Monday, April 2, 2018

Day 1 -Thirty Days of Anime

This month, I will be talking about my most recent obsession: Anime

I've been watching a whole lot of it this past year and a half. It started out as research, which developed into an actual appreciation of the art/medium. I started adapting the anime/manga style in my own work - particularly the "chibi" style. It's a lot harder than it looks. 

While my style of drawing was heavily influenced by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and the X-Men animated series from the 90's - I'm drawn (no pun intended) to the "kawaii" look of the chibi and shoujo anime/manga. 

My first entry is about my current favorite show - which recently wrapped its first season. The hard to explain, often nonsensical, best described as "Shitposting: The Anime". 


Aired: Jan-Mar 2018
No. of Episodes: 12
Genre: Comedy, Parody, Absurdist Humor

Pop Team Epic (Poputepipikku) turns absurdist comedy up to eleven with its pop culture references and surreal hilarity.

The show chronicles the misadventures of two profane 14-year-old girls: the short and quick-tempered Popuko, and the taller, calmer Pipimi, as they encounter a variety of both mundane and bizarre situations and respond to them in equally bizarre and/or exaggerated ways.

Humor is of course entirely subjective even at the best of times, so it's almost certain that Pop Team Epic isn't going to click with everyone. Many of the sketches don't feature conventional punchlines and instead simply revel in surreal situations, while others may require an understanding of who or what is being parodied.

Rest assured though, the breadth of Pop Team Epic's pop culture repertoire is suitably impressive so chances are no one is going to be completely lost in a myriad of obscure references. The series as a whole includes the likes of Your Name, Street Fighter, Robocop, My Neighbor Totoro, The Shining and so much more. The fact "Let's Pop Together" is a near-faithful recreation of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove" music video should tell you just about everything about how diverse it can get.

Where can you watch it: Crunchyroll, Amazon Prime Video, Funimation

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