DonChipotle (Level 10)

They pulled a lost at the end. Nothing was resolved and everyone hated it. See you next year twilight
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Gainax is an odd studio.  This goes without saying as this is the studio that has brought us such shows as FLCL and  Oruchuban Ebichu and that Gurren Lagann show people seem to like (I don't like it but that is neither here nor there). The latest show to be produced there is the new series Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. I'll admit I had no idea what this show was about other than that it was a Gainax production, which, in my eyes, is always worth a watch.  I'm not sure what I was expecting. But I am pretty sure what I got was nothing I was ready for. 
 
The show is about two angels named Panty and Stocking. Panty is blonde and enjoys having...relations with random men. Not exactly angelic behavior, but grounds for comedic jokes nonetheless. Stocking dresses in what can only be described as goth du jour and enjoys eating cake and sweets. It's funny because it goes against her aesthetic design. Garterbelt is a stereotype. And by that I mean he is a priest who happens to be black and happens to have an afro. This isn't the show you go to for compelling characters, though. 
 
The very first thing you are likely to notice is the strange style that seems less like anime and more like a Gendy Tartakovsky cartoon had sex with a Craig McCracken show and then added some Butch Hartman for good measure. There's something extremely foreign to it; foreign to Japan not to America. Like many American (and I assume other countries as well) cartoons, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is broken up into little segments about twelve minutes in length rather than having one episode long story arc. 
 
It's a very frantic show. Scenes tend to move at such a pace that when you blink the next scene has already started with very little transition. I can't tell if the show is making fun of American cartoons or lovingly paying an homage to them. Or if it is even related to American cartoons as well. That could just be my immense love of early and late 90s American cartoons talking. First and foremost the show is a comedy and while many of the jokes seemed to rely on the promiscuity of Panty and numerous double entendres there are some really good visual gags that those with a discerning eye can pick up on. It adds flair to the show. 
 
Oh, yeah, and there is also a magical girl style transformation scene. Where the angels dance on a stripper pole. And it's so out of place that it feels right at home and has you laughing at how absurd it all is.
 
And that sums up the show better than any sentence can. Absurd. It is an absurd show, though one that made me laugh despite my better judgment. It's weird. It's zany. It's likely to put many people off. But there's just something about it that makes me want to see more. I can't explain it. Maybe it is the music.  The music is pretty great.
 
Yeah, I'm going with the music. That's what makes me want to see more.
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Either I've missed out on a whole bunch or there aren't a whole lot of anime about sports out there. If I was a reader of manga I'd probably not have this complaint since I'm sure there's plenty of sports manga that has not had an anime adaptation, but I am not big on manga so anime will have to suffice. I like sports. I like watching them and I like playing them and because of that I enjoy sports anime the most out of the various genres out there. Each season I prowl the various new release calenders hoping to find some new sports themed series starting. I am lucky this season to have both Giant Killing and season six of Major (my favorite series, fancy that) running along with a second season of Big Windup. I realize that I am most likely in the minority when it comes to this. Because after all when you have the choice between a series about pirates or samurai or something and a series about baseball or soccer, why go with the one based off something you can see everyday on ESPN albeit in a far less dramatized format. 
 
Still, I wish there were more sports anime on the market. Though I do enjoy the occasional slice of life comedy or the romantic drama or the high octane action and even the moe show, at the end of the day I always seem to find myself gravitating back towards the sports shows. It may be a bias, but I tend to enjoy the characters in those shows more; they seem more fully realized at the end of the series. Cross Game was one of my favorite shows of 2009/early 2010 because it perfectly balanced, in my eyes, the sports with the character drama and human elements. The relationship between Koh, Yuhei, and Aoba was fantastically handled, and the first episode alone made my eyes water.  You don't seem to get that with a lot of new series these days. They all seem to lack that human element that I adore. And I know that some, if not most, of you are fans of the inhuman and crazy elements that a lot of anime tend to have, and that's fine, everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Of course, there are shows outside the realm of sports anime that do have those human elements and fully realized characters, I tend to see that in the more drama oriented shows, things like Kimi ni Todoke or Aoi Hana.
 
This may seem like I'm just rambling incoherently, but all I'm saying is that I wish there were more sports shows out there. Good sports shows, too, not like Taisho Yakyuu Musume, but like Slam Dunk or Hajime no Ippo, hell even shows like One Outs would be fine even though I consider that more a gambling show that has sports as a backdrop. I just wish people could be as excited over a new sports series as they are over a new shounen series or something. 
 
This is the part where people say how many sports shows there are and how I'm silly for not hearing about them. Or for them to disagree. Whatever works.
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I suppose a little blog is a fine way to start things off. And I'm not entirely sure this belongs on the Off Topic part since I don't know how people feel about what is essentially a 'LOOKIT ME I AM NEW' blog post. But eff it, I'm doing it anyway. Feel free to ignore me or whatever. I'm gonna be totally honest here, though, I really only joined so I could fill out information about my favorite anime series. I looked at the page for it today and saw it devoid of a lot of information. Well that's not entierly true. I do really enjoy anime. Some could say I enjoy anime in unhealthy doses. So here I am. I figure that since I enjoy anime on the same level as I enjoy video games and movies (hence my membership at two other WhiskeyMedia sites, hey-yo) that it's about time I joined here too and see if I can't engage in some enthralling conversations about...I dunno.....hair colors and such. So if you'll excuse me, I've got some pages to edit.
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