Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
- 1 Season
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is a 2010 Japanese action-comedy anime produced by GAINAX and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. It follows two fallen angels, Panty and Stocking, in their efforts to collect enough heaven coins to regain admittance into heaven after being kicked out for their bad behavior. They are sent to Daten City as penance. Daten City is located on the border between Heaven and Hell, and is plagued by Ghosts that Panty and Stocking must defeat to earn their heaven coins. These fallen angels are hardly angelic, their chosen weapons are lingerie; Panty's panties transform into pistols and Stocking's stockings transform into katanas. Reverend Garterbelt is tasked with keeping the girls in line, they're often too busy being distracted to hunt down Ghosts and heaven coins, Panty obsesses over handsome men and Stocking is enamored with sugary sweets. Panty and Stocking are joined by a small cast of supporting characters, like Brief (a local ghost hunter with a crush on Panty), Chuck (their sentient plush dog), and their two main rivals: Scanty and Kneesocks. These sisterly demons have a penchant for rules and orderly conduct, entirely anathema to Panty and Stocking's hedonistic ways. The angel and demon pairs come head to head throughout the course of the show. The show is heavy in sexual themes and imagery. Between the names of the characters, their favored weapons, and the striptease they perform as part of their transformation sequence, the show is emphatically not for children. Sexual themes permeate the plots and comedy, juxtaposed against an unusual art style that mimics American cartoons with thick lines and hyper-saturated color schemes. This unusual fusion of East-meets-West proved to be a hit however. Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt consisted of a single season, comprised of 13 episodes. It was simulcast online and syndicated across 8 markets, Funimation Entertainment provided the dub for English markets and owns the North American license for the show.