Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Gainax goes American: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

Did Gainax just watch the Powerpuff Girls and Invader Zim and just go, "Well that looks good, let's do that, but add sex jokes". Different forums I frequent have been noticing some strange similarities. Watch the trailer below to get a sense of the show.

To me it looks extremely reminiscent of Powerpuff designs, which were really feeding off of anime designs. It's like animation has gone full circle and just like anime characters got big eyes because of early animation from Disney, American design of simple and box design animation may now be the norm for the  Japanese audience.

Gir from Invader Zim and Chuck the sidekick from Panty and Stocking look like bad copies of each other.

The similarities are startling. You could cut this stuff into Sym-Bionic Titan and many wouldn't question it.

Panty is a sexy blonde girl who can form pistols from her panties. Stocking is a black-haired girl who forms a pair of swords from her stockings. They are some type of team that goes to High School together. Garterbelt seems to be there Chief.

Update: o there angels kicked out of heaven  also tells
Panty and Stocking will be directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, famous for Gurren Lagann and Dead Leaves, with character designs by Atsushi Nishigori, who also did the designs in Gurren Lagann.

The show comes out October 1st in Japan