Pop Team Epic – Anime Preview

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Synopsis: There is no darkness but ignorance. -William Shakespeare (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)

When you have plans for a great day outdoors and nature won’t co-operate.

1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):

Tom: If the synopsis didn’t give it away, Pop Team Epic is anything but a normal experience. The series takes absurdity to the max, with a bizarre, constantly shifting animation style and absolutely no focus on characterization. It’s balls to the wall gags at a non-stop break neck pace that’ll quickly have you questioning your very sanity.

Linny: The very look of our main characters, Popuko and Pikimi is another huge giveaway that this show is anything but normal. Their bizarre designs line up perfectly with Pop Team Epic’s unusual brand of humour.  The anime does a good job of capturing the insane and chaotic comedy of the manga but because it is so very peculiar, the 23 minute run time per episode becomes its undoing. Whereas in manga form, one can access this unusual humour in an amount that best suits them, the anime forces you to sit through its comedy for a period that ends up making the jokes feel frustrating and repetitive (literally).

Tom: As someone only mildly familiar with Pop Team Epic, I can assure you that you are absolutely not prepared for this show if you’re going in blind. It’s rampant insanity that goes on for far too long. The jokes are so fast, so abrupt, so haphazard, so referential, so lol so random that it gradually pushes you further and further to your breaking point. Everyone has a tolerance level for insanity, or anything really. Pop Team Epic stresses that when its humor isn’t really designed for long, 23 minute bursts. I was actually enjoying myself, as strange as the content was, for the first 5-7 minutes. After that I gradually lost my patience with it and found myself disinterested in tuning in for Episode 2.

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Linny: On the other hand, as someone who has been a fan of Pop Team Epic for a while, I was immediately rattled when I saw that the episode was 23 minutes long. Knowing the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the series, I am secretly hoping that the following episodes will be much shorter, which would suit this insane comedy so much better. As it stands now, I could only recommend this to devoted fans of the Pop Team Epic manga as the anime does a solid job of capturing the soul of the series but for anyone going in blind, this first episode will only make you question the sanity and taste of Pop Team Epic’s fandom.

Tom: I don’t think Pop Team Epic is awful, but I think this anime got the format wrong. It feels like something best enjoyed in short bursts, no more than 5-7 minutes at a time. The problem becomes that longer durations begin to wear thin as it’s the same type of reference, random humor over and over again, gradually wearing the viewer down. Largely though, your experience with Pop Team Epic will depend entirely upon your threshold for such humor. Maybe mine is just a tad too low.

“Take it or Leave it: Pop Team Epic’s brand of insanity makes its way into anime form, but doesn’t seem suited to the 23 minute format.”

 

“Not Recommended: Pop Team Epic is a show tailor-made to perfection for die hard fans of the manga’s absurd humour and absolutely nobody else.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Team Epic is available for streaming via Crunchyroll and HIDIVE. It will also receive a simuldub via Funimation.com

Don’t Miss Out on Our Wondrous Winter Giveaway! Ends January 16th!

Synopsis: There is no darkness but ignorance. -William Shakespeare (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)

When you have plans for a great day outdoors and nature won’t co-operate.

1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):

Tom: If the synopsis didn’t give it away, Pop Team Epic is anything but a normal experience. The series takes absurdity to the max, with a bizarre, constantly shifting animation style and absolutely no focus on characterization. It’s balls to the wall gags at a non-stop break neck pace that’ll quickly have you questioning your very sanity.

Linny: The very look of our main characters, Popuko and Pikimi is another huge giveaway that this show is anything but normal. Their bizarre designs line up perfectly with Pop Team Epic’s unusual brand of humour.  The anime does a good job of capturing the insane and chaotic comedy of the manga but because it is so very peculiar, the 23 minute run time per episode becomes its undoing. Whereas in manga form, one can access this unusual humour in an amount that best suits them, the anime forces you to sit through its comedy for a period that ends up making the jokes feel frustrating and repetitive (literally).

Tom: As someone only mildly familiar with Pop Team Epic, I can assure you that you are absolutely not prepared for this show if you’re going in blind. It’s rampant insanity that goes on for far too long. The jokes are so fast, so abrupt, so haphazard, so referential, so lol so random that it gradually pushes you further and further to your breaking point. Everyone has a tolerance level for insanity, or anything really. Pop Team Epic stresses that when its humor isn’t really designed for long, 23 minute bursts. I was actually enjoying myself, as strange as the content was, for the first 5-7 minutes. After that I gradually lost my patience with it and found myself disinterested in tuning in for Episode 2.

Is this the latest new Pokemon leak?

Linny: On the other hand, as someone who has been a fan of Pop Team Epic for a while, I was immediately rattled when I saw that the episode was 23 minutes long. Knowing the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the series, I am secretly hoping that the following episodes will be much shorter, which would suit this insane comedy so much better. As it stands now, I could only recommend this to devoted fans of the Pop Team Epic manga as the anime does a solid job of capturing the soul of the series but for anyone going in blind, this first episode will only make you question the sanity and taste of Pop Team Epic’s fandom.

Tom: I don’t think Pop Team Epic is awful, but I think this anime got the format wrong. It feels like something best enjoyed in short bursts, no more than 5-7 minutes at a time. The problem becomes that longer durations begin to wear thin as it’s the same type of reference, random humor over and over again, gradually wearing the viewer down. Largely though, your experience with Pop Team Epic will depend entirely upon your threshold for such humor. Maybe mine is just a tad too low.

“Take it or Leave it: Pop Team Epic’s brand of insanity makes its way into anime form, but doesn’t seem suited to the 23 minute format.”

 

“Not Recommended: Pop Team Epic is a show tailor-made to perfection for die hard fans of the manga’s absurd humour and absolutely nobody else.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Team Epic is available for streaming via Crunchyroll and HIDIVE. It will also receive a simuldub via Funimation.com

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