The good news: more Pop Team Epic is here. The bad news: My Little Pony is now a thing in the Pop Team Epic universe.
On June 13, the official website for Pop Team Epic‘s collaboration with the Japan Racing Association (JRA, henceforth) updated with a new video. The four and a half minute short features two all-new segments of the Pop Team Epic anime.
Like its TV counterpart, the first half features female actors, while the latter half uses male actors. The confirmed cast for the episode includes:
- Pipimi (Female): Sumire Uesaka
- Popuko (Female): Mikako Komatsu
- Pipimi (Male): Norio Wakamoto
- Popuko (Male): Ryusei Nakao
The episode was directed by Jun Aoki (Oshiruko – The Summertime Mischief) at Space Neko Company, with series creator Bkub Okawa serving as supervisor. King Records’ Kotaro Sudo served as producer on the short.
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 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 title’s license.
Funimation streamed the series 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!
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.