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「D.C.コンフィデンシャル」 (D.C. Konfidensharu)
“D.C. Confidential”

Well this episode acted mostly as a recap for the past 11 episodes and reveals that the Demons were behind every ghoul from the start. However, instead of a straight recap with no explanation, they inserted it in by having it as a report being given by the Demon sisters. Since all the ghouls have failed so far, the Demon Mayor is naturally displeased, and reveals his true goal of finding the Hellsmonkey’s blood kin. I’m pretty sure this is the first time “Hellsmonkey” is introduced, but apparently it is the key to unlocking chaos in Daten City. The Mayor also happens to reveal that he enjoys bdsm, similar to Stocking, and apparently wears some sort of corset he likes to tighten every once in a while.

While I myself am displeased that I pretty much just watched a recap, there was some development that occured within the episode to save it from being completely pointless. The most obvious would be the Mayor’s plan, simple as it may be, and the not so subtle remarks about Brief near the end make it clear that he probably has something to do with the Hellmonkey. We also see that apparently the demon sisters like to engage in sexual play with each other, but that’s more on the trivial side. After watching the second part, I could see that this episode served merely as a little introduction so that their sudden appearance in the second half wouldn’t be without explanation.

 

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「パンティ+ブリーフ」 (Panti ando Burīfu)
“Panty + Brief”

Acting as a prelude to what will be one hell of a finale in PSG 13, part 2 was pretty much the Act II leading to Act III of any action movie (and Act I was episodes 1 to 11). You’ve got the main protagonist losing her partner and slowly her powers, the supporting male character all of a sudden gains importance, the B story romance is created with Brief’s new look, and the enemy somehow manipulates the big party where everything begins. Opposing Garterbelt’s name as Corset, I assumed correctly that Brief would be of some connection with the Hellmonkey and that Corset would be nabbing him with some sort of plan, but I couldn’t foresee that his genitals were actually the key to unleashing the chaos of Daten City. With Brief gone, her partner in heaven, and a complete loss of angel powers, Panty has reached rock bottom. If this were a movie, we would be around the one hour point, where the movie starts heading into the final battle and conclusion. Of course at first, Panty will need to go through some sort of character change and learn from all of this, then Stocking will come back, and you can probably guess where it will go. This will probably happen next time.

Anyway, this episode was a rollercoaster of emotions, encompassing romance, action, and just a little bit of suspense. While everything was a little predictable and had an eerie sensation of “I swear I’ve seen these scenes in some movie before,” it was fun to see it all happen to these kind of characters, especially when it’s pulled off so effortlessly. Panty, who has merely just been an unsympathetic character on screen so far, surprisingly projects an ever bittersweet aura throughout the last half of the episode, and combined with frustration and anger, finds herself actually vulnerable and depending on Brief as her “last one.” Seriously, this is Panty we’re talking about, the “cumdumpster whore” that everyone chose Stocking over, and I’m finding myself immersed into the character? Consider me shocked.

Besides that, I was pleasantly surprised with the events that unfolded throughout, but I don’t have to tell you that I’m not exactly foaming at the mouth over the cliffhanger. Turning Panty into a sympathetic character in a matter of 10 minutes was impressive and did show some potential the show may have had in the past, but you can’t just bring in a villain that hasn’t ever appeared to say, “I’m going to unleash chaos now,” and expect me to care about the consequences. However, the episode cleverly had me tricked that it was trying to make up for its past non-existent plot and character development by rushing it now, but then I realized that’s pretty much what this episode was trying to go for, perhaps just trying to be sentimental and deep for the sake of parody again. Regardless, I couldn’t imagine a better way to hype up the last episode.

 

December 18, 2010 at 11:21 pm
47 comments »
  • December 18, 2010 at 11:27 pmKibate

    Actually Panty had a LOT of fans, however those(like me) were just more on the quite side, while the Stocking fans had to declare their love for her all over the internet(until “that” episode of course) and she actually had more character than you would think, you just had to carefully read what she said from time to time, she is actually pretty sweet, and before this episode. ANYWAY enough with my Panty-obsession.

    Awesome episode, the episode i was waiting all along for(i love me some plot) and like you said, gainax did everything right with it

    • December 18, 2010 at 11:42 pmKiiragi

      I want to thank you for giving me one of the best first comments ever (as far as I can remember), one that doesn’t just say something along the lines of “this was a great episode” or “first,” but actually demonstrates reading and responding as a first comment. It’s that rare, lol.

      On topic, I’m a little on the fence on whether or not people should be looking for or expecting plot in PSG, but for those that are happy with what it does have, more power to you.

      • December 19, 2010 at 12:03 amTK

        I find the pacing pretty weird but the plot is expected after episode 6. But I think if it isn’t for the hints of plot, many more would have dropped it after episode 3.

      • December 19, 2010 at 1:47 amKibate

        Haha, thanks, i never understood why people do the “First” thing in the first place. I just happen to be lucky to be the first here(i randomly checked if you posted a summary yet) and got lucky that i had enough time to write as the first poster hehe

        i know, people told me before that i am stupid to be expecting plot, but this is gainax, and everyone who has seen enough anime(and write it themselve) realized since the first episode that there will be a plot
        of course, unfourtunely there are only like 4 or so episodes that actually count as plot development^^”

    • December 19, 2010 at 5:28 amjvision5

      What episode are you talking about?

      • December 19, 2010 at 11:01 amSuppa Tenko

        Wait… so Brief’s boxers turn into a PSG-1?

      • December 19, 2010 at 11:09 amCrystal

        The one where Stocking falls in love with that ghost, people started calling her a slut after that for whatever stupid reason

    • December 20, 2010 at 9:27 pmkabayongtao

      Consider this as a basis of how fast you can speak your comprehensive thoughts in English. Usually, I can write a thoughtful paragraph in more than 5 minutes. Too slow I guess.

  • December 18, 2010 at 11:28 pmTK

    Brief route was expected, his “johnny” turning into a KEY is not…I hope the endgame lives up to the hype that started in episode 1.

  • December 18, 2010 at 11:28 pmniwa_z

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • December 18, 2010 at 11:29 pmniwa_z

      I GUESS NOT

  • December 18, 2010 at 11:47 pmShirt

    I had no idea that was Brief when Panty saw him through the fish tank. And I know the feeling about the nostalgic scenes. Hahaha I gotta say though, Brief had a really nice look. He was handsome! My goodness. Best looki- scratch that because there’s the cross dressing prince from Kuragehime. Haha

    Next week is going to be horrid. Yet great! End of so many good shows.. But very enjoyable episodes to be had. Can’t wait. Can’t wait..

    Thanks for the generous post before calling it a night, man. Sleep well. ^^d

  • December 18, 2010 at 11:48 pmVsin

    “The Mayor also happens to reveal that he enjoys bdsm, similar to Stocking…”

    Don’t you mean Garterbelt?

    • December 19, 2010 at 12:00 amKiiragi

      They’re all masochistic, just lump them together.

      • December 21, 2010 at 5:05 amGrant

        Ironically the only one who we can be sure isn’t a masochist is the sex-crazed Panty.

  • December 18, 2010 at 11:51 pmCherrychill

    BREIF!!!! I ALWAYS knew you were HOT!

  • December 18, 2010 at 11:51 pmlala

    brief is da pimp man !!

  • December 18, 2010 at 11:53 pmwhoisfriend

    Really effective use of the fishtank scene from the 1990′s Romeo and Juliet movie.

    I really liked this. The vulnerability of Panty really sold me on the entire second half. Got me really excited for the final episode.

    • December 18, 2010 at 11:57 pmmbygreen

      Agreed~ I was surprised that they would reference R&M though. Then again, they did ref from elvis to gaga a few eps back.

      • December 19, 2010 at 12:01 amKiiragi

        The title of the episode was Panty + Brief, and is apparently mimicking Romeo + Juliet, so it’s not too surprising. :P

  • December 19, 2010 at 12:25 ammangaka-chan

    Even though I saw Romeo + Juliet years ago it’s still so sweet. And Briefs! Talk about not judging a book by its cover. ;D

    • December 19, 2010 at 3:07 amMrTerrorist

      Indeed. That scene where Panty and Brief saw each other through the aquarium was very romantic. The song helps too.

  • December 19, 2010 at 2:57 amMeem

    Hmm…this episode, some of the artwork reminded me of the wii Harvest Moon games.

  • December 19, 2010 at 3:12 amewok40k

    Surprise, surprise all the Monsters of the Week have been a part of Big Bad’s Xanatos Gambit… Tropperific!
    Sexual judgements aside, Panty is a sweet blonde, really…

  • December 19, 2010 at 4:57 amCarol-chan Dias

    *0* very good~ the next is the last?

  • December 19, 2010 at 5:19 amrachelmon

    gainax sure knows how to please fangirls.
    the expectation for next week’s episode is so high!

  • December 19, 2010 at 8:21 amFirefly

    I’m calling it now, next week Stocking will come back somehow and make a big entrance and Brief will be sticking equipment somewhere very unpleasant.

  • December 19, 2010 at 8:38 amOni

    m i the only one who kinda feels sorry for Briefs for being Panty’s 1000th conquest

    • December 19, 2010 at 1:40 pmAsch

      Just you.

  • December 19, 2010 at 10:18 ambertman4

    I’m not sure why you say “you can’t just bring in a villain that hasn’t ever appeared” when the existence of the Mayor=BBG (big bad guy) has been hinted at for several episodes. Might I remind you that the Demon sisters are counter parts to our lovely angels. Even Chuck had his opposite in Fastener. It’s obvious Garterbelt would also have his rival. The Mayor, who is giving the orders to the Demon sisters, was the likely candidate.
    In retrospect there are additional hints about the story arc in the last episode. Notice at the very end of the Garterbelt episode, there are two copies of the leaflet that Gartebelt kept getting from God. One is very old and torn and has the letter G below it. The other is newer and has the letter B below it. I thought it stood for Garter and Belt but now, it obviously meant Gaterbelt and Brief. The arrow symbol also has weird protrusions on the side of the shaft, much like a key. The arrow is a phallic symbol. The same arrow was painted on the Vitruvian Man’s crotch instead of his penis.
    Can’t wait to see how Gainax is going to wrap up the story!

    • December 21, 2010 at 4:00 pmKiiragi

      Well I meant literally that the guy hasn’t really appeared since episode six, not, “oh wtf, who’s this guy that just appeared out of nowhere?”

  • December 19, 2010 at 1:44 pmst40611

    Panty blushed.

    blushed.

    Holycrap.

  • December 19, 2010 at 2:44 pmmrman

    those cocky demon girls
    fighting 2 on 1 and going all “an angel could never defeat a demon”

    and I am gay for briefers now

  • December 19, 2010 at 2:47 pmewok40k

    I devised a motto for Panty – warning NSFW
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • December 19, 2010 at 3:22 pmKyon12

    that was a great episode well just the second half gave me a lot of feeling while i was wacthing it i hope the next episode meets the expection of everyone…………….xD

  • December 19, 2010 at 3:34 pmKidKaz

    Here’s a fun fact,I noticed how Brief’s personality changes when his hair’s pulled back. Just like Allelujah/Hallelujah Haptism did at the end of Gundam 00 season 1 (and onwards). Turns out that both characters are voiced by the same guy, Hiroyuki Yoshino.

    aint that something?

    • December 19, 2010 at 4:59 pmFirefly

      Also both Soma Peries/Marie and Panty are voiced by Arisa Ogasawara.
      aint that something?

      • December 19, 2010 at 7:41 pmKidKaz

        Hmm! that is something….

      • December 19, 2010 at 8:33 pmentropy

        And they’re both f**king bad-ass. Ain’t that something?

  • December 20, 2010 at 12:16 amDarth

    Handsome Brief fills me with all sorts of unusual and confusing emotions.

  • December 20, 2010 at 12:26 aminfo600

    feels like that motto from spiderman…

    “…With great power comes great responsibility…”

    …and we got the flip side of it here w/ panty.

    btw, Brief looked great when he produced that smokescreen

  • December 20, 2010 at 1:01 amStarDriver,

    I Like the the way u analyze PSG’s episodes…..

  • December 20, 2010 at 4:15 amGrant

    You really didn’t see that point about Brief? I thought it was obvious given the nature of the show. I’m a bit annoyed that it wasn’t until she found out he had a handsome side that she decided to sleep with him but frankly that is more realistic and they actually did a good job of making her as human (for lack of a better word) as Stocking a few episodes ago. Really a pity we don’t see more of the demon sisters outside of plotting (maybe a throwaway episode fighting over Briefs for foreshadowing instead of Corset’s last minute realization) but they were as humorous as ever.

    • December 21, 2010 at 4:01 pmKiiragi

      What point are you referring to about Brief?

      • December 21, 2010 at 4:40 pmGrant

        The whole his genitals being the Key thing. I saw at least a 50/50 chance after Corset saw Briefs in the video (how did Garter not notice THAT?) and once they tried to have sex and failed it seemed obvious.

  • December 22, 2010 at 6:06 amKuld

    Dayum. Brief looks HOT. Nuff said.

  • December 25, 2010 at 11:12 amKibate

    I SO want to read your impression on the last episode!