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「悪魔のような女たち」 (Akuma no youna Onnatachi)
“Les Diaboliques”

There is no amount of expletives to describe the latter 10 minutes of epic ridiculousness, so I’m not even going to attempt trying. There is no doubt that this is the best episode so far, pulling out the many tropes of television and mashing them all into what felt almost like a movie counterpart compared to previous half-sodes. The feeling I got was pretty much exactly what was felt during the final arcs of TTGL, but with much less exposition backing it up, so it felt more like an epic snack than an epic meal.

Anyway, me babbling won’t do much good, so let’s take this on with some structure. Instead of the usual 10 minute episode we have been getting, this one is a full length 20 minute showing, and frankly, it felt like watching a movie. Right away, the usual format is thrown out the window, as we get P&S in the middle of a mission. As they soon find out, new queens have replaced them at their local school, namely two demons named Scanty & Kneesocks. The tropes come in here, as if the similar names didn’t already give away that they’re simply “Evil Knockoffs”. There’s some irony here that the angels abhor rules, while the devils insist on them. Being the evil knockoffs that they are, it’s only natural that they surpass P&S at everything they do. They even have a transformation scene mirroring that of P&S (but I still like P&S’s trans more) while one-upping them with Scanty wearing TWO panties instead of one (is this fanservice? :P). You wouldn’t believe the amount of fanart these two characters have on the net already, and it’s only been a single day.

There’s been something I’ve been wanting to say since episode one, and that is that the music is absolutely amazing, with upbeat electronic tracks that work like dosages of epinephrine. The absolute highlight of the show has always been the action for me, and these fight scenes pretty much have it all. You’ve got dual pistols, dual katanas and scythes, humvees riding up buildings, humvees crashing into each other, gunfights, swordfights, gunkata (lolequilibrium), gun gattai, bullet time, bullets meeting in midair, bullet deflection, and it just goes on and on. There’s the bathroom shootouts that remind me of Terminator 2, the Humvee crashes reminiscent of Matrix Reloaded, and you’ve even got bad-ass face-off poses that hark back from spaghetti westerns to James effin’ Bond. And exactly what just makes this all work? The animation required to pull all this shit off (<3 Gainax) coupled with Imaishi’s brilliant brain for crafting obscene amounts of epic (who worked ONLY on the pivotal episodes in TTGL, that being ep 8 and 27, and this was NOT a coincidence) that I just can’t praise enough, and as a spice to add to the flavor, the frenetically thumping soundtrack. All action movies should be directed by this guy, so do a live action movie Imaishi!

And lo and behold folks, you wanted it, now you got it, effin’ plot. The demon girls are something else, and with the grand villain behind it all who just happens to be the mayor, I expect an unbelievably awesome final confrontation that may just top FLCL’s finale (for some variance). With seven episodes left, what’s there to stop them from making the most explosive rush of adrenaline powered storyline ever? Absolutely nothing. (Though judging by the next few episode titles, it will return to an episodic nature. Crossing my fingers for a mini final arc though.)

Note: Oh and December 29th, OST release. Mark it. Pine for it. Get it.

 

November 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm
42 comments »
  • November 6, 2010 at 7:36 pmCommiE

    can’t get anymore epic then TTGL

    • November 6, 2010 at 7:38 pmKiiragi

      Yeah, sadly, but it can certainly try, and I’m more than willing.

    • November 6, 2010 at 7:55 pmArabesque

      *coughGunbusterscough*

      • November 6, 2010 at 7:56 pmKiiragi

        I’m actually trying to watch that right now, both Gunbuster and Diebuster. I feel so retro watching 80′s anime.

      • November 6, 2010 at 8:08 pmArabesque

        It’s shouldn’t feel retro. More like old school. Something retro would be Golgo 13.

        How far are you in it?

      • November 6, 2010 at 8:10 pmKiiragi

        Only finished one episode of Gunbuster haha.
        I’ve only started last week, but the entire week was hectic for me, so I couldn’t find much time to watch any. I think I’ll continue today.

      • November 6, 2010 at 8:22 pmArabesque

        I’d recommend not watching both series consecutively, the level of epic is lethal.

        Are you thinking about doing a general impression post on it later on?

      • November 6, 2010 at 9:10 pmKiiragi

        Dunno, if the epic levels are as you say, then yes, probably. No promises though!
        Plus it’d be a nice tie-in to PSG, and maybe get more watchers for both series.

      • November 6, 2010 at 10:34 pmBROOKLYN otaku

        did someone say GUNBUSTER!?!?!?!?!?! hell yeah! gotta give props to da classics, BUT!! GUNBUSTER 2 was WAY MORE GODLY!!!! then the original that is..

  • November 6, 2010 at 7:50 pmArabesque

    While I really shouldn’t be questioning this, but shouldn’t wearing two panties be uncomfortable? I mean yeah between the shit monsters and the underwear-based-weaponry this may be superficial, but still …

    I liked the episode, but I had hoped that the antagonists wouldn’t have been direct clones of the duo. Still, nice action.

    • November 6, 2010 at 7:59 pmKiiragi

      Maybe two panties would, but she was practically wearing two thongs. Less cloth, less friction. :X

      • November 6, 2010 at 8:11 pmArabesque

        More uplift?

        I really shouldn’t think about this.

      • November 6, 2010 at 8:13 pmKiiragi

        Oh but you can’t help it, because dose hormones.

    • November 7, 2010 at 6:39 amdiet otaku

      not really. have you ever worn boxers under a pair of shorts? it’s like that. you don’t really feel the second pair.

  • November 6, 2010 at 7:56 pmPoiira

    Whoot! Thanks Kiiragi. :)
    the vertical car-driving was so epic…. and Panty getting her face shoved in a urinal and then flushed. That was just funny. XD

  • November 6, 2010 at 7:57 pmkyonkun

    Everybody was expecting greatness from Pansuto Episode 6 and it delivered on that promise
    Just want episodes like this for the rest of the series run

  • November 6, 2010 at 8:08 pmKLAC

    well to SAY it welcome to HE!! now cause now we got demon sisters, epic battle, & final boss.

    all he!! yea now this now RRRRRRUURRRRUUUU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwZSzlk4JHA reALLY who (bleeping)next to happen?

    & yea rules meant to be broken.

  • November 6, 2010 at 8:09 pmdimsumftw

    I loved how their rolled their R’s in this episode.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwZSzlk4JHA

    • November 6, 2010 at 8:14 pmKiiragi

      I liked their “What the hell?” engrish. It was rather impressive.

  • November 6, 2010 at 9:01 pmsealouse

    I was expecting someone like “Him” to show up at the end. Wonder what the mayor actually looks like.

  • November 6, 2010 at 9:26 pminfo600

    just gonna knit-pick this for it’s lack of bullet physics…even if I can withstand the lack of ‘suspension of disbelief’ for everything else in this episode

    …it’s still epic

  • November 6, 2010 at 9:51 pmTK

    I thought this show was losing its steam, turns out into one of the epic happening in the week!

  • November 6, 2010 at 10:36 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    sick ep!!! i’ll take the megane demon BTW. love the HUMMER vs. HUMMER”stretch” ACTION! chuck was sooo into that ish!

  • November 7, 2010 at 4:04 amEspada

    i~ want you~

  • November 7, 2010 at 5:18 amOrin

    YOU HAD IT GEEK BOY! YOU HAD IT AND YOU TOSSED IT AWAY!

  • November 7, 2010 at 6:44 amdiet otaku

    OST on 12/29? I AM SO THERE.

    this episode was so epic i shat brix. i love this show in ways that are illegal in 42 states. and yes, i was one of the ones making fanart (of a sort) of scanty and kneesocks immediately after seeing the episode.

  • November 7, 2010 at 6:56 amMonkeynails

    Why… did you link me to tv tropes? D:

    • November 7, 2010 at 1:42 pmKiiragi

      ………:D?

  • November 7, 2010 at 9:44 amstarss

    The Mayor is Satan.

    Just sayin’ that right now.

  • November 7, 2010 at 10:25 amHenDarou

    The fight was pretty damn epic. The animation was simply great and the action was top-notch, loved it! Don’t really like Scanty and Kneesocks, although they’re great as villains.

  • November 7, 2010 at 9:40 pmassholemon

    that was an awesome episode, and it has the best fighting scene in the series (i like it WAY more than the previous ones)
    also, is brief gonna get laid later?

    ps: one thing i really like about this series is the engrish.

  • November 7, 2010 at 9:44 pmassholemon

    also im going to buy the OST (or download it if gainax can’t ship products).

    the OST is a must get

  • November 7, 2010 at 10:19 pmwrybread

    PSG’s been pretty meh for me. Then this episode came and blew me away with an epic second half. I just couldn’t stop smiling at how ridiculous and amazing that fight scene was. AND WHEN THE HELL ARE THEY RELEASING THE OST I NEED IT NOWWWWWW

    • November 7, 2010 at 10:21 pmwrybread

      ohwhoops haha didn’t see the little blurb at the end. BUT THE END OF DECEMBER IS SO FAR AWAY

  • November 8, 2010 at 6:50 amOvercooled

    Just as PnS was starting to sort of fizzle out, we get THIS. I couldn’t ask for more…PnS really delivered this time. Mmm I hope we get some sort of miniarc of plot too, those demon sisters are pretty badass. =D

  • November 8, 2010 at 2:51 pmSkins T

    This was my favourite episode thus far. XD

  • November 8, 2010 at 11:12 pmtakashid

    GEEK BOY YOU FOOL! HOW COULD YOU HESITATE!?

    • November 9, 2010 at 12:15 amKiiragi

      The guy’s old fashioned. Don’t find many of those around anymore..

  • November 9, 2010 at 4:47 amderp…

    I am amusing an actual conclusion. Ho many episodes were there with Vicious in cowboy bebop before the final based around him? I don’t mind the episode nature, I am annoyed by spam of sex jokes every minute like I’m in a drunken dorm room…
    But if you like that stuff, good for you I guess.

  • November 10, 2010 at 11:11 amKhayal1O1

    looks like PSwG continues to pe pretty looking but with shit humer, character, and story. Mostly shit humer. nothing to see here, I’ll watch Animaniacs instead.

  • November 12, 2010 at 6:29 ammrman

    Watched this episode at least 10 times.
    Its so much fun watching the fights and the RRUUURRRRUU

  • November 14, 2010 at 6:38 amDerPilz,

    I was kinda expectin something like this…..