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Crunchyroll to Stream Pop Team Epic April Fool’s Special


Pop Team Epic April Fools 2019 Special VisualEarlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they will stream the upcoming Pop Team Epic TV specials. The publisher will stream the title as a simulcast on April 1, at 7:30AM Pacific (10:30AM Eastern) for all subscribers outside of Asia.

On March 27, Sentai Filmworks announced that they acquired the streaming rights to the broadcast, and that they would stream the title on HIDIVE.

Pop Team Epic Key VisualThe Pop Team Epic TV special will air on April 1, which is the second anniversary of the show’s announcement. The team of Aoi Umeki and Jun Aoki (Oshiruko – The Summertime Mischief) will return to direct the project at Kamikaze Douga. Jun Aoki will take care of series composition duties, as well, while Aoi Umeki provides storyboards.

At Anime Expo, Pop Team Epic producer Kotaro Sudo spoke with us, where he hinted that he wanted to produce a special. At the time, though, King Records had yet to officially confirm the project.

The Pop Team Epic TV series first aired in the Spring 2018 broadcast season.

The series 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.

Pop Team Epic Key VisualCrunchyroll, HIDIVE, Funimation, and other networks streamed the show as it aired in Japan. Sentai Filmworks currently holds the title’s license.

Funimation streamed Pop Team Epic as part of their SimulDub lineup. 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!

Source: Crunchyroll (Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the heads-up!)

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