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Pop Team Epic Trailer Hits the Web, Minus the Anime Part


You know, a year ago, if you told me an anime trailer wouldn’t have any actual anime footage in it, I’d have looked at you funny. But now, Pop Team Epic is totes a thing, so that brings us to today.

Earlier today, the official Pop Team Epic anime website updated with a new teaser trailer. And, well, it’s about as out there as the comic itself. The minute-long trailer sees folks in Popuko and Pipimi harrassing a Russian tourist, who’s being interviewed. The person explains his love of anime, particularly Basilisk. He adds that he likes Japan’s sailor uniforms, and notes that he’s on a pilgrimage to the nation.

A 15-second TV spot was also uploaded, which features tourists exclaiming excitedly.

Both the trailer and TV spot confirm a January 6 premiere. The full broadcast schedule is as follows:

  • Tokyo MX: 1/6/2018 at 25:00 (1/7/2018 at 1:00AM)
  • AT-X: 1/8/2018 at 22:30 (1/8/2018 at 10:30PM)
  • Tochigi TV: 1/10/2018 at 23:00 (1/10/2018 at 11:00PM)
  • RCC Chugoku Broadcasting: 1/10/2018 at 25:25 (1/11/2018 at 1:25AM)

Numerous digital platforms will also carry the show, including AbemaTV, Amazon Video, Netflix, DTV, Nico Nico, d Anime Store, and Bandai Channel.

Illustration’s for the show’s first volume’s Blu-Ray and DVD covers were also unveiled, which you can check out below:

Pop Team Epic was originally supposed to run in October, but production was delayed due to an error by King Records.

The team of Aoi Umeki and Jun Aoki (Oshiruko – The Summertime Mischief) will serve as directors for the project at Kamikaze Douga. Aoki will also handle series composition duties, while Kotaro Sudo (Ajin – Demi-Human, Seitokai Yakuindomo) fills the dual role of planner and producer.

Sumire Uesaka will perform opening theme song Pop Team Epic.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Popuko: Mikako Komatsu
  • Pipimi: Sumire Uesaka

This self-billed “shitty anime” Bkub Okawa’s manga of the same name. Okawa’s manga launched on Takeshobo’s Manga Life Win website in 2014. To date, two collected volumes have been released, with the most recent hitting stores on June 7.

Vertical currently holds the domestic rights to the PoP Team Epic manga.

Visuals for Popuko and Pipimi were both released, which you can check out below:

Source: Otakomu

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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