Pop Team Epic (Japanese: ポプテピピック Hepburn: Poputepipikku), also known as Poptepipic, is a surreal comedy four-panel webcomic and digital manga series written and illustrated by Bukubu Okawa (also known as bkub Okawa), which started serialization on Takeshobo's Manga Life Win website in 2014 and released several other "seasons" after. The manga 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 comic is noted for its frequent parodies of pop culture and its combination of surrealism, absurdity, and non-sequitur, all of which have contributed to it developing a cult following among western audiences. Takeshobo released the first compiled book volume in print in 2015. The manga is licensed in North America by Vertical.
An anime television series adaptation animated by Kamikaze Douga and produced by King Records premiered on January 6, 2018.
Pop Team Epic is written and illustrated by Bukubu Okawa, previously known for his Touhou doujins. The series was serialized in Takeshobo's Manga Life Win website between 2014 and 2015. The first compiled book volume was released in print in 2015. Okawa released the "second season" between February 2016 and April 30, 2016. The second book volume was released on June 7, 2016. A "third season" began on the Manga Life Win website on October 10, 2017. The manga is licensed in North America by Vertical and will be released in fall 2018.
An anime adaptation of the series was announced on April 2, 2017. It was initially teased as an adaptation of Hoshiiro Girldrop on April Fool's Day 2017. The anime features animation by Kamikaze Douga and production by King Records, and is directed by Jun Aoki and Aoi Umeki. The anime was originally scheduled to premiere in October 2017, but it was delayed to January 7, 2018 due to an "error by King Records". The opening theme is "Pop Team Epic" by Sumire Uesaka The series will run for 12 episodes. Taking after its source manga, 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 intentionally poor animation from AC部. Each half-hour episode features two near-identical 15 minute segments, each containing different voice actors and other subtle differences. The ending theme titled "Poppy Pappy Day" is sung by Yui Makino and Yui Watanabe pair for one segment, and Kenji Akabane and Shunsuke Takeuchi pair for other segment under their respective character name Popuko and Pipimi.
Sentai Filmworks have licensed the anime and are streaming it on HIDIVE. In Australia and New Zealand, Madman Entertainment is simulcasting the series on AnimeLab. Crunchyroll are also simulcasting the series, with Funimation releasing a dub as it airs.
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