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Bitch Girls is an anime episode of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt that was released on 12/24/2010
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The Climax Reviewed by AK_the_Twilight on Dec. 31, 2010. AK_the_Twilight has written 16 reviews. His/her last review was for Dead Leaves. 85 out of 87 users recommend his reviews. 7 out of 7 users found this review helpful.
So it’s all come down to this: Brief captured, Stocking in Heaven, Panty unarmed. The suspense has reached its highest point, and it’s time for the final battle to arrive. In the end, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt’s last episode’s confrontations recapture the epicness of Gainax’s past works, while adding a hilariously crude twist. Though a sketchy ending holds this episode back from being one of Gainax’s finest, it still feels purely Gainax and that’s hardly a bad thing.
 
 Panty relocates to a farm to start a new life.
 Panty relocates to a farm to start a new life.
After the events of the previous episode, Panty, powers lost, is kicked out of the church by Garterbelt. Haunted and sickened by her sexual lifestyle, Panty relocates to a farm outside Daten City. Living what seems like a happy life for the ex-angel, Panty’s world comes crashing down when her adoptive family is killed by bikers. Panty is told by her adoptive grandmother to chase her desires and save Brief. Panty defeats the bikers and drives to the monolith constructed by Corset (with the entire farm scene being a plan to refuel Panty’s spirit, courtesy of Garterbelt). Corset uses his bondage techniques to “stimulate” Brief, but to no avail. As Panty finishes her moment with Brief, Stocking returns to defend them from the Demon Sisters’ attack. It’s not until Panty finds the “g-spot” with Brief that she earns her angelic powers back. As the battle between the angels and demons heats up, Brief accidentally awakens the power of Hellsmonkey by falling into the Hellgate. Corset increases his bondage and uses the Demon Sisters as weapons, transforming into a super-muscular bondage warrior. Garterbelt, in retaliation, shows his own bondage technique, only to be swept away by Corset’s power and killed (in classic Claymation explosion fashion). Panty and Stocking discover Garterbelt’s credit card for Heaven weapons, and with some help from a super-transformed Chuck, ascend the giant Ghost and go on a shopping spree for new armaments. However, the new weapon that the angels buy backfires, instead blasting the opposite direction into Heaven. Fortunately, the angels summon a giant female from Heaven who steps on Corset. Turns out the female is their Mom. Garterbelt is revived once the battle is over, with his mission incomplete and his credit card maxed out. As the team returns to the church, Stocking attacks Panty, kills Garterbelt (who is revived) and reveals Corset to be alive. Even stranger is that Stocking reveals herself as a demon. With Panty in 666 pieces, Garterbelt sends Brief and Chuck to find the pieces of Panty before Stocking and Corset open Hellgate. TO BE CONTINUED IN NEXT SEASON.

The sheer scope of this episode was enormous. Seeing the angels summon their Mother to crush Corset in an odd  fetish-based way was simply incredible. Even Chuck’s badass transformation had a tough of epicness in its system. The beginning was also remarkably funny, even before Panty leaves the farm. Seeing Panty in such an environment is pretty surreal, but once she is reunited with Brief, the whole show burst into overdrive. Gainax has a strong track record with epic confrontations and final battles (Gurren Lagann will prove that in spades), so seeing Panty and Stocking in superb action was beyond amazing.

 Even Chuck has a transformation!
 Even Chuck has a transformation!

The ending of Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt deserves its own paragraph in this review, because it’s been a thorough subject of controversy across the internet. It offers an interesting prospect to how Gainax goes about their job. Gainax isn’t about jumping the shark. Sure, some people may disagree with Gurren Lagann’s second half, but with such brief outings like FLCL and Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, they don’t like pushing a series too far past its fragile breaking point. With this ending, which seems implausibly complex for such an over-the-top series, Gainax has tossed the idea of a second season of Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt into the air. However, the ending introduced a stupidly lengthy concept (666 pieces? Really?), one that not even the shonen action juggernaut has been able to reach. There’s a pretty low chance that Gainax will pursue this idea, but that doesn’t stop the discussion of a possible second season. Then again, Gainax could just be screwing with our minds, but tomorrow never knows. If there really is no new season, Gainax committed a criminal act by tantalizing its viewers in such a ridiculous way. The ending, while uniquely absurd, felt more like a mean-spirited prank than a creative way to end the series, so I couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed at it.

 ...and the internet shook with fear.
 ...and the internet shook with fear.

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt has come a long way since Episode 1. It’s great to see Gainax in full form in the same way that FLCL and Gurren Lagann have proven them to be. An epic confrontation, multiple hilarious sequences throughout, and a generally meaningful character relationship between the different roles let the series end without compromising their core values. It was a battle worth watching over and over again. Still, the ending itself was a disappointingly random and sketchy one. It poked fun at lengthy anime that go for hundreds of episodes, but never really took it to heart. It was less satire, more just being a jerk.

At the end of the day, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt went out with a bang, and even the recoil from the gunfire couldn’t hurt it. All we can say now is “bring on Season 2, Gainax.” Please? PLEASE?

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