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Funimation, Crunchyroll Also Stream Pop Team Epic Anime (Update 2)

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Funimation streams series with English dub; Crunchyroll lists Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Basilisk's times

Funimation and Crunchyroll both announced on Wednesday that they will stream the television anime of Bkub Okawa's Pop Team Epic manga. Funimation will stream the series with an English dub.

Sentai Filmworks had announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the series and will stream the series on HIDIVE this month. The anime will also stream on AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp, and will stream on Amazon Video once the series has ended its broadcast run.

In addition, Crunchyroll announced the premiere times for its streaming of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card and Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls anime. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card will be available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the Nordics, and Central and South America, and it will premiere on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. EST. Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls is available for users worldwide except in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, and it will premiere on January 8 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX1 and BS11 on January 6 late at night at 25:00 (effectively January 7 at 1:00 a.m.). In addition, the anime will air on AT-X, Tochigi TV, and RCC Chugoku Broadcasting, as well as stream on various platforms in Japan.

Mikako Komatsu and Sumire Uesaka are voicing Popuko and Pipimi, respectively, in the anime. 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."

Space Neko Company's Jun Aoki (Oshiruko - The Summertime Mischief, Stephan no Ongaeshi, "#1 Adachin mo Keitai ga Hoshii da chin!") and Aoi Umeki (Kamikaze Douga staffer on City Hunter's "Ryō no Propose" short) are serving as series directors. Kotaro Sudo is planning and producing, and Aoki is in charge of series scripts. Umeki is in charge of concept design works.

Tōru Kanegae is directing the sound at Glovision, and Yasumasa Koyama is handling sound effects. Busted Rose's Gin is composing the music.

Kamikaze Douga is animating the series, and King Records is credited for production. The self-described "crappy anime" will launch in January after a delay from the planned October launch.

Uesaka will also perform the opening theme song "Pop Team Epic" for the series. The song will be Uesaka's ninth single, and it will ship on January 31.

The 12-episode anime will ship in three Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases beginning on January 31. The second volume will ship on February 28, followed by the third volume on March 28. Each volume will cost 6,800 yen (about US$61), include audio commentary, and bundle a booklet.

Ōkawa launched the manga on the Manga Life Win website in 2014, and ended it in 2015. Takeshobo released the manga's first compiled book volume in print in 2015. Ōkawa launched the "second season" in February 2016, and ended it on April 30. Takeshobo released the second volume on June 7. The manga started a "third season" on October 10. The latest chapter has been delayed from December 10 to December 13 due to the author's "sudden illness" described as "Hawaii." The manga and its characters have since become popular not only in Japan but also overseas.

Vertical will start publishing the manga in English next fall.

Update: Pop Team Epic will also stream on AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp, and will stream on Amazon Video once the series has ended its broadcast run.

Update 2: Pop Team Epic's stream on Crunchyroll is available worldwide outside of Asia. The first episode began streaming on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EST.

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