P&Sw/G 12: Blush
We Remember Love’s post on this episode is so good and comprehensive that I can’t help but write my own comments as a response to it.
Ghostlightning does two things in his post: he unearths the various allusions that shape the episode, and he schematizes the oppositions that energize it. I wouldn’t modify his scheme one bit, but I want to comment on a couple of interesting questions that arise because of it. I’ll just borrow and paste his table:
|BINARY OR DICHOTOMY
|Angels vs. Demons||Panty & Stocking vs. Scanty & Kneesocks|
|Order vs. Anarchy||Scanty & Kneesocks vs. Panty & Stocking|
|Church vs. State||Garterbelt vs. Corset|
As ghostlightning explains, these binaries deconstruct the traditional meanings associated with the concepts “angel”, “demon”, “anarchy” etc.
The first question that comes to my mind is where Garterbelt fits in the “order vs. anarchy” binary. His job is quite literally restraining and constraining the Angels (despite his wild side which is severely repressed and only comes out incognito on occasion) and so I have to think he is on the side of order. But if this is the case, and, after all, how couldn’t it be if the function of the Angels is to destroy disruptive ghosts?, then the binary begins to look lopsided. The Angels might be anarchic, sure, but this is an obstacle to their promotion in life and not a viable alternative to order…or is it?
Let’s view the premise of the show like this: a repressive/repressed priest controls crazy Angels who destroy chaotic ghosts in turn supervised by Demons with a carefully laid out set of rules. The binary here seems to be Power vs. Force in the Foucauldian sense of power as “action upon actions” (or, the organizing principle that harnesses and manipulates forces). The Angels and the ghosts would both be on the side of Force, whereas Garterbelt, Corset and the Demon Sisters would all be on the side of Power [although as in the case of Garterbelt, both Corset and the sisters have wild sides that they are repressing]. So if you want to climb the ladder, you have to set your house in order, a mundane proposition. The situation rather reminds of Soul Eater…
The next question that comes to mind is: to what extent are Panty and Stocking different? Is there a binary here worthy of notice? That they are clearly different is obvious in this episode, with Stocking sent up to Heaven and Panty doomed to do another round on Daten City. As much as we might be tempted to correlate Stocking’s gluttony with Panty’s lust, the show is telling us very clearly: no, these are different things, one is acceptable in Heaven, the other one isn’t. What’s the meaning of this? What is the God of this show like??
I don’t know the answer to these questions. Let me focus now on easier stuff.
I have to say I really enjoy the use of English in this show. The way Corset says “next” is just so funny. I also like how they gave us extra information on all the ghosts during the sisters’ report.
The inappropriate content in this show never ceases to amaze me. Scanty and Kneesocks’ conversation starting about minute 6 has gotta be the most perverted dialogue I’ve ever heard on a show of any kind! It must have been great fun for the voice actresses involved, who I’m sure ended as red-faced as the characters they play.
The second half of the episode was well covered in the post at WRL so please read that. I was shocked by Brief’s bishieness. Shocked. Also, I wonder if Stocking will be back next episode…
Finally, even though I complained about people immediately setting up factions, I’ll give up and rank the four combatants from most favorite to least [the list has a nice rhythm if you read it out loud, actually]: