Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – Review

Now, when you think of Gainax, what anime pop into your head?  Maybe you think of Evangelion or FLCL, or maybe you’re of a newer generation, and know them by Gurren Lagann of Hanama…. nevermind.  Nevertheless Gainax has always been regarded as one of the pinacles of anime production and for good reason.  So, being as epic as they are, they said “Hey, we’ve made anime that are thought provoking and introspective, that show a boys journy into adulthood, and told epic stories… so why don’t we just f*** around?”.
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.

  • Story – 6
  • Art – 8
  • Sound – 10
  • Character – 8
  • Overall – 8

Posted on March 19, 2011, in Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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