This post is part of the 12 Days series.
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt has been a fun weekly watch, where 90% of the enjoyment is gained from asking “what will Imaishi and his crew do next?” and staying around to be blown away by their answers.
Indeed, one of the standout parts for me is episode 7A, which does a full-blown Transformers parody. My earliest memory of the franchise is watching rented laserdisc videos in my grandfather’s house. They were about Rodimus Prime and friends, and I did not have the opportunity to watch G1 until a couple of years later.
Because of that, I didn’t come to hate Rodimus Prime, dubious as his place may be in the Transformers fandom. Imagine my surprise when he was featured in this episode, as the Transhomer that Panty turns into.
This episode is one demented ride that happily violates my childhood in all of its virgin orifices. There are at least three instances of robots plugging each other’s holes, a transforming sex toy, idiotic conflicts that hurl lasers across the length of one small room with no one getting hurt, and a reconstruction of the legendary animated movie’s key scenes. The less said about Bayformers, the better.
And that transformation scene? Almost perfect. Should have shown Stocking in robot form, too!