Bkub Okawa's Surreal 4-Panel Manga Pop Team Epic Gets Anime in October
posted on by Egan Loo
The website for "Hoshiiro Girldrop," manga creator Bkub Ōkawa's April Fool's Day joke, revamped after a midnight countdown on April 2 to announce that a real anime adaptation of Okawa's Pop Team Epic manga has been green-lit through King Records. The self-described "crappy anime" will launch in October, and Kamikaze Douga is animating. The tagline on the website's visual reads, "Remember, Takeshobo …."
The surreal four-panel manga centers around two 14-year-old girls, the short Popuko and the tall Pipimi. The story summary on the anime's website quotes William Shakespeare's Tweflth Night play, "There is no darkness but ignorance."
Ōkawa launched the manga on Takeshobo's Manga Life Win website in 2014, and Takeshobo published one volume in print in 2015. The manga (and its characters) have since become popular not only in Japan but also overseas.