Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – 12
「D.C.コンフィデンシャル」 (D.C. Konfidensharu)
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.
「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.