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Japanese Title: ポプテピピック
Pop Team Epic (Poptepipic) is based on a comedy manga series by Bkub Okawa and serialized on the website Manga Life Win.
I don’t even know how to describe this anime. I first learned of Pop Team Epic and its creator Bkub Okawa when MT collaborated with the artist to draw a unique character for our Comiket booth. I have never read the manga, but the anime world was always talking about its absurdity and flipped fingers. But nothing could prepare me for this episode, 24 minutes of what could only be accounted as trolling. And I loved it. Not because it was especially funny or clever, actually it was neither. I loved it because the anime doesn’t give a frak if you like it or not.
After the false opening sequence about an idol anime, Pop Team Epic goes on a barrage of nonsensical gags that often reference pop culture, from anime movie Your name and Totoro to video games such as Pokemon and Skyrim. It also references Kemono Friends and Guardians of the Galaxy and these are just some that I was able to catch. I am sure there were many more. The absurd is that both these references, the seemingly surreal French segment, and the in-anime spin-off Bob Team Epic are just half of the episode. The second part just repeats the same scenes, EXACTLY the same scenes with two differences: the voice acting of the two protagonists and subtitles at the previously non-subtitles French segment.
This cacophony of terrible animation and trolling jokes has no purpose. It doesn’t want to make sense. There is no meaning to it. People will either love it or hate it and those who try to find some meaning are just being played upon. Am I coming back for seconds? Certainly.
This long-awaited anime is based on the immensely popular 4-panel comics by Okawa Bkub, who I first learned about when he did a collaboration with us for Comiket 91. Although I have never read the manga, I already knew that it was a surreal, cynical take on modern Japanese culture. Although I didn’t really find myself laughing out loud, there were some great parody moments. I do enjoy how each skit was animated by a different studio or individual, such as Kamikaze Douga who made the CG skits. The episode is actually only 15 minutes and is repeated with different cast members. I personally prefer the male voices, but it’s up to you whether to watch one part or both.
I am still unsure as to whether I will be able to watch this series until the end, as I really feel it is more suited to being a 5-minute anime. However, I definitely recommend you at least check it out if you are into dark humor.
Before I watched Poptepipic, I was expecting witty written jokes and hilarious skits. If you’re like me and you haven’t really seen a lot of the original 4-komas, then, seriously, don’t expect the same as I did. That’s a terrible mistake because, well, I-I actually don’t know what to tell you. Everything was just so surreal that whenever a skit ended, question marks just kept popping on top of my head, and I was just so, so lost. It’s like I took a bite of an apple, but it was actually a tomato instead, and then it suddenly flipped its finger at me. It was just sooooo surreal.
Is that a bad thing though? Not quite. The absurdity of the whole show was the hilarity in itself, especially those ridiculous Bob Epic Team skits, the parody inserts, the French segment, and the fact that the 2nd half of the show was just a duplicate of the first, just with different voiceovers and added subs. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if our bewildered faces made the staff super motivated to work on this, because whoever made this would definitely have to be trolls.
I’m looking forward to next episode, more because I want to see how it messes with us that time.