Studio Trigger, of BNA, Kill la Kill, and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners fame, announced a new Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt anime project at Anime Expo 2022. At its panel on July 2, 2022, the studio showed off a short animated sequence and some art promoting the project.
This is the first time official word of a new Panty & Stocking anime production. Back in 2016, when Studio Gainax teased that something was “coming soon.” The original series first aired in 2010, with home video releases through 2019.
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In the time since, most of the Gainax staffers that worked on the first Panty & Stocking anime series have gone on to work with Studio Trigger on various projects. These include Director Hiroyuki Imaishi and Character Designer Atsushi Nishigori. In the meantime, Gainax West sold lines of merchandise and opened a Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt theme café in Kobe’s now-defunct Kobe Anime Street space.
Besides the short animated clip and some art of the Anarchy Sisters Panty and Stocking, not much else was shown of what’s currently called “New Panty & Stocking” at Anime Expo 2022. Trigger did not confirm if the series will continue the original or reboot it somehow.
The series gained notoriety as the first project by Imaishi and Gainax following the popular Gurren Lagann series. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt stars the two titular fallen angels and their reverend caretaker. Kicked out of heaven for overindulgence in mortal sin, the pair live in Daten City, cleansing it of evil spirits in the hopes of buying their way back into heaven. Of course, their obsession with sex and sweets tends to get in the way of this goal. The series was conceptualized by Gainax staffer Hiromi Wakabayashi, who was inspired by American adult animation shows like 2004’s Drawn Together. It also took stylistic cues from popular American cartoons like The Powerpuff Girls, and featured a high-quality soundtrack featuring contemporary acts like TeddyLoid, Taku Takahashi, Booty Bronx, and more.
The new Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt anime is in development. The original series can be seen on Crunchyroll.