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Episode 7

「ダイエット・シンドローム」 (Daietto Shindorōmu)
“The Diet Syndrome”

Perhaps the one and only foreshadowing this show will ever create and deliver, Stocking finally finds herself getting fat, and no matter how hard she tries, it only results in gaining even more weight. But as it turns out, this is all the cause of a ghoul made of breasts, releasing yeast cells and selling them as toppings on cakes to make every other woman fat as well. A consequence of pure jealousy? Yeah. A mocking physical form of resistance to society’s pressure on feminine beauty? Definitely. A poke at Kuragehime? Probably not.

I laughed, I cried, and hurriedly told a friend to watch PSG episode 4 as soon as possible. This episode was just too funny. I think they tried to stick in some kind of message to people who are dieting, and I’m not so sure it’s a positive one. All in regulation is probably the thing to learn from this episode (wow, we’re learning from this show now?). The best thing about this half was Fat Stocking. Her mild expression had me laughing along with Panty, likely extending my life just a little longer. Oddly enough, I found Fat Stocking to be within the boundaries of those particular things that people find “fat and cute.” Like you know, how Totoro is cute, but fat. Hell, he’s so cute you don’t even think he’s fat. Anyway, the ghoul this time around was incredibly disgusting in concept. Think about it, she squirts mammary fluid… onto cakes as icing… and people eat it. In Stocking’s case, she practically vacuumed it all up at one point, accompanied with some rather nasty sound effects. Also for the first time, we get some “development” on their weapons, as when Stocking’s stockings are stretched, they apparently become limp. Oh, and the transformations continue to degrade in our minds since episode one.


Episode 8

「ハイスクール・ヌーディカル」 (Hai Sukūru Nūdikaru)
“High School Nudical”

Disregarding the fact that seeing High School Musical get parodied as a title made me cringe (the title was spot on too, with the lights on the text and everything), the latter half of the episode just wasn’t as funny as the first. I think it needs more Fat Stocking.

If anyone’s still blissfully unaware, Garterbelt is a gay pedophile, which is exactly the reason why he set up this “Lingerie Race”. This is a tidbit you might know already, but Garterbelt’s a playoff of the stereotypical “priests who like to touch boys” that appears every so often in the media. Anyway, the interesting twist this time around is that Panty and Stocking’s weapons have broken against the Ghoul. It’s never explained why, but Panty goes around finding a substitute gun by stealing everyone’s underwear. While Panty’s own gun doesn’t really represent the size of her privates (or does it?), it appears male underwear does, leading as a convenience for a rapid succession of shameless penis mockery. Given last episode’s development of Stocking’s katanas, I’ve gathered that the weapon health/appearance depends on the gun/stocking’s origin/condition, because this is obviously useful information. And did anyone not see Brief’s underwear turning out to be amazing a mile away? The choice of weapon had me laughing though, a damn shotgun.

A Deviant Analysis:
So, it’s been four episodes, and we’ve all seen what PSG is like. Some herald it as the “anti-moe” anime, a piece of work that declares absolute war on what some perceive to be what’s hampering the anime industry. Because these moe/ecchi shows sell well and are relatively easy to create, it’s flooding every season, and poorer studios don’t dare to create an original show for being scared of an early retirement. Given how tight budgets are and how business just works, it’s easy to see why studios would opt for the “sure-fire” way to earn money. Hell, Hollywood has the same damn problem. But this isn’t the point or the argument I’m bringing up, because most of this argument is an exaggeration, and I see enough original series to not really complain.

The main question is PSG’s underlying reason for its existence. Was PSG created solely as a middle finger to those aforementioned shows? Is Imaishi Hiroyuki trying to express his hate for these shows, or is he truly just parodying American culture? A show that seems like a deviant project on the surface, but in reality might contain a message to the entire industry at its core. It’s definitely something interesting to ponder about, but don’t take it too seriously. It’s like.. brain food. :P


October 24, 2010 at 1:55 am
  • October 24, 2010 at 2:02 amLOL


    • October 24, 2010 at 2:05 amKiiragi


  • October 24, 2010 at 2:09 amalex

    the art style is damn ugly…and i’ll take anytime a moe shit than this retarded crap

    • October 24, 2010 at 2:20 amHATERS GONNA HATE

    • October 24, 2010 at 2:22 amKiiragi

      Aesthetics over plot, I can dig that.
      Btw, avoid Minecraft.

      • October 24, 2010 at 2:40 amTorint

        Too late.

      • October 24, 2010 at 2:55 amnin

        About 14 euros and several hours of my life too late.

      • October 24, 2010 at 1:34 pmpent

        But this show IS flash over substance.

        Would’ve expected no less from the Gurren team.

        And it’s awesome. If someone doesn’t like the style, that’s their loss.

      • October 24, 2010 at 11:56 pmquigonkenny

        This is flash and substance, only neither is in any form we’ve come to expect. Any complaints of how “ugly” this is completely ignore the levels of homage and parody, or the intricately planned out CG, consistently used art shifts, and other animation tricks that clearly show the effort put into it. And while the humor is so overt as to have its overtness become part of the humor, there are still levels of subtlety and detail that catch you on repeat viewings. While it still has plenty of time to screw it up, PSG is well on its way to joining other classics of Gainax animation like TTGL and FLCL.

    • October 24, 2010 at 3:17 amImperialX

      Agreed. I’m dropping this anime right now and will proceed to read summaries on RC until I deem this anime worth watching again.

      I’ve seen over 200 series and this is the second anime I’ve ever dropped (first was Bobobo). No generic moe rubbish has ever given me a headache like this one.

      • October 24, 2010 at 9:14 amalex

        …you made the right decision :)

      • October 24, 2010 at 11:45 pmquigonkenny

        ^^ LOL. Sockpuppet or troll… You decide…

    • October 25, 2010 at 12:42 pmMeh

      Both art and substance have always been down the drain for this cartoon. It’s no surprise that the same people who whack off to powerpuff girls love this garbage.

  • October 24, 2010 at 2:47 amDal

    I was pretty sure when Brief’s huge package was revealed, Panty would’ve hit’d that. Guess not not much luck for Brief…

    • October 24, 2010 at 7:54 amdiet otaku

      she said he was a “2-pump chump.” you’d think she of all people would know that with guys like that, practice makes perfect…

  • October 24, 2010 at 3:10 amgeneric_user

    This episode definitely grounded Stocking as my favorite character.

  • October 24, 2010 at 3:11 amBreedo

    Fat Stocking = Eric Cartmen’s lost half sister, i’d declare this another genre, “alternative superfluous satire” ASS for short lol, it’s supporters will appreciate the acronym anyhow! to me it’s just like ren and stimpy and beavis and butthead and that meat and whatever it was, these kind of shows are for balls out having a blast, comparing it to moe anime is pointless, i don’t think it’s shootin at traditional anime it’s just being it’s own thing in my opinion like those other shows. like, no one ever wrote hey that ren and stimpy is hating on smurfs!!! lol

  • October 24, 2010 at 3:19 am1-31

    That’s a real intriguing analysis, Kiiragi. At first glance anyone would think PSG was just complete overly-over-the-top randomness… but you can see Gainax trying and succeeding to be the anime industry’s biggest troll. Haters gonna hate? Haters already hating. “Gawdawful art!” “Worst main characters ever!” “Totally stupid and pointless.”
    This ain’t no pervy daydream of virgin moeblobs.

  • October 24, 2010 at 3:27 amKLAC

    i so KLAC-ing told ya this is worth your DAMN watch really now worth it now looking to see what eps.5 & beyond next.

  • October 24, 2010 at 3:32 amewok40k

    Works for me… I am not locking myself into moe-filled fantasy room. Not that I dont like cutesy characters, just as with sweets a balanced diet must be observed (pun intended!). Plus stabs at real life and popculture are really good.

  • October 24, 2010 at 3:48 amNyoway

    Aww, you failed to screencap Panty’s nipple slip in the second half.

    • October 24, 2010 at 3:49 amKiiragi

      On purpose.

  • October 24, 2010 at 4:02 amKabayongtao

    The first part was hilarious, I must say. Though it would be much better if GAINAX included a “Fat-Transformation” scene. :)

  • October 24, 2010 at 4:19 amexia

    When I hear the FLY AWAY NOW I EXPECT A HENSHIN SCENE DAMMIT!! I be Trolled, they need more action oriented episodes instead of ones that rely heavily on jokes.

  • October 24, 2010 at 5:42 amShirt

    I laughed so hard with Panty. xD God that was great.. I totally got some darkside points for that one. LOL I’ve laughed at a fat person like Panty did in the past too which brought back some gut-busting memories. lmfao

    Ugh.. Does Stocking get any hotter?

  • October 24, 2010 at 5:50 amKoroshiya

    I think this is the first episode we can say that Panty never got laid (on camera anyways).

  • October 24, 2010 at 6:35 amkarnos

    Stocking ftw!
    thin stocking anyway.
    fat 1 made me laugh my “Alternative Superfluous Satire” off….

  • October 24, 2010 at 7:23 amKLAC

    yea this is good stuff that we FINALLY need to watch.

  • October 24, 2010 at 8:02 amdiet otaku

    for some reason this scene made me laugh the hardest. i think it must be panty’s awesomeface. also, do want to see stocking in a ponytail more often.

    i started out loving this show for the stripper henshin, but since that’s clearly not coming back, i’ve learned to love this show just for what it is – really hilarious, pervy fun in an interesting art style. i think it’s a little sad that so many hate on it just because it’s not traditional anime style (though that leaves me wondering why one piece is so popular), but i do hope gainax won’t “pull a gainax” and turn the last few episodes into characters sitting in a dark room talking to themselves or crayon drawings on popsicle sticks and “conversation. conversation. conversation.”

  • October 24, 2010 at 11:31 amstarss

    The transformation scene of Fat Stocking (you GOT to bring back ‘Fly Away Now’) was the funniest! I could stop laughing!

    “Some herald it as the “anti-moe” anime, a piece of work that declares absolute war on what some perceive to be what’s hampering the anime industry.”

    I thought it declares war on OUR WESTERN cartoon shows more than the other. He’s probably commenting on all cartoons these days.

  • October 24, 2010 at 1:28 pmPhosphatide

    This show will never stop reminding me of Western animation.

  • October 24, 2010 at 1:43 pmAshen

    Stocking-chan with a ponytail. I think my heart just floated away. <3


  • October 24, 2010 at 3:04 pmgarfield15

    “The main question is PSG’s underlying reason for its existence. Was PSG created solely as a middle finger to those aforementioned shows? Is Imaishi Hiroyuki trying to express his hate for these shows, or is he truly just parodying American culture? A show that seems like a deviant project on the surface, but in reality might contain a message to the entire industry at its core. It’s definitely something interesting to ponder about, but don’t take it too seriously. It’s like.. brain food. :P”

    Stop making me think about this show. I’m having quite enough fun watching it without wondering about it’s existence :P

  • October 24, 2010 at 4:27 pmAir

    • October 25, 2010 at 8:11 amdiet otaku

      she’s boobiesexual!

  • October 24, 2010 at 5:52 pmJack Vojack

    The episodes definitely makes fun of Western shows. I think the creator has fondness over western shows.I wonder what other shows they will have references to? Dr. House? PrisonBreak? hannah montana? guesses any1?

  • October 24, 2010 at 5:54 pmxHoneythief

    I’ve officially dubbed Panty & Stocking anime of the year. I can’t even remember the last time I had this much fun watching a show. I love this anime so much <3

  • October 24, 2010 at 6:31 pmsupen

    lol from the character design, we can already tell this is a stupid “cartoon”

  • October 24, 2010 at 8:14 pmThundercloud

    I find it hilarious that while reading the summary for P&S, there is a Victoria’s Secret ad banner on the page.

  • October 24, 2010 at 10:30 pmentropy

    • October 24, 2010 at 11:16 pmFlipGlaze

      Wow… That’s intense.

    • October 25, 2010 at 6:32 ameparadigm


    • October 25, 2010 at 2:08 pmOslos

      Spot On!

      @The haters: Can you just not to see the show? There others show you can watch. Save your (hate) opinions for yourself, like you can change it? Or you just being tsundere?

    • November 3, 2010 at 8:51 pmassholemon

      kirino as panty:
      not very accurate, panty isn’t an otaku
      -1 internet

      rina as stocking:
      WOW that’s pretty accurate (almost the same)
      +4 internets

      • November 3, 2010 at 9:24 pmassholemon

        Kuroneko* as stocking

        my bad

  • October 25, 2010 at 1:25 amderp…

    Unoriginality + homage + parody = brilliance.

  • October 25, 2010 at 10:08 amVexx

    On the deviant analysis: personally, I think this series is a big hammering of the cesspool called Cartoon Network in the US The ceaseless race to the bottom in terms of quality, plots, and false “hipness” on CN is wonderful source material.

  • October 25, 2010 at 12:51 pmMeh


    Waging war on the moe? WTF are you talking about? The Gainax people, being the pedophiles that they are, have always fapped to the powerpuff girls. They’re hoping that their fellow pedos would whack to the same crap that they’re on, only this time on jap.

    LOL to all the pedos who love this crap. Same goes to all the pedos who think that borderline smut is “mature” or “adult” should shove their heads up their assholes for disrespecting what “mature” titles mean.

    • October 25, 2010 at 2:35 pmgarfield15

      You just threw the word “pedo” in everything and hope it sounded smart enough for someone to agree with huh? Why are you even here anyway? Just to insult the commenters and viewers?

  • October 25, 2010 at 11:31 pmentropy

    Haters gonna hate.

    Panty’s gonna…pant? LOL

    Stocking’s gonna…stock? LOL

  • October 26, 2010 at 7:05 amKLAC

    come on this is all really the REAL WINNER to watch right really they pull in “everything” cause it so DAMN GOOD to watch.

  • November 3, 2010 at 8:35 pmassholemon

    I liked both first and second part, yet im expecting rule 34 on fat stocking, but im disapointed since there isn’t a single pic

    anyway im expecting to see more.

    idk if you dislike the humor or the substance
    but i really hate when they say that the art is shit (i found the art refreshing).

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