Fast-paced, reference-filled comedy certainly is not new in anime, but Pop Team Epic with its simple and energetic animation and hilarious breaking of the fourth wall is nothing if not interesting.
The show’s first episode is filled with all kinds of references, from Pokemon to Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, and at the center of it all are the show’s main characters: Popuko and Pipimi.
There is not really a story here beyond the meta humor and the lives of the two main characters. Pipimi seems to be the more level headed and cool of the two, while Popuko is prone to outrage and is easily angered. Together the two form Pop Team Epic, one of the strangest duo’s known to anime.
I’ll be honest, Pop Team’s Epic’s first episode was pretty funny, and was great at throwing comedic punches hard and fast. The show even parodies itself in a couple of segments called Bob Team Epic, where the animation becomes purposefully awful. I do wonder, however, about the show’s longevity.
Sure reference humor is funny, but eventually, it loses its comedic spark when the same things keep happening over and over again. Show’s Like Watamote were funny because while there was certainly reference humor, it was not the entire show, especially not its core.
If Pop Team Epic is going to continue to be watchable it is going to have to do a few things: One, it needs to diversify its humor. Constantly relying on reference humor will mean that the audience gets tired of it eventually. Second, the show should add a little more to the story of the characters, if nothing else. It would be interesting to see what exactly is behind Pipimi and Popuko, and what else they are like.
Other than that, it was an enjoyable episode, and I look forward to more.
I’ve heard there are quite a few people who find the show to be complete garbage, so what do you guys think? Good? Bad? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!