Pop Team Epic
|Adult Swim (Toonami)|
|June 30, 2018 - Present|
|12 (List of Episodes)|
Pop Team Epic is an anime adaptation of the 4-panel digital manga series of the same name created by Bkub Okawa. The series was announced on April 2, 2017 and features animation by Kamikaze Douga with production by King Records. The series, directed by Jun Aoki and Aoi Umeki, aired on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 between January 7, 2018 and March 25, 2018, following a delay from October 2017 due to an "error by King Records".
Taking after its source material, the anime takes the form of an animated skit show, featuring numerous, typically disjointed shorts of varying lengths; while some of these shorts are adapted from the original comic strips, the majority of them are original creations. The various shorts collectively showcase a variety of animation styles, most often CGI, professional-looking 2D animation, and idiosyncratic animation. Each half-hour episode features two near-identical 15-minute segments, each containing different voice actors and other subtle differences.
Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in North America, and the series was simulcasted on HIDIVE, Crunchyroll and Funimation. However, Funimation also released a simuldub in English-speaking territories as it aired. The series began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block on June 30, 2018 at midnight.
The series chronicles the misadventures of two profane 14-year-old girls named Popuko and Pipimi, who encounter a variety of both mundane and bizarre situations and respond to them in equally bizarre and/or exaggerated ways. The series frequently parodies pop culture and uses a combination of surrealism, absurdity, and non-sequiturs.
Popuko — One of the two protagonists of the series. A quick-tempered, short, orange-haired school girl that is friends with Pipimi.
Pipimi — One of the two protagonists of the series. A calm, tall, blue-haired school girl that is friends with Popuko.
|Color||Season||Episodes||Toonami Season Premiere||Toonami Season Finale|
|1||12||June 30, 2018||TBA|
- Japan (Tokyo MX1; BS11) — January 7, 2018 - March 25, 2018
- South East Asia (Aniplus Asia) — January 7, 2018 - March 25, 2018
- United States (Adult Swim) — June 30, 2018 - Present
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "You might just feel a little déjà vu with the newest show joining our line-up. ". facebook.com/TOONAMI. June 15, 2018. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850.1073741828.1440408039583372/1923922477898590/?type=3&theater. Retrieved on June 15, 2018.
- ↑ "Pop Team Epic Anime's Premiere Delayed 3 Months to January 2018 ". animenewsnetwork.com. August 10, 2017. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-08-10/pop-team-epic-anime-premiere-delayed-3-months-to-january-2018/.119992. Retrieved on June 15, 2018.
- ↑ "Funimation, Crunchyroll Also Stream Pop Team Epic Anime ". animenewsnetwork.com. January 4, 2018. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-04/funimation-crunchyroll-also-stream-pop-team-epic-anime/.126026. Retrieved on June 15, 2018.
- ↑ "Pop Team Epic: Cast & Crew ". funimation.com. https://www.funimation.com/shows/pop-team-epic/. Retrieved on June 16, 2018.
- ↑ "Aniplus Asia to Simulcast Pop Team Epic ". animenewsnetwork.com. December 29, 2017. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2017-12-29/aniplus-asia-to-simulcast-pop-team-epic/.125889. Retrieved on June 15, 2018.