Maybe my ibuprofen hasn’t kicked in and hit the fever yet? Nah, Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt is just that weird. Gainax brings up another monster of the week anime following the story of two angels on the verge of getting kicked out of heaven. To keep from being kicked out, they have to collect heaven coins, although Panty would rather have sex and Stocking would rather eat sweets.
First off, the best part of this is definitely the art. It’s unique, colorful, and it works. That’s what really blew me away, and what I enjoyed the most.
Initially, I was worried about the sex jokes, and then the revelation that there was bathroom humor in the first episode. They turned out not to be as bad as I thought. Yes, it was shameless, but partially thanks to the art style, they were not gross or offensive to me. I actually found the humor pretty amusing. I particularly like how Panty’s and Stocking’s weapons come from their respective clothing.
There’s also an over-the-top ridiculousness to everything going on that makes this oh so much fun.
In this episode, it was split between two stories. One was an evil spirit made of crap, they other was an evil spirit that liked to go really fast. I’m betting on all the episodes following this format.
The question is, can this series stay strong for 13 episodes? To that, I have no answers. It’s hard to say, especially as Gainax produces mixed results. For now , it should be a lot of fun. Remember the lesson you taught us in the first episode Gainax, technique is better then coming in hard and fast and climaxing early!
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