Puni Puni Poemi is a spin-off of Excel Saga, the classic lampoon of all that is anime. It takes the daughter of two Excel Saga characters and puts her through parodies of shoujo, shounen, ecchi, hentai, and everything in-between. This eccentric show is the "Scary Movie" of anime: younger viewers need not apply.
This Anime is so stupid. There is no easier way to say that. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT? Let me explain what I mean. It’s really hard to talk about this show because it’s just all over the place. At one point, it just feels like they are stalling for time so they can make it run two episodes long. The show starts out with a bit of an epic concept about someone wanting to take over the world and make it a place of beauty and sweetness. This wouldn’t be so bad except that right after the opening song, we get… stupidity. A Hyper, overactive girl screaming at the camera for the whole show is not my idea of a good show. This is just made for people to feel uncomfortable, isn’t it? Because the aliens having large balls knocking around from where their genitals would be, little kids showing off their ass, all the sexual images and jokes, and the very hyper girl messes with me. What else can I say about this show? I really have no idea… From the baby that predicted danger by pooping, to the S&M Dominatrix, there is so many jokes that just seem to fly over my head. I blame Japanese jokes that are culturally sensitive and toilet humor being there for no reason. The artwork is all over the place. The opening is part anime, part live action with a young Japanese girl looking like she is running around on a beach. What makes it even more unsettling is that they put so many nudity shots in the beginning over this running girl that I just get thrown off faster then you can say Parody. Then when we get into the show finally, we get noodle legs and arms all over the place. Nothing keeps its proportion and things just seem to have a really high cartoon physics that gets on my nerves at times. Sure it works pretty well in Loony Tunes, but then they are not trying to milk it for all its worth. In shows like Loony Tunes, there is a time and place to use those physics and they don’t distract from the overall story. In this case, it really does. Whenever she moves, I feel like any OCD that I have is going to go overboard because I get distracted by her movements and can’t understand the story… if there really is any story to begin with. Still I do have to give them props for the amazing amount of color in this show. And… That might be all that I can give it. Character designs when they are still are pretty bland, little children sexualized way too much (of course, that happens in many more Anime, not just here), and the backgrounds are generic.The music isn’t all bad. The opening song is kind of fun and playful, much like most songs from Excel Saga (another show I really am not a fan of but has decent music). The English voice acting is really terrible, and that mostly is with Poemi. Her voice is either two high, to energetic, or to out of control that I can barely understand her. Nothing she says seems to be of any importance because they never give you a chance to hear it. The third person speaking that she does also gets on my nerves very fast. I understand, she is trying to get into a rule of a girl named Poemi, I understand that the original voice actor, Yumiko Kobayashi, was trying to portray that she is playing a character playing another character. But does that really mean she has to keep saying her own name? Just saying Poemi did this or Poemi did that would be enough. Flipping through the different names made me miss her real name for a long time, making me think that the magical girl was just named Poemi instead. I give props to Cynthia Martinez who probably never got a chance to breathe trying to read the lines for Poemi though. Its one thing when it’s animated for your original language, it’s completely different when trying to dub a show where the artwork has already been done. This is not the show for me. Looking at it compared to others like this, this is pretty much the bottom of the barrel. From the artwork, the jokes that really do not work outside Japan, and the voice acting adds up to a big mess to me.
Story 4/10; I can't believe there were no reviews on this anime. That's just rediculous! I think this anime is popular. Maybe, maybe not. Whatever. Let's get this party started! So, about the story. What's that? There's a story? That's the question I asked myself before wanting to write a review on this anime. I can say that the main goal of this anime was comedy, and it made it! For a comedic factor, I have to give it a pretty good score, but for the overall storyline and how everything progressed, there is no clarity to the story at all. Things were just thrown out of the blue with no explanation. There was some comedic drama I would have to say. They put in something dramatic and made it somewhat of a laughable thing. This OVA is very fast paced (And the way that poemi talks) which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I knew the story, but I didn't know anything on, say, motivations. Pretty much every seen, I ask myself either "Why?" or "What just happened?" which is good for comedy, but bad for story. Animation 7/10; Watching this anime, I was surprised at the animation put in here. The actual images were really good quality, I will admit. The actual animating of the images though could use a little work, but I think this is an appropriate score. Sound 6/10; The sound here just didn't blow my mind. It was average in taste. The voice actors though, I give a lot of credit to, primarily for keeping up with poemi's 300 words per minute. Characters 6/10; Well, as far as character development, the characters were introduced with a lot of haste, but I have to say, it's 2 episodes long so it's understandable. I grew to know a lot about the characters, but the other ones I still have no clue what their story is. I can tell what each character is like and a bit on their interests. I still have no clue on a few parts, which you have to watch it to understand what I mean. You look at a lot of characters and ask yourself "WHY?!" It was a bit of a shocker at the small amount of incest. I look at the characters and if there was one word that I could use to describe about 80% of the characters in this anime, I would say "Perverted." The relationships between the characters shows how unique the characters really are. It seems as if everyone has somewhat of the same idea here. Overall 5.5/10; Yeah.. I didn't understand this anime at all. It made me laugh though, which gives it its watchability. There is a lot of emphasis on ecchi and there's a story that confuses the living hell out of just about anyone. Had the story not been so poorly written, I can say that it might have actually dropped a lot of the comedic factor and thus dropping a lot off this anime's score. It's just bad, but it's so good as well, that I suggest that if you don't mind the ecchi bits (Which is emphasized as I will emphasize again) that you should watch this anime. It's 2 episodes long, you can't go too wrong.
Parodies only work if they're funny. Luckily, Puni Puni Poemy delivers as possibly the funniest parody of Hentai ever. The artwork is crude, the writing is cruder, the pace is fast to a ridiculous degree. It makes fun of magical girls, their skimpy outfits, and semi-pornographic tranformation scenes, lolicon, ecchi, yuri, bondage, tentacles, and everything else you could think of. In short, this is a parody of all that and of itself at the same time. The entire thing is garbage of the worst kind, and proudly so. It revels in the fact that there is a complete lack of dignity, class, or style to every single detail. Whether it comes to animation, sound, story, characters or whatever else is in Puni Puni Poemi, everything is crass, idiotic, crude, or a combination of those. It is everything a Hentai OVA is, only without the explicit sex, which is replaced by endless comedy. Puni Puni Poemy is not a work of art. It is doesn't have a proper anything in it. It is irredeemable on every level. It has redefined "so bad it's good", and personally, I think that it is awesome on so many levels. But really, none of that would have mattered unless it was so damn hilarious. Writing (Story and Characters): When something attempts to be so bad it's good, it usually ends up as a particularly extreme failure. Luckily, Puni Puni Poemy is one of those rare cases where everything works like a charm. Parodies usually suck, hentai is usually moronic, and magical girls usually have a brainless plot and contemptuous characters. While being all three, here is a case where it all blends seemlessly into shameless pandering that amounts to little more than the lowest form of entertainment ever. Thank god for that. As far as stories go, it makes no real sense. It is supposedly character driven, but considering the characters are just as over the top and completely dumb as everything else, it ends up being just an excuse for the antics that happen... which is a summary of hentai, magical girls, and parodies. Antics happen. Fan service happens. The plot doesn't try to make sense, have a point, or anything like that. It is an excuse for lampooning cliches and machine-gun dialogue. One dimensional? These characters would all be very proud to think that you gave them a full dimension. All the characters have maybe half a personality at most. We get to meet a ton of characters in such a short piece, and they can end up being described as nothing more than "shy girl with crush", "dominatrix", "baby that poops", and stuff like that. Character development? You've got to be kidding. The cast is so intentionally bad and impossible to get to know that there is nothing you need to know other than that they are all stupid, everything is stupid, and laugh your ass off at them. The characters and story work together to create one of the singularly most successful parodies. There is nothing to do but look at this incredulously, think "you have got to be kidding" about every single detail, and just enjoy the fact that the answer is "of course, we're stupid after all" as you laugh. And yes, yes we are. The title character breaking the fourth wall and getting the names mixed up is also rather awesome. Art (Animation and Sound): Yep. The art is outdated. At times it is crude (including the inevitable censored ladybits which is flaunted from the start), and by crude I mean shamelessly terrible. There is actually nothing that is done that can be called high quality, so much that we can more or less be sure that most of it is intentionally bad. Of course, there are a lot of extremely hectic scenes that resort to tired tropes. It's a parody, groany groan groan. Get over it. The animation is at times rather awesome, at others horrible on so many levels, but usually just plain mediocre. That being said, Puni Puni Poemi revels in being crap, so it works. Still, there is no way around the fact that even if you take that into account, 2001 was a long time ago and the animation has aged rather badly other than the times it is gloriously horrible. Sound... well, Poemy's voice acting is a shining light of awesome. The rest is over the top cliches. And that is a good thing. The voice acting is what makes everything work so well here, and without it, Puni Puni Poemy would have been an abject failure, falling short of the "so bad it's good" goal it has set for itself. I call that a win. Art, insomuch as you can call it that, is made to service the writing in this case. And it does so magnificently. It is particularly crude, rude, and downright silly. And it shouldn't be any other way. Overall: Puni Puni Poemi is a great parody. It is not a serious work, doesn't try to be anything remotely heavy handed, and revels in the failures of all the genres it manages to ridicule. Calling it a work of art would be an insult both to the OVA and to art. But sit down, shut up, and laugh your ass off.
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