Puni Puni Poemy

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  • TV-MA
  • 2001
  • 1 Season
  • 7.1  (477)

Puni Puni Poemy is a zany and irreverent parody series that follows the adventures of Poemi Watanabe, a spunky and energetic middle school student with dreams of becoming a voice actress. One day, Poemi is recruited by the Aasu sisters, alien magical girls who need her help to defend the Earth from the evil alien organization called the C.A.P.E.L.L.A. Poemi is given magical powers and transforms into Puni Puni Poemy, a cute and powerful magical girl who uses her super strength and wits to battle against the C.A.P.E.L.L.A's army of robots and monsters.

The show is a spinoff and spiritual successor to the much-loved Excel Saga, a similarly chaotic and absurdist comedy series that lampoons anime tropes and popular culture with reckless abandon. Puni Puni Poemy takes the absurdity to even greater heights, featuring rapid-fire jokes, fourth-wall-breaking gags, and constant references to other anime series and Japanese media.

The show's art style is heavily influenced by shoujo manga, with cutesy character designs, bright and bold colors, and exaggerated expressions. However, the animation is intentionally low-budget and often intentionally janky, adding to the series' appeal as a parody.

Cynthia Martinez stars as Poemi, bringing a manic energy to the role that perfectly matches the show's frenetic pace. Her performance is filled with rapid-fire deliveries, over-the-top emotions, and exaggerated reactions. It's a high-energy performance that perfectly captures the character's spunky and somewhat scatterbrained personality.

Brett Weaver and Monica Rial round out the cast as Nabeshin and Futaba Aasu, respectively. Nabeshin is a recurring character in both Excel Saga and Puni Puni Poemy, a director who is constantly breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to the audience. Weaver gives him an over-the-top performance full of bombastic deliveries and exaggerated actions.

Rial, meanwhile, plays one of the Aasu sisters, an alien magical girl who is constantly pushing Poemi to be the best she can be. Despite her tough exterior, Futaba has a softer side that Rial brings out with her performance. She balances the character's tough-as-nails attitude with a more emotional core, making her one of the show's most well-rounded characters.

While Puni Puni Poemy is undeniably a comedy series, it's not afraid to tackle deeper themes and emotions. Poemi is a character with a lot of heart, and her journey to become a voice actress is one that is relatable to anyone who has ever had a dream they wanted to pursue. The show also deals with issues of family, loss, and identity, albeit in its own bizarre and hyperactive way.

Overall, Puni Puni Poemy is a wild and wacky ride that is sure to delight fans of Excel Saga and anyone who loves irreverent and absurd humor. The show is a perfect encapsulation of the kind of comedy that can only be found in anime, with its rapid-fire jokes, unexpected twists, and off-the-wall characters. It may not be for everyone, but for those willing to embrace its unique brand of madness, Puni Puni Poemy is a true gem.

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With a love greater than Earth
2. With a love greater than Earth
Continuing from the previous scene, the wastefully energetic Poemy uses her new powers to tear through the alien mecha, destroying it. Next, Poemy decides to use her new strength to continue pursuing her career as a voice actress, and right wrongs as she sees them throughout society. However, Poemy appears to do more bad than good, as she harshly punishes citizens for small incidents, and accidentally sends a nuclear missile off-course, completely destroying an entire country. Then, the Aasu sisters finally decide to confront Puni Puni Poemy, and realize she is actually the Poemy Watanabe they have been hosting in their own house. Afterwards, it is revealed that K, the school boy whom Poemy is attracted to, is actually an octopus-like alien, and he will be commanding the following invasion to Earth. Next morning, the invasion proceeds, with a massive Death Star en route to Earth, and with K capturing the Aasu sisters, and subjecting them to hentai-related bondage, as he learned from Japanese animation. In the end, the two alien henchmen are inexplicably revealed to be Poemy's foster parents, Nabeshin and Kumi-Kumi, who are thus not dead, and Poemy and Futaba combine their powers in order to make the world nice and end the extraterrestrial menace.
Poemy is in a bad mood
1. Poemy is in a bad mood
March 7, 2001
The introductory sequence shows Poemy fighting shadowy figures of various other magical girls such as Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon, Tickle from Majokko Tickle, Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utena, Megu and Non from Majokko Megu-chan, Mahoro from Mahoromatic, Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura, and the considered first magical girl in Japanese animation, Sally, from Sally, the Witch. At the start of a new school year the over-energetic Poemy Watanabe is introduced, along with her adoptive parents Nabeshin and Kumi-Kumi. Poemy rushes to the school to be the first there, at the same time she repeatedly proclaims her desire to become a successful voice actress. At the school, Poemy's best girl friend, Futaba Aasu, is presented as Poemy's biggest supporter and in fact perennially sexually attracted to her. Back from school, Poemy and Futaba realize the horror of finding Poemy's parents and their robot dog crucified by Alien #1, an extraterrestrial assassin with peculiar genitalia. Her home destroyed, Poemy moves in with Futaba and her six sisters. Later, a massive alien robot attacks the city, whereupon it turns out that Futaba and her sisters are actually a secret team of super-powered heroines dedicated to defending the Earth, also known as Sol III. Unfortunately, the Aasu sisters' magic is strictly defensive, so they are unable to defeat the rampaging robot. Meanwhile, Poemy obtains a talking, magic fish that when used as a magic wand transforms her into Puni Puni Poemy, a powerful magical girl. After the typical transformation, however, she promptly throws away her wand, forgoes the use of magic, and attacks the robot with her bare hands.
  • Premiere Date
    March 1, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (477)