Pani Poni Dash!
Pani Poni Dash!
The anime has since been licensed in the United States by ADV Films though the manga remains unlicensed. There have also been several drama CDs created based on the series. Much of this series' humour relies on numerous parodies and references to other manga, films, or TV shows, including The Exorcist, Gundam, Super Mario Bros., and Vampire Hunter D, a good deal of which needs to be freeze-framed to catch. The series also contains many jokes and references about the Japanese culture and language, making the series possibly quite unfriendly to foreign viewers. Japanese Internet culture, such as on the infamous Japanese message board 2ch, is another pillar of Pani Poni Dash!'s humour, with many references to Japanese emoticons.
At some stages in the series a character's facial features will be replaced by these emoticons. Each episode is almost entirely standalone and only very loosely connected to the central plot which is hardly mentioned at all. Most of the jokes in the series rely on satire, established character behaviour, Japanese Internet and anime culture, or non sequitur comments and actions (especially by Ichijo). Another characteristic of Pani Poni Dash! is that the name of each episode is based on an adage or proverb that applies to the episode in some way. Unlike other 26-episode anime, Pani Poni Dash! features three entirely different opening sequences, with both new art and new music each time.
The opening songs, of which there are several versions, are sung by the seiyū of the different characters in the anime. Plot Pani Poni Dash!'s central storyline revolves around Rebecca Miyamoto, class 1-C's child prodigy homeroom teacher, and the antics of class 1-C. The characters attend a high school called the Peach Moon Academy (桃月学園 Momotsuki Gakuen?), though the story never strays from the focus of the four first year classes labeled 1-A through 1-D. The mishaps that occur in other classes, in the teacher's lounge, and on school trips also become sources of material for topical allusions regarding satire, anime, Internet, gaming, and popular culture. Read more on Last.fm.
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