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Characters that made my year – Panty & Stocking (12 Days of Christmas: Day 10)

December 23, 2010

Now here’s a show that was a complete wildcard when it popped up for preview; no one really knew what to expect, and many (including me) felt like GAINAX had gone off their collective rocker!  However the series quickly proved to be genius, so today for this tenth Day of Christmas, I give you the foul-mouthed angels Panty & Stocking from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.

 

As characters Panty & Stocking aren’t particularly likable, but they are endlessly entertaining and memorable.  Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is an anime that is clearly taking its lead from american cartoons, but its got a Gainax spin that makes it reach levels of genius at times.  Panty & Stocking themselves are pretty superficial – angels exiled to earth to hunt ghosts and earn their re-entry to heaven, but these sisters are the least angelic beings you could imagine!  Panty is completely sex mad and swears up a storm, whereas Stocking only seems concerned with sweets and has very a questionable taste in men.  However there is no denying that they kick arse when they have to, and the mahou-shoujo transformation sequence they go though is probably one of the most memorable aspects of this series – art-shifting into a more traditional anime style, swinging around a pole while removing articles of clothing; its blatant fanservice, but utterly brilliant – plus the accompanying music of ‘Fly away’ is insanely catchy.

For Panty & Stocking the moment I’ve chosen as their best comes in episode six when the Demon Sisters are introduced.  The Demon Sisters are the first villains to really give the girls a run for their money – Scanty & Kneesocks are mirror images of Panty & Stocking after all.  Almost the entire episode is a frantic action scene – the animation is stunning, there’s never a dull moment!  But I most enjoyed when Panty & Stocking decided to get really serious and start duel-wielding their weapons.  For Stocking this only involved removing her other stocking, but Panty only wears one pair of knickers so Stocking has to give hers to her sister.  The action just keeps escalating from that point on – episode six is probably one of the best action scenes I’ve seen this year, and Panty & Stocking going toe-to-toe with Scanty & Kneesocks was just wonderfully entertaining.  Great pair of characters, with endlessly entertaining lines.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2010 7:53 pm

    There’s something refreshing about Panty’s character. In this anime world in which girls blush and get defensive (or offensive in some cases) at the slightest hint of their knickers being shown (they probably shouldn’t all be wearing 6″ short skirts – but that’s another matter), here’s a woman who shows them off with abandon. Same goes for her approach to sex. For most girls in anime, the mere thought of holding hands or an indirect kiss makes them freeze up. Panty tries to have casual sex with as many partners as possible, often multiple at a time.

    Normally, such a character would be considered demeaning to women, glorifying slutty behavior most associated with low self esteem, but in this context, she somehow feels downright empowering.

    Of course, my perspective isn’t the best as I’m not a woman, but that’s the sense that I get.

    • December 23, 2010 10:55 pm

      There’s no denying that Panty is a slut, but there’s something about the way she revels in the role and plays the aggressor in her persuit of men thats garners a certain degree of respect for her – she’s a woman that knows what she wants and goes and gets it! However since its copious amounts of sexual partners that Panty wants, its probably best not to see her as some sort of female rolemodel😆

      • December 24, 2010 7:17 am

        lol yeah, role model material she isn’t. Her sweet moment was the 1000th man she would have sex with.

        • December 24, 2010 11:11 pm

          I also liked Panty when she went into big sister mode in ep9

  2. December 23, 2010 8:00 pm

    Great characters! always made me laugh every episode😀

    At first I was not sold on the character designs, but once you get over that the characters start to become so fun to watch! really hope we get some more stuff after this series ends.

    • December 23, 2010 10:56 pm

      The character design really put me off at first too, but the animation is fantastic, as is the writing – the characters are just really likeable and fun even when they are being utterly disgusting!

  3. December 24, 2010 1:43 pm

    I personally think that they were being unfair with Stocking. We didn’t get to see enough of her on screen compared to her more vulgar and slutty sister.

    • December 24, 2010 11:13 pm

      Stocking did get sidelined a lot unfortunately – especially when they put her on a bus for the finale. Really pity, she has the more interesting character design – Panty is the more expressive character though.

  4. Lily permalink
    January 22, 2012 11:37 pm

    I love Stocking😦 I’m guessing you all know by now but its Panty, a sex addicted slut who never did any work but still came up top dog and took all screen time. She’s picks her boogers so firkin much in public and plays with shit and is such a bword! I mean she’s just mean, gross, and not funny (excepts when she says fuck… thats funny XD) and I’ve never hated a character so much in my life, and she’s ugly! Panty was just overly mean and when Scanty was about to shoot her that was the best moments for me. She is not a couple with Brief! She’s a slut and i hate how the creators tried to change that in the end by making her seem “nice” “good” and wtf did they give her back her virginity?! Throughout the show i spent barfing while she was jacking off and now SHE’S A BLOODY VIRGIN?! And she’s not a couple with brief… they just had sex… thats it… it was a one time thing. And personally i like her better as a slut. and she’s so conceited! Ugh!

    • Lily permalink
      January 22, 2012 11:38 pm

      but don’t get me wrong I’m fine with Panty… its just if she’s gonna be a slut she should STAY a slut

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