...Of the Dead; One Angry Ghost User Reviews

...Of the Dead; One Angry Ghost is an anime episode of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt that was released on 11/19/2010
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Undeath Penalty Reviewed by AK_the_Twilight on Nov. 28, 2010. AK_the_Twilight has written 16 reviews. His/her last review was for Dead Leaves. 85 out of 87 users recommend his reviews. 5 out of 5 users found this review helpful.
 Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is quickly becoming one of those shows that always finds energy to burn, even through their missteps. Sure, they’ve stumbled a few times, but they’ve been on a serious roll lately. Eight episodes in and Panty and Stocking are still going strong. Thanks to some great scenes, plenty of wild writing, and some excellent parody, Episode 8 was another solid outing for everyone’s favorite fallen angel duo. 
 Panty, Stocking, and Garterbelt find their own sex toy armory.
 Panty, Stocking, and Garterbelt find their own sex toy armory.

“…Of The Dead” kicks the episode off with plenty of zombies. Panty and Stocking are enlisted by Garterbelt to be cops in the quiet burg of Romero and Carpen Town, only to be packed in a rundown building by zombies, hungry for the brains of the angels and a group of civilians. Unfortunately for everyone (except the zombies), Panty and Stocking’s holy weaponry is ineffective against the walking dead. Garter, after a bout in the bathroom, reveals that defeating the zombies revolves around shooting them in the head. Imagine that! Panty and Stocking take the remaining civilians to a local sex shop to get equipped. Little do the angels know that the zombies are actually a plan by Scanty and Kneesocks. The demon girls deliver a message to Panty and Stocking through a zombified cat (with Chuck being a zombie chew toy in the meantime) as the angels gather as many sex toys they can muster to beat the brains out of the undead. After a pointlessly long speech from a foolishly brave civilian, the zombies break through. Garter holds back the swarm while Panty and Stocking retreat to See Through. Turns out that Chuck’s defense left him as a zombie as well, where he attacks Panty and Stocking. Garter holds off the zombies until a zombified Panty and Stocking arrive to the show. The zombies also manage to rebel and take Scanty and Kneesocks as well. As the morning comes, Panty and Stocking remain zombies, ultimately accepting their fate.

Call it an odd comparison, but this story felt more Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” than anything else. The ending also echoed the “who cares?” ending, where a normally bad fate can easily be reset, regardless of continuity. Still, it works. The constant parodies of classic zombie movies and video games were particularly clever, and the whole “sex toys as weapons” was funny. Though the sequence didn’t have much of a serious plot, similar to the “Transhomers” scenario from the previous episode, it let the characters be themselves. The civilians, however, felt pretty flat and uninteresting, especially the long-winded farewell speech of the guy with the blow-up doll. Still, it was a funny, parody-packed episode that felt more slapstick than epic, and that’s a good thing.

 Panty and Stocking are put on trial for their Ghost hunting.
 Panty and Stocking are put on trial for their Ghost hunting.

“1 Angry Ghost” puts the angelic duo in a courtroom TV program where they’re accused of murdering an innocent Ghost named Mr. Husband Petter. Thanks to the wacky prosecution of a Mr. Tom Croose, the angels are put on trial. After accidentally selecting a monkey as a lawyer for their defense, Panty and Stocking are forced to answer a number of questions, leaving their fate in jeopardy. The angels, after undergoing a huge guilty vote and receiving a huge electric shock, are about to lose. Fortunately, their monkey lawyer grabs Panty’s hair mistaking it for bananas, giving him an electric shock that stimulates his intelligence to genius level. The monkey denounces the claims against Panty and Stocking, logically announcing the murderer’s true identity: Mr. Husband Petter’s wife. As the wife transforms into a maniacal killing machine, the host and Croose are revealed to be Scanty and Kneesocks, who quickly depart from the scene. With permission from the judge to kill the wife Ghost, Panty and Stocking do their job. The show ends with Panty’s hair being eaten by the monkey lawyer, who reverts back to his original IQ.

 Phoenix Wright has nothing on this lawyer.
 Phoenix Wright has nothing on this lawyer.

This riotously ridiculous scenario really did not care about making any sense and instead focused on throwing enough weird ideas into a blender. Did it work? Well, it was hilarious. How often do you get to see a genius monkey lawyer tell Tom Croose off? That and the fact that Mr. Husband looked like something straight out of Ren and Stimpy just pushed the limits further. Stocking's pain-related fetish was shown even more here, which made her character even more developed. The only serious issue that I found was Scanty and Kneesocks who, despite quickly becoming high-profile characters, seem to be going down the “Team Rocket” road, where their ridiculous plots seem to be used for comic relief instead of true villainy. It would’ve been great to see another epic confrontation from the angels and devils like it “Les Diaboliques”, but we’re probably going to have to wait on that. We’ll have to see how far this goes, but regardless of the bit roles of Scanty and Kneesocks this time around, this selection was absolutely crazy, but always delivered the laughs.

There was a degree of experimentation in this episode, but it felt very parodic and ridiculous without compromising its core values. The lack of any seriously epic confrontations was a bit disappointing and some scenes didn’t deliver the way others did, but it really felt like a go-anywhere, good-time episode. Zombies, monkeys, and Tom Croose; that’s pretty hard to top.

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