Art has many forms and sometimes a work, which breaks all moulds, becomes something of immense importance, incomprehensible value and message far beyond our grasp. A creation which challenges your own views, ideas and beliefs, to the point where you commence to question yourself and your purpose on this world. A product which fills you with an unmatched amount of knowledge and truths of our universe, whilst keeping your basic and primitive needs at bay. A lesson which displays our ignorance and narrow mindedness and shows us how little we mean in the grand scheme of things and how vast the world around us truly
Pop Team Epic Special is just that. I feel like an enlightened individual now. I'll spread the gospel and inform the uninformed of your arrival.
Hoshiiro Girldrop finally got an OVA and it's everything you'd expect and came to love from these cute girldrops.
While it may seem like a rethread of previous episodes, this new OVA in fact does bring in some new plot points you may not have anticipated before, effectively recreating the emotional roller coaster that was the original series. The charm and humor are still there, but what's most impressive is that since it's luring in you with a false sense of security, Hoshiiro Girldrop hits you hard with the cruel twist just right in the beginning and leaves you not knowing what to do. Indeed, the
moment Sosogu literally rips herself in half is a defining moment for the Spring 2019 season.
Hoshiiro Girldrop est vraiment une marque de maîtrise. C'est la marque de hors-la-loi que vous connaissez et aimez. Et qu'est-ce que ne pas aimer? Et comme toujours, la rediffusion change juste assez de choses pour rendre les choses intéressantes une seconde fois.
And so, the Pretty Candle Star shines ever so brightly in the deep abyss of the skies above...
Hoshiiro Girldrop was one of my favorite animes of last year, and I went into the second season with the expectation that it would be similarly meaningful. And when it started off, I had every reason to believe that it would be. Needless to say, every episode was easily the highlight of its week, and I watched each one at least 28 times (maybe twice that for episode 10, which I’m sure other viewers will understand). But looking back on this season now that it’s reached its conclusion, it doesn’t fit together as neatly as I would have hoped. It sacrificed cohesion in favor of
maximizing the bombast of every individual episode, and while I’m sure will appeal to some viewers, it fails to capture the magic that made the first season so special to me.
A major factor in this is that Daichi’s role in the story has been significantly reduced. I think that this likely because Daichi became a rather controversial topic in the fanbase after he broke up with Sosogu midseason, and that many fans were only interested in content related to the Drop Stars. However, Daichi’s motivation for his actions (insecurities over feeling that he was getting in the way of Sosogu’s growing career) resonated deeply with me, and it was the resolution to this arc that made the show so personally affecting. But I know that not everyone is a Daichi apologist like I am, so I can understand why they chose to handle him how they did.
Still, I can’t help but wonder if the writers were a bit too concerned over catering to their audience. The first season had some bold choices that definitely risked alienating parts of the audience, and everything in this season felt sterilized in comparison. Many of the moral complexities that had been previously introduced, such as Korona’s connection to the Yakuza or Erika’s custody battle with her ex-husband, seem to have been dropped without explanation. This gradually reduced my investment in the characters as the season went on, though I think the writers more than made up for it in the homestretch. I wasn’t expecting an anime to have such a nuanced take on the role of social media in our lives today, and I found the climax of the season to be both engaging and informative.
In conclusion, the Pop Team Epic Special is a delightful showcase of experimentation with different mediums. Nearly every art form explored over the course of the main series makes a reappearance, along with the new addition of clay work. I don’t think any of the segments are going to have the same longevity as some of the highlights from the main series, but I also don't think that's the point. All I care about is that the staff were able to have fun making something that they thought would be interesting, and on that front, this is a huge success.
Art comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes and this anime proves that, it uses clay motion, stop motion and real life video from camera and all kinds of different animations to make you laugh.
This anime may not be for everyone like memes because not everyone the likes same memes, that is why. Our main caste duo is prefect for this kind of anime, they are weird and shown in all kinds of animation styles and still remain funny and relevant which is not easy feat to pull in my opinion. Sometimes papuko acts weird and other times its pimimi who acts
weird, and their are times when everything is weird, from characters to the premise of the joke, but that is the beauty of this anime.
I really like how they use different animations styles to tell a joke and its unique to that animation style. This anime has its own taste and thing which is unique to it and I love that kind of taste in anime. 10/10.