Pani Poni Dash Review

Story:
Becky is a kid. And a genius. And a high school teacher. She teaches a room full of insane high schoolers. That’s the whole plot. Oh and aliens are watching her every move and there’s a cat living in a vending machine who thinks he’s God. Stop trying to understand. It’ll only hurt you.

Violence:
Pure slap stick comedy right here. People get blown up, whacked with mallets and whatnot, but obtain no real damage. Blood shows up on occasion but always in a ridiculous and comedic light. Taking anything in this show seriously is a bad idea.

Language:
Becky can have a bad mouth, as can Rei. Expect a few d-mns, sh-ts and even an “illegitimate son” word. Doesn’t occur every episode, but this show clearly isn’t for young kids. Becky also pulls a middle finger on her class (and is punished for it).

Nudity:
No detail shown, but unfortunately there’s a decent amount here. There are more than a few body jokes, suggestive positions of characters, tight clothing and whatnot. Nothing that breaks the PG14 rules, but it’s still not for really young viewers.

Theology/Mythology:
There is a cat in a vending machine who thinks he’s God. I think I mentioned that. Yep, that’s in there. Does it make sense? Nope. Is it supposed to make sense? Nope. Is it only for comedic purposes? Yep. Even so, if jokes like that bug you, this show may not be the one for you.

Personal Impression:
This show is hilarious! Assuming, of course, you can leave the logic side of your brain at the door. Honestly, most of the humor in this show is ridiculous and absurdest humor. If you’re not into that, this show is defiantly not for you. It’s also not for people looking for any kind of plot. Cause there isn’t one. At all. In any capacity. From idiot aliens that seem to have no real purpose or direction to their mission, to Becky’s students dreaming of a place where butter consists of tigers running around a tree, this show depends on not making any sense at all and doing so very well. This isn’t to say that a lesson or two doesn’t appear now and again. Becky does learn a few things, like how she should attempt learning to do things on her own instead of depending on everyone else all the time. But usually there isn’t a point. If one is looking for substance over comedy, look elsewhere. That said, if you adore comedy, especially the kind that leaves reason in the dust, this show will crack you up for sure. Just try not to be drinking anything while watching. It might come out your nose (voice of experience here).

Personal Rating: Young adult

Episodes:  26
Languages: Dub and sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Comedy
Website: http://www.funimation.com/pani-poni-dash
Legal streaming: FUNimation’s YouTube channel (Episodes 1-4 only)
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Extra: Facing the facts

We’ve all encountered it. That moment when the hero declares that they refuse to take another life. That they will never kill because killing is wrong. And although I happen to agree with that, it’s not usually played out in a very realistic manor. Which is what made this same declaration in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood by the Elric brothers stand out. Because they were being realistic about it.

The thing about memorable heroes isn’t that they just say heroic stuff, but that they stick to their convictions no matter what. Edward readily admitted that his stance on killing was stupid considering their position. That he’d probably get killed himself because of it. But he also believed it was worth sticking to regardless. From the time he makes that promise onward, Edward and his brother keep it, which is no small feet. And not all the other “hero” characters agree with this idea, let alone follow it. Riza and Roy, for example, continue their jobs as soldiers and killing is something they don’t avoid.
This is refreshing because, realistically, not every person in a group would agree to one particular method. Especially when thousands of lives are on the line. As noble as the Elrics’ stance is, it’s also extremely dangerous (for enemies don’t follow any such rule). The Elrics knew full well the danger and accepted it, regardless of who agreed with them.

All considering, a few newer shows could benefit from this. Yes, there are naive people who makes commitments without thinking of the consequences. But I’d love to see more heroes like Ed and Al. Ones that know the dangers full well and accept them with confidence. Not because they know for sure they will win, or even because their allies agree with them, but because they know for sure what they’re doing is right.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Review

Fullemtal Alchemist: BrotherhoodStory:
A dog of the military, Edward Elric works tirelessly to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone, which just might have the ability to return himself and his younger brother back to their original forms. But they’re by far not alone in their search and some would stop at nothing to silence any who find out the “truth.”

Violence:
Just as in the first version of this series, the violence in this show is reasonably high. Characters get stabbed, cut, burned, etc. Although gore isn’t really an issue, it does push the limits of PG14. If high violence bothers you, this show isn’t for you.

Language:
Again, as with the first version, there’s reason for the PG14 rating. D-mns, and more than one instance of the “illegitimate-son” word.

Nudity:
A biiit more fanservice in this version than in the last, I’m afraid. Thankfully it only happens a few times. Winry is seen taking a bath in one scene (all details covered) and then beginning to undress in another. Nothing that breaks the TV14 rating, but it’s hardly necessary.

Theology/Mythology:
Another difference from the first series, this version addresses God more than once. A comment is made about touching God using alchemy (or something like that. It made no sense) and then about the obvious fact that Ed’s transmutation technique looks almost like he’s praying (thank you, Sherlock –I mean Ling. I never thought of that one). Near the end, the villain is delusional (what villain isn’t?) and says something to the extent of becoming a god. Typical villain stuff, really. But if this kind of comparison (which really doesn’t affect the story overall) makes you uncomfortable, you’ve been warned.

Personal Impression:
If you’re wondering what the deal is with this “first series” mentioned, Brotherhood is actually a re-boot of Fullmetal Alchemist that more closely follows its manga original. Far more closely. While the first few episodes remain much like the first series, around episode 12 or 13 it begins to branch off in a completely new direction and the ending couldn’t be more different if it tried.
As for the other aspects of the show, the music is decent (although not quite as inspired as the first series’) and the art is smooth. A big improvement, however, is the fighting. The incredible animation during fight scenes makes up for the lack of added detail in the general art. Also the story is much improved for following in the original tale’s footsteps. The characters are richer and there’s a great deal of development on their part. The plot makes more sense as well, although it’s also far more complex than the first series. All in all, if the violence isn’t an issue for you, this series is one that shouldn’t be missed. The comedy is wondrous, the action is spectacular and the characters are ones to root for all the way through.
Oh and don’t worry about needing a movie to wrap up the story. This series wraps up on its own.

Personal Rating: Young adult

Episodes: 64
Languages: Dub and sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Action, fantasy, adventure
Website: http://www.funimation.com/fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood
Legal streaming: FUNimation‘s site and YouTube
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