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This Week in Anime: 1-11-18

Welcome back, everyone, to another installment This Week in Anime. Some big announcements as well as some industry news. No point in a super long intro, though, so let’s get started.

Director of Pop Team Epic Didn’t Read the Source Material Before Taking the Job.


In an Interview with Buzz Plus News, Director Jun Aoki admitted that he had never read the Pop Team Epic manga before directing the anime adaptation. He initially thought the series would be extremely easy to direct, so he did not bother reading the material. He also admits that is not the case and has had the series creator Bkuk Okawa at his side for every episode.

Exploitation in the Manga Industry

Yawara no MIchelangelo

Shunsuke Kakuishi, the author of Yawara no Michelangelo, recently wrote a blog post detailing his time under Norifusa Mita, and how much of his time there was clouded by bad industries practices. The post was written as a response to Mita’s claims in an interview with Yahoo New’s Japan that he treated all of his employees with respect and that they never worked overtime. In the post, Kakuishi disputes this, saying that he worked overtime every week, including sometimes where his work time would spill over into his days off. Kakuishi also worries about other assistants in the industry who might be facing similar or even worse conditions, as he admits that his conditions were some of the better in the industry.

Bakemonogatari Gets a Manga Adaptation


Fans who are interested in Bakemonogatari but who do not want to watch the anime can rejoice, because now it will be a manga. The Manga adaptation was announced by series creator NisiOisen on Twitter and will be released in Kondasha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine.

Kakegurui Gets a Second Season


Fans can also rejoice about the Netflix exclusive gambling anime Kakegurui, as the show has officially been greenlighted for a sequel. The announcement came in the middle of last week. Currently, however, there are no other details about the anime’s release, other than that there will be one.

Pop Team Epic Episode One Reaction: What?

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!