Yuri Anime: Puni Puni Poemy

July 1st, 2008

So, maybe you’re sitting around watching some of your older anime and thinking, “Gee, I really like Excel Saga, but I wish it had more mindless Yuri and made less sense.” Well, lucky for you, there’s Puni Puni Poemy (aka Puni Puni Poemi).

I get PPP. I really do. Because there have been days after I finished writing a really intense story or completed a series and I’ve lost my mind, too. You can’t really stop it – it’s like an allergic reaction. You need to get rid of the toxins somehow. In my case, I parody my own work and clearly, Nabeshin does, too. ^_^

So, there’s a girl called Poemi who calls herself by the name of her seiyuu, Kobayashi, and who, after much tragedy, learns that when she skins a dead fish and holds the skeleton aloft, she becomes a powerful magical girl. It may seem a little strange at first glance, but when you think about it, it’s really no more strange than accepting a locket from a talking Moon Cat or listening to your stuffed animal, or praying to God, or putting Saint Lipliner on. You get my point. ^_^

So, Poemi fights the bad guys and in the end, the story wasn’t about her at all, but about her very, very, very gay best friend Futaba. Which reminds me to point out that IMHO, the very funniest of all the gags in the entire anime is the Aasu sister’s names. They are in reverse numerical order. The oldest is “Mutsumi,” (6th) and the youngest is “Hitomi” (1st). That their parents thought ahead to name them in reverse order absolutely slayed me. It makes me giggle just thinking about it.

There are a lot of internal and external gags in PPP, and even more hyperactive activity, much of which makes no sense whatsoever. That’s okay, like most allergic reactions to more serious work, it’s not really for you – it’s for the people in the studio to let it allllll out.

If you don’t mind tasteless service, self-referential humor and hideous sight gags, Puni Puni Poemy is quite funny. My thanks once again to Ted the Awesome for providing many laughs by sponsoring today’s review!

Ratings:

Art – 6
Story – 6 (you’re not watching it for the plot, anyway)
Characters – 6
Yuri – 6
Service – 8

Overall – 6

Futaba is very gay.

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6 Responses

  1. punistation says:

    “…or praying to God,”

    I was going to say this throwaway comment was going to get you in more trouble than you’d expect…

    But then I remembered the nature of the Okazu blog, it’s content and the temperaments of the visiting choir and how they love some good preaching, and realised the worst (if any) blowback would be from angsty Marimite fans who are shocked (SHOCKED!) that you would equate these schoolgirl’s direct line to the Intelligent Cheery Blossom Designer with some nonsensical anime featuring some raving chicky and her gutted fishbones.

    Then I had another drink. This shit’s goood.

  2. There was *nothing* sacreligious in my statement – Meimi became Kaitou Saint Tail by praying to God with her nun-in-training best friend Seira. Hime-chan was the one who chatted with her stuffed animal you may remember, and Yuri in Wedding Peach was the lucky girl who applied (and no I did not make this up) Saint Lipliner, in order to transform.

    Anime is so crackheaded that I really didn’t need to fake a crazy-ass example. lol (Thanks to the wife for Saint Lipliner. That one was the best.)

  3. Maggie says:

    I’ll be honest; this was my first exposure to Yuri at the tender age of 13.

  4. Maggie – Gawd, how horrible! That you survived to tell the tale is very impressive. :-)

  5. Maggie says:

    No, I loved it! I was hoping all Yuri was so wacky and ridicuous. How little I knew about ANGST and BAD ENDS at the time, lol

  6. punistation says:

    Of course the true scandal is their repetitive usage in part of my online moniker. Though I’ve pronounced it “puny-station” for years, the lawsuit shall still be submitted forwith.

    Wait, I just noticed: they spelled “Puni” with an “i”, but “Poemy” with a “Y”?

    Weird…

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