Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt – initial impressions

October 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm 8 comments

“Chuck I just realised something. I don’t need a man with stamina or speed. I want elasticity!”

Looks like Sunday Mass...

Black jokes, toilet jokes, sex jokes, all in the first episode in this deliberately shameless, tasteless, and yet freaking entertaining series. Gainax is clearly trying to push boundaries (or at least reach them), and I must admit at times I was wondering why the hell I was even watching this. However, just by looking at this first episode, it’s definitely a fun (and very naughty) watch for adults only.

Seriously, the screen is always so busy with stuff...

Surprisingly there’s a strong emphasis on sound in this series. The seiyuus for the three main characters Panty, Stocking and Garterbelt are all accomplished. I really enjoyed Ise Mariya’s roles as Harima Mika and Shinra in Durarara!!, so I’m looking forward to what she can do with Stocking. Ishii Kouji has voiced many characters including Ishihara from Rainbow and Kimura-sensei from Azumanga Daioh, and he’s proved to be quite the funny priest with an afro, Garterbelt.

Tasteless... like school canteen food.

The soundtrack is definitely inspired by pop/club/dance music and is used to great effect. That transformation scene was fantastically directed, with the accompanying beats actually damn nice to listen to. In fact the production values are top notch. There is SO much that is happening in any one frame. The animation is excellent, with crazily fought out fight scenes. Let’s hope they can keep it up.

You can guess what the "curry" is...

The humour is definitely going to be the be all and end all for many viewers. At times the jokes were downright disgusting and shameless, at other times P & S was pretty hilarious and tongue-in-cheek (I mean, their transformation scene is a POLE DANCE). In the end it all boils down to the viewer’s individual tastes, and you don’t need to be a genius to see that this series will divide viewers o so very easily. Also Panty and Stocking are hardly the most imaginative characters, one being a blonde sex addict, and the other a gothic loli girl who loves sweets.

The trigger happy police...

If you were watching this at 3am in the morning after a night of drinks, I won’t blame you for thinking that P & S is a twisted and risqué version of the Powerpuff Girls on crack. While some of its jokes are rather questionable in taste, P & S boasts some crazy action sequences and great production values. Viewer discretion required!

OP: short and sweet, and very fitting.

ED: quite the unusual choice for such a fast-paced series. However it’s relatively catchy.

I swear, this transformation sequence is gonna be a hit on Youtube.


Entry filed under: Anime.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. justam  |  October 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    i watched this when I was eating lunch. Suffice to say I felt queasy after the first fifteen minutes.

    but otherwise, yeah, this is pretty interesting. I haven’t seen a show with this much sexual innuendo (okay, at times, it’s not even subtle) for a long time, and it’s quite refreshing. Add to that how similar the character designs are to PPG, and it’s hard not to chuckle inside as you imagine this show being aired in one of those children show timeslots. Think about a mother watching along with her child as Panty blurts out an inappropriate line. Oh the subsequent awkwardness! =P

    I am a bit saddened that GAINAX has moved away from the sci-fi side of things the last couple of years though…

    I might also add that I only reconned this first ep due to the composer for this show. I was not disappointed =D can’t wait for the ED – it’s a nice song.

  • 2. ippius  |  October 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    lol probably eating while watching this was not the best idea.

    yeah it’s kinda weird seeing Gainax drifting away from its sci fi roots. i mean this year they’ve worked on Hanamaru Youchien, KissXSis, Working!! and P&S, all of which aren’t specifically sci-fi related.

    Ironically the director of this series was heavily involved in FLCL, Eva AND Gurrenn Lagaan, all of which are sci-fi series. However he did direct Dead Leaves, which is a similarly wacky and screwed up anime series like P & S.

    I await what he can do with this crazy premise.

  • 3. Hans  |  October 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    That wasn’t all that bad at all… really weird but funny enough

  • 4. Baka!  |  October 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    oooooh now I’m not sure whether I should pick this up….I’ll see if I have left over bandwith….

  • 5. Chzchan  |  October 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Enjoyed this anime with a passion, and I have been watching subtitled anime for what, 7 years? This is one anime that stands out and will be the highlight of the fall season.

    It intrigued me enough to see if any of my friends would like it, so I had them watch it. The 3 that watch anime enjoyed it as much as I did and the ones that had not ever watch subbed anime before enjoyed it even more so. They said it reminded them of the old shows on cartoon network that had been long forgotten as they are not broadcast as often.

    I believe that this anime is an attempt to attract a much wider audience beyond the ones who watch anime regularly. I mean, the hardcore anime fans that happen to not like this one anime aren’t just going to quit watching anime or hate GAINAX.

    Highly recommended; otaku or not, this anime is worth watching.

    • 6. ippius  |  October 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      though i don’t share the extent of ur enthusiasm regarding this show, i can see your point.

      The industry needs more shows like these which continue to broaden and push the boundaries of what we call anime. hats off to Gainax for giving us a refeshing show this season.

  • […] want to regurgitate and repeat what most bloggers have already been saying. Everyone knows that this show is very similar to The Powerpuff Girls. It’s been said enough […]

  • 8. Haha  |  November 1, 2010 at 7:11 am

    I think it’s freaking sweet. I enjoy a stupidly/disgustingly hilarious show here and there, and the Japanese know just how to do it. And yeah..the transformation sequence is more than a hit on Youtube. XD


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