Sadly, we won’t be seeing Popuko in the stands, chugging Masashi Super Dry with her fellow fans. (We saw how well that turned out last time!)
Earlier today, the official Pop Team Epic Twitter account announced that the brand will partner with Japanese baseball team the Hiroshima Toyo Carp to produce merchandise. On May 10, a pop-up shop will open its doors near Mazda stadium. There, fans will be able to purchase limited-edition clear files for 432 yen ($3.95 USD) each, while supplies last.
Pop Team Epic is a self-billed “shitty anime” that’s based on Bkub Okawa’s manga of the same name. The series, which aired in the Winter 2018 broadcast season, was directed by the team of Aoi Umeki and Jun Aoki (Oshiruko – The Summertime Mischief) at Kamikaze Douga. Aoki was also in charge of series composition duties, while Kotaro Sudo (Ajin – Demi-Human, Seitokai Yakuindomo) filled the dual role of planner and producer.
Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, Funimation, and other networks streamed the show as it airs in Japan. Sentai Filmworks currently holds the show’s license.
Funimation streamed the show as a SimulDub. They describe it as:
Crude, rude, and a little…cute? Get ready for the larger-than-life attitude of Popuko and Pipimi,the small and tall stars of Pop Team Epic! Based off the bizarre four-panel webcomic by Bukubu Okawa comes a comedy that’ll throw you off with its out-there jokes and intense absurdity. You think you’re ready for these girls? Think again, F#%**er!
The Hiroshima Toyo Carp is a part of NPB’s Central League. The team, which was founded in 1949, took home eight Central League pennants and three Japan Series championships through its history.