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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.
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.
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?