If you’re anything like us, you’re already missing the antics of Popuko and Pipimi. Pop Team Epic, the surreal subculture hit by Bkub Okawa, ruled the winter season. But, thanks to fans like you, another episode is just around the corner.
A Day at the Races
The Japan Racing Association (JRA) loves to cross over with popular anime series. Recent events include tie-ins with Gegege no Kitaro and Osomatsu-san. So it’s no surprise they threw in with Pop Team Epic.
Visitors to the Umabi website — where the JRA hosts interactive content — could indulge in some silly fun. Play games, learn about racing, and design your own Popuko or Pipimi! The results populated the stands on the website’s front page.
But there was more to it than that… “something” would happen once one million fans filled the digital stands. What was it? We weren’t given any clues. But now that we’ve passed the finish line, we know: it’s a new episode!
The Return of Tol Girl and Smol Girl
Since the JRA has done crossover episodes with Osomatsu-san, there are also good odds that this will be a racing-themed episode. Though when it comes to Pop Team Epic, that could mean just about anything. Still, with Popuko in her jockey gear and Pipimi in her horse suit, it’s a safe bet.
The big question — and the one we probably won’t have answered until the episode airs — is the voice cast. If this bonus episode is anything like the main series, we’ll get two voices per character. Who’s left among the seiyuu luminaries to play Popuko and Pipimi? We’re going over our wish list right now! For now, we’ll just have to wait for more news as it comes.
Who are you hoping to hear in the new Pop Team Epic episode?
In other news, Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa’s Twitter account has been reinstated after a temporary suspension.