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    Poemi Watanabe 

Poemi "Kobayashi" Watanabe

Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (Japanese), Cynthia Martinez (English)
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  • Blush Sticker: Poemi gains them when she transforms.
  • Breast Expansion: Puni Puni Poemi's chest is noticeably far larger than her normal form's. Justified since she's... well... 10.
  • Clark Kenting: Spoofed when the sisters fail to realize that Poemi and Puni Puni Poemi are the same person. Then when they finally do realize it, they wonder why they didn't figure it out sooner.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Parodied in the scene in which Poemi knocks down the cross in which her father (and mother. And robot dog) is crucified, leading her to repeat the scene with the usual uber-dramatic sound effects. Plus, this takes place Against the Setting Sun.
  • The Determinator: Parodied: Poemi notes that she is "too stupid to know when to give up."
  • The Ditz: Poemi's stupidity is a constant source of jokes and Lampshade Hangings.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Yumiko Kobayashi sings both the opening and ending themes.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Poemi does this with a foot-propelled scooter.
  • Enjo Kosai: Poemi used her usual subtlety to deal with a Gyaru on a subsidized date.
  • Expy: Poemi is a younger Excel, obviously.
  • Genki Girl
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Poemi and Futaba, especially during the ending. ...Wait. Subtext?!
  • Idiot Hero: With an emphasis on the "idiot."
  • Insistent Terminology: Even while transformed, Poemi still prefers to answer to "Kobayashi".
  • Japanese Politeness: Parodied when Poemi meets the sisters and bows so enthusiastically that she cracks her head on the coffee table.
    Mitsuki: Oh, you don't have to bleed over everything just to be polite.
    Poemi: It's just the Japanese etiquette!
  • Large Ham: Poemi is the main one.
  • Late for School: Played straight in one instance, but inverted in another where Poemi leaves at four o'clock in the morning and still hurries toward school. She arrives so early she falls asleep in class the next day.
  • Lethal Chef
  • Motor Mouth: Poemi may beat even Excel at this category.
  • No Fourth Wall: Not so much a case of breaking the fourth wall as a case of never even considering building one. Considering Poemi's tendency to refer to herself with the name of her real-life voice actress and to Nabeshin as the director, she seems to be having trouble with other walls besides the fourth.
  • No Indoor Voice: Between that and the Motor Mouth, Poemi's English V.A. remarked that she blew out her voice on the first day of recording.
  • Red String of Fate: Treated as a corporeal string that forcibly drags Poemi around the city.
  • Say My Name: Futaba and Poemi get a really long series of these towards the end of the second episode.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Poemi/Poemy
  • Standing in the Hall: Lampshade hung when Poemi complains about the punishment being outdated in modern Japanese schools.
  • Take That!: One sequence involves Poemi beating up a stereotypical kogal girl, a guy partaking in Enjo Kosai, a bunch of Delinquents, a stereotypical Otaku, and a guy playing an Eroge.
  • Third-Person Person: Poemi. Er, I mean, Kobayashi.
  • Transformation Sequence: Parodied with a transformation involving a dead fish which automatically strips Poemi naked — except for her socks, which she has to remove manually before she can take her magical form.
  • Transformation Trinket: A dead fish.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Poemi lands a German Suplex on a guy for playing h-games on his computer during the day. Well, playing them in the afternoon, anyway. She also performs a textbook Sharpshooter on totally-not-Sally-the-Witch-honest in the very first scene.
    Puni Puni Poemi (Called Kobayashi): I mean, seriously, these are for nights!

    Shinichi Watanabe 

Shinichi "Nabeshin" Watanabe

Voiced by: Shinichi Watanabe (Japanese), Brett Weaver (English)
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    Kumi-Kumi 

Kumi-Kumi

Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (Japanese), Tiffany Grant (English)
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    K 

K

Voiced by: Ryu Itou (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English)
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  • Mars Needs Women: K's reason for why the aliens are invading Earth.
  • Oblivious to Love: Parodied: K is oblivious to Poemi's crush on him, despite the fact that she's about as easy to ignore as a stampeding rhino, and Poemi is in turn oblivious to Futaba's crush on her, despite the fact that Futaba makes no attempt to hide her feelings and even gets Poemi naked and into bed with her at one point.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Used for some of the faceless background characters and for K's parents.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: K finds out that he's a tentacle monster alien. Never mind that he lives with his parents, who are obviously tentacle monster aliens. Or that apparently his limbs are all fake and that they pop off easily to reveal tentacles. Or that in one scene he goes to school riding a UFO.
  • The Un Twist: Parodied with the revelation that K is an Octopoid Alien. The show makes absolutely no attempt to hide it, and K's shock and horror over his Tomato in the Mirror realization just ends up making him look dense.

    Mage Queen 

Mage Queen

Voiced by: Yumiko Nakanishi (Japanese), Tiffany Grant (English)
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    Alien Henchmen 

Alien Henchmen

Alien 1 voiced by: Daisuke Kishio (Japanese), Andy McAvin (English)
Alien 2 voiced by: Takeharu Onishi (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)
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Alien 1
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Alien 2


  • Gag Penis: They both have very strange and prominent dangly bits.
  • Gainax Ending: The two aliens were Nabeshin and Kumi-Kumi the whole time! You know, despite the fact that the aliens were the ones who killed them in the first place! K lampshades the ending by screaming "What kind of corner cutting is this?!"
  • It's a Small Net After All: Subverted, when the aliens trying to use the Net to learn about Earth they find nothing but porn. And they are absolutely fascinated by it.

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    Nanase Aasu 

Nanase Aasu

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese), Kelly Manison (English)
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    Mutsumi Aasu 

Mutsumi Aasu

Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese), Amanda Winn-Lee note  (English)
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    Itsue Aasu 

Itsue Aasu

Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (Japanese), Larissa Wolcott (English)
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    Shii Aasu 

Shii Aasu

Voiced by: Omi Minami (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
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    Mitsuki Aasu 

Mitsuki Aasu

Voiced by: Atsuko Enomoto (Japanese), Jessica Boone (English)
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    Futaba Aasu 

Futaba Aasu

Voiced by: Yuka Imai (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
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  • Decoy Protagonist: Parodied; Poemi is obviously the protagonist, but Nabeshin claims at the end that it was actually Futaba, who then achieves Poemi's dreams in her place in The Stinger.
  • Expy: Looks and acts a lot like an exaggerated version of Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Poemi and Futaba, especially during the ending. ...Wait. Subtext?!
  • Say It with Hearts: When Futaba tells Poemi she wants to see her transformation.
  • Say My Name: Futaba and Poemi get a really long series of these towards the end of the second episode.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Parodied by Futaba, whose inexplicable lust for Poemi could only be more obvious if she wore a neon sign reading "TAKE ME, I'M YOURS". Poemi still doesn't notice, though, despite the fact that Futaba actually does get her between the sheets on at least one occasion. Talk about oblivious.
  • This Is a Drill: Brandishes a hand-drill while imagining doing... well... something... to Poemi.
  • Token Yuri Girls: Futaba in Puni Puni Poemi is an extreme parody of this character type, in particular of Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura, who is an example of this trope herself.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue hair.

    Hitomi Aasu 

Hitomi Aasu

Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
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  • Oracular Urchin: Spoofed by Hitomi, who has accurate but completely useless visions of the future.
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