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Paniponi Dash, Vol. 1: Lethal Lesson (2006)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J3FBR0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The 11 year-old Rebecca Miyamoto becomes the new teacher of 1-C, which is full of weirdoes. 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, Ichijo, Rei and a white bunny who took a liking to Rebecca help her to rough up the school and the neighbor-class with its teacher "old geezer".

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Stuff November 18, 2006
Paniponi Dash is a weird comedy series. It follows in the footsteps of shows like Excel Saga and Super Milk-Chan, alternating between hilarious and bizarre. Sometimes within a single scene. It also borrows heavily from Azumanga Daioh, as its main characters are a wacky teacher and 6 high school girls. The premise- Rebecca Miyamoto is a brilliant MIT grad (with an American father and Japanese mother) who has returned to Japan to be a teacher. Except that she's 10 years old. Obviously, this setup raises a lot of questions that you shouldn't bother asking. No, really, don't worry about why she's a teacher when she graduated from an engineering school or whom she lives with or where her parents are, because the show isn't concerned with details like that. It's just here for the comedy and the weirdness.

The first episode spends most of its time wondering where Ms. Miyamoto is. The students in the classroom are bored and speculating all about her, while Rebecca is late and busy getting lost. She and her pet talking bunny, the perpetually sad Mesousa, are stuck in a national forest, where they come upon a vending machine. The vending machine is full of warm drinks, which confuses them until the machine opens up while Rebecca's back is turned. Inside is a human-sized, very simply drawn cat who offers Mesousa some more drinks that have been warmed by his body heat. Mesousa freaks out. The cat also claims to be God and continually pops up in vending machines and elsewhere to torment Mesousa as the show goes on. Finally, Rebecca arrives at school, only to find out that the students have decided to call her "Becky." And then they reduce her to tears and she has to go hide behind the window drapes.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is delicious cake January 15, 2007
By faster
you must eat it! I honestly haven't enjoyed an anime this much in a long while. This is basically a slice of life anime that follows an eleven year old genius who becomes a school teacher in Japan, there's no real story to it but similar to Azumanga Daioh and as pointed out by the director the series is all about the characters they have created in this world. The music is fantastic, the animation is excellent, the characters are spectacular, and Rebecca is just adorable!

The only people I can see not enjoying this are anime fans who are solely interested in mecha/action anime. Otherwise if you have a pulse you need to check this out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pani Poni and away! December 2, 2006
By OKAMI
I just want to let you know that this anime shouldn't be compared to Excel Saga, it was sooo annoying because you couldn't understand WTH Excel was saying and don't forget that annoying dog! Yes, it was funny but not THAT funny.

Pani Poni Dash is huge phenomenon in Japan, it combines the comedy of Cromartie High School, Puni Puni Poemy & Galaxy Angel. The central storyline revolves around the new 11 year-old teacher of Peach Moon Academy and her students ... I mean the weirdos that go to school.

There are parodies of famous movies like Casa Blanca, Reservoir Dogs, Beetlejuice, The Ring, Friday the 13th, Batman returns to name just a few, most of them are represented with characters in the background, pictures or casual conversation between the main characters. Also reference of characters from other animes, like when Rebecca pulls Himeko's ahoge out and then a thick pink cloud comes out from Himeko's head, this act represents Majin-Boo from Dragon Ball Z.

The animation is fluent with vivid colors ( sometimes is too bright though ), excellent character design, the English version has a top-notch cast of voice overs, Sasha Paysinger ( Nanjo ) is great, I think the girl that gives the voice for Rei could work a little more on her character ( she sounds too bored ), the Japanese track is as always perfect.

So, if you're into animes with nonsense comedy then you can not skip this one, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rebecca Miyamoto looks like a cute little 11-year old. But just look closely. She's an 11-year-old MIT grad teaching high school. That's what Pani Poni Dash is about. I gotta say it's a good show. Dude, just look at the teacher. She is only 11 years old which makes it so funny. The students are funny too. There's the heather who yells @ Becky all the time, the spaz who talks too fast and likes to use the word mahou, the brainiac, the disturbingly weird class rep, the old dude who is a teacher, and the depressed bunny who just wants soda. But his cute widdle arms just can't reach the coin slot, so he has to resort to this...cat that says he's god and he lives in a soda machine. This is crazy comedy at its finest!

Forgot to say. Amazon doesn't have a rating for PPD. The DVD is rated TV-PG. I say at least ten and up for a liberal-minded individual while thirteen and up for a conservative minded one for: violence in a comedic sense, bad language like a, h, and d words along with bleeped out uses of the F-bomb and a bird flippage, and some suggestive themes. 13+ is fine. Well, watch PPD and enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maho? January 8, 2007
By R
"Alien captain, I highly recommend this," says the alien subordinate.

"Don't worry, I'm God. Want a soda? It's warmed by my body heat..." says the giant cat in the vending machine to the sad pet rabbit Mesousa.

This is all after the very first scene is a reference to "Planet of the Apes".....

Truly remarkable.

Insane. Absolutely, positively, insane. It's very good, too.

Maho?

It's kind of like Azomanga Daioh on crack...

The only sad thing is that I have to wait over a month for the next disc to come out....

As a hint, don't eat the sweet rice dumplings in the very first episode. (poor Mesousa).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Silly
Rebecca has started her new job teaching high school. She's an 11 year old genius. This makes it hard for her to relate to her students, whom all have major personality quirks. Read more
Published 21 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars Omega! MAHO!
DISCLAIMER: Anyone watching "Paniponi Dash, Vol. 1: Lethal Lesson" should first dispense with any logic, reason, or rational thought. Read more
Published on January 8, 2012 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely clever, fast, funny, and satiric
If you like Japanese humor, you will love "Pani Poni Dash." It is a genuine crackpot comedy, equaled only by "Sergeant Frog," "Panda-Z", and "Excel Saga. Read more
Published on June 18, 2008 by Timothy Perper
4.0 out of 5 stars lovvvve it
This is one of the cutest anime series I have seen and yes I do find it funny. Although I do enjoy some of the more action packed series it's a nice departure from the all too... Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by Brittany B
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly doesn't equal funny,
How can a show that rolls UFO Ultramaiden, Excel Saga, and Azumanga Daioh into one be so unfunny? Don't get me wrong, I like off the wall parodies, but comedy needs a backdrop of... Read more
Published on October 3, 2007 by Bob from the Midwest
5.0 out of 5 stars Becky Miyamoto has her hands full in this zany plot which will attract...
Fans of manga and animae will relish PANIPONI DASH, a 5-episode comedy based on the antics of a 10th grade class - and their 11-year-old teacher, an MIT grad who faces her biggest... Read more
Published on February 8, 2007 by Midwest Book Review
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 Episodes of Concentrated Pain For Your Eyeballs
There are times when I just hate having a high episode count on one disk. PaniPoni Dash is one of those times because its unfunny to the point of being painful. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by L. J Lewis
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