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Paniponi Dash!

Alternative Titles

English: Pani Poni Dash!
Japanese: ぱにぽにだっしゅ!


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2005 to Dec 26, 2005
Premiered: Summer 2005
Broadcast: Mondays at 01:30 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films, Funimation
Studios: Shaft
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Parody, School
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.541 (scored by 14,813 users)
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Ranked: #14632
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Popularity: #1577
Members: 42,178
Favorites: 344


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. 
report Recommended by Krelian
COMEDY. Lots and lots of Japanese pop culture references in both. And there's also that one bit in Lucky Star that parodies Pani Poni Dash, and I'm sure that if Pani Poni was created after Lucky star it'd be the other way around. 
report Recommended by Pond
The show has a similar type of humor that completely ignores Western viewer's taste, but rather relies on Japanese viewer's fondness of unpredictable humors. They both have a talking animal (Sakamoto-san and Mesousa), a chibikko sensei in a lab coat (Hakase and Becky), and a dumb energetic girl (Yuuko and Himeko). Both shows also have a very stylish OP theme with plenty of movement. 
report Recommended by stevewiess01
Both of these come from the same studio, so they have a lot in common... most noticeably the weird frog and the quirky sense of humor. It borders on being ridiculous, so I don't suppose it's for everybody, but if this sort of humor suits you then you're in for a treat. 
report Recommended by Krelian
If you've seen Pani Poni Dash, and loved it's unique style, then make sure you check out Akiyuki Shinbo's latest show Maria†Holic. 
report Recommended by Shiroth
If you liked one of these then you'll most certainly like the other. Both are filled with random, over the top humor that will make you laugh out loud but will also make you question the sanity of some of the characters as well. The layouts of each are also quite similar, using single episodes for stand alone plotlines that only really seem to come together in the last few episodes of the series.
Mostly though, it's the sheer randomness of the characters and the comedy that really shows the similarities of both shows, with each comedic situation more outlandish than the last.  
report Recommended by Vanilla-San
it has a similar concept of a child becoming a teacher 
report Recommended by GoshuushoSama
Both main protagonist's are chibi teachers and story revolves around school / comedy, but Pani Poni Dash! more funny than Sensei no Ojikan though =) 
report Recommended by Chandre
Created by the same person and produced by SHAFT. Hidamari has a few references to Pani Poni Dash as well.  
report Recommended by Ranivus
A few references in Minami Ke refer to Pani Poni Dash. Both revolve around girls in grade school. Hilarity ensues in both shows as well.  
report Recommended by Ranivus
Both have the main theme as Parody humor, and both use it brilliantly. THough having very different plots, if you love parody humor similar to Pani Poni Dash, you will Love Hayate no Gotoku. 
report Recommended by Momomelo
Both series are about a group of high school girls doing random things. The only thing is that I find Paniponi Dash! to be much better at executing the traditional formula. Bottom-line if you like Ai Mai Mi, then Paniponi Dash! should blow you away.


Paniponi Dash! is much longer with twice the episodes and episodes that are about seven times longer than those of Ai Mai Mi. 
report Recommended by FreakyTy
That might look like a strange recommendation, but I really think they are pretty similar in one main aspect: Both share the same kind of "randomness" humor. So unlike "normal" comedy shows, a lot of unexpected stuff happens that would not even be possible in normal life in most cases.
So if you like Gintama, you MIGHT also enjoy Paniponi Dash. It's pretty underrated in my opinion. 
report Recommended by 39dearMIKU
Paniponi is about class members that solve hilarious problems with random episodes. Same thing goes for Jewelpet sunshine 
report Recommended by Baka_93
this anime,hyakko,has the same randomness pani poni dash does....i watched pani pooni dash first then a few months later found hyakko and loved it....hyakko doesnt have dubs..:( 
report Recommended by mahoushoujocore
Both have eccentric characters, logic and physics defying moments, and nonsensical happenings that are very humorous and fun to watch. Both have aliens, strange animals in the classroom, and the lack of any education really going on. If you like one series, I am sure anyone would love the other. 
report Recommended by Locokoko182
Some of the craziest comedies I've seen. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is more shortform, while Paniponi Dash! will use full episodes for their jokes. 
report Recommended by Aliulo
For more random humor, I'll say that you could check this one too~
Is pretty funny, with some suggestive jokes sometimes, but leaving that a side you won't stop laughing in every chapter. 
report Recommended by AndeeCoolkins
They both have random comedy, antics, and a slew of characters and their own deal. Although, Pani Poni Dash has 23~24 minute long episode and a lot more conversation to keep up with. 
report Recommended by PlumAppleJuice
Both anime do not try to even draw the characters you see in the background, but Pani Poni Dash does not even try to make them characters at all! Sometimes, they are even FRUIT.

Aside from that, both deliver extremely random comedy, but Pani Poni Dash does it in a MUCH zanier and quicker fashion, hence the manga being called "Pani Poni" well the anime is "Pani Poni Dash" which implies that it delivers its comedy on its own pace, which they chose to be undeniably rambunctious and rapid.

Pani Poni Dash also has a much more colorful cast of characters, with several  read more 
report Recommended by Notshane
If you were the type that paused every 5 seconds to read the blackboard gags, or rewind to catch that flurry of jokes you missed; Seitokai no Ichizon has the same kind of rapid-fire comedy that it shares with Pani Poni Dash 
report Recommended by gloomheart
Both are probably the funniest animes ever.
I have never seen more 4-th wall breaking anywhere else.
For the greatest effect start watching Azumanga Daioh, then The melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, then Lucky Star, then Kannagi(the last three are strongly connected), then go deeper in the universe of otaku with Genshiken(think of it as Lucky star after high school, at university), chill of with Sketchbook full color (similar to Azumanga Daioh), combine all of them into Pani Poni Dash, then go nuts with Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai, and top it off with Oh Edo Rocket, and enter the long run with Gintama.
Other funny anime that  read more 
report Recommended by alexvoda
If you enjoyed all the slapdash Japanese-flavored pop culture trivia, then your next step is a no-brainer. Speeding along at the same diabolical pace with no mercy for stragglers, these two shows are made of the same parody extravaganza material. 
report Recommended by Splitter
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  read more 
report Recommended by Ammy
You can find the same amount of randomness in both anime 
report Recommended by Cherry_Blossoms
Both anime are totally insane :) 
report Recommended by Yuyukino
Both get into some of the most ridiculous (and hilariously odd) strange situations a school based comedy can offer. 
report Recommended by Powder579
Think about your reaction to TTGL every time it would take your idea of logic and relieve itself on it. Think about how every episode seemed to go even further beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb for the twentieth time. That's pretty much what Pani Poni Dash! does, except with how rapidly and blatantly it makes fun of and references everything. Anime, video games, western culture... it has a little joke on everything thrown in there, and the pace just keeps ramping up right until the end.

Pani Poni Dash! = Azumanga Daioh + Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann 
report Recommended by Wraith7153
An anime comedy involving high school girls 
report Recommended by wesley96
Both are random and some of the scenes don't really make any since. But still funny and a joy to watch. 
report Recommended by princess9