Paniponi Dash, Vol. 1: Lethal Lesson
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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!
"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".....
Insane. Absolutely, positively, insane. It's very good, too.
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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