PANTY STOCKING PANTY PANTY STOCKING YEAH
Alright, so I’m a bit behind schedule; episode six aired on Friday. My excuse is that I watched Macross Frontier: The False Songstress that night and then spent yesterday playing Pokemon/re-reading ALL my BL/doing the laundry. Honestly, that I got to it today just speaks to my dedication to my readers, as today is Sunday so that means FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!!!
Also: technically, I’m not behind! P&S w/G is a thirteen-episode show, after all, so, really, I should just watch half of episode seven, write up a review, post it, and then watch the second half.
Blah blah blah who cares.
P&S w/G is one of the shows this season that really has no business being able to maintain the momentum it displayed in the first episode. After all, shallow toilet humor can really only remain funny for so long, right? And, yet, Gainax has managed to keep the episodes fresh, and has also demonstrated a willingness to break from their own established format in both episodes five and six. While the second half of episode five didn’t exactly work, they nevertheless deserve credit for trying to put a different spin on things, shifting from a P&S-centric story to one wherein P&S are the distant heroines whom regular people admire.
Episode six worked better in mixing things up a little, with the full-episode storyline about a pair of demon sisters causing some mayhem at the high school. It also established some longer-term villains in the form of said demon sisters, along with a shadowed overlord/boss-type. Not exactly anything new in terms of anime as a whole, but it was a change from the half-episode tales we have been getting.
I must now admit some bafflement with P&S w/G. I don’t find this to be terribly funny, honestly; I’ll literally laugh out loud during Kuragehime and also have during some of the Otome Youkai Zakuro episodes and Milky Holmes as well (and, really, how could you not with a male character who is so opposed to shirts and yet so prone to cold nipples?). I’ve giggled a bit during Star Driver. But I never actually laugh during P&S w/G, nor do I find it particularly humorous in a milder, laughter-free manner. Yet there’s something in this that keeps drawing me back to it every week, and I never find myself hemming and hawing over it. I like watching it; I just don’t exactly know why.
I can tell you, though, that I am already dying to get my hands on the OST. I love the OP, even if it is just the heroines names chanted over and over again. I also like the insert transformation songs – the new one this week for the demon sisters was awesome! And I like the ED music, in part since it seems a bit out-of-place closing out a show that concerns itself so much with poop and vomit. The contrast is amusing, for some reason.
I also enjoy the animation. The art is pretty deceptive; there have been moments where I’ve suddenly been confronted with how good the animation is and found myself surprised since the art looks so simplistic itself. And of relation to the animation, if there is one thing that keeps putting a grin on my face, its the ways in which the animators have kept us from ever seeing up Panty’s skirt during battles. That is one place where they do get the humor right.
Now, does all of what P&S w/G does work? No. Garterbelt as an Afro-Am pedophilic priest is a bit uncomfortable when considering the racial angle, and some of the attempts at humor fall flat. The humor itself in general isn’t terribly funny, either. But the pros, even if I cannot quite identify them myself, manage to outweigh the cons enough to keep bringing me back to it.
Now, as for the title of this post – right now, P&S w/G is listed officially as thirteen episodes. However, in an interview with one of the production staff, there was mention made of twenty-six episodes being made. My sincere hope is that they keep it to thirteen, though; yes, they’ve managed to keep it all working for six episodes even though I figured it’d last for three, but twenty-six sounds highly dicey. Ah well, we shall see.
By the way, do you know how hard it is to find decent images from this show? Just try doing an image search for it. You’ll see exactly what I mean.
Ok, time for more football. And BL.