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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Review
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is a relatively new anime produced by Gainax. It first aired in 2010 in Japan, and it just finished airing in the United States (July, 2012), licensed and dubbed by Funimation. The story centers around the two Anarchy Sisters, Panty and Stocking, who are angels who have been banned from Heaven due to bad behavior. The sisters have been relocated to Daten City (which is a pun referring to the Japanese word, datenshi, meaning "fallen angel"), which is a city situated on the border of Heaven and Hell, overrun by ghosts and demons. Under the guidence of Revered Garterbelt, Panty and Stocking must fight these ghosts in order to collect Heaven Coins so that they may buy their way back into Heaven. However, Panty and Stocking are easily distracted by their addictions to men and sugar, respectively.
If you are looking for a fast-paced, brightly-colored, raunchy anime, this just might be the one for you! Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is not only an anime about two beautiful, butt-kicking babes, it is also a hilariously inappropriate joyride.
P&SG has a very original animation style-- the colors are intensely vivid and the drawing style is somewhat reminiscent of American style cartoons rather than the traditional Japanese animation style, sort of like The Powerpuff Girls on crack. Personally, I loved this. As much as I hate to admit it, I have a magpie mentality, and if something is bright and shining I will want to look at it more. This series is so visually appealing, and as usual with comedic animes, it parodies normal anime artwork (especially poking fun at the overly sexual images often found in Anime).
Much in the vein of other Funimation comedic animes (Crayon Shin-Chan, Fruits Basket, Ouran High School Host Club, etc), P&SG has an excellent English dub, and the script is rewritten slightly to connect to American viewers better, adding topical humor and pop-culture references. For those of you who don't like dubs and think that the Japanese translation is the best one, the Japanese sub is also extremely funny. I just prefer dubbed anime.
I have to say, the coolest part of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, is that these two ghost-stomping girls' weapons are actually their own lingerie! Panty slips off her panties and they transform into a powerful pistol, Stocking's stockings become two killer katanas! When I first watched the transformation scene, I couldn't take my eyes off of the screen! The whole thing is a beautiful spectacle, filled with fire-power!
All in all, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is an excellent anime. It is definitely not for those of you who enjoy plot structure and character development, but if you're looking for a fun anime to watch, this is what you want.
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