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Sentai Adds Pop Team Epic Anime, Plans HIDIVE Simulcast


Soon, the surrealist action will be bearing the brand of the monkey. That’s… surprisingly fitting.

Earlier today, Sentai Filmworks announced that they licensed the Pop Team Epic anime. The publisher plans to stream the show on HIDIVE starting this month.

Pop Team Epic hits Japanese TV on January 6. The series 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: Sentai Filmworks (Press Release)

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