Posted by psgels on 24 December 2010 with categories: Anime Reviews




Panty and Stocking obviously isn’t for everyone. It’s riddled with sex jokes, toilet humour, all kinds of bodily fluids, sex jokes, fowl language and fanservice. It’s going to turn off plenty of people with its unmasked innuendo and mind that has gone far beyond the gutter. At the same time though, it also turned into a pretty interesting experimental seires; in fact, it’s the most experimental ainme of the entire year: it reaks tons of barriers, it tries out tons of new stuff and is filled with neat ideas for both scenarios and animation.

The show consists out of 13 episodes, divided in two stories that often don’t have anything to do with each other: it’s a real episodic series, but it makes well use of this fact with the tons of ideas it’s able to stuff into them. We have homages to Shaun of the Dead, transformers, Invader Zim, High School Musica, all kinds of music videos, and all are done in a unique way. There are also plenty of episodes that are based on some gimmick, or strange idea and also be sure to not miss Osamu Kobayashi‘s unique take on this franchise, which turned out to be a really excellent piece of animation. Whenyou pile everything together, you get a really diverse little series.

But granted, there are also some episodes that just don’t work, and a lot of them are located early on in the series. They’re based either on a premise that just tries being raunchy for the sake of being raunchy, or is just poorly presented. The thing with Panty and Stocking is that it really depends on its execution and energy in order to keep the series going, because Panty and Stocking as a character are a tad one-dimensional. There are episodes in which they really branch out as characters very effectively, but mostly it’s just “Panty likes sex and Stocking likes food”.

In terms of graphics, this show packs a ton of eye candy, but the animation can be surprisingly simple. In order to make up for that though, the creators really try out a ton of different animation techniques that are really interesting to watch, from vector animation to stiff characters to really over the top action scenes (the best action scenes in this show really are a blast to watch). Panty and Stocking is as unsophisticated as you can get, but it’s definitely not uninspired.

Storytelling: 9/10 – Really fun, packs with a ton of neat ideas, concepts and scenarios.
Characters: 7/10 – They’re very simple and two-dimensional at best, though Stocking, Chuck and Garterbelt are very likable.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Really gets points for being so diverse and experimental. The animation is really crude, but there is a TON of eye candy.
Setting: 8/10 – A really unique anime with inspirations that come from both the west and the east.

Suggestions:
Dead Leaves (I’d probably rate this one higher if I were to review it now)
Gag Manga Biyori+
Genius Party

10 Responses

  1. Avatar Solaris says:

    No, this is definitely not for me. I never passed episode 3 and i’m not willing to give this crap a second chance. I like anime, the japanese ones, not those fake imitations of Americans stuff.

  2. Avatar c160 says:

    Love this series! I think this is one of the few series that I wouldn’t mind being fully episodic without any coherent story line at all.The grandma and “Mom” at the final episode does seem to point that there’s bigger things at play but that doesn’t really matter as long Gainax can keep up the creativity they put in this show. One of the most impressing moment for me is episode 12 RomeoxJuliet moment. I never thought this show can tug at my heartstrings like it did,but the episode really proved otherwise. I guess it shows impressive skill at Gainax’ end.

  3. Avatar Break says:

    @c160 im pretty sure the “mom” in the final episode is god. you gotta have guts not only showing a female god but showing a female god in dessous!
    @solaris trust me, it gets better. also, i cant see where this would try to imitate americans tuff, beside the fact that they say fuck, shit and bitch pretty often. it parodys american stuff as wqel as anime and is most lilely made like thzat on purpose to troll all those people saying “thats not japanese nuuuuuu i wanna something with more clichéeic drawing muuuu”…

  4. Avatar Solaris says:

    Break, no offence, but how can I trust you, unless you can even see the obvious? Do you fail to see where this is only mocking American comics and cartoon? I tell you pretty much everywhere, from visuals reminding to powerpuff girls with the nice add of written sounds, just like they do in comics, to contents regarding any kind of subject you find pretty much on American TV in the first place. Just notice the speed demon, the high school wasp queen, the episode like sex in the city… isn’t that enough? Ok, what about the dirty humour you find on Beavis and Butthead or some other ‘art’ from American Origin? Ok, that may not count, as dirty jokes where the worst highlight of this years humour with Yakuindomo Seitokai.
    And all of this in only 3 episode that were a pain to watch, given many will sure follow Gainax’s example and generate even worse clones. 82,5%. Crap, this doesn’t even deserved 8,25%. I fail to acknowledge any possible good trait to it.

  5. Avatar Jeremy says:

    I just started the series and I must admit I do enjoy it. It’s kind of the powerpuff girl on crack. Sure this kind of humour is meh…. shit and pee are not what i find funny but the visuals are so dynamic that I can’t help but be entertained. That’s a no brain series, you watch it but don’t think about it too much xD

  6. Avatar Michael says:

    Panty was the best character. Just saying.

  7. Avatar Ncrdrg says:

    I started the series. it’s enjoyable. Yeah, some things are a definite turn-off. I’m not a big fan of the art but it’s definitely trying something unique and I respect that.

    Oh. And I love the dirty old men kind of sex jokes that this show is made of. And the action sequences & Music are really good. So pgels, thanks for making me watch another series I’d have missed otherwise.

  8. Avatar enochjohnson says:

    Wow… lots of prudes read your blog. Shame. This is clearly a homage/mockery of American Animation and Themes… there’s even an episode that bags on Ren & Stimpy. This series is great… its the perfect anime for people who hate anime snobs :)

  9. Avatar jubm says:

    They actually pulled a scene directly out of the Romeo and Juliet movie Leonardo Dicaprio in episode 12 with the “looking through a fish tank and seeing romeo/juliet on the other side” thing

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