tributes it pays to various other films and anime are genuinely very well done. All that aside--you're not going to enjoy this unless you've got a strong stomach and an open mind. I hate to admit it, but I found myself enjoying it quite a lot, especially as it moved past the half-way point. And a couple of the experimental episodes (particularly one that takes place entirely in a single room with only one static background) are pretty exceptional--they work way better than they have any right to. All told, it's sort of a wonder to behold. read more
Mar 18, 2011
This endevor came to life as "Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt".
This is an anime quite unlike any you've ever seen, with an art style akin to classic western cartoons, such as Dexter's Laboratory and Powerpuff Girls.
It also constantly reminded me of these childhood memories, with it's double 15 minuete episode format, and the complete absurdness of it all.
Obviously, in a work such as this story isn't nesseccarily all that important, but the basic backdrop is that two angels (you can guess their names), have been kicked out of heaven and forced to reside on earth. It's their job to find and kill monsters called Ghosts (clever eh?), and collect Heaven Coins from them. The story parodies the Magical Girl genre very well, and does a good job of not getting in the way of the rest of the series.
The art style and music of this series are where this anime truly shine. I honestly can't say that I've enjoyed and anime soundtrack this much since Samurai Champloo, and it's unique western style artwork, complete with an overly vibrant color pallet and comic book sound effects, makes it so much more special than your average anime comedy.
Be warned that some people may find the humor in this series to be too abrasive for their tastes, as at times, it can get rather vulgar. However, this is another area where it separates itself from the pack, in that instead of boring fan-service there is actually sex, instead of characters dramatically spouting off "Damn it!", "F**k" and "S**t" are used in its place. This also serves as a way to narrow the demographic down to who is was made for, and to people who will actually get the references and jokes it makes.
Whatever people tell you about this series, you can't accept their opinion. This is a love it or hate it series, and I personally, enjoyed every second of it. read more
Mar 1, 2011
When I first gazed at the entry picture and read the name, I though it would be just another ecchi comedy with minimal animation and crappy storytelling. When I eventually sat down to watch it out of curiosity I realized I was wrong… But not in the sense that it turned out to be the exact opposite of what I originally thought; it really “IS” an ecchi comedy with minimal animation and crappy storytelling. The thing which makes all the difference is that… it is different.
What I mean is that a good show, being comedy or action, is supposed to surprise or excite the viewer. If you can tell what the joke will be or how the battle will end minutes before they actually occur, then you have yourself a mediocre series. The jokes and the outcomes are not supposed to be predictable if you are to be highly entertained and this is what makes this show a class above the average tale out there. It is unpredictable! Really, you just don’t know what will happen next, or even if it will be funny or tragic.
What I’m trying to say is that this show does not follow a formula, as most shows do. You know what I mean, you see the pilot episode of an average shounen adventure and you can pretty much foresee how it will play out in the next 500 episodes or even how it will end (and don’t tell me this is not the case with Naruto or One Piece ). The premise is clear, the outcome is obvious, you are just hoping to enjoy the in-between. As entertaining as that may be for some time, it ends up being dull after awhile and the thrilling finale may just find you saying “Ok, it ended as I expected; where is my pop-corn?” That effectively kills half the enjoyment you would otherwise get if you weren’t aware of how the story will unravel.
So this is why I liked this show; I couldn’t tell the outcome or predict the jokes. And if you add to this fact how the industry these days plays it safe and rarely tries to take risks, then you end up liking it more. Where others go for safe formulas by chewing the same established stereotypes and successful tropes, P&S pretty much said “Screw it, let’s just have fun.” And this is what most series of today lack you know; the feeling that you watch something its creators made with love and not with anxiety if it sells or if it ain’t goddamn moe enough to draw in the mindless consumers.
Before I move on, I must make clear that I don’t consider this show to be original or groundbreaking. It also is heavy on sexy/moe stereotypes aiming to draw in the masses, but it is also not DAMN afraid to be as extreme as it wants to be. Here is a basic example from the show: Do you know all those endless carbon-copied harem and ecchi comedies where the same shit happen in all of them, in almost the exact way, around the exact same people? Isn’t it frustrating that they always “hold-back” on the juicy parts? I mean, some dork gets to score with chicks and the chicks may want it too but something really lame always happens every time to stop it. Why? Because that is the limit. It can’t go beyond that and just offer what it is supposed to be about: SEX! The most distinctive example in recent memory would be the anime B Gata H Kei (which I reviewed as well in case you want to torture yourselves with further reading). Its selling point was to show a girl having sex in a thousand depraved ways with a thousand random dudes. Yet all it was showing were lame sex jokes and the girl chickening out or random people stopping them just because the show wasn’t willing to go beyond a certain point.
So P&S comes along and WHAM performs a Limit-break on this junk. The main heroine is not afraid to have sex with random people she just met. Sounds too simple and may not even be surprising to see such a character in real life. But in a non-hentai anime??? INCONCEIVABLE!!! It was so simple yet it was never shown (implied at best), not even in the boldest erotic shows. Because they were all chickening-out! But not THIS show. It is not afraid to show ridiculous amounts of shit, puke, semen, nudity, splattered guts, profanity and anything else all other comedies just fool around with sparks of it. It is NOT original but then again NOBODY had the guts to show it in such a degree before.
What is even funnier is that everything is shown with such minimalistic animation that manages to not be gross to the point of hating it; you might as well just find it disgustingly humorous. And speaking of the animation, it is another thing to take notice of; it again makes the show look special. In an earlier review I wrote how the American version of the Powerpuff Girls looked a lot more special than its run-of-the-mill appearance of the Japanese version (reviewed that as well; go for it you bookworms). This is a similar case with P&S, where the minimalistic western look of animation makes a huge contrast amongst other anime and thus it becomes memorable. Not only that, but the characters seem to move and act a lot more lively despite being a lot easier to draw them and animate them than an average looking anime character. Which is again a major thing most modern anime have forgotten. You don’t need to look slick and complicating in order to be likable; you just need to have the vibe and the emotion present. Many famous retro series of the 80’s have that which makes them more interesting than most other high budget cartoons of the same era. Most modern anime try too much to play it safe and end up copying one another to the point you don’t care anymore about any of them. But P&S with its vivid motions, explicit context and special animations just stands out like a singing nun in a goth brothel.
It wouldn’t be that much interesting if it was JUST the animation that stands out. The soundtrack is actually equally good on its own, full of beaty songs which are great enough to buy the CD. Really, for someone like me who doesn’t even fancy such a type of music, I ended up listening to them again and again because of the vividness of the show in general. Fly away, Chocolat, Anarchy, Fallen Angel; I find them all addictively likable and (unlike most anime OSTs) extremely memorable.
Now as far as the characters and the story go, I must again make clear that they are NOT original or special. The cast is quite stereotypical and the story hardly exists or matters. But again, both are so unpredictable and extreme that they end up being memorable or even likable if you like this sort of humor. Heck, each story lasts around 15 minutes so you don’t even have the time to be bored. I sure prefer this form to that of silly shows like Gintama, where they literally tell you when it is ok to laugh by making a reference to another show and YELLING THEY JUST MADE A REFERENCE!!!
I must also point out that it’s not as if the show is without any direction at all. Although the jokes and the stories appear to be random, down to it they all have to do with moral liberty from social norms. And yes, it may seem like I am overanalyzing something heavy around an otherwise silly ecchi comedy but it is true. All the themes revolve around guilt, lust, punishment, retribution, and catharsis, things religion and moral laws strive to uphold. It is all played for laughs but it is nice to see how the show itself is making fun of limits and constraints by having the exact elements as its mockery target… And if I am to overanalyze it even further, I say GAINAX, the production company of the show, is famous for doing this shit. Heck, it revolutionized the anime industry back in 1995 by making Neon Genesis, a show which again played around stereotypes in a way to ridicule and reconstruct the mecha genre and even indirectly criticize escapism.
For the third time I make it clear that P&S is no Neon Genesis and it doesn’t revolutionize anything. It just came out to remind the industry NOT TO CHICKEN OUT as it has been doing for the past 5 years. Hopefully the upcoming Youth Ordinance Bill will put a stop to the overdone moe and ecchi shows and finally force the companies to turn to something else, preferably artistic and stylized just like P&S. They will of course not be allowed to air on tv such ridiculous amounts of … EVERYTHING but it is still a nice example of a show which at the end of an era reminds us all NOT TO SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY when we can always strive for something different. The sky is the limit… and even that can be pierced by Guren Lagann.
And now for some excused scores…
ART SECTION: 10/10
General Artwork 2/2 (looks special)
Character Figures 2/2 (perky and sexy)
Backgrounds 2/2 (lots of sex innuendos)
Animation 2/2 (minimal but highly artistic)
Visual Effects 2/2 (you actually read the sounds)
SOUND SECTION: 10/10
Voice Acting 3/3 (bonus for profanity)
Music Themes 4/4 (go buy the OST)
Sound Effects 3/3 (cartoony and as I said, you also read them)
STORY SECTION: 7/10
General Scenario 2/2 (Bitch angel in a deprived city sounds uncommon to me)
Pacing 2/2 (mostly fooling around but doesn’t let you be fed up with the dead time)
Side Stories/Extra Spices 1/2 (present but rushed and superficial)
Believability/Reasoning/Realism 1/2 (the action makes little sense but its themes are constant)
Conclusion 1/2 (a cliffhanger, believe it or not)
CHARACTER SECTION: 4/10
Presence 2/2 (Attractivene and cute)
Personality 2/2 (A bitch, a hard to get goth, a gay afro priest, a Kenny dog; sounds interesting to me)
Backdrop 0/2 (um… what?)
Development 0/2 (who?)
Catharsis 0/2 (where?)
VALUE SECTION: 8/10
Historical Value 2/3 (very special amongst other anime of its time but not all time classic)
Rewatchability 2/3 (works only the first time but still gets kicks when you show it to others)
Memorability 4/4 (extreme enough not to be forgotten)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 9/10
Some parts were not that funny for me, others were plain gross, but otherwise very enjoyable. You of course need to tolerate the type of humor it implements or it will not work at all. HATERS GONNA HATE!
The epitome of guilty pleasure.
… There; done. Now go read my other 999 reviews. read more
Nov 28, 2010
Well Gainax definitely chose animation over everything with PSG.
STORY: It's about two fallen angels, Panty and Stocking, who got kicked out of heaven and are now trying to work their way back by defeating ghosts by using their namesake items (a pair of panties that transforms into a gun,and stocking socks that transform into swords) to combat them and to try to earn coins so they can return back, all in a episodic rate.
Well that's pretty much the gist of the plot.
This is also, by the way, a comedy... a very rauchy, gross, and repeatative one in fact.
Panty's intire joke throughout each episode is "Oh boy am I a slut," that's even her character. While Stocking is a goth loli girl (Well dresses like one) who loves sweets, who doesn't seem to have anything else that would be considered interesting about her character.
All Panty really does is remind you is she a total slut, and has sex in every episode. Well that is, unfortunately, the anime's signature run on joke.
With lots of cursing, sex jokes, and very gross situations (Panty gets literally covered in shit in the first episode, and is also a slut, in case you haven't heard me the first time, because the anime won't let you forget and neither will I) some would say this is like South Park. However South Park is actually funny and can be very smart satire (When it's not being gross or even when it's gross), award winning satire in fact, while PSG is just run on gags and gross toilet humor, it's more like a rauchier, gross, adult version of the powerpuff girls.
There's really nothing redeeming or creative about this anime EXCEPT-
ANIMATION: -This is some of the most awe inspiring animation that even people who complain about Japan does nothing different with animation will be left with their jaws dropping to the ground, but the whole transformation pole dancing scenes (Yeah you read that right, oh yeah, Panty's also a slut) are just there to be models for obvious figurines to market off of, but does feature incredible animation for said scenes.
And when Panty and Stocking defeat a ghost, it does a live action sequence where a model of the ghost gets blown up, which only adds to uniqueness of the animation direction.
Very gutsy and highly experimental animation, though many will be turned off by it, more will be turned off by it's so called plot.
SOUND: Very catchy background music and a great ending theme song.
The opening theme though, I found it annoying to say the least.
Though it was amusing to hear the characters swear in english, the dialogue is highly offensive and can be just as gross as it's subject matter.
+ Great Animation, something totally bizarre yet inspiring.
+ Catchy Music, specifically the ending theme song.
- Repetitive comedy that only rely on low brow humor.
- Very gross, The first episode alone is disgusting.
- Highly Offensive to all audiences.
PSG, is the amazing animation and catchy music worth it to keep people watching? For me, no way in hell (Though I can see myself visiting it again, oh yeah and reminder: Panty's a slut), but this is something that will definitely get a cult following for sure.
The story and comedy are uninspiring and annoyingly repetitive, and is quite disappointing from the same studio who produced FLCL, Gurren Lagann, and Neon Genesis Evangelion, but this is (surprisingly) something I would reccomend anyone to check out for the animation alone and ultimately let you decide if it's worth your time or not. read more
Jun 1, 2012
I do NOT suggest watching this show if you are easily annoyed by excessive sexual references, profanity, and if you take every little thing too seriously. Also if you're those types of people who like to nitpick at anime which is...
BUT I DIGRESS.
Basically it takes place is Daten City, a place between Heaven and Hell, and you've got Panty and Stocking who are two angels who kill ghosts to collect Heaven Coins to get back to Heaven. Although this show has completely randomness in every single episode that usually don't follow one another, the entire plot still shines through the whole time (i.e collecting Heaven Coins to get to Heaven) and although most episodes are WTF crazy they still make...as much sense as this series possibly can make (overall you won't feel confused after the end of an episode or during the middle).
The artwork...is breathtaking. Now I know it's drawn in a huge cartoony (reminds me of PPG) kinda way, there are scenes where it breaks away from that and it's absolutely lovely. The animation is also flawless.
Sound is amazing. Don't even get me started on the soundtrack. I think the soundtrack just makes the series all the more better. And it's all so addicting...
I still get numerous songs stuck in my head throughout the day. Watch the series and you'll see what I mean (I'm actually listening to it right now).
You've got Panty Anarchy who is a bitch whore angel. Her panties turn into a gun named Back Lace (or Black Lace..? Black Lace just seems better to me haha). Her favorite thing in the universe is f*cking which is extremely apparent in the first episode. I used to find Panty's character to be very annoying, but needless to say she grew on me. The show would not be the same without her.
Then there's her sister Stocking Anarchy whose stockings turn into Katanas (Stripe I & II). She's a goth bitch who'd rather acquire the worst case of diabetes than do anything else. Stocking is kinda my favorite character so I can't say much without being biased...haha
Oh and did I mention that she's into bondage?
They live with Garterbelt, a big black afropriest who happens to love little boys. That's another thing with this show: EXPECT. STEREOTYPES. But keep in mind they're only poking fun at said stereotypes.
They also have this....dog thing...who very much resembles Gir. His name is Chuck, and thats usually all he does is run around yapping his name, but I wasn't at all bothered by this.
They drive a Jeep named See Through. This Jeep has no personality whatsoever so there isn't much to say. EXCEPT IT'S A PINK JEEP OKAY.
Then there's Brief who...is a nerdy otaku obsessed with Panty and is a complete pusscake. But hey, it's okay.
Lastly, there are the Demon Sisters, Scanty and Kneesocks. They're proper demons who believe highly in rules and often talk down to Panty and Stocking for being improper whores; not that they really give a shit. They become Panty and Stockings enemies for obvious reasons.
Overall I think the characters are great. None of them really seem to be plot devices which is always nice. All of them add their own spice to the show and make it what it is.
This show is great especially if you love whores, angels on dance polls, amazing electronic music, chocolate, and bitches. And, well, I happen to love all of those things a lot.
But in all seriousness, if you like goofy shows with ecchi, amazing characters, amazing art/animation style, and amazing music definitely try to sit past the first few episodes. But as I said earlier, try not to take it too seriously! If you do it WILL ruin the show for you. read more
Nov 20, 2012
That said, this anime is definitely not for everyone. If you hate shows like Family Guy or Ren & Stimpy, I can't possibly imagine you'd like PSG.
The story (well, I'd call it more a concept than a story) is basically about these two ultra bitchy angels that get kicked out of heaven, and need to collect heaven coins to buy their way back. An episode usually has about 2 stories each, similar to shows like Spongebob or The Fairly Odd Parents. Like I said, it's more of a concept. There's no character development or plot twists. There's no sense of continuity, so it's perfectly fine to watch it out of order.
Anyway, PSG is full of over the top action. Panty uses her panties that transform into a pistol, while Stocking uses her, you guessed it, stockings that transform into katanas. If that's not crazy enough for you, there's also the monsters-of-the-week. One of them is literally a massive glob of shit.
It's also full of ecchi moments. I'm not really a fan of the ecchi genre, but in PSG it's meant to be played for laughs instead of be erotic.
So let's talk about the characters. PSG has a very colorful cast of characters. There's the titular Panty and Stocking. Panty is obsessed with sex, and Stocking is obsessed with sweets. Like I said before, they're complete skanks. Despite that, I found them to be very enjoyable characters. I guess it's because they seem to parody the "Jersey Shore" type girls that the mainstream media tries to idolize these days. Stocking is my personal favorite, mainly because of her character design. I LOVE her hair. :3
The next to characters that stick out in my mind are Scanty and Kneesocks. They are devils with similar abilities to Panty and Stocking. I find them really ironic, and that definitely added to my enjoyment of this anime. Devils are commonly associated with chaos and lust. And in PSG, the devils are all about rules and order. Meanwhile, angels are associates with rules and order while the angels in PSG are constantly causing chaos and having sex.
The one criticism I have for Scanty and Kneesocks though is that they're never really separated as characters. They're not much different in terms of personality. You never think of them as "Scanty" and "Kneesocks" but as "Scanty & Kneesocks."
The only character I don't really like is Chuck. He's supposed to be an expy of GIR from Invader Zim. And even though I love GIR, I found Chuck to be more stupid than funny. I flat out hated the episode dedicated to him.
One of the most notable things about PSG, aside from the humor, is the art style. The show as a LOT of western influence. At a first glance, you might think it was something out of the minds of The Powerpuff Girls. However, what really amazed me the most was when the art shifts to a more traditional anime style, such as the transformation sequences. They contrast heavily with the super-deformed characters and the cel-shaded coloring that the show usually boasts, but they look beautiful and add to the humor. Gainax really outdid themselves with the art in PSG.
The sound in PSG is amazing. The music is insanely catchy. My personal favorites are "Fly Away" and the ED theme "Fallen Angel." The Japanese voice work is also stellar. In terms of the English dub, most of the cast is good, but I honestly did not like Stocking's English voice at all. Her voice sounded kinda raspy and she didn't sound cute or moe like she did in the Japanese original. Monica Rial is a good voice actress, but PSG certainly isn't the best example.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this show. But not every moment. I mentioned I didn't like the episode focusing on Chuck. I was also a little grossed out by the episodes about shit and semen. And then there's the episode about this one office worker guy. The art is shifted to intentionally make everyone look unappealing. I wouldn't say I disliked this episode, but it was still kinda icky.
Like I said before, this anime isn't for everyone. If you're expecting anything mature from this show, don't even consider it. But if it doesn't bother you, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is a great example of a show that successfully pulls off dirty jokes and sexual humor. read more
Aug 5, 2011
Never have I seen anything this strange become something this amazing. It's like the ugly food that you never wanted to try, but once you've tried it you taste the sweet nectar of its sheer brilliance.
Now please enjoy.
Story is its weakest point, and that is a compliment. This anime isn't meant for the story yet the episodes keep you interested. You don't watch this anime to understand the twisted plotline. You watch it to enjoy the roller coaster ride that is the twisted plotline. The laughs, the sexual jokes and ecchi, the action! There is so much well played mindless comedy its amazing. The ecchi is a lot more comedic than it usually is. It just works!
This anime is about two fallen angels, Panty and Stocking. To get back to heaven they must collect enough heaven coins. Now there's also the big mean bad boss and arch rivals and such. But you'll see that for yourself, i'm not gonna go into detail about that.They aqcuire these by killing ghosts.Guess what they use to kill the ghosts? Their panty and stockings! Wierd, i know. Now here's your basic episode.
Ghost appears--->ghost is killed.
doesn't seem to interesting does it? But you know what? Its gold, they make it work. The stuff that happens in between. The ride of that arrow between "appears" and "ghost" is one of the most enjoyable comedies I have EVER watched. I laughed every episode many times. I don't think i've laughed that much since school rumble.
The whole thing is a "wtf" show, and it works!
Only thing i didn't like was the ending, but hey when you watch it you'll understand. I'm not gonna spoil. If you do watch it and finish it please message me with your reaction. I flipped!!!
The art is very very western. Aside from a few scenes its like a lot of western cartoons. Remember power puff girls? Dexters lab? The art is A LOT like that. It's not bad at all! They make it work. And there are some very well made sequences that don't like like western cartoons, I would like to note that KEY supervised the animation. Yes those people who made the amazing clannad, angel beats, and so forth. You can tell which part they really helped in!!
MY favourite part of the show. Amazing amazing amazing. You don't even understand. You probably won't be able to appreciate how the sound and ESPECIALLY the music makes this show exponentially better. The music is amazing, (the OP is kinda Meh). Not just the ED or OP, but the background music is amazing. You don't even notice it and you find yourself humming the tune or hearing it your head! I had to download so much music because of this anime.
I love the characters, theres very few shows where i don;t hate any characters and this is one of them. They all serve their purposes and are very very funny. You know that feeling when you want a character off the freaking screen? Ya, you won't get that here.
Now i could tell you what the characters are like, or you can go look at the character pages yourself. lol
This anime is so unique. It combines american styles with anime styles. It makes a near perfect hybrid. I actually didn't want to watch this, but I'm glad i did. Remember that food analogy i made up there? think about it. Don't judge a book by its cover.
The first episode was not too amazing, watch 2 or 3 eps. If you don't like it then. You won't like it at all.
Now go forth, watch this anime, love the ride, maybe hate the ending idk. You'll have to see for yourself. And don't forget, tell em your reaction for the ending. I would love to hear it.
Oct 30, 2010
Story: Story? This has no story. Not one worth speaking of, at least. Two angels (and that term should be used loosely) have to go around killing monsters for some strange coins that do...what exactly? It's episodic. In fact, it's double episodic because each episode is actually two ten-minute episodes. If there's an on-going story here it hasn't started yet or it is just terribly written. Actually, it's terribly written either way; being episodic alone isn't bad if it's done well, which this show isn't.
Art: Honestly, I like what they did here. The style is massively different from anything we've come to expect from anime, and I welcome that. They did a good job of it, too. Not everyone will like it, but I think if this show had been animated like most other anime it would be even worse; at least having it look weird makes all the stupidity at least somewhat acceptable.
Sound: Another place this series actually excels. The OP is a great intro for the type of show this is, and the ED, though it does not really fit the show, is fantastic. A lot of the insert music, like that one fight song that comes on occasion, is also pretty good. The only real problem I had was the Engrish cursing; sorry, not very funny.
Character: Character? This show doesn't know the first thing about character. Shall I break it down?
Stocking: Sweets-loving goth.
Garterbelt: Gay priest.
Geek Boy: Self-explanatory.
Notice how I summed all of them up in three or fewer words each. There is nothing else to say about these characters. Nothing. The closest thing to development was that episode where Stocking started to get fat and decided to go on a diet and exercise, but it's not like she actually changed or anything.
I don't mind crude humor in general. A show like School Rumble has a good amount of sexual innuendo and there it was hilarious. But here? No. Panty walking out of the elevator singing about sex is not funny. Stocking getting fat because she ate too much is not funny. Garterbelt's afro exploding like an orgasm and raining his sperm everywhere is not funny. It's just sick. This show is disgusting, and not in a funny way. If you're a preteen male who giggles at the mention of sex you'll probably love this show. If you want to enjoy some form of intelligent entertainment past nose-picking, avoid this at all costs.
As it is, I've dropped this show, so don't expect me to update. read more
Jan 2, 2013
With a couple of exceptions, Gainax as an artistic group has historically been best-suited to more cartoonish and exaggerated art styles. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that they're right at home and having a big party. The character models are stubby and wide-eyed, in keeping with the "Saturday morning cartoon" style I mentioned earlier. The show defaults to a soft-lined, bright pastel-shaded aesthetic, but its repertoire is far from limited to that. Like FLCL, another noteworthy Gainax series, Panty & Stocking is an animator's playground--it doesn't stand out so much for its high budget (though it does have good production values) as its wide variety of memorable styles and techniques, paying homage to several other works on both sides of the Pacific. With only a few slip-ups this show looks consistently good-to-great, artful even. Ghost designs range from atrocious to repugnant, but that's the point. This series knows how to show its audience something gross, and conversely its eye candy dazzles just as effectively. Episode 6 and the finale in particular pull out all the stops.
The music is even better. I'm not really a fan of electronic or hip-hop music, but I can appreciate that it's a well-made score. Pretty much every piece sounds great on its own, but it was written for the show and fits it seamlessly, ranging from lighthearted piano to seductive jazz to the bouncing notes of curiosity to the high-energy leitmotifs that punctuate all the major battles. Of particular note is the series' signature piece "Fly Away" (that's a Japanese euphemism for jizz, fun fact) which plays during Panty and Stocking's transformation sequences. It probably wouldn't sound out-of-place coming from a local strip club, and this is the only show I can think of where that's actually a compliment. To the musically inclined, I'd recommend giving the soundtrack a listen even if you have no interest in the show itself. Also, the ending theme is equal parts adorable and disquieting.
As far as voice acting goes, I'm inclined to recommend the dub over the sub, but the reason for this is a cultural one that has little to do with actual performance quality. Japanese is traditionally thought of as a softer, more understated language than English, but the seiyuu cast does its darnedest to prove that notion wrong. It's an enthusiastic, appropriately raunchy and over-the-top performance that definitely did the show's tone justice. Still, crude and crass dialog only has so much punch in a language you don't speak, and that's where the dub comes in. It couples equally bombastic and cartoony performances with an adaptive script that colors the dialog with more f-bombs than the now-legendary Black Lagoon dub, I am not hyperbolizing. Profanity is no substitute for wit, of course, but all of the lines are modern and in-character, and they fit the show's overall tone. Just as importantly, it's clear that the folks at Funimation had a blast dubbing this show.
Now that I've gotten the show's technical pedigree out of the way, let's set them aside and look at the story on its own merits. At the very least it's a pretty unique concept, the fusion of children's cartoon and adult cartoon tropes is different enough to make this show stand out, but it still leaves the question of what the selling point is. Raunchy comedy being what it is, the humor here is fairly predictable. The characters are flat and the jokes are in-your face rather than subtle, so most of the humor comes purely from catching its audience off-guard. I understand why some people get immature giggles out of this, and I'll admit it even got me a couple of times, but for the most part that brand of comedy doesn't impress me. As I mentioned above, profanity and offensive content aren't a substitute for genuine humor, and I've already established in my Pani Poni Dash! review that weak hit-or-miss comedy isn't enough to warrant a recommendation from me. There are some genuinely clever moments, such as Panty being unable to remove her Panties because she's wearing shorts, but these moments are few and far.
I know that many people will find this show repulsive and I don't blame them. For those readers who are still blissfully unaware, the ghosts Panty and Stocking fight include a gigantic turd that haunts toilets, an enormous woman who produces super-fattening milk, and a penis the size of a skyscraper, I am not making this up. Those are probably the worst of the bunch, but the rest of the show is far from tame in that regard. There is simply no way to make this series sound dignified, not with that kind of content. If hygiene is important to you, stay away from this show at all costs. At the opposite end of the spectrum, this show is peculiar in that it dabbles into just about every fetish imaginable and yet outside of a few glamour shots Panty & Stocking is never really "sexy". On one hand it's refreshing that it doesn't go for cheap exploitation, but on the other, if you're going to cram this much suggestive subject matter into thirteen episodes, I can't help but feel that the least you could do is make it appealing. Just a thought.
The writing behind this series is far from impressive either. I'm not talking about the disjointed storytelling, that's perfectly forgivable given the episode structure, and leaving a vignette with a problem unresolved (such as a zombie horde or their dog-like pet Chuck losing his brain) is also something I'm willing to let slide--again, this series pays tribute to Western cartoons. I'm talking about the underlying arc they create. Yes, they really do try to weave all the story elements (at least, starting around episode 6) into a coherent plot, tying together the Daemon sisters Scanty and Kneesocks, Panty's hopeless suitor Brief, and Garterbelt's mysterious past. This series may be aimed at an adult audience content-wise, but much like its predecessor Gurren Lagann the plot is, to put it bluntly, stupid. One episode Panty and Stocking will be fighting a ghost in public and regarded as superheroes, the next they'll go "undercover" as high school students. Why, when Scanty and Kneesocks are introduced as "the mayor's daughters", do they never investigate said mayor? I assure you that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Despite the numerous issues I have with this series, however, there are two reasons I can't bring myself to write it off completely. My first reason comes back to the show's artistry and production values, and I think that's where most of this show's appeal (if you could call it that) comes from. On one level it's nostalgic, hearkening back to those 90's Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Warner Brothers shows many viewers grew up on; even if this show fails at wit, I think there's still some merit to its cartoony slapstick comedy. The characters, conflicts and fights are simple, but the presentation is striking and the battles, at their best, are high-energy and genuinely fun. At the same time, this series isn't completely derivative either; there's one segment animated in a style reminiscent of the likes of Tekkonkinkreet, focusing on a typical Japanese salaryman trying to make it through his day job and still be a hero on his daughter's birthday. Another half-episode is shot entirely from a single camera angle, and there are quite a few other moments in the series that stand out in their own rights purely for the creativity poured into them.
At the same time, what really struck me about this show is that no matter how crass and stupid it got, it still felt genuine. The writing may be a muddled mess, but when all was said and done I never saw Panty not being Panty or Stocking not being Stocking. The jokes in this series might not be my cup of tea, but Panty & Stocking doesn't care. Getting back to Gainax as a creative studio, I think that the spirit in which this series was made is one they need to adopt more often. It's not trying too hard to impress its audience with wit or subtlety, it's just having a good old time, and anyone who wants to join is welcome. If nothing else, Panty & Stocking is a labor of love. The coda at the end of the show basically takes the entire plot, throws it into a blender and hits the switch without covering the lid. I'm pretty sure someone at Gainax stood up and said "hey, wouldn't this be a cool idea for a sequel?" and they threw it in at the end without a second thought. I feel like this should piss me off to no end, but I can't muster any rage against it. It was a stupid and immature ending, but that fits the show perfectly. If they ever turned that idea into a second season, I'd probably watch it.
At the end of the day, Panty & Stocking was made for a very specific audience, and it definitely won't work for a lot of people. If the premise repulses you to your very core, the execution will do nothing to change your mind. Still, if anything about this show piques your interest I'll tip the scale in its favor. For those who're doubtful, I'd recommend watching episode 6 to gauge your reaction, and unless you really love what you see you can ignore everything that came before (except the latter half of episode 5, which is actually pretty good). It's a stupid and pointless show, but unforgettable execution and sincerity are enough to earn a passing grade from me. read more
Jul 29, 2012
The characters are odd. The strange dog type thing looks like a rip off of Gir in both how he looks and acts. Panty is always having sex and Stocking is always eating sugar. Both are reather shallow and don’t really care about Brief, there once in a while Geek boy side kick who sometimes shows up. They even run on the stereotype that Reverends are into little boys. The strange thing is, no matter how shallow all these characters are, it seems to work well in this show. The show itself is pretty shallow so it doesn’t give you false hope for the show.
This show really is heavy on parodies as well as the strange characters. It becomes a game of figure out where the parody is from and I had to laugh.
The artwork reminds me of Powerpuff Girls (The American Version) in how the lines are but yet, the characters never keep there shape.They are pretty angular and I never really see any character who is rounded. The only time that it rounds anything is when the character moves around. In fact, everything doesn’t have an actual keep its shape and the only time that it looks like normal anime is when they do the strip tease transformations. The only time they look at least close to normal is there transformation and even then, they are pretty much poll dancing.
I love the English voices. Again, this seems to be like Hetalia in that both Japanese and English are good though English is a lot easier to get the joke most of the time. The opening is nothing special but I actually like the ending in the American version. It’s something I would listen to a lot. I also think there transforming song is also one I would listen to. The voices are pretty good and I have to say, hearing Vic Mignogna as the boogie ghost Oscar H. Genius is pretty funny.
By the way, the ending pretty much throws the whole show into a 180 and actually has a really awesome story at the end. Warning, watch all the way to the end of the last episode and after the credits, there is something special that you may miss if you don’t! It hints of a new season to come but you have to see how they did this! read more
Jan 19, 2011
Nov 9, 2010
To be forewarned, Panty and Stocking are not for the faint of heart, or even the intelligent. As GAINAX is clearly making the point that this is clearly a man's anime, it does have a manly intellect behind it. Violence, sex, sexy characters, bad language, humor, and no confusing storyline to have you needing a score card to keep track of the events. If you even object to any of the mentioned, you might want to reconsider watching this series, because it contains a massive amounts of the mentioned.
This is, overall, the best anime I have seen for 2010. I can finally now enjoy watching something that is themed around the same direction as the cartoons from my childhood, except since I'm older, the content is older as well. Now to figure out how to obtain the full ending theme song. read more