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Panty & Stocking #1

  As hard as I tried I couldn't rate this 2.5 stars! Truth be told, Panty & Stocking is somewhere between worthwhile and nothing special. It's a little special because it's such a unique, adventurous anime concieved by some pretty interesting people over at Gainax. But it's hard to rate 'worthwhile' because the thrust of it is innuendo (like that) and weird, sometimes gross humour. The gags aren't really all that funny, unless you're into that style of comedy, and the general tempo of the show feels a little confused and hard to get into. That did improve in the second part of the episode, which featured an occasionally impressive chase scene! 

The storyboard in the second half featured some clever choreography, which did make it pretty entertaining. The animation quality is characterised by a low framerate overall with the odd stand-out scenes. I wonder if they just do their in-betweening in-house, given how simple the character models are. The key animation is handled by some Gainax greats. This episode featured contributions from Yoh Yoshinari (I'll have a look for what scene was his later), and next episode will be graced by Sushio! The production wasn't bad, assuming you're able to look past the determinedly cartoon style, and the spirit of director, Imaishi definitely came through by the end of the episode!

The characters..well, they weren't kidding when they said Panty was a sex maniac, because it's practically all she ever does. I don't have a problem with that (unlike some moe fans, I don't need all girls to be pure and cute!), but it's a little overplayed at times. And then Stocking, who's like the moe foil to a little boring. I'm still not sold on the seiyuu either. In conclusion, Panty & Stocking is a little hard to enjoy at the moment, but I'll keep trying for now.

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