Anime Review: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Episode 1

(originally published on Livejournal on 10/24/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: Irreverent duo save city from evil ghosts; How many times can you say “What the Fuck?” over and over again?

The Skinny: Lying on the border between Heaven and Hell, Daten City is constantly besieged by spirits that cause confusion and havoc among the citizens. To protect the city, two angels have been sent down to collect these ghosts. Panty is a foul-mouthed, man-hungry blonde hoebag, and Stocking is a loli-goth with too-long black hair and an insatiable sweet tooth. Under the care of the reverend Samuel L. Jackson Garterbelt and their dog Gir Chuck, they use their transforming undergarments to dispatch the ghosts to earn Heaven coins. In the first episode, Panty is sucked into the toilet by a vomit-inducing shit-monster, and then they must chase down a demon that possesses various vehicles in a need for speed.

My Thoughts: Yeah, it’s just as stupid and irreverent and insane and AWESOME as I thought it would be. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!

Various people (including myself) have tried to describe this show by comparing it to various other shows — the most frequent analogy is that it’s an ecchi-fied Powerpuff Girls. You could also throw in various amounts of Gurren Lagann, FLCL, Puffy AmiYumi, even some Dirty Pair. But in truth, it’s not *quite* like anything I’ve seen. In fact, style-wise it’s barely “anime”, less of something from Gainax, and more like what you would see Saturday after midnight from Williams Street on Adult Swim.

At first I was a bit leery, because the totally over-the-top humor can go very bad, very fast (as an example of that, just take a look at virtually *everything* on Adult Swim). The first episode is divided into two short stories, and when the first one took a turn towards potty humor (literally), I was concerned. But then they completely reversed course with an awesome anime-style striptease transformation scene, and I was laughing my ass off:

Then it’s on to the Death Race, chock full of sexual innuendo and foul-mouthed humor. Yeah, it’s pretty stupid stuff, but totally fun as hell. You can tell the folks making the show are having a blast. Opinions about Panty and Stocking either run very hot or very cold among the anime fans, there’s not much in-between. And for me, I fall on the “hot” side of that scale. Turn your brain off and just watch it already!

For more info:

Random Curiosity Review:
Wikipedia Entry:
Opening and closing video sequence:

The Verdict: – Full of Win!

The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, The World God Only Knows

Failing grade: MM!, Star Driver, Iron Man

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Bakuman, Yosuga no Sora, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Arakawa Under the Bridge x2, Motto To Love-ru, Fortune Arterial, Shinryaku Ika Musume, Sora No Otoshimono Forte, Tegami Bachi Reverse, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Yumeiro Patisseire Professional, Otome Yokai Zakuro, Kuragehime

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