English: Pani Poni Dash!
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2005 to Dec 26, 2005
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.641 (scored by 11872 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
comedy parody school
SynopsisThe 11-year-old Miyamoto Rebecca becomes the new teacher of a classroom which is full of weirdos. Despite her cute looks she's a little beast and can be pretty sarcastic and offensive. The school is not safe anymore now that she's in charge of a class and her students, Himeko, Ichijou, Rei and a white rabbit who took a liking to Rebecca help her to rough up the school and the neighbor with its teacher "ojii-chan."
Related AnimeAdaptation: Pani Poni
Sequel: Paniponi Dash!: Danjite Okonaeba Kishin mo Kore wo Saku
Characters & Voice Actors
Pani Poni Dash is a very light hearted and hilarious slice of life comedy thats fun for the whole family to enjoy. Don't worry about that middle finger on the first episode since thats the only vulgar thing in the whole show. This style has beend done a million times over and I believe Pani Poni Dash is one of the reasons why this style of genre keeps being made over and over.
The story is pretty simplistic but follows the basic of a classic comedic sitcom (issues that can be solved in under 30 minutes). The story evolves a classroom whose teacher just happens to be a 11-year old (age varies by episode) loli super genius from MIT. How or why she is even teaching a class of high school girls is pretty irrelevant. Rather the story and issues involved herein don't involve normal everyday issues that people can relate to. Instead, they tend to take the wacky and outrageous approach, while plugging as many parodies, one shot gags, sight jokes, and pop culture references in one show as they can. Once you watch this show you can tell its style has influenced a large amount of situational comedy anime that you watch today. Some of the situations I couldn't get into simply because it was just TOO Japanese (you'll understand when you start watching).
The art style switches between the common form of detailed and simplistic styles and they're all placed in the right spots worthy of laughing. Theres so many sight gags and one shots in almost every scene you'll be actively looking allover the screen trying to see the next joke. The art works for a large majority of the time. It doesn't feel like one style is being over used over the others. Theres even times where some rather cute fanservice is involved. This show definitely did it's homework when it came to visual hilarity. The art even stays pretty truthful to its manga counterpart. Huge props for Hekiru Hikawa and making this stuff up, especially the animals.
The sound is pure comedy. But then again its hard to screw up on the sound music and voice acting these days. But with so many things happining in every episode that its hard not to give this show a high score in the sound department since they parody everything from 8-bit Nintendo songs to dragon quest references, along with the random Japanese authentic sounds. Its so great its almost too much but one cant help but laugh through the whole thing or at the very least get hyped up from all the different parody songs they have. On top of that, the op and ed theme songs are one of my favorites i've laid my ears on. My personal fav's are the last two op theme songs. They definitely get you in the mood to watching an episode of Pani Poni dash. Of course they use the seiyu's to sing their own theme songs and as you would expect they sing them pretty well.
The shows bread and butter are by far the cast of characters that make up class 1-C. They're all rehashes of cliche' characters but they have their own twist to make themselves one of a kind in the Pani Poni universe. For example, a loli genius... school teacher? A smart type... with a large and shiny forehead? A shy quiet... masochist? Sure they sound lame but put them together and you get a pretty good cast of sitcom characters. Even the supporting cast is just as hilarious as they spit out pop culture onomatopoeias like adding "dot com" or "of the year" or "omega" to their sentences. The voice overs do their job very well especially Becky, Himeko, and Mesousa. Oh god Mesousa, there will not be another animal character as cute (and pathetic) as Mesousa. Its such a perfect style for a comedy thats not used often. Also, on a side note, the dubbed version is just as good as its Japanese counterpart if you ever take the chance to watch the dub. On top of that, you would never notice that the voice of Himeko also does the voice for Rukia Kuchiki.
Enjoyment: (Very Good)
I loved all the characters in this show, even the cooked salamander and pig-looking guy. Some of the jokes wont reach some audiences since it's very Japanese in its joke telling. Thats my only gripe is that if you're not really knowledgeable about Japanese culture or your anime references aren't up to date, you might want to wait on watching this show. But if your hip and cool like me (joking of course), this show will be a laugh riot!!
Side note: Some of the best parts of the episode happen after the credits!! read more
As far as spastic, random comedies go Pani Poni Dash! would be pretty high on anyone’s list. Frankly, I am a little bit surprised that it is only scored on the lists of a mere 3,000 MAL users. At its best, PPD is a hilarious parody with references from Gundam to Star Trek and Indiana Jones. Unfortunately, a good many of its jokes and humor will be lost of all but the most informed otaku's.
Pani Poni Dash follows the exploits of Rebecca Miyamoto, an 11 year old child prodigy who becomes a high school teacher and her freshman class and the mysterious aliens observe her from orbit. The comedy that follows is silly, random and a bit predictable. The story is pretty much nonexistent as this anime is really about just being funny. The episodes unfold in a fairly episodic fashion with little character growth and development. At the end everything remains pretty much exactly the way it was when the series started.
Thus we discover what the main problem is with this show. It just requires a level of understanding of Japanese culture, history, anime, and pop culture that will be beyond the vast majority of people who try to watch this. The version I saw had a lot of notes explaining the various references but can you really say something is funny if you have to have the joke explained to you? That’s not to say that it’s not uproariously funny a great many times, but there were probably just as many head-scratching ones as well.
Another significant problem is the characters. Number one being there are just too damn many of them! I didn’t count but it wouldn’t surprise me if there were 40 of them. And while the majority of the anime revolved around only 6 or 7 of them the sheer number of supporting characters took too much away from them. While most people will find several of them to really love, all of them fall into standard archetypes and are almost completely one-dimensional. As I mentioned previously there is little to nothing in terms of character growth. Everyone is static and unchanging, and while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing it does make the show feel a bit repetitive as it reaches the end. If I had to pick one character from the show I found Ichijou, the bizarre class rep of 1-C to be hands down the best and funniest of all. What’s not to love about someone who creates the "Ichijou Festival" and keeps her little sister in her shirt? Yeah, that will make sense when you watch it.
The art and animation are really good though a bit quirky. I think that fits the tone of substance of this show quite well. A lot of the humor is derived from the artwork and you’re likely to find something different every time you watch it. There is a bit of sensory overload in the amount of information presented to you visually. Strong voice performances add to an excellent soundtrack. I really found myself drawn to the music and the various OP/EN themes and animations were a great treat.
Pani Poni Dash offers a lot to like for lovers of comedy. However because of the heavy amount of obscure or dated references (for a non-Japanese native), I can’t really give this more than a good rating. There is a lot to love about it and I would still recommend this show to anyone who likes parody anime. For the truly hardcore anime fans out there, I would consider this a must watch.
Both shows are from the same studio, SHAFT, so they share quite a bit in terms of humour and style. Zetsubou Sensei has much more dark humor though, and a more distinct artistic style (in some ways similar to xxxHOLIC). Pani Poni Dash is a little more off-the-wall and random, and focuses quite a bit more on references to other anime and games and such.
Same studio (SHAFT), same kind of humor, you can even see pani poni references on zetsubou. Lots of references too.
Very worth watch if you like Zetsubou or the other way round.
One word: SHAFT. SHAFT is insane. The somewhat random comedy, the blatant self-referencing, the weird animation style, the chalkboard gags...
If Pani Poni Dash was super wacky and odd and laugh your ass out aloud funny, then I have one word for Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei- siiiiiiick. It's directed by the same person and the humor and the interesting art style and the humor (I'm really not sure if there's a message or not) will blow you away. Although straight laced people would probably hate this.
Class of some... oddball girls... A fast paced radical humor based on pop culture references and occasionally a little darker than other "fluffy anime." No plot to speak of though reallyXD Just constant humor and lots of characters.
Same studio, same director. Both involve a class of eccentric students, and both series contain a TON of Japanese culture references and parodies in every episode. Also, very fast-paced.
Both of them are Random, School life with wierd teachers and a stereotyping class.
Pani Poni Dash is like SZS in the view of randomness, although Pani Poni Dash has more parody references than SZS
Parody Parody Parody Parody.
What more can I say?
The Story is actually the same: New teacher has to teach a bunch of students who have their own strong characteristivs and don't mind to interrupt the lessons.
the characters are beatly the same, too: class reps, who aren't accepted as class reps, girls with class rep character who aren't; hyperactive and optimistics and so on...
drawing: it's the main difference(exept of the age of the teacher xD) in the two animes.While SZS has a less "moe" drawing style and often use pattern to color backgrounds and characters there aren' t things like this.
Both are Shaft productions, have teachers as main characters, and rely on gags, puns, and cultural references. Just like Zetsubou-sensei, PPD is chock full of lightning fast chalkboard gags.
Same problematic teacher same problematic students both hilarious same created by shaft
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is pretty much different from Pani Poni Dash, but the one thing both have in common, is the extremely random form of comedy that makes these animes what they are. However, if you like a good plot that continues throughout a series, then these aren't really for you.
Basically SZS is like PPD with a more darker looking type of tone, but it never gets in the way of the great comedy that equal between the two.
The same studio, the same director, the same style, the same theme - a weird teacher and his class
Azumanga Daioh is on crack. Pani Poni Dash is on even more crack, if that's possible.
its both about a group of schoolgirls with strange (in funny ways :D) events.
Azumanga Daioh wasnt the regular school based anime, but Pani Poni Dash knocks it out of the feild in comedy and creativity. Azumanga Daioh had random moments and hilarious themes, but Pani Poni Dash is all round crazy, theres no telling what they can throw at you.
Pani Poni Dash is based around an 11 year old girl, Rebecca Miyamoto, who is an MIT graduate. She returns to Japan to be a high school teacher at Momotsuki academy. Her class is crazy weird, with lots of interesting and not so rememberable characters.
If you liked Azumanga Daioh, then TRUST ME, you NEED to see Pani Poni Dash.
oh. and pay attention to the background in Pani Poni, as well as the chalk boards. Theres always something random scibbled on them.
Pani Poni Dash is quite a strange anime. Similar to Azumanga daioh in the category of having no plot. If you like plotless stuff, give it a shot
Both are high school/slice of life/comedy and have really similar character set, I mean REALLY similar.
These are all joke-driven without major emphasis on long-term plot.
They're both animes centered around the life of a strange group of girls. Pani poni is a bit more out there though. Maho!
schoolgirls anyone? identical type of anime with almost identical types of characters. lots of weird situations specially in Pani Poni Dash.
Not only are they both school based anime, but they are also both just great. The only thing is that pani poni is a little bit more mystic, so you might miss some of the slice of life parts that Azumganga had.....
Similar to azumanga, except more ramdom and crazier, if you can believe it.
They both take place in a highschool classroom, with non violent humor.
both incredibly random comedy anime's. although pani poni is a bit more random.
Opening Theme#1: "Kiiroi Vacances" by Momotsuki Gakuen 1 Nen C Gumi
#2: "Roulette Roulette" by Momotsuki Gakuen Ichinen C Gumi
#3: "Shoujo Q" by Momotsuki Gakuen Ichinen C Gumi
Ending Theme#1: "Girlppi " by Momotsuki Gakuen A ☆B Gumi
#2: "Healing Type Magical Girl Behoimi" by Mai Kadowaki (ep 8)
#3: "Haruka na Yume" by Chiwa Saito (ep 13)
#4: "Moon Light Love" by Momotsuki Gakuen Ichinen D~ Gumi
#5: "Setsugekka" by Chiwa Saito (ep 25)
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