Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – 13 (END)
「ビッチガールズ」 (Bitchi Gāruzu)
After taking several deep breaths, I am going to attempt to try and blog this in a fashionable manner, even though I am just floored at what I have seen in the last 10 minutes. First and foremost, let’s begin with part 1.
Using the Bad Boy films as the reference in titles this time, very fittingly I might add, the story continues from last time with Panty thrown out by Garterbelt, and soon she finds herself puking at the sight of sex. Rock bottom? Check. After a montage of sorts, she’s now living as a farm girl enjoying the pleasures of a simple life, only to have them all taken away. Revenge motivation with newfound motto? Check. The fact that this was all just as planned by Garterbelt? Holy Check. So with the awesome trademark Imaishi empowerment speeches, Panty takes helm and sexes up Brief with the line, “but right now, you’re number one,” harking back romantically to the last episode, and slamming it on home with the realization that this is the virginity of an angel, “the purest of the pure.” You jealous?
And right on time, Stocking appears, Panty gets back her powers, and all is well! Let it be known, that this is as far as my sane mind could speculate from the last episode, for the next part has turned it all to mush.
「ビッチガールズ2ビッチ」 (Bitchi Gāruzu Tsū Bitchi)
“Bitch Girls 2 Bitch”
While the second part started off relatively normal for PSG standards, with the disturbing imagery and sexual innuendos everywhere, it quickly turned my mouth into a continuous factory of “WHAT THE FUCK?” I’m not usually one to use such words in writing, but WTF is pretty accurate in this case.
But sure, we’ll begin from the start. With powers in hand, the battle breaks out with demons against angels, and garter against corset, pulling out all the stops for the animation. I have to admit, I lol’d at the battle between bondage methods. However, because Panty completely reverted in character from sympathetic romantic to selfish bitch again, instantly ignoring Brief once more, Corset’s plan goes right through, unlocking the gates of hell, and unleashing a giant… penis. I mean okay, a giant penis, haha right? Then all of a sudden, Garter dies, Chuck turns into some huge monster, Fastener does the same, they make battle, Chuck wins, thrashes the penis, and the angels create a motherload of a weapon using god knows what to create an incredibly badass gattai-esque weapon, and proceed to fire it… backwards. THE SKY LIGHTS UP, FLASHING RAYS POUR DOWN, THE MIGHTY POWER OF HEAVEN PARTS THE CLOUDS, AND DOWN COMES A FUCKING SHOE, THEN STOCKINGS, THEN THIGHS, THEN PANTIES, CRUSHING THE DOOR OF HELL, SLAMMING CORSET AGAINST THE GROUND WITH BEAUTIFUL IRONY, ALL IN ONE MOTION SYMBOLIZING THE ANGELS, THE POWER OF HEAVEN, AND ABOVE ALL, GAINAX. Imaishi, never change.
Whilst still reeling from the constant barrage of mindfuck, I had figured it was all over by the time the credits lit up on the screen. Okay, I thought, this was pretty damn good. Suddenly,
“Hey, do you think angel weapons could work on angels?”
wait, what are you.. OH MY GO-
Is this what we call the Gainax troll? I am not too familiar, but if it exists, I believe this is it. Season two? Gainax MUST be joking. Since the premise is pretty interesting, and due to the new location of it being in the realistic looking town, an S2 could be really awesome. If it exists. Better pray that DVD/BD special will be it.
You want to know my reaction to the end of this series? This is what I think, and this is a collection of my faces. Don’t get me wrong, I am not in the least disappointed. In fact, this is way better than the safe and predictable end that I had expected. As a result, I am balls to the wall in shock, and very satisfied that the series ended on such a ridiculous finale. Even though Panty reverted back to her old self, and any signs of epic buildup were deflated by Panty and Stocking’s careless attitudes, it showed that PSG was sticking with its roots. It wasn’t about to go turn itself into a TTGL ending, though it was halfway there already, but instead opted to stay, well, PSG. In fact, I’m pretty sure Imaishi created some new form of epic, one that is incomprehensible due to the large amounts of “whatisthisidon’teven”. You could say he has sought after a greater epic after TTGL, a tier higher, one that is above the heavens, and my friends, I believe he has grasped that level. The man now possesses the knowledge of blowing people’s minds.
I began PSG not expecting anything (seems like a good habit to develop nowadays). In fact, I didn’t even choose to blog PSG to start with, and might not have followed it all the way through if I wasn’t. This was the show’s main downfall, with jokes that fell flat most of the time because of their simplicity and shallowness, and the references that never really meant anything other than a moment of “oh cool, I know what they’re referencing to!” Besides episodes one, six, twelve, and thirteen, the other ones seemed to be just careening around, mostly as a monsters of the week scheme to give a feeling of attachment to the arc as a whole, a cheap tactic often employed in mahou shoujo. It’s because of these episodes that make PSG hard to recommend, and this is not even considering the deviant artstyle and juvenile-like humor of which I can enjoy, but many do not.
However, PSG is pretty honorable in that it set out to do something and stuck with it. In reference to wiki, Imaishi said, “The theme of the anime is ‘vulgar and indecent jokes’ [so] if we are going to do this, we will try it thoroughly.” Now if you look at PSG as just a vehicle for “vulgar and indecent jokes,” it’s a pretty damn good anime now isn’t it? A ridiculous finale or story was never the goal, but who’s complaining? The animation is quirky but excellent, reaching maximum blast in the final episode, and if you’re addicted to the adrenaline rushes TTGL or FLCL can give with electrifying music to boot, PSG is a must watch. Anti-moe or not, people have been wanting an anime like this, and they’ve got it. PSG is something that’s definitely unique in the anime universe, and is probably controversial even on Japanese airwaves. It is a mash of writers on alcohol, stuffing each episode with as many things as possible, embracing different ways to pull off the next sex joke, and if you think about it, something that you’ll probably never see air again. Really, it’s almost sad that it’s all over. So go see it, be a part of history (lol) and enjoy the freedom that is possible to be expressed in this world today, because you never know when another studio is going to allow a bunch of people to animate an idea they had when they were drunk.
Tune in next time for… Brief & Chuck with Garterbelt: The Demon Sister’s Alliance