This sense of pacing also means that even though many jokes or skits may fail to hit their target, their rate of fire is high enough to minimize long stretches of barren content. How can you say this? Imagine a terrible paint drawing of a distorted character put into motion mixed with such cringey and lifeless scenes that the only thing you want to do, and in fact your brain forces you to do after witnessing such a travesty, is committing seppuku with a plastic knife doused in hot sauce for the extra spice. Seeing Popuko and Pipimi being drawn in a variety of styles is interesting and dynamic. White guy animator says some stuff that is not translated? Worse still, if everything is completely random, without some thread of logic or flow to latch onto, viewers may stop expecting anything aside from this randomness. Thankfully, Pop Team Epic definitively avoids this particular pet peeve of mine. The parodies, skits, references, whatever the joke may be. Seriously, this show seems to resist cogent response in general, much less interpretation.
I'll try to be brief with this review, cause even with just reviews, it's hard to really input anything decent about this series. Then the next skit is about Popuko looking for a job, and Pipimi handing her a suitcase full of cash, a gun, and a hitlist for assassination. Even Futurama, Family Guy, and American Dad actually had much better examples of random though mostly inappropriate comedy. Now, however, everyone knows how these sorts of puns work, so you have to come up with something super-crazy-unexpected to get people to laugh — for example, you might give up on making sense at all. Some people will label it as an outstanding work because of that.
Pipimi A part singing I've followed the manga for a while now, since it's rise to fame in boards that discuss manga and anime, as majority of people know it's quite a meme. It is just a terrifyingly awful meme you would find on some shitty website such as 9gag or ifunny and cry like a maniac, because of its quality. I just love how Popuko and Pipimi are able to bounce jokes after jokes off each other. You thought there would be something interesting here? The only truly recurring members are the ones that are part of the Hoshiro Girldrop skit, that's about it. Knowing that, I don't see how one can really like them as a character in general. Now, however, everyone knows how these sorts of puns work, so you have to come up with something super-crazy-unexpected to get people to laugh — for example, you might give up on making sense at all.
I love when shows do that. This is all in line with the shitposting aesthetic, which hides sincere engagement with the world behind self-deprecation for various personal reasons, rather than embracing nihilism or apathy outright. I'll openly admit I did exactly this when I first saw the premiere episode, believing it to exist primarily to troll its audience which it certainly does at times, but I'd hardly call it the show's sole purpose. As one who has suffered them and survived to tell the tale, I advise one with their sanity still intact to just avoid this like a god damn plague. Many of the jokes contain nuances present in the former but lost in the latter.
The voice actors for Popuko includes: Masashi Ebara, Yūji Mitsuya, Aoi Yūki, Toshio Furukawa, Yōko Hikasa, Tesshō Genda, Nana Mizuki, Hozumi Gōda, etc. France: The skit with them in France has appeared in all three episodes, which I believe is part of JaponMigon, but needed to be its own category. With such a large pool of talent lending their acting chops to the series, we thought now would be a good time to look at just who has voiced those adorable girls! That's not how references work, goddamnit! In the case of Pop Team Epic, this transition is marked clear as polished glass by voiced-over title cards. After all, you can't review Pop Team Epic without a baseline standard of quality that something this unique must first establish for itself. So yeah, I guess that means I do like it. The anime incorporates many voice actors and actresses to voice both Popuko and Pipimi.
The trick is to pull this off while keeping the audience on your side; your anti-comedy ploy has to make viewers enjoy being dunked on. However, I found that these segments seemingly devoid of a punchline happened a bit too frequently for this to work. Better than half of the shows being animated today. However, Pop Team Epic is no ordinary comedy, and in addition to these more conventional approaches, it also carries a number of less-common tricks in its grab bag. I should have figured that out in the beginning…. The only way one would be able to like any of them is for the fact that they are at least the perfect fit, in terms of their personality, to make the jokes as outrageous as possible. Rules: Just follow the and.
But once again, Pop Team Epic steps beyond these trappings! As a general rule, humor derives its strength from the unexpected. The same can be said about the sound. In my opinion, Pop Team Epic succeeds at this delicate balance. So yeah, I guess that means I do like it. Regular Totoro doesn't really look like a ballsack, but now that the association is in my head, I can't get rid of it. In my opinion, Pop Team Epic succeeds at this delicate balance. Pop Team Epic has its alright features, but at the end of the day, they meant nothing.
Pop Team Epic may come off as strange at times, but I believe like all media, it still deserves acknowledgement as an art piece, regardless of one's overall experience with it or eventual stance reached regarding its quality. You were expecting a conventional reversal as the punchline, but instead you got either a mundane response or absolute nonsense. Popuko and Pipimi are just really there with their rather contrasting personalities to set up each joke and play it out in the most absurd and ridiculous of fashions. All anti-humor does is raise its element of surprise to operate on a metatextual level. This anime's not for everyone, but it was a hit for me. For those brave or curious enough to give it a shot, a few things are worth noting in deciding how to watch it. Of course, most of us watch comedies primarily for laughter, and no matter how many types or theories of humour we may discuss to explain our enjoyment or lack thereof, in the end, laughter is personal, which all but guarantees that titles with wildly diverging opinions like this one will show up from time to time.