Putting On The Panty And Stockings

This anime was recommended to me by a good friend a long time back and if my memory serves me right, I wasn’t a member of Otakustreamers yet at that time. When my friend told me that the artwork of the anime was reminiscent to the American animation series Power Puff Girls, I gave my friend a look of disbelief at what he was telling me to watch. It’s been so long since I bothered watching American animation and frankly, I am not really a fan of how they do their animation these days. Today’s western animation’s stories as well as artwork are non-comparable to American animation back in the 80’s.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“The first ray-gun was discovered by Wyatt Earp’s Ghost in an episode of The Real Ghostbusters”

I can still remember those Friday nights wherein my family, relatives and I would gather in the living area to watch an episode of The Real Ghostbusters. The former would then be replaced by Stan Lee’s Uncanny X-Men a few years later, then followed by The Simpsons, the latter, which doesn’t have a continuous story but still an enjoyable American animation/sitcom to watch with the whole family. Nostalgia aside, my friend was able to convince me to watch the anime adding that it’s not your traditional comedy anime and sports a mature humor and showed me a random episode of the anime. And little did I know that the “mature” humor he was talking about goes way beyond the meaning of “general patronage”.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“Would you like her to be YOUR guardian angel?”

Panty and Stockings tells the story of the Anarchy siblings; Panty and Stockings (hence the title of the series), angels who fell out of God’s grace for practicing excessive lascivious behavior in heaven. They were banished from heaven down to Daten City (when pronounced in Japanese is a pun for Datenshi which means “Fallen Angel”) which is a place between Heaven and Hell plagued by creatures known as Ghosts. An afro-haired priest (who has a tendency to engage in homosexual activities) named Garterbelt who presides over a church is tasked in guiding the Anarchy sisters in collecting Heaven Coins to be able to return to heaven and only by defeating Ghosts in Daten City can they acquire the coins.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“This ain’t no powerpuff girls”

The anime was absolutely funny and I enjoyed every second of it. As to what my friend mentioned, the anime wasn’t intended for younger audience and contains mature and sexual themes, as well as intense profanity throughout each episode. On the other hand, mature viewers would surely enjoy the humor the anime offers, not to mention that there are mainstream culture references that people would surely recognize and appreciate.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“That ain’t no Megatron”

Each episode runs for fifteen minutes or so and what’s unique about the anime is that the artwork of the main protagonists revert to your usual anime artwork whenever they draw their heavenly weapons in preparation for defeating their enemies.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“And ain’t no Charlie’s Angels”

In addition, whenever they defeat a ghost, a real-life clip of a ghost figurine is shown to explode literally.

Putting On The Panty And Stockings

“Yes, this Ghost figurine”

Overall, Panty and Stockings is a very entertaining anime that will surely get you laughing in each episode. If you enjoy watching lewd anime and has a taste for strong profanity when it comes to humor then this anime is for you.

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Classic Monday! Who You Gonna Call?

The internet is really awesome! Imagine, you could search any information that you are interested at. In fact, you could even learn more from it than going to school. Of course I am not saying that getting yourself glued in front of the computer the whole day rather than go to school is the way to live your life. I highly doubt that your parents would let you do that anyway. Another is that you can even download any movie or anime available online and since its classic Monday, I would like to talk about one classic animated series that we have recently downloaded and watched: The Real Ghostbusters.

The Real Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call?

It may sound funny but the truth is, I love The Real Ghostbusters. I never fail to watch their episodes which was aired back then at around seven in the evening at ABS-CBN here in the Philippines. Compared to most western animation right now, I find The Real Ghostbusters a lot better. Maybe because American cartoons nowadays are mainly developed with young children as its target market. This means less violence and less profanity and without those adult scenarios that Japanese animes often have. It was also a surprise to us that the series ran for six seasons or seven. Imagine that. It was pretty long and each season had at least around fifteen episodes or so? Making it a grand total of one hundred thirty four episodes!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Real Ghostbusters, it was actually an animated television series which aired around the 80’s. It was based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters which we also had downloaded a copy of. It follows the ghost busting adventures of Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore along with their secretary Janine Melnitz and the friendly ghost Casper Slimer.  Armed with their Proton Packs, they chase rogue ghosts throughout the city of New York and other areas across the globe. So far, we already have watched the episodes in the first season and just recently started with the second. Unfortunately, we have not continued watching it since we are currently glued with some other distractions: Kamen Rider W. And that would be for another day.

Kamen Rider W (Double)

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What I realized while watching the series was that though it was primarily for kids, the character’s humor where directed towards adults. In fact, it was at that time that I was able to appreciate and laugh at the humor of the animated series. Especially Peter’s sarcasm. I remember when I was a kid that I just watch it just because the show was good but other than that, I did not take particular notice of the conversations. Probably because they were more than your typical adult conversations but rather, the show also depicts the American culture which you would not normally understand or appreciate if you’re just like an eight year old. And since working in the contact center industry allowed me to understand more of the American culture, I was able to enjoy the cartoons now more than before.

Ghostbusters Egon and Winston

Egon: Notice that vacant stare, that completely mindless look. That could only mean one thing. Winston: She's from California? Egon: No. She's been hypnotized.

Though they made Ghostbusters Extreme as a sequel to the original series, I was not able to appreciate it that much. I did not like the animation as compared to the original cartoons and was not impressed with the episodes and the characters. It was a bit depressing that on that particular show, the Ghostbusters were disbanded since there were no more rogue ghosts running around the metropolis. I really prefer the original cast but I might try watching it again sometime in the future but not anytime soon. I was also wondering why they did not bother making a remake of the original series or perhaps produce a new Ghostbusters movie. I mean with the technology that we have right now? That would probably be pretty awesome.