Supposedly, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt was created when the staff of Gurren Lagann got drunk together and ranted about how they wanted to try something different. (At least that’s what I gathered from looking up information about it). The result is a series with the theme being “vulgar and indecent” jokes inspired by American adult animation. How does it fare? Let’s take a look at Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.
This is another comedy without a major overarching story. Rather, it’s very episodic with most of the episodes having nothing to do with each other except for using the same characters and humour. The setting is that two angels are on earth, fighting supernatural monsters called ghosts to earn heaven coins so that they can return home. Moving on to the important question, is it funny? Well, the humour is based largely on bodily fluids, pop culture references, and sex. It’s pretty juvenile for being targeted toward adults. It kind of reminds me of a cross between Conker’s Bad Fur Day and Ren & Stimpy. It’s fine for what it is, but it certainly isn’t intelligent or groundbreaking humour.
The characters are pretty one-dimensional tropes. The main protagonists have personalities that revolve mostly around their vices (sweets and sex). The supporting characters generally get a few personality traits and that’s it. None of the characters get developed or fleshed out over the course of the anime either.
The art is mostly exaggerated and reminiscent of a children’s cartoon. The few moments where they use a more traditional anime form are used exclusively for fan-service. I’m not necessarily against their usual art, even if it does come across as pretty lazy, but why couldn’t they at least be consistent? Do we really need a bunch of fan-service moments? Did they just figure that if the show’s theme was designed for extremely immature young men they might as well give them something to ogle? It’s this sort of thing that makes me hate being lumped together with other members of my demographic.
The voice acting tends toward exaggeration. Although not as much as you might think. One other issue is that the random Engrish seems out of place. It’s almost like they just wanted to throw random expletives in because expletives are somehow funny? Other than that, the voice acting isn’t the strongest I’ve ever heard, but it’s fine. The music varies from bad techno to actually well sung music with a good beat.
The yuri factor is a 2/10. The demon sisters have one short incest scene but there’s nothing aside from that.
Is Panty and Stocking good? Well, if you like that sort of crude humour you’ll probably enjoy it. As for me, I have to give it a 3/10. I outgrew laughing at body fluids and considering sex funny a long time ago. As such, the jokes come off as crass, puerile and generally pretty stupid but it’s a mostly harmless type of stupidity.