I recently finished my second complete viewing of Pani Poni Dash! at MIT tonight. Over the course of this second viewing, I’ve noticed my kung-fu has improved. That meaning, I get a lot more of the jokes now. Nods to GeGeGe No Kitarou and Uchuu Senkan Yamato no longer feel random and strange, and obvious pokes at Cobra and Mazinger Z don’t go over my head any longer. However, there is still a lot of shit I just don’t get. I’ve found the hilarity of PPD episodes depends entirely on how much you just get it. Entire episodes will go by where I simply don’t understand anything at all, while some episodes will just be chocked full of stuff that makes perfect sense to me (episode 25 was Yamato, Gunbuster, Giant Robo and Eva all at once.)
The point here is that inbetween the year or so when I first finished the show and now, I’ve learned a lot. I think I should just watch PPD every year just to guage my otaku knowledge, and see how much I can pick up. Hell, given how many times it pokes fun at old anime, I’m sure even Macias would like parts of it.