Bil Browning

Santorum's Film Studio Run By Saucy Anime Producer

Filed By Bil Browning | March 28, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: EchoLight Studios, Gen Fukunaga, Rick Santorum, risque anime

panty-stockings-anime.jpgJust when you thought the Rick Santorum saga couldn't get any stranger, comes news that the religious right leader has jumped in bed with the producer of risqué anime. The top investor in Santorum's new "faith-based" film company, EchoLight Studios, is best known for titles like "Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt."

"This is a tough business, this is something that we're stepping out," Santorum said of EchoLight's launch, "and the Devil for a long, long time has had this, these screens, for his playground and he isn't going to give it up easily."

You know who else doesn't give it up easily? The amply-bosomed, teasing ladies of Girls Bravo, a sexy anime hit launched in 2004 by FUNimation Studios, the outfit best known for bringing Dragonball Z to America.

EchoLight's co-founder is Gen Fukunaga, a Japanese-American who founded FUNimation and shepherded the studio to its position at the pinnacle of the anime empire. He continues to serve as FUNimation's president and CEO today, generating libido-infused fantasy hits like Tokyo Raven, Fairy Tale, Is This a Zombie?, My Bride Is a Mermaid, and Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt.

EchoLight has never hidden Fukunaga's involvement in its Christian film fare. Media reports last year identified him as the investor who helped get EchoLight off the ground, and as manager of EchoLight since its inception in 2011, he has offered the wholesome studio his "distribution experience in nontraditional markets." EchoLight was even "working out of FUNimation's offices" as it tried to launch its first feature film, which turned out to be a Christmas dud.

The best part? "Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt" features two young girls who use their undies to transform into halo-ed angels and fight demons with the power of their "holy virgin" panties. Video of the opening credits and a quick demon battle is after the break.

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