In the fall of 2010 Gainax released the Panty and stocking with garterbelt anime into the world. I didn’t watch it when it was airing because well…it may have been because of the artwork. If anyone has seen it they know what I’m on about, I’m not one for being put off a series because of it’s artwork but…
It reminds me of the powerpuff girls if I’m honest. Also I’m not a huge Gainax fan, a lot of the stuff they do tends to bore me and I can never really get into anything they make. So the seasons went by and I still had no intent of watching the series, that was until Alter released a sexy figure of Stocking that I pre-ordered without a second thought! Yes I’m quite the impulse buyer and with that decided to give it a go wanting to know more about the character that I’ll be throwing so much money at.
Panty and stocking with garterbelt is basically about the two angels Panty and Stocking Anarchy on earth killing ghosts to gather heavenly coins in order to return to heaven of which they were previously kicked out of due to `bad behaviour`. It’s clear to what kind of bad behaviour they were kicked out for, they are both violent, lazy, rude and constantly bicker with each other…not to mention the fact that they both show quite whore-ish behaviour, Panty for instance will sleep with basically any guy she comes across. The humour of the show is based around these elements as well like the episode where the sisters attack zombies with sex toys. The other main factor of this show it really its…whore-ness? Is that even the right word? I don’t know…just look at the clip of the transformation scene and you’ll know what I mean:
At first I didn’t really know what to make of this series, I wasn’t laughing my head off at it, the crudeness of the show amused me but beyond that I didn’t really find it overly entertaining. This is probably due to the fact that when you get over the crude jokes and the sister’s arguments there isn’t really much left to it. There isn’t really much in the way of plot unless it’s their rivalry against the demons Kneesocks and Scanty as well as their father Corset. It’s rather simplistic like that. Not that that’s a bad thing, I found the show had a certain charm to it and got some sort of enjoyment watching it till the end.
With regards to the ending it really was a troll if anything. I won’t spoil it to people who haven’t seen it but since I wasn’t heavily invested in the series it doesn’t particularly bother me.
The animation in the show is really what you would expect, it isn’t really much, let’s just say Gainax probably didn’t need to spend that much money on animation. However where the animation may be lacking I found the soundtrack of the series to be one of it’s strongest points.
In conclusion it isn’t a bad show, I can see why people would and wouldn’t enjoy it. Surprisingly I liked all the characters (including Panty) they each are interesting in their own way. I even didn’t mean the fact that they both went around sleeping with guys all the time, it’s tiresome to think that women who sleep around are whores but if a guy does it it’s perfectly acceptable, which the show partially points out for instance in the D City Rock song (though I may be reading too much into it). It’s a fun and sassy show, but alas it’s nothing amazing.