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Puni Puni Poemy

Title: Puni Puni Poemy
Genre: Comedy
Company: Victor Entertainment
Format: 2 OVA
Dates: 7 Mar 2001 – 17 Dec 2001

Synopsis: Poemy Wantanabe, also known as Kobayashi, has dreams of becoming a voice actress but is presently having a really bad day. She crashes into water, her friend Futaba keeps trying to sex her up, her scooter was stolen, oh yeah, and some aliens killed her legal guardians. Now, for some unexplained reason, even more aliens are ravaging the Earth. Endowed with the power of dead fish to defeat injustice, Poemi must Excel herself as a voice actress, and…oh screw it.

The Highlights
Comedic appeal: Lowbrow, bad taste, and all out wacky.
Offense and Outrage: Any sane person would say “yes”.
Convention: Kills the very idea.
The Result: Appalled, disgusted, and very entertained.
Plot: We don’t need no stinkin’ plot.
What’s the appeal: The Afro Bastard’s magic.

It could be my odd mentality, my parent’s high standards in my academic work, or the influence of an up and coming filmmaker I call my brother, but I have forced myself over the years to be stringent about quality. Because of this mindset, I will often disregard an anime before even watching an episode. I have no intention of watching garbage for the sake of entertainment. But then again, I watched the Excel Saga spin-off Puni Puni Poemy, which is a cesspool of all things unholy juxtaposed with mindless entertainment.

When it comes to comedy, there is a thin, yet noticeable line between questionably hilarious and downright inappropriate. This two part OVA finds itself right on that line, often shifting back and forth between sides. There is no doubt in my mind how much I laughed, but in hindsight, it was rather hollow and in poor taste. The jokes often involved violence, bondage, and glorification of the male genetals, aliens with spiked balls, more aliens who are essentially tentacle monsters, the worst magical girl team, etc. which on their own will make you feel a little disgusted on their own, but when melded together, it mutates into some sort of severe bastardization that takes everything to the extreme. Of course it’s possible that you’ll love watching it, but I cannot guarantee any help for your soul. But hey, if you’re going to stoop to the lowest common denominator, why not go all the way?

I’m a little sad to say that outside of outrageous comedy, the OVA has very little, if anything, in the way of substance. I’m not sure if I can say things happen, because that would be implying some sort of coherent stream of events. In fact, Poemy is more of what one gets when they take about a million cliché/conventional plots, grind them up, blend them together, and serve it cold with a worm at the bottom. Probably the only thing holding it together is the “I don’t know what” of director Wantanabe Shinichi, i.e. Nabeshin. He and his magical afro have the superpower to take whatever he wants and transform it into anything.

So then, when it comes to this OVA, what’s the point? Where is the benefit? For the viewer themselves, there is nothing to gain besides a delightfully mutilated heart and a hilariously damaged soul. This experience should teach people that the director can do whatever they want at the expense of you and there is nothing you can to do stop them. I’m not much of an afterlife person; however, if a certain worldwide cult, which idolizes a particular Jewish carpenter who socialized with fisherman, holds any water, then I can guarantee that watching Puni Puni Poemy is a one way ticket straight to hell.

The Rating: 5

Reviewed by: Kavik Ryx

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