In which I basically just rant about Panty and Stocking
Yumeiro Pâtissière Professional
Review: Let’s be frank here: this is a series (or, rather, the sequel to a series) about a girl who wants to become a pastry chef … all of the artistic style elements one would expect to see in a light-hearted shojo romance.
This series airs at about 7AM on a Sunday. The ads during the episode show 5-year-olds making fake pastries and playing with plastic jewelry. ANN doesn’t do fall previews of the latest exciting events on Doraemon or Heartcatch Purikyua, so why this? I realize I’m nitpicking, but more otaku watch Purikyua than Yumeiro.
Panty & Stocking
The artistic style has been accused of too much resembling some of Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s more crudely-animated fare, and that complaint is not without merit
“Homage”? “Riff”? What is this I don’t even
Good thing you translated the title into English for us, because I might not have understood the
… Unfortunately, when Ika Musume takes human form she’s…
…oh, you know Japanese? Oh, that’s great too, you can
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
It’s like Hiroyuki Imaishi watched a bunch of American gross-out humor and decided to replicate it without understanding what makes it tick. There’s only one genuine laugh this episode (a glimpse of Stocking’s fan-base), and the show has to do better than that if it wants to keep its viewers.
…oh, you don’t know Japanese after all. It sure is hard to analyze how Japanese viewers will respond to a comedy where most of the humor comes from using slang and overly harsh tone in a language you don’t understand, but that’s cool too. Good for you.
The plot centers around a color-coded quartet of schoolgirls known collectively as Milky Holmes, who use their psychic powers (known as “Toys” in this universe, because apparently creators are running out of goofy nicknames for psychic powers) to solve crimes and stop a band of “Gentlemen Thieves.” However, when they lose their TO-Y powers several minutes into the episode,
heheh, your perfectly good review was screwed up by ANN’s autolinked index of 1980s OVAs. Okay, actually this guy’s reviews were quite decent and I’ll want to watch one of these shows when I get home. I should probably give up the pretense of writing a complete metareview of ANN’s reviews and skip to the end now.
I mainly just wanted to respond to this guy, without making it look like I was caught by expert trolling. I’m pretty sure this isn’t a troll but merely pure ignorance, because Teh Answerman says this sort of shit as if he knows something about it all the time.
It should be mentioned that during the girls’ transformation sequence – a sex-drenched poledance wherein the leads molest themselves while removing their underwear – the character designs suddenly snap out of the Nickelodeon mode and become much more traditional sexy anime girls. This is Gainax, after all, and naturally they’re still sticking with the cynical marketing moves (if the streets of Akihabara aren’t flooded with ero figures based on these character designs by the end of next week, color me shocked). It’s kind of disappointing, really – the chunky stylized character designs are the one fresh thing this show had going for it, and they basically chicken out halfway through the episode. I’m surprised there isn’t a subtitle during this transformation sequence that reads “sorry, we have to make money on merchandising somehow with this thing”.
Dear Zac, I just came back from a mid-sized Touhou convention. There were a lot of quite excellent artists there drawing Touhou characters in the style of Panty & Stocking. No doujinshi on that subject were published, because the show is so new, but needless to say, the art style is clever, any merchandise done up in that style will probably sell briskly, and the transformation scene is a joke and not the covert otaku selling point you believe it to be. Ugh, bug off forever.