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Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Review

May 31, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Anime

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (PSG) was my favourite anime of the 2010 fall season and I thought I’d save the best for last, but I guess that wasn’t such a good idea since 5 months have now passed.

To describe it in a nutshell, PSG is like Southpark meets Powerpuff Girls in a wild mix of action, parody, sexual innuendos, and “bitchy-ness”. PSG has attitude, and it shows with their “no bars” approach to violence, sex, and foul language. It’s essentially a slap in the face to conservative groups that say violence, sex, and foul language should be censored in order to protect the innocent minds of the general public.

The characters are about as far as you can get from the ordinary schoolchildren of slice-of-life anime. Panty is a badass character and calls herself a bitchy angel, which I think describes her perfectly. A lot of people have pointed this out, but she’s essentially Kamina from Gurren Lagann in female form. She charges into battle with guns blazing and doesn’t give a thought about anyone else. Panty also likes to sleep around in order to reach her goal of doing 1000 men.

Stocking is more sensible than her sister, Panty, but she’s still a pretty wild character. A gothloli that loves sweets, Stocking wields dual swords and in my opinion, has the cooler battle scenes.

Garterbelt, a black priest with an afro, looks like an honest holy man on the surface, but deep down he embodies all of the scandals the catholic church has suffered through. Not only is he a closet paedophile, he’s also a closet homosexual, and a closet masochist.

Considering half of the anime characters out there now are teenage schoolgirls that lead ordinary lives and may or may not be a part of some club, the characters of PSG are a welcome change.

The “plot” is nothing to write home about. Most of the series consisted of random half-episode stories that were meant to provide instant entertainment rather than develop bonds between characters or delve into the human condition (though according to one of my high school English teachers, everything is about the human condition). An example of such an episode was “Pulp Addiction,” which was about there being a shortage of tissue paper, making it impossible for men to “relieve” themselves. Any indication of an actual story only appears in episode 6, where it is revealed that the ghosts that Panty and Stocking have been fighting were being created and controlled by two demon sisters called Scanty and Kneesocks. This finally created a solid antagonistic force to the angels, which set the premise for a final battle in the last episode. Ironically, the demon sisters were more straight-laced and disciplined than the immoral and gluttonous angels.

Animation-wise, PSG could be considered awesome or horrible depending on personal preferences. It doesn’t follow the traditional anime style with highly detailed characters and correct proportions. Instead, PSG has a stylized art style that is more representative of some western cartoons, most notably, the Powerpuff Girls. I know a lot of people dumped western cartoons in favour of anime because of the art style, so that’s why I say views on PSG’s animation can vary greatly. In terms of quality, I thought it was excellent as I did not notice any poorly drawn scenes, and I think the transformation scenes are enough proof that the animators can do very detailed characters with a different art style.

As for the bgm, theme, and insert songs, I thought they were amazing. A lot of the music was remixed by Taku Takahashi, famous for his position as the DJ of Japanese hip-hop group m-flo. I loved m-flo’s music long before PSG came out, so that may have influenced my opinion on it, but you can listen to some of it yourself.


I would recommend PSG to anyone (over 18) who’s not strongly conservative and wants some crazy and wild entertainment with attitude. Since there’s little in terms of a continuous plot, there’s no need for anyone to feel compelled to complete the whole thing once they’ve gotten their laugh of the day. One thing I would like to point out though, is that this series has a “I don’t care what you think, it’s my way or the highway” kind of atmosphere throughout, so expect to be told off in the last episode (which I thought was a perfect ending considering what kind of show we’re talking about).

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19 Comments to “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Review”

  1. Good review. I guess I’ll be watching this then.
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  2. Thats a good summary, I had to get used to the main drawing style first.
    I really had prefered the style from the transformation scene.
    At the beginning of the show, some episodes were lame, but in the end I liked it , even thought it wasn’t my favorite from fall ;)
    I mainly enjoyed the foul language with all the s… and f… here and there XD
    Well, the pooh and puke gags weren’t my thing at all.

    From the characters I liked Stocking the most and the devil sisters who added some more fire in the Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt anime
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  3. What I liked the most was how unabashedly they didn’t care what you thought. This series was as much a jab at otaku as it was about animation in general. It’s a little like this season’s Doronon Enma-kun remake, except that it’s not as old-school in terms of humor and structure.

  4. @TRazor:
    I hope you enjoy :)

    I watched the Powerpuff Girls, so the drawing style wasn’t too much of a distraction for me, but the foul language did take some getting used to.

    A lot of people seem to prefer Stocking over Panty, and I can see why, but I actually like Panty’s tough personality better.

    It definitely had no qualms about offending people, that’s what made it so interesting.

  5. That is an excellent excellent review. I have to agree, I really do like PSG’s style. I kept hearing that people were turned off by the lack of plot, but it seems like this series’ style makes it too hard to pass up.

    Stocking is definitely my favorite character. Oh, if you like the art style of PSG, then you should check out the new My Little Pony reboot. Seriously. It’s like PPG, and two of the characters are like Pony versions of Panty and Stocking.

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  6. I love this show for several reasons, it’s different, it’s by gainax, awesome animation and it kept me guessing what will happen next.

    I must admit though that I first I wasn’t feeling it, I liked it but didn’t really blew me away as I expected. The halfway through after the demon sisters were introduced I was truly hooked.

    One thing I really liked the characters and their interactions which were mostly outside the norm one would expect from your typical anime.

    I look forward to the eventual second season.
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  7. @radiant:
    Haha, that video made my day, I didn’t realize My Little Pony and PSG looked so similar. The lack of plot is a downer, but I think the attitude and the way it was presented more than made up for that.

    When the demon sisters showed up really was the turning point, it went from sorta cool to awesome. If there is a second season, I’ll be watching it too.

  8. Arashix says:

    I haven’t even bothered to watch this yet, but you may have convinced me otherwise. Since Gainax is doing most of the directing and animation, it will not be disappointing. Thanks for the review.

  9. I haven’t finished this yet, but I guess this portrays a huge mockery of strict conformist ways. They’re portraying almost everything with irony. Thanks for your review though, gives me more motivation to finish it.
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  10. I was turned off by the anime’s resemblance to Powerpuff Girls, at least in terms of character design. After reading your review, I may have to rethink about my decision and probably pick this up sometime.

    “Considering half of the anime characters out there now are teenage schoolgirls that lead ordinary lives and may or may not be a part of some club, the characters of PSG are a welcome change.” – this is so true. Lately, it’s as if we’re watching the same anime just with different titles, settings and characters.
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  11. @Arashix:
    Gainax makes some pretty good anime.

    It definitely does. The series isn’t too long either, so I don’t think it’ll take much commitment to finish it.

    I think you should reconsider. The animation style is about as misleading as you can get in terms of what the series is about.

  12. Best soundtrack of 2010 by far. Hell, it was one of my top anime of the year. It’s a shame that a lot of people will miss out on it either because of the animation style or crude humor. Stocking <3 I normally hate Gainax endings, but the final episode made me lol. x.x
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  13. @MkMiku:
    It really is a shame, but I think most people would like it if you made them watch 2 episodes.

  14. “I would recommend PSG to anyone (over 18) who’s not strongly conservative”

    I could see how this might be offensive to some, but really quite the wild ride for the rest of us. It’s very rare we get anime like this that challenges our sensibilities, so for that alone, PSG is quite the success.

    Still, I’m in the camp where I thought the style is horrible. I find it too gimmicky. The animation is very well done though. I just can’t seem to get into this style. Personal preference I guess.

    Anyway, great review! ^ ^
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  15. @Yi:
    I can see why a lot of people don’t really like the style, but I thought it brought out the essence of the series.

  16. I definitely want to watch this series. I actually ordered these because I liked the design of the characters (and they were a good price)
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  17. @lovelyduckie:
    I thought about getting those figures too, but I went for the nendoroids instead. They may be more expensive, but they give you more poses.

  18. You know, I just now, today, watched the first episode of this. I’m going to hold back on stating any opinions though because that’s really not enough to have a formed one. I must say that I do believe I’ll be watching more, maybe even all of it eventually. The music was pretty good, and I did laugh, so that’s a good start.

  19. @Persocom:
    That’s good, but I hope you’re not letting any kids watch it, there are some pretty mature scenes in some of the episodes.


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