The Anime Gods have descended into 2018...and gave us the most kuso (or shitty) anime in the history of anime, and you either love this series to death OR just don't care about it, because #dankmemes!!!
That's what Pop Team Epic is, a crappy manga turned into an anime...that actually showcases the talents of multiple people from their simple jobs of designing and drawing art for comic-sized works.
So...the first balldrop is Hoshiiro Girldrop, who would have thought. For those who have watched the 1st episode, this comes as no surprise by the time the segment ended with Popuko appearing as though they have hijacked the whole
segment. So for those expecting more of that, you're gonna be hijacked the same way too.
The main meat is by small studio Kamikaze Douga. "Beef or Chicken" anyone? Gotta say that for a small collab between small studios, the people behind Pop Team Epic are really creative (and shitty) and have never gotten the experience of making anime before, so it's a good thing!
The main stories by Space Cat Company, director Jun Aoki has made good in the episodic settings, and just like the main meat itself, is handled by people whom have no prior knowledge about making anime, so I've gotta say everything is really well planned beforehand.
If you're a retro fan, the Pop Team 8-bit has you covered! Makoto Yamashita, still studying in University (like it's hard to understand if your IQ is less than 100), actually made these short videos that are impressive on its own, and for such a young person to fully dedicate on this segment is pure buzzkill.
Last but not least, the most cringe-worthy of them all, Bob Team Epic or Bobunemimimmi by AC Dept really fleshes how much they love the main protagonists Popuko and Pipimi to a T by creating bizarre segments that are not funny and very weird, but they kinda work their way around craziness. Along with the live-action UchuuPeople, it's nice to see Popuko and Pipimi live action with its weird idiosyncrasies.
I don't need to talk about the art and animation as the show speaks for itself. What does though, is the music, especially the OST and casting of character voices. So firstly, the OST. If you care about Hoshiiro Girldrop's Episode 1 opening, just listen to that. What I'm talking about is the main OP "Pop Team Epic" by Sumire Uesaka. IT'S DAMN LIT OP, who would have thought that this show had a bright starring kuso OP that in the Winter 2018 season of lackluster openings, this guilty pleasure of a show can easily fit in my Top 5 OPs for the season! The ED does deserve its own mention because since the episode loops twice, different CVs took care of it, and speaking of CVs, most of you know by now that the 24 min episode looooops twwwiiiice just because with different CVs, but since you don't care about rewatching it again, so whatever.
So...is this your AOTS, AOTY, or AOAA (Anime of All Time)? HUH!? I'm really not gonna kid that this show's not for everyone, but if you have the means to, you either get N or get OUT.
As a crazy, stupefied person, I love this series to death, and haters come at me if you feel so...so...so...
Just being "LUL so RANDOM BRUH" isn't good random comedy, PTE was an assault on the senses that made me feel like I had autism, and not even in a meme way... b-but tumblr likes it so it MUST be good right!? This show was physically and mentally draining to experience....
Saw an idiot try to compare this to robot chicken, and I'm like WTF are you talking about? RC at least has consistency in its style, stop motion, and format... Pop Team Epic is like giving some seizure victims one day to shit out bad pop-culture references and gather them
all together and call it a unique show due to it's bad 2006 Newgrounds animation. This isn't random Japanese comedy, it is random ATTEMPTS at comedy thrown at you so quickly and confusingly you have no actual time to enjoy anything.
The only thing legitimately funny about all this are the people ironically supporting it for luls thinking they are being edgy internet masters by supporting a shitty show. No, you are nothing new, and you are not funny, go back to 2003 internet. You don't get brownie points for trying to fool passers by who don't know any better and actually think you are being serious when you praise this awful mess. Go to 4chan, every other /a/ meme is a PTE one, HMMMMM wonder why, it's almost as if they get laughs out of playing like bad shows are actually good, HMMMM.
Pop Team Epic is a mess, even Aqua Teen Hunger Force, probably the most random show ever most would agree, has a solid enough cast and beginning episode buildup that the random events actually a PAY OFF! Just being random doesn't get you creative LOL points. Do not be fooled by fake contrarian asses pretending to like and defend this show, the whole thing is a cringey meme. I've been watching anime and adult swim since the day I was god damn born.... and guess what folks, Pacing STILL matters in random comedy, it still needs a center.
Even CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL; with aliens, a gorilla, Freddy Mercury, and a ROBOT going to a delinquent school together made more sense than this show... you don't automatically get "HAR HAR HAX0R" laughs for assaulting the screen with random happenings and expecting the odd pop-culture references to carry the audience....
Pop Team Epic isn't random humor, it's just random attempts at humor thinking it's MEMEry and artist contributions make it something worth talking about, it is NOT worth it.
This show is like flipping t.v. channels in hell. Skip this pretentious TRASH!
We have a new candidate for most polarizing anime of all time. There appears to be no middle ground on this one. You will either absolutely love this or your reaction will be that there is a special place in hell for whoever dreamed this one up.
I have devised a fool-proof test for whether you'll like this show or not. The results are based on your reaction to this joke:
Question: Why did Salvador Dali's chicken cross the road? Answer: A fish, m*therf**ker.
If you found that joke to be funny, you'll enjoy this show and I am happy for you. For everyone else I'm reminded of
the description of the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Watching this show is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick. If only I knew some voluntary organizations exist to help you rehabilitate afterward. Note that your enjoyment of this show has nothing whatever to do with your intelligence; only with what you find funny. If you are one of those folks who finds train wrecks mind-numbingly funny, then this is the show for you. For everyone else, you'll be better spending your time elsewhere.
The art is intentionally poor. There is no story; just seemingly random, and I use the term loosely, gags.
I set a new personal record for time spent before dropping a series. I did force myself to suffer through additional episodes just to get this review accepted.
Before anyone can answer the question: "What is Pop Team Epic?" I believe a more pressing question is more like "Why in hell am I writing a serious review of this shit post?"
Actually, I have an answer to that question, unlike the first one. First of all, I love my absurd and nonsensical Chinese cartoons; I have a special place in my heart (and in some case my Top 10) for shows like Nichijou, Daily Lives of HS Boys, and of course, Gintama. That said, I don't really think Pop Team Epic can really stand up to those shows when we are talking about how
entertaining they are, disregarding how much meaning or (non)sense they have integrated into their identity.
I understand these are all big words, so I'll simplify it for those who only care for this anime because it's a shitpost:
Pop Team Epic is a funny shitpost... but it gets old pretty quick.
Although I have to say, this show almost convinced me that I should think otherwise, as this show isn't really trying to be anything grander than a shitpost.
The problem is- while I can get lost watching vines, cracks and just plain memes on YouTube all day, I really can't say the same for Pop Team Epic.
I understand I am only on the fourth episode of the anime as I am making this review, however, I am already bored of it.
The problem with the anime is that random bullshit doesn't always equal entertainment for the audience. Bullshit needs consistency in its logic (unfortunately), or else it just becomes aimless, incoherent and pointless.
It's not like the anime is trying to parody one thing either. If it dedicated it's entire runtime to parodying JRPG anime like SAO (for example), then at least there would be something there for people to refer to for humor. It's a simple case of knowing what they are referencing, and the joke accurately making fun of the concept in a refreshing way.
Parody anime like Gintama have mastered this effectively- I'm not going to give spoilers, but a recent example of how Gintama plays with concepts found in its genre (shounen) and then shits on it while making it genuinely entertaining, is a scene from one of the latest episodes.
The scene was of negotiations. On "our" side, we had the Shogun, whom now has bowel problems (it makes sense why he has bowel problems in context) and of one of the enemy leaders who was requested to negotiate with. The bowel problems in a normal shounen would be similar to that of "butterflies in the stomach", however, the joke doesn't stop there as it builds on itself. The shogun tries to subtly hint at his need to go to the bathroom without being direct about it, the enemy takes his references out of context and interprets them as threats. Without ruining the joke by saying what happens next, essentially the enemy leader understands by the end that the Shogun needed to shit, and "negotiations" end there. Both are embarrassed, to say the least, and all misconceptions between the two sides are adjourned. That is literally how you shit on negotiations.
Now after reading that somewhat competent explanation of a joke you probably didn't understand, tell me, when does Pop Team Epic do something like that?
Initially, I thought Pop Team Epic was a parody of the slice of life genre, much like Nichijou, by taking scenarios you would see in real life and pushing the joke to 11. I haven't read the 4-Koma manga, but I remember a few strips that would support that claim- as I saw that Popuko was giving the middle finger in a scenario you really wouldn't because of social norms. I thought when I saw this "This would really be funny because that's what we all want to do", so where is all of this in the anime?
I suppose it can be later down the road, but why do we also have to do a parody of video games (that really doesn't make sense), horror movies, anime, manga, Hollywood blockbuster films intermixed with random nonsense that both looks ugly and makes no sense, AND THEN having the entire episode repeat itself before having time to comprehend it?
There's such a thing as overload, and Pop Team Epic doesn't seem to understand that you can't be funny without something like a breather.
Not to mention the lack of consistency in both the animation and stories themselves damages all suspension of disbelief. That said, I never had any, nor did it need suspension of disbelief, because the purpose of this anime is to shit on other media.
All Pop Team Epic needed to do was shit on others right.
And it didn't.
Now I'm sure that something will change in the span of the next 9 episodes, actually, I am practically guaranteeing that they'll do something crazy for their finale. But right now I am just bored of this anime.
What is Pop Team Epic? I suppose Pop Team Epic is just... too much of everything.
I know its a little early to make a review about Pop Team Epic because there are only 4 episodes as im making this review but hey other people are doing it so why not
i like it.
i like pop team epic, i think its a very funny show
Story: there is no story really,its just shit-posting and i like shit-posting fucc you. ok but really there no story its just some clips of everyday lives of two anime girls in the meme way(thats the best/only way i can say it).
Art: not much,but still good, you can see that they made the two main characters look like
anime girls and when i say anime girls i mean like the 'OH KAWAII DESU!!!!! ^w^' way, if you ask me i think its a good, makes the comedy anime look more comedy.
Sound: ok i have to say this Pop Team Epic's opening is the best opening ever,i dont care if you love the show or hate it we can all agree that the opening is catchy, anyways the sound is good you can really hear it, also they have male voice actors as well to put more time and stuff i think two male voices for two female characters is just great xd.
Character: i love the characters Popuko and Pipimi are funny characters, Pipimi is the tall and calm one and Popuko is the small and quick to anger one, if you add two characters that like them (like one is calm and the other is quink to be anger) then that is gonna be a good team (popukoxpipimiforeverhelpme).
Enjoyment: overall, i enjoy the show, its one of those shows that you can watch when your lying in bed and wanna crying yourself to sleep because you think that you said something to your crush,
if you wanna watch a 12 min(well the show is 24 min long because of time and stuff) anime about two kawaii anime girl do random stuff then go for it.
If you think that "wtf is this anime?" or "is the creator of this anime kill himself?", let me tell you something, It's an art. Art is Genderless, Art is beyond, and that what this anime brings to us. Even the director himself seems regret to bring this art to the audience, that's the point of art. Even van Gogh had a masterpiece art, but he depressed anyway and cut his ears.
I think the R&D of the anime co. have done enough about Moe-tasted anime, sort of kind of that... maybe that's why these anime exist Just done the Moe-tasted anime and Spit on them.
It only took me the first episode to know what exactly in the god damn hell is going on in the start of our 2018. However, because I didn’t read the guidelines, my previous review was removed. Fair point, obviously. I originally thought I can give something for this community by creating a review for an anime that I found incredibly unique but I didn’t put so much effort into it and it made my review look more like a trolling rather than serious reviewing in the end. I’m not going to do the same thing with this one now. I know for sure a
series that has 12 episodes in average has to be reviewed after there are 4 episodes broadcasted, but I feel like I need to make this review even though there are only 2 of them airing right now, noted since Saturday, January 13, 2018. With that being said, here goes nothing.
[Update: this review is altered and published after Episode 4 is broadcasted because of the wait, which is in January 28, 2018]
There’s some real happening in the world of anime caused by a culture most famously known as ‘memes’,which came from our particular world of cyberspace called ‘The Internet’. Eventually, due to the massive interference of a certain society in the world wide web, it affects the society of real world. From such, it created what appears to be, which is the main point of our review, Pop Team Epic. Be wary of this anime, for this isn’t your average one. This anime is very absurd, if not surreal.
[MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD due to a lack of informations]
You might be confused by the first episode and dropped the whole show already with all your might. The first minutes of this Episode One we’re talking about doesn’t even show anything remotely close to the premise of this anime, which needless to say, is pretty much an act of ‘trolling’. It introduced us with the plot of an ordinary, average everyday high-school boy called Taira Daichi, who has a classmate of a girl called Hoshifuri Sosogu, which little did he know, is a celebrity idol. Judging from the animation and the decent 8/10 opening song, it looks like something quite promising. Lord were we fooled, because only a few minutes later, everything turns into a wreck.
Out of nowhere, the animation is completely changed. The characters, which were previously introduced are not there anymore, and instead being replaced by 2 Chibi girl characters wearing high school uniforms: the short one and the tall one, which both are ridiculously voiced by old men. The anime storytelling format changed into something like 2-minutes-per-episode show, where every single scene is played in every two minutes for no obvious reason. Unfortunately, Pop Team Epic doesn’t tell any particular stories whatsoever and just mocking any other anime references in the running while it got the chance; and even if the format looks like 5-to-10-seconds-per-story, the show is actually a 24-minutes broadcast. It generated another question for us: with the way Pop Team Epic goes, how did they manage to fill in the gap through the second half of the episode? The answer might shock you.
When the second half is running, they REPEATED the same scene where Daichi first showed up and introduced. They also repeated the same opening song. What we didn’t expect, however, is how they repeated the same scene where 2 Chibi characters showed up and goofed us up: they goofed us harder. They completely use the same EXACT scenes from the first half, only this time they used different voice acting, originally from a couple of baritone-pitched sailormen into a couple of adult voice actresses. They changed ONLY the voice acting. THAT’S IT. Nothing else. Wikipedia said that Mariana Trench is the deepest and lowest place where humanity can sink into. This anime show is evidently the living proof where we can sink even much lower and further than that.
Bob’s Epic Tea …… I mean, Pop Team Epic, is adapted from 4-cells manga. It doesn’t have that much of a premise, nor a point about the show worths to mention, apart from it’s just about 2 characters having fun. It doesn’t serve any purposes except for the comedy and the comedy itself. There’s nothing critical, philosophical and deep about Pop Team Epic. One must not expect anything from this, neither the viewer nor the anime producer, because it looks like even the anime producer is only doing this just for fun while being carefree about what they’re creating. Reminds me of that anime where the guy keeps parodying everything whenever he got the chance. The guy’s called Gin-san, by the way. That being said, here are my scores for the main elements of this show [to find out my opinion about this show, go to the Enjoyment section]:
Truth be told, there isn’t any form of storytelling here in this. As I mentioned before, Pop Team Epic is about 2 characters having fun, randomly and carefreely. Viewers aren’t meant to think nor are they to comprehend anything that’s going on in this show because this anime is doing everything randomly in order to create laughs. The story setting of Daichi and Sosogu called “Hoshiiro Girldrop” is a complete lie, but they keep telling in every episode preview at the end that it’s what we’ll get in the next episode. Also, even if it does tell any stories, it’s only 10 seconds long in average with the longest is variative. The last thing one would expect is for all of those stories to be constructed as a whole.
There are 2 characters you need to pay attention to, and the only ones that matters: Popuko, the yellow-colored ponytail-haired short-tempered short girl; and Pipimi, the purple colored long-haired tall girl. Both has the appearance of a high school girl and wear the usual high-school clothing of sailor-themed uniform, except for one thing: they both talked like sailormen. In episode one, we’re introduced to such characters voiced by such actors as the standard, but that’s not so. Because later on, in the second half, the couple of MC’s voice actors changed into a couple of MC’S voice actresses.
Although the lack of characters is to be said (mainly there are only 2 of it), both voice actors and actresses did a good job on the voice acting most of the time. They might sound pretty lazy and half-assed at some point while doing it, but for such a half-assed voice acting, I admit they did a good job because their voice-acting is genuine. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be considered notable at all.
It’s not to be expected. Surprisingly, Pop Team Epic has a small bag of good OSTs. The Opening song is incredibly catchy, whether it’d be the pop idol-ish song of the deceptive and misleading Hoshiiro Girldrop’s or the electronic ravish Pop Team Epic’s. The same can be said to the Ending song. The opening song of Pop Team Epic sounds like the beginning of something visually chaotic and remarkably unimaginable to be served as a form of comedic relief.
As for the rest of it, clearly they’re not doing anything desultory. Only the thing is, the amount of song tracks used here is quite a few, but when there is one, they composed and created it very well. Either because the anime doesn’t use background OSTs quite often so they wouldn’t have to create too many song tracks and they can focus in perfecting each and every single tracks (if it actually matters to them just as much, looking by the way this anime is presented to be), or they did it on purpose because they’re just so good at it that they’re lazy.
Pop Team Epic has a diverse collection of animations. It’s been proven since the first episode where they played the opening song and introduced the arguably most despicable lie in the history of human, Hoshiiro Girldrop, in which the animation clip is beyond mesmerizing and unbelievable and it’d go without saying that each of the heroines in it have the potential of becoming a waifu material. So much efforts put into that opening that it doesn’t even look like anything remotely close to a farce. Not a lot of people know about this, but it also worths a mention that the people from Kamikaze Douga are the animators of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’s opening clips.
From then on, every single one of their episodes features a variety of clips, Be it the weirdly disgusting animation skit of Bobunemimimmi or the French live-action skit of Japon Mignon. These kinds of efforts shown is Pop Team Epic’s way of telling the viewers how much they’re absolutely capable of doing in creating this anime by that of a smug. Allegedly, much like how it’s portrayed so far that Pop Team Epic looks like it was made by a group of jerkheads, their animation is primarily a professional-ish 2D consists of chibi-looking characters.
This anime is enjoyable subjectively. Some would despise it and spit on it, some would love it to the ground. It actually depends on the comedic taste of each person. The kind of comedy Pop Team Epic has is called “Anti-Humor Comedy”.
As it is called, Anti-Humor comedy does not intend to serve anything humoric to the audience, which is the very intention of the comedy. It indirectly generates laughing materials to enjoy and thus becomes what considered to be a new type of humor for the audience. Mostly, this kind of comedy gives some particular sign of random surrealism in it. Much of it is incomprehensible and not easy to decipher. However, the audiences are not meant to question ‘why’. There isn’t anything behind it to find out about and there is no use in pointing out the details for the sake of the enjoyment itself. Instead, what they need to do is to question ‘what’, as opposed to ‘what is the purpose of them doing this?’ but to ‘what the heck are they think they’re doing?’.
Examples could be found in the infamous western TV shows such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus and The Eric Andre Show. As it premises, almost everything in the show is a part of incomprehensible comedy skits instead of showing any tiny fabric of genuine reality. If we are to take examples from well-known anime, the closest one we could ever get would be Nichijou. The only thing that excludes it from being an Anti-Humor is how any elements in Nichijou is actually quite relatable to us, be it from the characters interactions to each other or the story settings, which makes it “Surreal Comedy”. The similarity of Surreal comedy to Anti-Humor comedy makes Surreal comedy the best foundation to relate to. Despite the similar absurdities, however, Surreal comedy is still understandable and easily laughable to the majority of audience due to the built associations between them and the show. Pop Team Epic obviously shows a huge gap between itself and that.
They also did many parodying. They parodied a typical pop idol anime by using fake opening song and intro of one , which is later on to be known as Hoshiiro Girldrop.It doesn’t just stop there, because they parodied many anime shows after that as if it doesn’t care how many 4th walls they break and the consequences of it. Just in episode one, they already parodied and made many references such as Kimi no Na Wa, Pokemon, Berserk, Totoro, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.
These kinds of comedies are very minor and unpopular because of the incomprehensibility and the nonsenseness of it. Needless to say, Pop Team Epic created a very good one and I’m gladly willing to give this show’s rate of Enjoyment a strong 9/10, for its mutifariousness of anti-humoric jokes and liberties of parodying. However, I have to be objective for the readers of my review. Which is why I can give this 8/10. That's as low as I can get.
In this modern society of 21st century, men-children and women-fujoshis, wherever they are, all participate in it. We live in the very age of raising awareness to infinite possibilities where everything can work. A businessman could become a leader in a country of power, nerds can have friends and become filthy rich, and people can trash each others and talk smack from far far away using the so-called "Discord Voice Chat" to establish a person as that of a lisped Ethiopian retard. Eventually, it created Pop Team Epic in the middle of it. This anime is created from memes. It’s stupid, unforgivable, unacceptable, nonsensical, idiotic, abusive, derogative, absolutely low, disrespectful, stupid, world-tier threatening, brain-consuming, carcinogenic, tumoric, hemorrhagic and a source of agoraphobic existential crisis. Have I mentioned that this anime is also stupid?
And yet, I’m feeling lucky and thankful.
I’m feeling lucky to start my 2018 with something out of the norm such as Pop Team Epic. It doesn’t want to follow other formulas of comedy anime like Osomatsu-san or Gintama. It’s not afraid to be different. It really wants to stand out as the center of attention like an attention whore it is. It holds a megaphone in hand while butt-naked, being watched by everyone including women and children, and shouts: “I’m f****** retarded!”.
I’m feeling thankful that, after many many ecchi-harem anime later (looking at you, To-Love-Ru and DxD), I finally can have something so special that I can personally look back to and said: “This is absolutely memorable and historical because it’s not like any others. I shall keep and preserve it”. I could never begin to imagine at any moment that it’d be something I’d grin to, smile to or laugh to.
At the end of the day, we all laugh to our stories and everything that’s around. Whether it’d be about the TV show we watched or about the times when we’re feeling down in high school. The real question is: “will it be a sad laugh or a heartful laugh?”
Finally, an anime that understands a joke isn't funny when you have to explain it.
This is what humor looks like, lads. Sorry, Gintama nerds! Loudly explaining why a situation is strange/funny as it plays out is genuinely antithetical to humor!! It's genuinely why anime nerds aren't funny!
Pop Team Epic is funny. It understands it's delivering a joke and commits to that.
Outside of that, it's pop culture humor (literally in the name, pop, etc) is intentionally annoyingly dated and silly and lowbrow. That's the appeal, that they really have the nerve to reference the dumbest things and play them into whatever nonsense script they had going.
it's concept in the manga, too. What makes the anime adaptation great is it's commitment not only to the demeaning and cruel sense of humor the artist has, but also it's commitment to creating something interesting and fresh. Multiple studios worked on the shorts that pad out a typical episode, and each one takes cue faithfully from an original comic while also presenting stylized and unique ways to present material most of the viewers have seen already.
This show gets slammed for being "too random" all the time, everyone's favorite buzzword for jokes they don't understand. There isn't a single point of this anime that isn't directly referring to an original gag in the source material in one way or another. From the alternate male CVs to the DVD/BR covers, everything called "stupid random" was not only plotted out, but a continuation of an existing joke.
It's a world of difference, to not understand something, and to dislike something, which is something your average MAL dipshit should come to grips with, instead of just calling things that aren't pre-pureed to them "too hard to chew."
Also, I'm putting a 10 on this out of spite. In a sense, it's like giving the middle finger to all the shitheads out there. Faithful, right?
Okay everyone knows it's shit posting. Either you like it or you don't. Comedy of course. If you're looking for an anime with a coherent story, get out now. If you like memes, retarded jokes, you'll probably love it.
There ain't a narrative, no story no nothing. Nothing like Nichijou or Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou. So don't expect much running gags or the gags forming a satisfying story line like Nichijou.
Art style seems pretty okay with it changing quite dynamically. Not your standard style of cutsie anime characters, they aren't meant to look that way. Might seem crude to some.
Sound effects are pretty good, opening song
is pretty damn catchy. I gotta rewatch to remember how the bgm sounds to say anything more in depth about it lol.
This anime has nothing to do at all with what makes a standard anime great. There's no character development, there's no deep layering of plot(or plot to begin with), there's no proper pacing, no, none of that from this anime.
Unless you are an edgy meme lord that already knows about this anime, chances you'll like it is slim. Though it's nothing like what someone criticized it for "being random". This anime HAS NO PLOT.
It doesn't need to follow a rule to comedy. I must admit it's quite "random" in it's different jokes in the sense that you'll not expect what gags they put out next.
Some are straight up not funny, some are just straight up retarded autism. But it's the fact that I can't guess what's coming up next that keeps me entertained. I don't even get more than half the references they put out. Maybe that's what pushes people away from this anime but if you don't mind and can appreciate poking fun at anything at all, you might like this.
I must say though, those references/what they poke fun at I don't get at all can be really excruciating to sit through. Especially when the skit is like 5 minutes long and you're like wtf throughout it, then have to watch it again(with different voice acting). The anime is basically half as long with the other half being different voice acting, and a subtle change in dialog sometimes if you're attentive enough.
All in all it's just a shitpost. If you hate if you hate it. If you love shitpost you'll love it. Of course I'm one of them. I ain't professional so screw my review if you think I make shit sense but yeah just a slice of an apple
First of all, right after watching episode 1, I thought of dropping the series because I didn't find it funny. I only had small giggles here and there, and I had a lot of questions in mind about the series when I started watching it (i.e, "Why is it Hoshiiro Girldrop? I thought it was Pop Team Epic", "I don't think any kinda anime would work without a solid story", "Do these 4-panel comedy manga's even work as a successful anime?", etc. etc.)
Luckily, I caught up with this series up until the release of episode 2. I wanted to give the series a chance (actually,
because of curiosity), and LOVED it. The reasons were mainly because of the memes, parodies, and over-all randomness. Because of that, I waited in hope for the future episodes with high expectations to only sink in despair. It wasn't what I thought it'd be like.
Despite my hype for the series dying down, it's still a pretty great anime. Would 10/10 recommend this to anyone who likes memes, Western pop culture, and just for the overall randomness.
(I'll probably write a more critical review once the series is finished, kinda depends if it's a negative or a positive one, though)
YouTube Poop, the anime.
The anime is intentionally bad, and they accomplished that spectacularly.
- Story and characters -
It's about two high school girls with as many random jokes and references as possible. Nothing more. Nothing less. Don't put too much thought into the characters.
- Art -
There are lots of different animations there. From the usual animation, to stop motions, retro 8-bit style and intentionally bad ones. I usually don't care too much about the quality of the animation as long as the anime is enjoyable. So I'd say it's fair.
- Sound -
Each episode (Including the rebroadcast) changes voice actors/actress for Popuko and Pipimi. While I
don't see the reason why I have to give it credit that they did a great job voicing these two. Nothing strikes me as unique in the music department though.
- Enjoyment -
Here's the thing, being intentionally trash is still a trash anime.
I'm not sure what they are trying to do. Most of the segments are just memes and random stuff that aren't even funny. The only time where I laughed is the first episode and other anime references. It fails as a comedy and a parody. The rebroadcasts are either changing voice actor/actress or adding subtitles for those French-speaking sections so that you have to sit through another 12 minutes. It feels cheap and a complete waste of time.
Y'all ever seen the Eric Andre Show? It's like that but anime.
It's hard to translate a 4koma into a fully animated feature, its even harder when the 4koma has absolutely no obligation to have any sort of continuity or storyline. Pop Team Epic is what happens when you try to take Vines and internet skits and stretch it into a full 25 min time slot. The timing is incredibly fast past, barely giving the viewer any time to think or react to the scenes occurring. The humor is very Japanese, relying hard on what is assumed to be common background knowledge on common TV
and movie tropes.
Nothing in this show is to be taken seriously and the show seems to be under no obligation to even explain itself. The best bits are the longer ones, with a set up and pay off. The more polarizing parts are going to be the parts that often rely on wordplay or surrealism to be funny. Some don't even have jokes, with the lack of a punchline being the punchline itself. Bob Team Epic parts are the worst.
This is not something you should binge watch, you'll get an aneurysm. The episodes are divided into two parts, one with mostly female voice actors and the other with male voice actors. Maybe the voice actors are from famous shows and that's why they don't seem to have the same one twice, but I wouldn't know.
There are legitimately funny and humorous moments, like the Earth Wind and Fire parody, and the more traditional comedy skits. But if you're looking for a classic comedy you can sit down and watch after a long day, this is the wrong place.
A bizarre experiment and an obvious rejection of anime convention and the industry, but not much in the way of actual substance.
To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Poputepipikku. The humour is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer’s head. There’s also Popuko’s nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into his characterisation- his personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The fans understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realise that they’re not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Poputepipikku truly ARE idiots- of course they
wouldn’t appreciate, for instance, the humour in Popuko’s existential catchphrase “You Are Mother Fucker?” which itself is a cryptic reference to Turgenev’s Russian epic Fathers and Sons. I’m smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as Bkub Okawa’s genius wit unfolds itself on their television screens. What fools.. how I pity them. And yes, by the way, i DO have a Poputepipikku tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It’s for the ladies’ eyes only- and even then they have to demonstrate that they’re within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower).
I was a huge fan of the comics, so I was excited for this series when it was announced. I've finished watching all four episodes released and definitely plan on continuing watching the show as it airs. However, there are definitely bits that I think are annoying, particularly the "BOB TEAM EPIC" is basically just visual and auditory diarrhea. Even if that was definitely intentional, I still don't really find it funny and get disappointed whenever it's on.
Voice acting is great, I've been personally listening to the female voice actors because that's just my preference but I've seen clip of the older male voice actors
which is honestly just as good and funny as the other version. Visuals can be iffy as said above but I think it excels best in the 8-bit animations shorts. The opening itself is beautiful, catchy and bizarre like the rest of the anime.
So far, probably one of my favorite animes this winter. Can't wait to see what other shit they throw at the viewers.
Where do you even begin to write about Pop Team Epic, how do you even begin to review this show for that matter? In fact there's a part of me that wonders if it qualifies as Anime because there's some really bizarre live action sequences in these first two episodes.
A show like this is going to test you like no other. If you enjoy anti-humor like Tim and Eric, Eric Andre or the kind of shows that air on Adult Swim, I think you will absolutely enjoy this show. If you don't you aren't going to.
It's a show that's highly divisive and comes down
to your style of comedy. From my perspective this is one of the most hilarious and original shows brought to the anime medium (am I allowed to say that?)
I hesitate to give this even an overall score because I think I may have found the first anime that's review proof.
Story: There's really no story here. You don't turn on this show for the story. So if I'm being honest the rating is a 1. Or frankly it's N/A since there's no real story.
Art: Um, well this is a good one because it's all over the place. There's some intentionally terribly drawn segments in the episodes but it really does run the gamut (So I think it's an 8)
Sound: The Voice Actors clearly enjoy being able to bring these two girls to life and every episode it's an adventure wondering who you're going to hear during these two segments.
Character: Well this is N/A as well. The characters are more avatars of craziness and don't really have their own personality so I can't really comment on this.
Enjoyment: This is a 10 for me personally, everyone else's results will vary depending on your comedy style.
Shortly after the first episode aired it became so cool to dislike Poptepipipic that it reversed to being uncool. But just as the tide goes out, so it must come back in; only a few short hours later it was once again uncool to like Poptepipic. Since then Anime Experts and physicists agree that this pace of coolness/uncoolness polarity shifting in popular opinion of Poptepipic is rapidly intensifying and predict by the end of the season it will be cool/uncool to hate/love Poptepipic several billion times per second as it inevitably approaches a quantum superposition of cool/uncool.
On to the work itself... in the matter of
truthfulness, one needs a sharper look at a series' motifs to appreciate Poptepipic for what it really is, and cursory knowledge of its subject material proves detrimental to its enjoyment. There's Popuko's unrelenting set of ideals that is aptly woven int her personality - her stature and demeanor mirrors heavily from Jun'ya Ota's body of work. The Poptepipic otaku grasp as much; they have the demanded accumulated knowledge to realize how far these gags carry and realize they are beyond amusing - they celebrate the culture in ways Newtype could barely dream of in its existence.
In itself, that means the show's plentiful detractors lack the nuance to truly appreciate what's beyond the surface - naturally, they can't fathom the referential humour in the catchphrase "Okotta?" and the myriad otaku works it parodies and deconstructs through all of its runtime. There is some vacancy to be felt inside as you realize pretty much all of the detractors fail to appraise the adequate level of craft bkub has imbued his trademark franchise. Orokanamonomega...
In short, the haters are ridiculous, not worth it all. You haters will become fans eventually. Shouganainee~!
My first analysis ever! please don't delete it moderators.
i don't have words to describe this chinese cartoon known as anime. Basically, it consists of a mixture of high quality shitpost memes that i personally cannot understand because i do not possess an IQ of Albert Einstein unfortunately. This show is the pinnacle of all anime i watched so far and might be the most unique genres of all time even surpassing the anime Rick and Morty. It's likely to rival with number 1 anime of all time Cory in the house.
For those who wanna watch this anime needs a complete understanding of life itself
to be able to cope with the jokes the show is trying to display. I highly recommend for those who are constantly grinding for raw intelligence to seek and appreciate the science behind the humor of this masterpiece. While watching it, you will require tremendous amount of concentration for every single sentence or you won't be able to find out the hidden message.
Despite the anime being cancerous, it's the type to transcend beyond cancer itself. My poor review may seem vague but take in consideration that i'm mentally retarded with only an IQ below 40 due to autism. Without a doubt, i'll rate this complex outstanding chinese animation a 10 out of 10.
Let me get it out of the way, yes this anime is basically a shit post, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily bad. It's short gags that sell themselves on absurdity, so if that isn't your thing then yeah, look elsewhere.
**Story / Character**
There is no story. The closest thing to it is that there are running gags, like the "Bob Epic Team" skits, but they don't form a narrative. As for characters, there's Popuko, the short one, and Pipimi the tall one. While there's some character traits like Popuko being the violent angry one, it's not like the story demands them being anything more than
**Art / Sound**
Here's where PTE shines. Everything about this anime is fully of creativity and originality. Animation style can change at any time, from standard fair, to pixel art for video game gags, stuffed dolls, to even having gags irl. Gags can take place anywhere and anytime in any form. As for sound, the OP is catchy as hell electronic music, and the show even drops music videos in every now and again. Frankly, PTE is the best possible adaptation possible of the source material as the presentation just breathes so much life into it .
It should be mentioned here that PTE is actually dubbed twice for every episode. The "male dub" and the "female dub". It's (usually) the same gags for each, but I recommend watching the male dub for the added humor of schoolgirls talking (or even singing) with occasionally rather deep voices.
The most critical factor, and here's where PTE fails for most people. As alluded to earlier, the humor tends to be absurd in nature, which can unfortunately occasionally stray into "l0l so rAnd0m!!!1!" or "look I made a reference to something, laugh at it" territory. It doesn't help that episode 1 feels like the weakest episode so far. Some gags can be rather funny though, which helps to balance it out. And frankly, that matches the original manga, which has plenty of funny strips, as well as plenty of gags that just aren't funny in the first place.
Personally, I feel that both the good gags and the great presentation help to balance out all the shitty / boring gags (lookin' at you Bob Epic Team). Is this show worth watching if you're not a fan of absurdist humor? No. Is it the Heaven Sent anime of humor? Hell no. If you're not sure whether or not you'll like this show, just read the manga first to test the waters since it's pretty much the same.
Bob Team Epic (ボブネミミッミ) is outstanding. If you like shows like Superjail! and other comically repulsive and ugly distortions in animation, then this is the right up your alley. I find this hilarious just in appearance alone. The simplistic nature of the rest of the animation is a platform that elevates the craziness of this segment's absurdity.
It's a hit or miss sketch comedy.
Nothing to note.
The voice acting is diverse enough to augment the parodies and other comical references. I enjoy how the VA's can convey so many different personalities through voices alone in this show, which is pretty critical to the
success in such a short sketch format.
I only enjoy a fraction of the skits. Bob Team Epic is the highlight.