An arguably worse one is: Panty and Stocking or Scanty and Kneesocks. You can't choose both duos, just one!
The art style of the show. Panty and Stocking uses the American cartoon style for most of the time but there are some moments which the show shifts to anime style. Some fans believe the show could had been better with a traditional anime art, while others say the Western cartoon style gives a unique feel to it.
Should the series get a second season? Some feel like it was Too Good to Last and the Gainax Ending shouldn't be taken seriously, while others want the series to actually explain the Gainax Ending and give the series a proper ending. A third camp wants another season but the series to be sold to Trigger, where where most of the original cast moved to.
Cult Classic: Compared to its predecessor and successor, which have become two of the most popular anime of their respective decades, Panty & Stocking certainly seems underrated. However, its fanbase, however small it may be, is still devoted to it, and is still holding on to the prospect of a second season.
Fan Discontinuity: One way some people deal with the obligatory post-creditsGainax Ending is to disregard it altogether, treating final scene before the end credits as the true ending since they give some amount of closure to events that took place in the past few episodes.
There's a 99.9% chance that a Panty & Stocking fan is also a Kill la Kill fan or a Black Butlernote ...Of all manga and anime ever made. fan.
The show also seems to be popular among fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (of all shows), most likely because of the fact that Stocking and Twilight have extremely similar hair colors.
Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi fans have also taken a liking towards the show due to the similarities between the main female leads.
And of course, we also have one with The Powerpuff Girls for obvious and previously mentioned reasons.
There is also one with Studio Killers popping up due to both works having familiar themes and musical style.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Panty & Stocking follows girls who use their supernatural powers to create weapons in order to combat abominations that were once human beings, which drop items that are beneficial to our protagonists. This premise is handled in a very comical way and the anime almost never takes itself seriously. Two weeks after it ended, however...
Harsher in Hindsight: The OST of the series features a cover art oddly showing the Transformation Sequence versions of Panty and Stocking given the same red color as the Daemon Sisters. On one hand, it appears to simply be a stylistic choice, or even a visual cue to their rather non-angelic behavior in the series. Then Stocking turns out to be a demon the whole time. May also double as Foreshadowing.
On that note, one of the Sanitarybox shorts deals with Panty cutting all of Stocking's hair off in a taunting manner after she spits gum in it. Stocking retaliates by using said scissors to brutally cut up Panty, befitting the darkly humorous style of the series. At the series' end, Stocking cuts up Panty in a considerably more gruesome fashion, after revealing herself to be a demon.
In the dub of "Les Diaboliques", Panty makes a comment along the lines of "Well fuck me in the keyhole" in response to the revelation of Scanty and Kneesocks' demonic nature. In the end, it's revealed that Brief's penis is the key to open Hell and during the final episode, Brief finally has sex with her.
In "...Of the Dead", Panty and Stocking fight and kill several zombies with repurposed sex toys, including a weird oversized dildo within a leafblower/chainsaw base. Then we have Dead Rising 2 which has the option of attacking zombies with "massagers". It gets even funnier in Off the Record in that one of the new Combo Weapons Frank can make is a leaf blower that shoots "massagers" and looks reminiscent of Panty's weapon in-episode.
Panty and Stocking join the police in "...of the Dead". Their badges read R.I.P.D..
At one point in "Trans-homers," Stocking-Con refers to Panty-Bot as a "stupid whore."
Panty's wish in the soundtrack to have the seasons keep coming until "Panty IN THE SPACE" can be seen as this. As of "Geek Boy Homecoming", she very well get to go there thanks to Nova, if not just the Multiverse.
Hype Aversion: There are those who will never even give the show a chance because of the constant praise of what they only see as Hentai, as well as those who tried it due to the praise and still didn't like it.
Stocking. Even when the series makes a more realistic Art Shift, Stocking as a late teen/young adult still looks adorable.
Chibi!Panty and Stocking in the end credits, too, thanks to their Sanrio-esque looks.
Moral Event Horizon: Panty and Stocking do some pretty reprehensible things, like leaving people to die in a zombie apocalypse to save their own skins or letting Brief awaken an Eldritch Abomination because he wasn't attractive at the time, but the latter definitely crosses it when she kills Panty in order to reveal her true allegiance.
In "The Buzz of the Beehive", it's implied that Panty does not know what a condom is. You have to wonder, with as much sex as she has on a daily basis (and her seemingly non-existent standards) that she would be a veritable cesspool of venereal disease... however, according to Word of God, "angels don't get fat, grow old or get sick". If the girls don't return to Heaven they'll become humans and be unable to maintain their lifestyles without some serious side-effects, which explains their motivations.
OT3: Brief/Panty/Stocking has its fair share of popularity in the fanbase. Fanarts depicting Panty and Stocking teasing and seducing our good old Geek Boy is not uncommon (even overly sexual ones) and Panty & Stocking cosplayers like to do at least one photo based on this OT3.
Panty and Stocking are seen as good feminist icons by some, because they're both badass without falling into the "we can't portray any females with flaws, lest it be a bad representation of women" cliche, they're badass, they never have to be saved by men, and Panty's obsession with sex is only portrayed as bad because it gets in the way of her work (and because she has terrible taste in men), not because sex itself is inherently bad. Panty and Stocking are also sisters who worry about each other, and enjoy hanging out with each other.
Almost the entirety of "Vomiting Point". You can't just sit through watching the poor guy's life without shedding some tears.
You would hardly expect a legitimate Tear Jerker from a show like this, but Gainax manages to deliver one in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City". The Ghost that Stocking dated for most of the episode was an amalgamation of the regrets of men who had never discovered love. As soon as he found it by proposing to Stocking, he disappeared from this world, having precious little time to experience said love.
Superlative Dubbing: The dub is almost unanimously considered to be superior to the subbed version, a rarity among anime fans.
Too Hot for TV: Likely the reason this has never aired on American TV and most likely never will. Jamie Marchi even stated this in public at a convention panel.
Tough Act to Follow: None of Gainax's subsequent shows ever made as much of an impact, domestically or overseas, as this one, and the studio is generally agreed to have gone into a Dork Age afterwards. The main reason for this is because after this anime, its creative staff left Gainax to start their ownanimation studio...
"Vomiting Point" features character designs that are... creepy to say the least. They are, of course, interestingly similar to the style of Tekkonkinkreet.
The post-transformation Panty and Stocking dancing around. They resemble herky-jerky photo-puppets. It looks like something out of a witch-barrier.
Villain Decay: In "Les Diaboliques", Scanty and Kneesocks are a very real threat? They immediately come down with Team Rocketitis the next episode, even go so far as to use a Paper-Thin Disguise for that episode! They eventually regain their status in "Panty + Brief".
What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The show looks like something from Cartoon Network but the content is extremely adult. It has a TV-MA label on the front of the box in America in a similar vein to Conker's Bad Fur Day which isn't typically very common and an 18 in the UK showing that this is not for kids. The show is considered much more vulgar than South Park is but due to it being less popular it is much less controversial.
What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: In fact it was. According to an interviewnote in Young Ace, November 2010 issue, according to the other wiki , the concept for the show came up during a Gainax company party when the whole staff was pretty drunk.
There is also the detail that Gainax, the Studio that produced the show, asked the dubbers to make the dub "as profane as possible", with the goal in the mind that the Japanese could learn more English cussing to use for Japanese.
Stocking in "Ghost: The Phantom of Daten City". She finally falls in love with someone, but Panty keeps trying to separate the two, and she loses him in the end anyways.
WTF Casting Agency: More WTF Dubbing Company, of all the companies to get the series, no one expected Funimantion to grab the reigns since this isn't really the type of show they would go for unironically (Shin-chan was more a Gag Dub in a effort to sell the series, in Japan it's aimed more toward kids). But come 2011, they shocked many of their fans with the announcement of gaining the license. Some dug it, others had hoped they would bring in more media known VAs who worked on Western Cartoons like Tara Strong or Tom Kane to go with the western animation vibe the show was going for. But overall it's a pretty solid dub.