Blu-ray Review: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – The Complete Series

panty_stocking_review (3)Panty & Stocking is back with a vengeance and this time their in High Definition, but what exactly comes included? Find out in our Blu-ray Review of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt – The Complete Series.

Synopsis:

Panty and Stocking are nasty angels who were banished from the pearly gates for being foul-mouthed bad girls! Now they spend their days hunting ghosts in the lecherous abyss between Heaven and Earth. Panty likes sex, Stocking likes sweets, and their afro-sporting main man Garter Belt has a fetish we can’t mention.

Our View:

Introducing Daten City, a city located between the gates of Heaven and Hell that is commonly attacked by ghosts and demons. To rectify this problem Heaven has appointed two foul-mouthed-angels, along with a reverend with afro for hair, to protect the city from danger. This isn’t a ‘heroic’ tale of justice and freedom, it’s a tale that ensues Violence, Money, Demons, Sex, Sweets and for the hell of it plenty of swearing.

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Our main protagonists are Panty, a blonde haired angel who is addicted to sex and Stocking, a gothic angel who likes eating sweets, both of which are mentored by Garterbelt the reverend of Daten City. Panty and Stocking are also known as the Anarchy sisters and due to their indecent behaviour they were banished from Heaven, so to redeem themselves they are tasked to kill demons and collect 1 million heaven coins, once this goal has been achieved they will be able to return home.

This is where our insanely funny story of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt starts off, with both Panty & Stocking hoping to achieve enough Heaven coins so that they can return home, but in the process they find new friends, new enemies and a whole lot of f**king. Panty & Stocking is an oddly unique series as it has the mature content of Japanese Anime mixed with the animation of an American kids TV show, namely the PowerPuff Girls, however don’t let that put you off as this is far from a kids TV Show. Compared to other mature anime series, like Mardock Scramble or Blood-C, there isn’t much blood – but there is plenty of swearing and sexual related themes, some of which is ‘added’ in by the English Dub track.

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This unique combination is not the only ‘charm’ that Panty & Stocking offers, as it also features an incredible amount of cameos from American films, for instance the first episode depicts a scene from the The Matrix: Reloaded whereby a car is sliced in half by using a Katana sword. Other Cameos are much more noticeable, such as the episode titles relating to films or the infamous ‘Trans-homers’ episode which sees Panty & Stocking transformed into Autobots and Decepticons with the animation slightly altered to give it that ‘authentic’ Transformers feel.

It might not look it, but a lot of effort was put into the show with each episode containing a different story with slight changes to the animation style to make it feel more authentic to the original, furthermore while the series is only 13 episodes long it actually features 28 different story segments, as each episode is split into two (if not three) segments with most segments offering a new story.

Extras:

The Blu-ray release of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has not only improved the audio and visual quality of the series but it has also added a selection of new extra content, namely the included interviews with the English Dub Cast which are done as videos rather than commentary.

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All of the extras that were included with the original DVD release are still included with this Blu-ray release, furthermore everything is available in High Definition.

  • Panty & Stocking Revealed: Unrated Cut (22 Minutes)
  • Sit down with Panty & Stocking (11 Minutes)
  • Pany & Stocking in Sanity Box (8 Mins)
  • Ghost Explosion collection (21 Minutes)
  • Ghost Explosion collection Documemtary (40 Minutes)
  • TV Promo Video – (1 Minute)
  • Official Homepage Collection (2 Minutes)
  • Pre-Airing Commercial Collection (1 Minute)
  • Now-Airing Commercial Collection (1 Minute)
  • Post-Airing Commercial Collection 2 (3 Minutes)
  • DVD Commercial Collection 1 & 2 (5 Minutes)
  • Talk Live animated at Loft / Plus One (24 minutes)
  • Outtakes (16 Minutes)
  • US Trailer (1 Minutes)
  • Textless Opening (2 Minutes)
  • Textless Closing (2 Minutes)
  • Making of Lingerie Scene (11 minutes)

Fans of the series will be most interested in watching the “Talk Live Animated at Loft” extra feature, as it is a 24 minute video that see’s Nishiyama (Publicity at Kadokawa Shoten), Manabe (publicity a Gainnax), Yoshikazu Iwanami (Sound Director for Panty & Stocking), Hiroyuki Imaishi (Director of the show), Arisa Ogasaware (voice of Panty) and Mariya Ise (voice of Stocking) discuss the production of the series at a panel discussion.

Tech Specs:

Media: BD 50 x2 (2 Disc Set)
Running Time: 3:57:12 (Disc 1), 1:15:36 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / 48 Khz (English), Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 48Khz (Japanese)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Aspect Ratio
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is a series that provides comical entertainment from start to finish, but how much you’ll enjoy depends on the individual viewer, for instance some viewers won’t understand the movie references, some might not understand the sexual lingo and to others it might feature too much swearing, but this is all part of the comical charm that brings Panty & Stocking into its own genre.

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The swearing, which there is a lot of, can be seen in both the English & Japanese Dub of the series, but the English Dub does feature more swearing than the Japanese version, this is noticeable when the English Subtitles are turned on in the English Dub. The Japanese Audio Track provides a more ‘story-telling’ experience while the English Dub provides a more comical experience, however while this may seem like a bad thing (as it doesn’t follow the original Japanese script) it does add more replay value to the series by being slightly different – not to mention more fun to watch.

This Blu-ray release can be seen as the ‘Definitive’ edition of Panty & Stocking as not only does it include the DVD Version of the series (which is a UK exclusive bundle) but the benefits of Blu-ray have improved audio and visual quality, all of which is noticeable, but the amount of extra features have also been extended – with several new features including interviews with the English cast, both of which are around 20 minutes long, being added to the line-up of already existing content. This Blu-ray release has plenty of positives, but there is one minor flaw and that is the menu design. It is easy to use and works well but due to the colour design it can be hard to read the menu text as the background animation tends to blend in with the colour of the text – it’s not a big issue but can be slightly annoying.

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Menu layout aside this UK Blu-ray Release of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is a must own release for fans of the series as it takes everything we loved about the original DVD release and improves it with HD Visuals, new bonus features and new laughs, however to those who are new to the series then I recommend you give it a try, as you’ll most likely find something in this set that you will enjoy.

Score: review-stars-5

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt will be available as a Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack on the 24th June 2013.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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