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Pop Team Epic is an anime adaptation of the 4-panel digital manga series of the same name created by Bkub Okawa. The series was announced on April 2, 2017 and features animation by Kamikaze Douga with production by King Records. The series, directed by Jun Aoki and Aoi Umeki, aired on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 between January 7, 2018 and March 25, 2018, following a delay from October 2017 due to an "error by King Records".[3]

Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in North America, and the series was simulcast on HIDIVE, Crunchyroll and Funimation. However, Funimation also released a simuldub in English-speaking territories as it aired.[4] The series aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block from June 30, 2018 to September 22, 2018.[1] The series also returned to Toonami for a second run from November 10, 2018 to February 9, 2019.[2][5] The series is rated TV-14-DLV and TV-MA on Adult Swim.

Plot

The series 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 series frequently parodies pop culture and uses a combination of surrealism, absurdity, and non-sequiturs.

Taking after its source material, 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 idiosyncratic animation. Each half-hour episode features two near-identical 15-minute segments, each containing different voice actors and other subtle differences.

Characters

Popuko — One of the two protagonists of the series. A quick-tempered, short, orange-haired school girl that is friends with Pipimi.

Pipimi — One of the two protagonists of the series. A calm, tall, blue-haired school girl that is friends with Popuko.

Voice Cast

Character English Voice Actor(s) Japanese Voice Actor(s)
Popuko (Episode 1) Christopher R. Sabat Masashi Ebara
Justin Briner Yūji Mitsuya
Popuko (Episode 2) Trina Nishimura Aoi Yūki
Sonny Strait Toshio Furukawa
Popuko (Episode 3) Sarah Wiedenheft Mikako Komatsu
Barry Yandell Ryūsei Nakao
Popuko (Episode 4) Jad Saxton Yōko Hikasa
Alejandro Saab Tesshō Genda
Popuko (Episode 5) Cherami Leigh Tomoko Kaneda
Eric Vale Yūichi Nakamura
Popuko (Episode 6) Brittney Karbowski Yūko Sanpei
Todd Haberkorn Hiro Shimono
Popuko (Episode 7) Alison Viktorin Satomi Kōrogi
Greg Ayres Showtaro Morikubo
Popuko (Episode 8) Stephanie Sheh Sumire Morohoshi
Johnny Yong Bosch Masaya Onosaka
Popuko (Episode 9) Alexis Tipton Eriko Nakamura
Justin Cook Sōma Saitō
Popuko (Episode 10) Emily Neves Sora Tokui
Cris George Rikiya Koyama
Popuko (Episode 11) Wendy Powell Nana Mizuki
Sean Schemmel Hozumi Gōda
Popuko (Episode 12) Mikaela Krantz Mami Koyama
Micah Solusod Shō Hayami
Pipimi (Episode 1) Ian Sinclair Hōchū Ōtsuka
Colleen Clinkenbeard Noriko Hidaka
Pipimi (Episode 2) Brina Palencia Ayana Taketatsu
Mike McFarland Shigeru Chiba
Pipimi (Episode 3) Jamie Marchi Sumire Uesaka
Kent Williams Norio Wakamoto
Pipimi (Episode 4) Caitlin Glass Satomi Satō
David Wald Akira Kamiya
Pipimi (Episode 5) Monica Rial Yū Kobayashi
J. Michael Tatum Tomokazu Sugita
Pipimi (Episode 6) Luci Christian Kaori Nazuka
Jason Liebrecht Yūki Kaji
Pipimi (Episode 7) Stephanie Young Akiko Yajima
Chris Rager Kōsuke Toriumi
Pipimi (Episode 8) Leah Clark Azusa Tadokoro
Robert McCollum Daisuke Namikawa
Pipimi (Episode 9) Kara Edwards Asami Imai
Jerry Jewell Kaito Ishikawa
Pipimi (Episode 10) Jessica Calvello Suzuko Mimori
Christopher Bevins Wataru Takagi
Pipimi (Episode 11) Cynthia Cranz Mamiko Noto
Michael Sinterniklaas Banjō Ginga
Pipimi (Episode 12) Emily Green Kotono Mitsuishi
Matt Mercer Jouji Nakata
Popuko Bob Christopher R. Sabat Shunsuke Itakura
Pipimi Bob Ian Sinclair Tōru Adachi
Daichi Clifford Chapin Seiichirō Yamashita
Sosogu Bryn Apprill Yui Ogura
Iidabashi R. Bruce Elliot
Iyo Jeannie Tirado Rikako Aida
Hiromi Amber Lee Connors Rena Maeda
J. Coney Chris Guerrero
Kakutarō Seth Magill Kenta Sasa
Reina Elizabeth Maxwell Rena Maeda
Hōjō Blake Shepard Yūma Uchida
Detective Higure Mark Stoddard Chafurin
Ayumi Anastasia Munoz Misaki Ikeda
John K. Paul Slavens Shin'ichirō Kamio
Shizuku Jill Harris Inori Minase
Aya Megan Shipman Rui Tanabe
Tanaka Chris Guerrero Shinnosuke Ogami
Korona Tia Ballard Sumire Uesaka
Quadrillion Jarrod Greene Masaaki Yano
Mary Mallorie Rodak Rikako Aida

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Episodes

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Broadcast History

Pop Team Epic premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 between January 7, 2018 and March 25, 2018, and also aired on Aniplus Asia in Southeast Asia. In the United States, the series aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block from June 30, 2018 to September 22, 2018.[1] The series also returned to Adult Swim (Toonami) for a second run from November 10, 2018 to February 9, 2019.[2][5]

  • Japan (Tokyo MX1; BS11) — January 7, 2018 - March 25, 2018
  • South East Asia (Aniplus Asia) — January 7, 2018[6] - March 25, 2018
  • United States (Adult Swim) — June 30, 2018[1] - September 22, 2018; November 10, 2018[2] - February 9, 2019

Toonami Broadcast History

The series began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block on June 30, 2018 at midnight,[1] and concluded on September 22, 2018. The series returned to Toonami for a second run beginning on November 10, 2018 at 2:30 AM.[2] On January 5, 2019, the series was moved to the 4:00 AM time slot. The series was removed from the block after the February 9, 2019 broadcast, due to Toonami losing the 4-5 AM time slots.[5]

  • Toonami (United States) — June 30, 2018[1] - September 22, 2018; November 10, 2018[2] - February 9, 2019

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "You might just feel a little déjà vu with the newest show joining our line-up. ". facebook.com/TOONAMI. June 15, 2018. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850.1073741828.1440408039583372/1923922477898590/?type=3&theater. Retrieved on June 15, 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Your favorite troublemaking duo is back! ". facebook.com/Toonami. November 2, 2018. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850/2029443324013171/?type=3&theater. Retrieved on November 2, 2018. 
  3. "Pop Team Epic Anime's Premiere Delayed 3 Months to January 2018 ". animenewsnetwork.com. August 10, 2017. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-08-10/pop-team-epic-anime-premiere-delayed-3-months-to-january-2018/.119992. Retrieved on June 15, 2018. 
  4. "Funimation, Crunchyroll Also Stream Pop Team Epic Anime ". animenewsnetwork.com. January 4, 2018. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-04/funimation-crunchyroll-also-stream-pop-team-epic-anime/.126026. Retrieved on June 15, 2018. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Toonami’s going back to our sweet spot! ". facebook.com/Toonami. January 24, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850/2077741649183338/?type=3&theater. Retrieved on January 24, 2019. 
  6. "Aniplus Asia to Simulcast Pop Team Epic ". animenewsnetwork.com. December 29, 2017. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2017-12-29/aniplus-asia-to-simulcast-pop-team-epic/.125889. Retrieved on June 15, 2018. 
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