Posted by psgels 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 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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  • ;(
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 06:25 AM)
    Just watched the new rick and morty episode…
    God was that a good one…
  • reaLjustified
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 06:21 AM)
    @Mike Lol I took a look at Myum Myum and he reminds me of The Binding of Isaac
  • reaLjustified
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 06:15 AM)
    @Mike That’s too bad, I also agree that Kubera is probably the best action webtoon out there, I guess second place would have to be Girl the Wilds or Noblesse. But as for Trace, I liked the Trace spin off by Dazzi, it’s not as action oriented and more character driven. So it might be something you might want to try
  • mike
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 06:07 AM)
    @;( I like them both for that, especially Leez. Plus I do like the writer for having a good sense of humour. I’ve read all of her other work and Myum Myum is really under rated for a manwha.
  • ;(
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    @Mike:
    Hmmmm I get what you mean… I will say some of the relationships got a lot more exposure lately. Such as Leez and Yuta, Ran and Rana, and a few others. But yeah, it’s still mostly an action\\fantasy comic, so it’s understandable if you’ll still dislike it. I’ll just add though that Yuta and leez’s psychologies are so bizzare that they feel fresh in comperasion to the usual love fairs.
  • mike
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @;( That’s one I took a break from reading because I haven’t been very interested in action manga for a while now, I’ve always read josei/shojo for as long as I can remember.
  • ;(
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 05:39 AM)
    @Mike: if you like action webtoons, I recommend Kubera.
    Got a really detailed story with a lot of mystery and action, and it’s based on Hinduism, which is teh shit!!!
  • mike
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 05:32 AM)
    @Real I’ve read some of Trace but I don’t like action manwha webtoons because all of the ones I’ve read so far are all average. Like Action Idols, Gamer, RPG, etc.
  • mike
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 05:31 AM)
    @Real I haven’t read Fox mostly because the translations are too slow. Fluttering Feelings also updated btw.
  • ;(
    (Tuesday, Sep 1. 2015 05:26 AM)
    You know… It’s so sad seeing someone posing as a “troll” care so much it’s actually kinda sad… It’s like I almost feel empathy…

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