Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt DVD Review [Probably NSFW]

Repent, motherfuckers!

You guys have no idea what you all are in for. This is one of the most WTF shows ever.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is an original anime produced by Studio Gainax and Kadokawa that originally ran during the Fall 2010 season for 13 episodes. Each episode consists of two half-episode segments, exceptions being Episode 6 (which is a full-length episode) and Episode 9 (five mini-episodes), similar to most Western Animations.

The story goes like this: In the very point between Heaven and Hell lies Daten City, a town under constant attack by evil monstrous creatures called Ghosts, and the one and only line of defense the city has against these Ghosts are two lovely angels, the Anarchy sisters Panty and Stocking.

OK, you know what? Disregard that last statement; they’re sure as hell neither lovely nor angelic. These two were booted from Heaven for being rude-ass bitches. And they don’t look like they’ll be getting back in anytime soon since Panty’s a sex-obsessed slut who fucks any male in her line of sight, Stocking’s a sweets-obsessed loligoth whom although more down-to-earth than Panty, nevertheless is still no nicer than her sister. And their boss, the afro-sporting reverend Garterbelt, just can’t seem to keep them in line, when he’s not getting off on some kinky as hell fetish that I’d rather not talk about…

Sure, these so-called angels may seem like the unlikeliest of heroines, but when Ghosts terrorize Daten City, they are the only heroines around, so who else can they depend on? Well, perhaps the rule-abiding Daemon sisters Scanty and Kneesocks, but they’re bad guys so… No. When Panty transform her panties into a gun and Stocking transform her stockings into katanas, the Anarchy sisters blast and slice through Ghosts, collecting enough Heaven Coins for their re-entry into Heaven.

This truly is a Gainax series, ladies and gentlemen.

This show is not one for the kids. It may look like one with the animation resembling The Powerpuff Girls, but believe me, it’s not. This show is laced so many F-bombs that if anyone ever tries to make a drinking game out of this, you’ll be wasted before a half-episode even finishes. (Seriously, don’t.) Probably quicker that that if you’re watching the dub. Yes, the dub actually has more swears than the Japanese. If you went to any one of the panels at a few of the recent anime convention, you should know that the writing staff for the English dub were told to make the script as vulgar as possible. I know some of you were hoping to see this series on [adult swim]/Toonami, but they pretty much said it’s highly unlikely. I believe I might’ve said this before, but I think what with all the shout-outs to other famous works, that this was probably made with American audiences in mind, and I think the English dub certainly benefits from it. Heck, it actually adds some more references to it. (Here’s the probably full list.). I most definitely believe that this one of FUNimation’s best dubs, along with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is available now on DVD (It’s DVD-only due to Kadokawa’s policies about international Blu-Ray releases on recent titles.) from FUNimation Entertainment, wherever anime is sold. It contains the complete 13-episode series with English and Japanese language audio, plus Panty & Stocking in Sanitary Box shorts, as well as extras that include outtakes, a montage of Ghost explosions, creditless intro and outro, collection of promo videos and trailers, and “Making of” videos.

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