Anime Review: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Episodes 4, 5, and 6

(Originally published and formatted for Livejournal on 12/20/10)

Anime Review:
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Episodes 4, 5, and 6

Series Premise: On the borderline between Heaven and Hell is Daten City, infested with Ghosts that feed on human faults and fears. Protecting the hapless citizens are two fallen angels: the sex-crazed skank Panty and the sweet-toothed goth Stocking. Under the watchful eye of Reverend Garterbelt, these two sisters use their special skills (and transforming undergarments) to dispatch the Ghosts, receiving Heaven Coins to earn their way back into Heaven.

ep.4 tl;dr review: A moment on the lips means forever on the hips; Lingerie Run turns into underwear free-for-all.

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Episode 4 Summary: Despite Stocking’s insatiable sweet-tooth, she claims that she never gains weight. But after discovering she can ‘pinch an inch’, Stocking goes on an exercising spree. But in the end, she only gains more weight. Stocking snaps and gobbles up a pile of desserts, and by the next morning she is the size of a house. The learn that Stocking’s bloating is the result of a Ghost that is causing all of the women in Daten City to become fat. Panty and Blimpy defeat the Ghost, and Stocking returns to normal. In the second half, Panty and Stocking forgo their weapons maintenance to engage in the high school’s annual Lingerie Run through town. But along the route of the race, a Ghost is stealing everyone’s underwear, and Panty is forced to resort to using Brief’s “big guns” to defeat the Ghost.

ep.5 tl;dr review: Nose-picking fuels blimp rocket (yes, you read that right); Glum middle-manager has a sorry little life.

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Episode 5 Summary: The newest craze in Daten City is nose-picking, much to Stocking’s disgust. The owner of a local cafe, Oscar H. Genius, invites everyone to a grand party on his blimp, where everyone engages in a nose-picking frenzy resulting in orgasmic ecstasy. They soon realize they can’t stop, as they have all been infected by a special pollen spread by Genius, who is really a Ghost bent on driving the blimp to the Moon. Panty and Stocking must user their special ‘angel boogers’ to defeat the Ghost. In the second half, in a glum corner of shabby Little Tokyo an aging middle-manager is being chewed out for poor performance. After messing up a birthday gift, he is forced to attend an after-work party where he drinks a tower of beer. His resentment and drunkedness brings forth a fountain of vomit and a giant Vomit Ghost, which bring Panty and Stocking to Little Tokyo for the rescue.

ep.6 tl;dr review: emonic sisters face off against Panty and Stocking; Oh boy, bitch fight!

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Episode 6 Summary: Panty and Stocking are defeating an endless parade of Ghosts at Daten High School, but soon learn they are all fake Ghosts with no reward. The next day, they learn the school has changed, and now under control of two new queens who are also the mayor’s daughters: Scanty and Kneesocks. Utterly humiliated and rejected, Panty and Stocking are thrown into the underground loser class, where they meet up with a loser ghost that leads them to a secret factory where a ghost army is being assembled. The nearly-ready army is under the control of Scanty and Kneesocks, who are actually demon sisters. The angels and demons battle it out throughout the entire school, until Panty is finally able to destroy the magical Ghost-stone resulting in the destruction of the school and the demon sisters’ defeat….at least for now.

My Thoughts: Swing and a miss. Swing and a miss. Foul ball. Bunt. Home run!

I was not particularly impressed with the fourth episode, probably because the shock-and-awe of Panty and Stocking is no longer novel. Just two more short stories following the same formula as before. Meh. Then the first half of the fifth episode was another let-down, even more of the same involving nose-picking as an analogy for sex (especially since I’m not a fan of lowbrow gross-out humor to begin with). At this point, I am beginning that my initial assessment of the series was premature, this ain’t what it’s cracked up to be.

Then the second half of the fifth episode changed things up, a totally different storytelling style, a totally different artwork style, where Panty and Stocking are mere side characters that show up briefly at the end. Well, that was an unexpected refreshing change, even if the story itself was intentionally depressing. Well, rather than depressing it was more of a biting commentary on the failing Japanese salaryman…told in vomit. Ew.

And then there’s episode six. The producers and animators really cranked this one up to a new level, turning the dial up to eleven. Finally, Panty and Stocking aren’t fighting a Ghost-of-the-Week, they now have arch enemies just as powerful and sexy as they are! They launch into an epic fight scene that just goes on and on and on, more intense and the minutes wear on, eyes glued to the screen as bullets fly, techno music cranked to the max, equally matched ending in a stand-off on the roof. Panty and Stocking defeat them…for now; but you know they’re going to return badder than ever soon enough. Now THIS is what I came here for!

Oh yeah, let’s not forget that like Panty and Stocking, that Scanty and Kneesocks have their own devilishly-sex-charged transformation sequence as well:

Also glad to see Garterbelt get limited screen-time; his pedophiliac tendencies is beyond disturbing. Not funny.

P.S. Is it just me, or does the ending theme by Aimee B. remind you of the ending theme to R.O.D the TV?

The Verdict:

Coming up next: Psychic Detective Yakumo (4-6), Shinryaku Ika Musume (4-6), Letter Bee Reverse (4-6), Bakuman (4-6), Kuragehime (4-6), Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge (4-6)

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