The 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."
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!!
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.
Pani Poni Dash is easily one of the best comedy anime I've ever watched. The background story is interesting but the "genius girl" thing has been done before. However, Pani Poni Dash takes an approach much different from other schoolkids anime like School Rumble and even Azumanga Daioh.
Pani Poni Dash is chock full of fun parodies, cameos, and tidbits. You'd better have your finger over the pause button to read all the footnotes and references in Pani Poni Dash. The plot is very loose but present enough to give the anime a framework to works its humor off.
The art in Pani Poni Dash
is very colorful, cheerful, bright, and humorous. Of the many things Pani Poni Dash parodies is the anime art, and the parody is visible in every episode. Pani Poni Dash does chibi perfectly, perhaps the best chibi I've ever seen in anime. Besides that, the normal art is very well done and slightly softer than conventional anime.
The music in Pani Poni Dash is very good. There are many songs as OPs and EDs. Great episode scoring and sound effects. I've grown to like all 3 OPs and the 2nd ED.
Character development in Pani Poni Dash is unique, which is saying a lot in the schoolgirl-comedy genre. Rebecca Miyamoto is the perfect balance of kawaii, attitude, sternness, and little-girl... ness. The anime explores different character archetypes in the various students of Peach Moon High School, resulting in a uniquely balanced cast of personalities. It even parodies overkilled character types such as "magical girl" with Behoimi, and plain, underdeveloped characters like Kurumi.
In conclusion, Pani Poni Dash is a definite download for anyone who likes comedy anime. The anime gets off to a great start but kinda winds down near the last five episodes. It's definitely an anime I can watch over and over again.
I only ever give a perfect review to an anime that truly shines in what it does and manages to appease my tastes in every way imaginable. Pani Poni Dash is no exception and is the first anime that I ever felt truly earned a perfect score from me as I could not find a single flaw about it.
Now, before you just continue scrolling to other reviews of this anime, fearing that I might just be some overly joyful fan of the anime that is not giving it any negative opinion because I am distracted, I want you to read all of what I
have to say first.
Anyway, if you seek random comedy, absurd story and a cast of characters that give off a different vibe, Pani Poni Dash falls perfectly under this category. In fact, I think it defines these categories quite well.
Until Azumanga Daioh, we believed that a single anime could not change the comedic nature of the high school setting. This one certainly had enough comedic undertones, story and great character development to stand out from the rest; and very impressive animation for its time that looks very well done and extremely detailed in high definition.
But, Pani Poni Dash literally did just this: they saw Azumanga Daioh and decided to take the comedic approach up. Not by a one scale, or two scales, but FOUR scales higher from what this cult followed high school anime introduced. In fact, it is credited as introducing a new genre into the anime comedy scene as more anime shortly after began copying its style.
This includes humor that falls under animation nods; such as floating text, absurd weather conditions, making the school look like a recording set and adding in an even more hilarious set of random, anthropomorphic characters. I will not spoil what they are as it will be more funny when you see them for yourself.
The characters themselves will give off a vibe that, at the first episode, will trick you into thinking this anime is just about to follow the path of trying to copy the zaniness of Azumanga Daioh. Then, out of the blue, the humor steps it up the next episode and it quickly, but progressively, enters into its core style as it continues.
This anime aims at offering as much content as it can provide. This includes literally changing the end credits every single time an episode is over; not the song, but the animation nods in the credits themselves. Granted, they will each have a theme, but the theme is not just a continuous loop until the next; it changes it up every time you see it. And, at some points, the end credits change entirely; even the song. And then, they will humorously go back to the previous theme.
The character introductions are literally the shortest you will ever see in an anime, because this anime starts right away without undergoing any short character introduction phase that consumes some of its time up. It introduces them in a very unique way that, for its time, was probably not done yet by any other anime. And it was because of this that it increased my enjoyment of the anime as it never leaves out of its absurd story for even a second to do something else.
Well, actually, there is no central story; this anime is nothing but digression! You will see the characters do one thing, and the next they will be off on a new adventure of some sorts. Also, this anime carefully pays attention to the background as, well the main cast are talking, sometimes you will see other characters doing the most ridiculously random things in the background! If you have an easiness for being ticked funny by light comedy tidbits, this anime will be the best prescription for making there is not a dull moment.
In some episodes, it does become a tad dull, but ever so rarely. And the randomness can get a bit out of hand, but if you enjoy Japanese culture a lot, this anime is the pure king of references. If you can read Japanese, the background is absolutely cluttered with references. And, sometimes, whenever the camera pans onto the other character and returns to where it panned before, the text will CHANGE in the background; for absolutely no reason! And when it pans back, that text will change, too.
Pani Poni Dash also makes heavy use of animation in everything it does. Not detail-wise, but fluidity. Some comedy aspects will either have lots of unnecessary fluidity or extreme detail; or even transform into a video game! Though it will mostly retain its core style for the whole run so do not worry if you are concerned for it changing it up too often.
Now, this review may feel a bit overboard and, to some, maybe this anime deserves a lower score. But, this anime aided every single aspect I enjoy in an anime: randomness, comedy, references, animation fluidity, detail and even wrapping this up into the core story sometimes where they will reference a former event in a latter episode.
So, this review is solely dedicated to those that enjoy these aspects in anime. It is truly rare that I actually find a single anime, just one, that did it all. And it is still the first anime where, after only watching a few episodes, I felt obligated to buy the DVD right away and support whomever made it.
And, whenever I re-watch this anime, it is so random in every aspect that I might not even remember most of what it does and a lot of it will actually feel like a new experience again. I will, most likely, recognize some scenes here and there, but for the most part, the randomness will feel genuine enough to make it feel new at least a few more times over.
Pani Poni Dash is not at all a well known anime and is very underrated. It manages to not only have good original voices, but even the dub sounds really good. This anime is just the very definition of what happens when you have a group of friends that just decided to make an anime; this is it.
My only negative opinion about this anime would be that it did not have more episodes, but thankfully it did not fall under the tedious twelve, either; a path that most good anime unfortunately take either because they can not write a long enough story or because of budget cuts.
So, if you are into comedy, and believe that Azumanga Daioh was the only anime that changed the way high school comedy worked in a major way, then Pani Poni Dash is the right anime to completely make you rethink that statement and fully quench your thirst for anime comedy. In fact, it might fill you up a bit too much and you might have to take a break every now and then so that you can get filed up again and again! Either way, this anime will do more than sate.
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