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Watch & Learn: PANTY & STOCKING #1

Push the pedal down for a lewd, crude good time.

Of course undergarments are weapons.    
Of course undergarments are weapons.    

You lunatics suggested so many interesting shows in the vote, I decided that only picking two to watch and learn from would be far too limiting. CODE GEASS was the winner by a significant percentage but, hey, that’s beside the point. Your descriptions were all so good, they made me want to get a taste of everything, so I’m going to go for the sampler plate over the entre, so to speak. Over the next couple weeks, I’m going to watch the pilot episodes of every recommended show and then decide which one I’ll watch based on which one hooked me the most.

What better title to start with then than this, a show whose earliest announcements I covered so many Moons ago…

Hoo boy…this was some saucy stuff. I comment a lot about the East/West cultural exchange in this column and perhaps things are finally coming full circle when you’ve got an anime with the ribald absurdity of an Adult Swim show and the stylized animation style of a show from Cartoon Network proper. It’s even got titles paying homage to Tarantino and Corman and a two-in-one format that I haven’t seen since Saturday mornings were actually worth getting up for. A lot of ingredients went in to the melting pot....

Some questioned whether I’d find this hodge podge too lewd for my tastes, but I seriously found the whole thing to be one hell of an entertaining hoot. Here’s something with all the madcap absurdity and breathless pacing of a kids’ toon with all the dirty, off-color jokes you enjoy as a big kid. I’m getting a better sense of Gainax’s philosophies as I get along here. Other studios may have ultra-violence and heady ideas, too, but they’re the only one who seem to be consistently comfortable with all the other edges of the transgressive. You, know sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. I was surprised to find shit demons, F-bombs a’plenty and enough pillow talk here to make every single character in FMA blush a redder shade of crimson (and, for once, not in the skeevy, EVA 2.0 underage way.)

The trial period’s still ongoing, but the other shows are going to have a tall order ahead of them, let me tell you. This was positively five kinds of fun. 

Watch this episode "Excretion Without Honor or Humanity" here.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

AgentJon April 11, 2011 at 12:30 a.m.
I watched the first Panty and Stocking for one of my imitation W-Ls some time ago, and found the style and humor eclectic, and shocking, and PERFECT for Adult Swim. Seriously, they dub this and it would get ratings even in the Sunday night block. 
Daniel_Newton moderator on April 11, 2011 at 12:32 a.m.
Oh man, way to start with a show-stopper Tom. Are you really going to watch everything we suggested? How many is that?... Like, twenty or so? Christ.

I'm glad you like Panty & Stocking, but it's almost hard not to once you get it, you know?

I only hope you can find somewhere to try Clannad, the only thing I'm worried about with that though is the subtitles, the fansub by SS-Eclipse is much better than the official sub (and for god sake, do NOT watch Clannad dubbed, I checked it out, it's just poorly done and doesn't carry a third of the weight the original Japanese version does).

Anyway, good luck Tom!
zaldaron April 11, 2011 at 2:28 a.m.
Think I'm going to stay away from this one.  Certianly nothing you can learn here.  Everything I have read makes me thing this will be the kind of off the wall japanese crazyness I can do without,  Give me baccanno over this any day.

So enjoy and  yes....good luck.
FoxxFireArt moderator on April 11, 2011 at 4:16 a.m.
It's a bold choice to try and watch all the suggested shows. I'm more surprised that you'd even have the time for such an endeavor.

I really enjoyed this series. There a few kind of boring episodes near the end, but for the most part I really enjoyed the show. My favorite character is Kneesocks.
PenguinDuston April 11, 2011 at 7:02 a.m.
Panty and Stocking was among my favorites of 2010.  I think it's hilarious through and through although it gets a bit sappy toward the end, but only for a moment or two.  I, personally, am not sure how much I would enjoy it if it was dubbed into English.  There's just something cute yet perverse in hearing the Japanese voice actors curse up a blue streak in English while continuing to speak in Japanese.  I think because the profanity comes from non-English speakers, it's disarmed from being too crude or gratuitous.  

Anyway, you've got a long road ahead of you if you plan to check out the opener of each series suggested, but I do believe it's a great idea because it will expose you to a lot of very different shows.  If I had know that, I would have suggested something a bit less mainstream than Full Metal Panic.  Ah, well next time. 
Lurkeroon April 11, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
I watched the first episode, didn't like it. Over time I have developed a resistance to the crass humor of shows like Family Guy, and based on what's on Adult Swim right now, I wouldn't like any show someone compares to it. If you're gonna do vulgar or crass humor, you gotta have something behind it for me to enjoy it. South Park is about the only cartoon I know that still tries to do that (and then there's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" for live action).

I'd still read the Watch and Learn because I am generally interested in the type of shenanigans they pull in the series, but wouldn't care to watch.
WarlordPayneon April 11, 2011 at 1:36 p.m.
Wow, I did not like that episode at all.  It was just random sexual comments and cursing without any effort at making them actual jokes.  You are right though, it would fit right in with the current Adult Swim.
sotyfan16on April 11, 2011 at 7:26 p.m.
Wow..the animation is even more off-the-wall than I had anticipated. I was originally not going to watch this series but sickVisionz suggested I give it a shot. I like how sexual and perverse everything is but I really only laughed out loud once. It's a short series so if this becomes a W&L for the duration then I'll watch each ep. If not, then I'll get around to finish the show at some point.

I have to agree with everyone that you have quite the long and winding road ahead of you in checking out everything that was suggested but I also feel it's good that you are doing so, Tom. I have felt for some time that you've been limited to mainstream series and therefore miss out on some good shows that get little, if any, attention brought to them. Also, I'm glad you are checking out a bunch of shows because I want you to learn and experience anime tropes, genres, etc. that you have either not talked about or haven't experienced. By that last statement I'm meaning that I get the feeling that you have skewed or unknowing ideas of certain things and you would benefit in expanding your anime knowledge by getting a better understanding.
Rexicon April 11, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.
on my suggestion of Mushi_shi,for some reason,FUNimation uploaded the english dub of it first on youtube and is putting the japanese episodes up.I recommend watching it in english.the nature of the show is ... lullaby like i guess and having to read subtitles would distract from the story.
Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamotoon April 12, 2011 at 12:13 a.m.
Damn... beaten to the punch. Oh well: Tom, you're the staff member, and I just giving a humbly fucked-up view on something quite fucked up (just like what inspired it AND the people who made it) and ingenious at the same time.
No_name_here staff on April 12, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.
@AgentJ said:
" I watched the first Panty and Stocking for one of my imitation W-Ls some time ago, and found the style and humor eclectic, and shocking, and PERFECT for Adult Swim. Seriously, they dub this and it would get ratings even in the Sunday night block.  "
Seems like the first show that could play in any block of their programming.
No_name_here staff on April 12, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.
@Newten:

I'll be checking out CLANAAD eventually. Maybe next? I'll see if I can avoid the dub, as you suggest.
Nerxon May 2, 2011 at 3:42 a.m.
just starte watching and I fucken love the zanyness
Rexicon May 5, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.
I hate to add another series since you have a lot to go through,but I think a proper watch and learn of pani poni dash would get more people watching this awesome series.
sickVisionz moderator on May 5, 2011 at 5:10 p.m.
@Rexic said:
" I hate to add another series since you have a lot to go through,but I think a proper watch and learn of pani poni dash would get more people watching this awesome series. "
I second this.  PPD is really funny and my favorite comedy series by far.
Rexicon May 5, 2011 at 6:10 p.m.
and by proper watch and learn,i dont mean the whole series(though that would be awesome).I mean the sample episode one thing.

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