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  • Sachi 2:11 pm on December 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Art, Brief, Chuck, Gainax, Hideaki Anno, , , Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt, Powerpuff Girls, , Saving Private Ryan, South Park   

    Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt 

    Once in a great while a groundbreaking work of art reveals itself, each often revolutionizing the way art is interpreted. It can come in a variety of different forms, such as Di Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Van Gogh’s Starry Night, to Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby or Orwell’s 1984, to even Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion. We can easily agree that all of these are very unique to one another in their own right, yet all are great pieces of art expressing ideas and emotions beyond belief. Artists aren’t afraid to cross lines or push boundaries for the sake of their work, and they must throw larger stones to make bigger splashes. And sometimes brilliance comes from very unexpected places. In 2010, a new masterpiece was unveiled in the form of a gag anime by the name of Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt.

    If I were to try to sum up PSG, I would start by saying it’s a Japanese take on a 90’s Hanna-Barbera cartoon filled with potty humor. It’s like if a Powerpuff Girls and South Park mix were to be aimed at adults and attempt to destroy American pop-culture. To make it even better, this show was produced by none other than Gainax, the studio that gave us Gunbuster, Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Never before have I seen a show that is so aware of itself and its audience and continues to, for lack of a better term, troll everything. In short, Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt is brilliance at its greatest. Here’s why: (More …)

    • InstrumentalityOne 1:54 am on December 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      PSG isn´t THAT good.

      At least not as good as NGE.

      • Sachi 2:15 am on December 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        PSG is extremely well done in a much different way than NGE. It’s perfect score is understandably earned for entirely different reasons than NGE is; PSG is great for its pop-culture satire and its audience-playing, while NGE is great for it’s character depth and analysis, as well as the deconstruction of the mecha genre. Arguably, PSG challenged the moe trend, and successfully deconstructed it; whether or not it’ll have the same impact as NGE is unknown now, but I doubt it will muster the same effect.

        In the end, PSG excels in what it does and earns itself a perfect score.

    • Mac Colestock 10:12 pm on December 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t see anything in PSG that deconstructed the moe trend, but I might have missed that. PSG’s oversexed and gluttonous characters were more like glorified parodies of female anime character tropes that have been around since the 80s. The rest of the stylistic elements were pretty much tributes to McCracken & Tartakovsky.

      The thing I found most interesting about PSG was the inversion of Heaven & Hell, as well as the ambiguous implications behind the angel & demon sisters. It didn’t really do much with these inversions, but it didn’t need to. The fact they were there at all made the work function even better as a strange and intentionally contradictory ode to anarchy & badassery. Logic, continuity, coherency, structure–it all went out the window whenever necessary. PSG really looked like the folks at Gainax had fun. I hope it gets a S2, but that all depends on how well they’re able to milk their cash cow.

    • juliancan 11:45 am on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Have you perhaps tried to watch dead leaves? This anime also has some quirky animation and the humour is just as senseless.

    • Nobody 2:32 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Every anime episode for every anime ever has a different director.

      • Sachi 4:18 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        The ensemble of episode directors for Panty & Stocking was a lot more notable than the crew of episode directors on various other works. I wasn’t so much pointing out that, “oh, this anime is unique because it has different directors for every episode!” as much as I was merely pointing out that the particular group of episode directors for this show is what makes it unique.

  • Sachi 9:20 pm on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Art, Comic Books, , , , , Guillermo Del Toro, Hayao Miyazaki, John Steinbeck, , , , Shadow of the Colossus,   

    Can Video Games be Considered an Art Form? 

    Art. What the hell is it? Is it a beautifully realistic painting of nature, an emotionally captivating piece of music, or simply an expression that portrays the largest amount of ideas using the smallest amount of material? It’s already hard enough to define what art is; heck, it’s probably impossible. However, there are still many things that can widely be considered art, many things cannot, and many things that are along the fence. Here I will be balancing on that fence and diving headfirst into the long-running debate of whether or not a video game can be considered a work of art. It really is a nasty subject to dive into, with a lot of people on both sides, but I’m in the mood to write a good rant and I’m not doing anything else with my time, so lets get to it. Can a video game ever being considered a form of art, or is it nothing more than entertainment? (More …)

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