Pop Team Epic Episode 1: That Moment of Instant Dislike



Pop Team Epic has appeared on almost every streaming service (I can watch it on Crunchyroll or HiDive or AnimeLab) and other than the fact that AnimeLab describes it as an absurdist comedy I didn’t know anything about it. Having watched an episode, I’m still pretty much in the dark.


The show gives us an intro-sequence that looks fairly standard anime opening. Boy wakes up, parents leaving on a trip, he’s told not to bother some guy and then he wonders who that is and the opening theme starts. Then the show throws that out and starts over with the two girls who I guess are actually the main characters who parody a range of things and generally act strangely. I very swiftly lost interest in both the girls, their antics and this wasn’t assisted by the art style. While I am sure some people will fall in love with the comedy here, I’m just going to drop it here and now and not think about it anymore other than to wonder why this show is so easily available when other shows are nearly impossible to access.

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8 thoughts on “Pop Team Epic Episode 1: That Moment of Instant Dislike

  1. The first episode did absolutely nothing for me. While it is always fun to know what they are referencing, the jokes were just off. Let’s hit Tortoro with a bus- because we can. The jokes aren’t even making fun of a particular aspect of a series, they were just let’s reference a show and have something random happen. I couldn’t even finish the 1st episode of this one.

    1. I agree, it did nothing for me at all. I don’t mind references and parody when it feels like there’s some point, but as you said, they just set up a familiar scene and then did something random and we were supposed to find that hilarious. Not my kind of thing at all.

  2. This is so funny: I literally just read a post about this anime from someone that absolutely loved this one. It always amazes me how some people can experience something in completely different ways. 😀

    1. But I’m pretty hit and miss with comedy in general so five minutes into this I wanted to hit the stop. I did let the episode play through but I must admit my attention was wandering and I was mostly just counting down until the episode was done (hence the lack of screen caps).

  3. Short version is that it seems to be an anime for meme culture fans. I’m not one of them. I really disliked it and felt like I actually WASTED time on anime for the first time in a long time.

    1. Not even meme culture saves this for me. I absolutely hate the character designs and that alone is enough to turn me off from the show all together (not that the rest of the show is even that good…)

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