Pani Poni Dash! (2005 IMDb)

Categorization

Extremely intertextual and otherwise reflective bishoujo/moe comedy, which is to say that a very thin plot with cute feminine stereotypes is totally overloaded with references to science fiction and popular TV, as well as up-to-the-minute Internet slang, classic manga styles etc. Establishing shots frequently reveal that each scene is just a cheap sitcom stage.

Subject

Blond genius Rebecca “Becky” Miyamoto graduates from MIT at age ten and immediately takes a high school teaching position at Japan's Momotsuki Gakuen (Peach Moon Academy), where she spends a lot of time hanging out in her research lab. She demands respect but is universally adored and patronized for her intense cuteness by classes composed of a minority of odd girls and a formally nameless majority of completely identical, expressionless CG models representing the other people.

Utterly meaningless adventures ensue, with such recurring jokes as Becky's pet rabbit Mesousa—clinically bereft of self-esteem—being quietly harassed by a god living inside a soft-drink vending machine, which regularly culminates in the god declaring a drink to be “Taion desu nya” (“It's body temperature, meow”).

Commentary

The production does not look expensive despite its breakneck pacing, but the fact that this was funded at all says a lot about the Japanese industry's financial respect for geeks. Several good songs, often coinciding with interesting worship of incredibly unrealistic idealized girls.

References here: My Ordinary Life (2011).

Japanese production animation series