Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – 10
「インナーブリーフ」 (Innā Burīfu)
Perhaps one of the few episodes with a title reference that actually plays out in the story, this time being Innerspace, the angels have become small due to a mishap from a ghoul. Brief pisses them off, so for some reason they decide to head into his body and wreak havoc.
Honestly, what can I say? The animation wasn’t horrible, but it sure wasn’t great to look at either. The plot was incredibly weak, with little to no depth other than “angels now stuck in Brief, must get them out,” which was a problem solved within seconds. Your typical Saturday morning cartoon had better writing than this. I suppose it was interesting to see Brief look like a pregnant woman, and the constant examples of Garter’s pedophile nature, but trivial nonetheless.
「チャック・トゥ・ザ・フューチャー」 (Chakku tu za Fyūchā)
“Chuck to the Future”
In contrast, this title reference had nothing to do with the story at all, except for the fact that it was split into three parts. So let me try to make sense of the story here: Chuck is the main character, and the story focuses on his small adventure. The first part has him going against Fastener, the Demon sister’s pet sidekick, and the two battle it out like a classic Tom & Jerry episode. Sadly, it was nowhere near as entertaining as a T&J episode, at least until the kitchen scene where they throw each other everywhere. In the end, Chuck manages to “kill” Fastener (I wonder if he’s going to appear again; probably will for inconsistency’s sake), and the first part ends with Chuck being squashed.
The second part has him injured and wanting to urinate but can’t move due to all the bandages. Despite showing excessive healing powers from the first part, he couldn’t manage to heal himself from being splattered by a car. So a fly comes around, pisses him off, he kills it, unleashes a huge wave of flies which picks him up and throws him in a microwave. Somehow the microwave reconstructs him, which seems to be a reference, and then it goes into part three.
Part three is probably the worst. I think they’re trying to reference some creepy movie with an essence of psychological horror here (apparently it’s Eraserhead). Nothing really happens until the end, where Chuck “metaphorically” opens himself up, where the little devil man meets the devil woman who came from Fastener’s head, and then proceed to have sex. Now I’m not sure what kind of message that’s trying to say, with Chuck having to view it like some sort of torture device in his dazed state, but I think it’s something along the lines of this.
「HELP!二人はエンジェル」 (HELP! Futari wa Enjeru)
“HELP! We are Angels”
I’m not exactly sure what went on for the first 16 minutes or why it happened, but it must have been to make this music video feel more awesome. The “theme” song that’s been occasionally played as background music for a while now is used for this MV, so people that liked it can now hear the full song. If you rip the audio, you’ll pretty much have a clean intact version of this song that will eventually come on the PSG OST due December 29th. A LOT of work must have gone into these 3-4 minutes, as the multiple designs for the homages were quite well done. No half-assery here.
While the first part of the video acts like an intro and their eventual path to fame, the latter showcases a flurry of references to famous artists over the years. I can recognize the obvious ones like the Beatles, GaGa’s “Telephone” MV, Gorrilaz, KISS, and a more obscure one like t.A.T.u., but the other ones I just can’t pinpoint.
This one seems to be a band at Woodstock (forgive me if I’m completely off the mark), and these two look really familiar but are just faint memories. I’m sure someone can point out all the references, so please comment if you know them. Hell, even this interview show seems oddly familiar, but I just can’t remember.
To top it all off, you get some naked artist metaphors, and then the band causes a riot which leads to Panty getting arrested (which should be a reference to another famous occurrence in history of a band that did this, but again, I can’t recall). Being an otherwise cool music video that wouldn’t exist due to all the copyright issues (I think), PSG episodes like this will continue to polarize viewers into lovers and haters. Having only three episodes left, I believe the “Battle for Daten City Showdown” will start one ep before the last. If it comes out like the way I’m imagining it will, the series should end on a pretty high note.
Note: This lists out most if not all the references, thanks to MrTerrorist for the link.