There’s something to be said about being so dumb that you’re actually brilliant. Poputepipikku walks that line like few others. Originally billed as Hoshiiro Girldrop on April Fool’s Day of 2017, the 12 episode gag series is adapted from a comic strip manga written by Bukubu Okawa and serialized through the online publication “Manga Life Win”. In short, watching Poputepipikku is like watching a snake slowly devour a mouse in your 5th grade science class.
We’ll revisit that thought in a minute. First, let’s talk about the story. There isn’t much of one aside from our two protagonists’ vague quest to become a real anime. Each 30 minute episode consists of the same 13 minute ep run back-to-back. Each 13 minute ep consists of several shorts ranging from deliberately dumb to surprisingly artsy, and is riddled with pop culture references. At a glance, that may sound rather redundant, but the second half of each episode uses different voice actors from the first half, and often contains numerous subtle changes in script or animation.
Speaking of animation, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen another series utilize as many different styles as Poputepipikku. Some of these segments appear to parody more popular shows/styles while others are completely original. All of them, though, are pretty dope.
Music obviously isn’t the primary focus of the series, but it still plays an active role in keeping the audience engaged. Some of the skits involve songs, and the ending theme actually changes vocalists throughout the season, going as far as to feature a celebrity artist/voice actor in the season finale.
Watching Poputepipikku is like watching a snake slowly devour a mouse in your 5th grade science class. You’ll more than likely find yourself muttering something along the lines of “What is the point of watching any of this?” That’s a good question, but ultimately not important. At the end of the day, you’ll admit that despite the overall bizarreness of the situation, it was kind of cool to see that stereotypical mouse saturated with anime tropes, then swallowed whole by the snake.
Story/Character – 6.5
Art/Animation – 8
Sound – 7.5
Enjoyment – 8
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