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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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 10:19 AM)
    @Casey: like Aidan mentioned you need special content, design art, fandisks and exclusive interviews in order to get your publication prestige and value. Also skim the nearby stores to get a reasonable demand/cost estimation. Social networking and attending expos is also a great way to get exposure and momentum.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 05:34 AM)
    I think going either by first episodes or source material. I know what I’m interested in this season: Ranpo kitan, gangsta, akagami.
    And as for what I don’t like/don’t want to watch: Gakkou gurashi, symphogear, prison school, charlotte, gate.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 02:46 AM)
    I only ever had one issue of Neo (I think that was the magazines name) and one or two issues of the American version of newtype. And that was a long time ago.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 02:34 AM)
    I think the number of that fanbase who would actually buy magazines is slim. You would need to provide something the fans can’t get from the internet. Which seems pretty impossible.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:56 AM)
    Anime itself has quite a big international fan base.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:56 AM)
    @Casey: that depends on where you’re from, your background in web-design/blogging/printing and your targeted audience and market.
  • casey
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:51 AM)
    hey there am casey and am wondring if anime magizinse can be mad for someone how is a big fan off anime
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:44 AM)
    @Bam: Trying to think of actors I’d like to see show up in season three.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:41 AM)
    @Bam: I definitely enjoyed parts of hannibal yes, but yes, particularly the new season, style over substance.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:40 AM)
    I also ditto Farrell’s bold yet humanizing performance. The whole show has become a vehicle for actors/actresses to reinven themselves and take on a more prestigious pedigree of works.

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