Posted on 25 July 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews



Pani Poni Dash certainly is one of the better comedy-anime out there. Every single episode just had me cracked up, time and time again. Its huge cast of interesting and unique characters combined with the huge waves of parodies and references came together into a brilliant piece of awesomeness.

The situation’s like this: Rebecca Miyamoto, or Becky, is a child prodigy. At the age of ten, she already graduated from the MIT (supposedly the best university in the United States, correct me if I’m wrong). She then goes to work as a teacher on a high-school. Still, she remains a ten-year-old child, and the creators did an extremely good job in portraying her brattiness.

The class Becky has to teach also is full of interesting characters, ranging from the idiot to the sarcastic, evil person and the bookworm to the plain girl. These character bring the perfect combination between serious and whacky personages, which get turned into some really funny moments.

If the main characters are out of the picture, the side-characters have enough material to show. The incredibly huge cast of unique characters worked out really great. There’s bound to be a character fit for everyone.

This anime also is extremely well coordinated. Every second of screen time, multiple things are happening at once. Whenever a character’s talking, something whacky is happening in the background. The creators manage to stuff so many in just one episode. They try to give enough room for each of the side-characters, even if it is just one second in an episode.

I also seriously recommend listening to the OP. The show’s got three different ones of them, and all of them are extremely high-quality, though don’t expect the lyrics to make sense. The creators also spent a huge load of time on the art and character design, with Becky appearing in a different outfit each episode, complete with a different haircut. Most of the characters look too cute as well, though Becky is by far the cutest. Do beware, though. While this definitely isn’t a harem or fanservice show, the creators aren’t scared to show some fanservice-y shots of the different characters at times.

Overall, if you want to see a comedy-show, I seriously recommend this anime. It really is one of the better comedies out there. While it isn’t perfect and some moments may miss the mark, it certainly gives a good shot.

5 Responses

  1. Anga says:

    Yeah, awesome comedy. I will rewatch the series eventually, it’s hard to find something like this.

  2. psgels says:

    Yeah indeed. Most comedy shows try to include some kind of drama-element *coughOurancough*, so it’s really refresting to see an actual succesful comedy.

  3. I wish I could kiss Himeko and smell her
    feet. I also want to date Rei.

  4. Nicholas Willis says:

    I wish I could kiss Himeko and smell her feet.
    And date Rei.

  5. Silly Girl says:

    Haha, MIT IS one of the best colleges in the USA, but most of the time people refer to the best universities with the acronym “HYP”, which stand for Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

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  • Juno
    (Friday, Apr 18. 2014 04:52 AM)
    BTW, Kagerou Project was a big thing I was looking forward to. Was psgels planning on checking it out at all? I need to watch the first episode, still.
  • Nyangoro
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 10:31 PM)
    Ping Pong’s second episode was so fucking good. I just love these characters.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 09:57 PM)
    You know…as much as I like mushishi’s manga…I never felt compelled to read every single chapter..
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 09:38 PM)
    lol, as if on cue XD
  • Brad Kremer
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 07:57 PM)
    Hello, I recently made a film telling the story of Dogo Onsen. As you may know, Dogo Onsen was the inspiration for the look of the bath house in Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. The Legend of Dogo Onsen
    https://vimeo.com/91544453 Subtitled
    https://vimeo.com/91547432 I hope you enjoy! Brad
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 06:49 PM)
    @psgels Yeah I feel you about the spam bots. I mentioned a specific terrible anime website that gets link spammed all over the place. If only they would put that much effort into their content.
  • Friend
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 02:52 PM)
    @Aidan dat straightforwardness XD
    Sidonia is a little strange, Ill have to see how well it sticks for a few more episodes.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 10:28 AM)
    @Roger, It’s funny just how little it took for you to say “Screw you guys. I’m going home.”
    Rather flaky if you ask me. Not that you would be missed of course.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 09:04 AM)
    *typoed an M instead of a , =<
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Apr 17. 2014 09:03 AM)
    *isn’t felt as much.
    I actually that while he drew the monsters and robots pretty well and was as always dependable drawing the scenery his modern art actually loses alot of his older style actually benifitted from.

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