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Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: The Complete Series
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Watching the subtitled version so many times before this came out; I'm glad I can finally enjoy the episodes in english because of such excellent voice acting, which is very rare in anime.
If you're a Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt fan get this set! it's worth it!
What do I make of this insanity? Loved it. The Japanese voice cast is hilarious (as of this point, I've note heard the dub) and the soundtrack is among the most instantly memorable I've ever heard. Auto-tuned pop and dance grooves with bits of reggae and even a little speed metal are thrown in to make the sounds of PSG incredibly infectious and full of personality. The sound effects are spelled out onscreen comic book style, which adds to the stylish visual charm of the animation. The show is also a humorous cocktail of parody and genre subversion. References to everything from grindhouse classics like Death Race 2000 and Vanishing Point to full-on parodies of Transformers and the zombie films of George Romero make every episode an adventure for experienced viewers. In a single music video, PSG manages to reference everyone from KISS to Lady Gaga to The Beatles, to name just a few. This is a very hyper-literate series from a pop culture standpoint, which is impressive for a show that is based around some of the most base and vulgar humor possible. Where else will you see sperm playing as soldiers in a Saving Private Ryan send-up attempting to storm "the bush" like it was Normandy? Also, whenever an enemy dies at the hands of the sisters, animation is replaced with a real life model of the foe being blown up. That is awesome.
One thing that stands out as an example of the cleverness of this show is the girls' transformation sequence, among the most dreaded of anime cliches. PSG parodies this particular standard without allowing it to become the annoyance it is in any other series in very interesting ways. First off, the normally low-rent chibi animation is replaced with detailed sexualized hi-def hotness as halos appear above the girls' heads and swoop down the length of their body as the angels' Madonna-esque dance groove kicks in, which just plain looks cool. Panty and Stocking then exchange ridiculously suggestive poses making for a mix of legitimately sweet animation, hilariously obnoxious fan service, and the admitted cheesy enjoyment of the classic anime heroine battle ritual. But only the first episode shows the entire sequence in it's entirety while subsequent transformations show different bits and pieces so it takes up minimal episode time to clear room for more laughs. Win. Win. Win. This is a great example of how PSG subverts and exploits the appeal of an anime staple while at the same time parodying it. Best of both worlds, baby.
I tore through PSG in record time. I just wanted more and more of it and could not leave it alone. But it's not without flaw. While usually highly episodic in nature, the final episodes of the first season reveal a story arc that the series would have been better off without. The finale is a bit of a confused mess that brought down what could have been a five star series for me. Particularly the closing moments of the season were troubling. The final twist was so random and so nonsensical it felt like it was specifically devised as a metaphorical middle finger to the audience who saw the characters give so many literal middle fingers over the course of the show. This would have been awesome, but the cliffhanger "to be continued" ending implies a second season that will probably be more story driven from the get-go. And the second that PSG started trying to be anything but minute-to-minute random craziness was the second it stopped being a perfect show for me. Nonetheless, I am very much looking forward to the upcoming DVD release of this one (I can definitely see a possible Adult Swim slot in it's future) and will definitely be looking forward to more Panty, more Stocking, and even more Garterbelt (afros rule) in the future.
4 1/2 stars: rounded down for a weak ending.
So enjoy what you have here, as it is full of dirty adult humor that anyone with a taste for both raunchy jokes and anime will enjoy.
The box alone makes the purchase worthwhile. Most companies throw together anything for the box, but this one was nice. The outside was sturdy and thick, and had a really colourful outside. Even the slip I put on my wall, that's how creative it was. The DVD slips were just character poses, but still high quality nonetheless. The inside was the best part. Such a nice array of colours, so appealing to the eye. How many companies actually make sure the DVDs themselves look nice? The heaven coin, of course, is nice and simple. A good trinket to put on your desk.
Now onto the actual product. The menu screen, thank goodness, does not play the theme song. This is a minor pet peeve of mine, but whenever a TV set plays the theme song, that's played every episode, on the menu, that just irks me. Another note, they actually split the episodes into chapters! But only over the theme song. Thank God! Straight into the episode, though the theme is nice and short anyway, so I don't mind watching it.
The anime itself: The first two episodes, I enjoyed thoroughly. It's a bit like Powerpuff Girls -- on crack. Yes everyone has made that joke, but it holds true. Quick wit, many (less than painful) puns, and some once in a while funny innuendo. Then part 2 of episode 3 comes along. And episode 4. I thought I almost remembered why I dropped it. These episodes must have changed directors, because they traded quick wit and less than painful puns for blatant, in your face innuendo and gross shock factor. I'm not kidding, one episode solely revolves around characters picking their nose, which may not seem as bad as episode one, which had one of the main characters covered in shit, but trust me when I say it's a different kind of gross. Then episode 6 comes along and BAM we're back to less sex jokes and much quicker wit, as well as a slew of pop culture references. Not to mention quite funny fourth wall jokes. I also enjoyed part 2 of episode 5, but that had less humor in it. The rest is also pretty good, especially the ending. The music, of course, is universally praised. Even if you're not a techno fan, I know I'm not, it's quite good.
This isn't an anime you go in for the plot. You go in for the stupidly hilarious characters and for the humor. If you're into MA, toilet humor, and obscenity then the anime itself is for you.
Now for the dub. Holy mother of Mary and everything above, a good dub. The translation is a bit blunt, but done quite well. The voice actors themselves are near perfect -- well, in actuality their only slightly above pretty good, but that for dubbing standards is phenomenal. Plus they do fit their roles quite well. Even the supporting actors such as Brief do an excellent job. They especially do a nice job with humor scenarios, delivery insults quickly and naturally, sounding like jabs between friends, even if they are technically sisters, so it fits.
The extras were also nice, my only gripe being that you don't have all the songs.
Now that I've praised it, time for my minor nitpicks, mostly around the importing itself. First of all, no commentary, that being one thing I look forward to on movie or anime dvds, I was a little disappointed on that right. Second, and this is a very tiny nitpick, they had the 2nd and 3rd dvds in the same box. I can't help but feel DVD 3 would have fared better in its on box with a slip featuring Garterbelt and Brief. The voice acting, at times can get a little shoddy, like they inserted trials for the voices into the anime itself. And the menu on the third DVD was a bit messy, having to click next to reach all the extras.
Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt is not an anime for everyone. It certainly was an experiment and almost like a Gainax response to Teen Titans (a cartoon network production that heavily imitated anime) imitating western humor, only doing much better than your standard Comedy Central product. It has a brilliant quick humor, though it may not be for everyone. It'd get an 8/10, but for a giant drop off in episodes 3.2, 4, and 5.1, I have to give it instead a 7/10. It was entertaining, and even at 13 episodes, for the beautiful box, better than normal voice acting, and the irreverent humor, makes this purchase worthwhile.