Posted by psgels on 24 December 2010 with categories: Autumn 2010 Kaleidoscope




Okay. That ending was awesome.

As for the climax itself, the first half of this episode was a bit dull, in which the creators pulled the usual twists that you’d expect at the end of a series. Panty loses her powers but gets them back after having sex with Brief, it was a bit too standard, although the farming scenes were really entertaining. The second half though had some very neat action scenes that really were worthy of this series’ finale. There was a ton of neat animation going on on a really epic scale, and the final twist was just completely bizarre, and yet worked really well.

I love the guts of this series with its ending, though. For one, Garterbelt’s revival scenes were hilarious (“GOD MY OOOOOHHHHHH!!!”), but the way it lead into its potential second season with Stocking’s complete and sudden betrayal was a really neat and nonsensical twist. Now, as for that second season however I do want to say this: there has been a series in the past that pulled a very similar twist right at its final episode. I refuse to spoil which one for obvious reasons, but despite so obviously pointing to a sequel the director later stated in an interview that that was never going to come. Also, that premise of that second season has to be pretty bizarre: “Brief and Chuck with Garterbelt”. Would that even work?

So let’s just wait for any official announcements. If there is going to be a second season, I’ll probably end up blogging it. The main reason why I didn’t blog this entire season was because of the mediocre episodes 2, 3 and 4. After that though, this series took some really neat advantages of its format with a ton of neat and experimental segments.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. anonymous says:

    I really loved this series and will hate to see it go. The ending was fantastic and I hope there is a second season.

    If there is a second season, I think it will be based around Scanty, Kneesocks and Fastener. I mean, they were at the church at the end with Garter, Brief and Chuck. I would love to see them “develop” a bit more like Panty and Stocking did.

  2. Azule says:

    Which series ARE you on about..? xD

  3. Pafiume says:

    This episode made my night. When Stocking suddenly did that, it was just crazy, and then the second season allusion sealed it! As I think about it though, a second season does seem kind of out there… But I loved this show and would like to see it continue, however odd the plot may be. Hopefully it would at least work its way up to this series’ amazing-ness.

    I’m really curious what other series did that, though? I feel like I should know what it is, but… I’m drawing blanks.

  4. Cher says:

    Oh, yeah, I got an assumption of what the other series you’re talking about.And as that serie took bloody long time to have a “second season” (or maybe just a CG retelling of the original season, I think it would be safe to assume that this season 2 hook is just Gainax trolling with us. Again, what else do you expect from that crazy studio and a glommy loli that looks too much like Bernskatel?

  5. Break says:

    if there is a second season, getting scanty and kneesocks into it seems very ineteresting doesnt it? also an aweosme ending with the “mama” thing, not only showing god a s a woman, but showing god in dessous is really something and takes it one step wider than dogma did.
    as for cher, stocking may look a bit like bern, but shes absoolutely no loli^^
    i suspect that either something in heaven changed her, or she didnt even get ther ebut was sucked soemwhere else at thta rtime. why else should she come back? or maybe possessed or whatever. oh, and the chuck thing was great.

  6. Watcherzero says:

    Odds are shes just been possessed by Corset and it will be quickly back to the status quo.

    There were some nice twists but I found the final episode amongst the weakest.

  7. omes says:

    what are you talking about, eps 2 and 3 were great

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  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:54 AM)
    The episode was alright and felt dense as I watched it, but in hindsight only really moved the plot forward incrementally. Lancer not untying Tohsaka as soon as he killed Kirei and then not killing Shinji when he clearly had the chance left a bad taste in my mouth. That and Shirou’s heavy plot armor at this point is becoming reminiscent of another famous anime dual-wielder. Not a compliment.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:46 AM)
    UBW 20 felt like another rendition of Eva 26 (Take care of yourself), complete with character analysis, battle with one’s Jungian Shadow, and loosely Buddhist ideas of self-actualization. It even featured the repetitive monologue shots that fade to black (with “I saw Hell” instead of Rei’s “Sky. Red, red sky”). It never went as far as Eva with “which way is up?” type of Soliloquy, but that’s probably a good thing.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.

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