Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Episode 10

October 31, 2010

I have a feeling “cognitive dissonance” was a theme this week, with clashing styles of art that somehow feels akin to Yuasa Masaaki’s works. The depressing atmosphere, troubling reality, and your not so great to look at faces, reminds me of something to the likes of Mind Game. I had previously thought it was more similar to Satoshi Kon, but his art style is nowhere near the same. Can’t say anything about directorial wise.

For the people that thought this part was slow, it’s most likely because this kind of storytelling is usually aimed towards adults. But oh look, Panty and Stocking is an adult show. It’s exactly the same reason shows like Mad Men couldn’t possibly appeal to kids. To the inexperienced teenager or younger, trapped in their bubble of safety and infallible fantasies (But I don’t blame them, because that’s the best thing about youth), how could they possibly understand the troubles of an old man stuck in a shitty job, taking shit from people, just so he can hold onto the job and provide for his family? These values completely fly over their heads, and the only thing they’re feeling is “why the hell isn’t this going anywhere?” And perhaps this was not only a statement for Kon (or hell, a revealing take on the stressful cycle of businessmen in Japan), but more of a display of the potential in the fantastic medium that is anime, and when at its prime, can truly be considered an art form. Gainax also just likes to show off.

Seriousness aside, the obvious thing to have been looking forward to in this part was when the angels appear, and I had been anticipating a style change for them as well. Had they been drawn in a similar style, as well as beautified compared to everyone else, some extra impact might have been felt. Instead, we get their usual style, which was quite weird, but it worked just as well. The best part? The autographs left behind. Nine half-sodes of the angels having personalities that would make a viking blush, and now we see a showing of some compassion. It might seem like it’s trivial, and it will be if it doesn’t appear again, but for just this moment, their characters become human.



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