5. Pop Team Epic
Director: Jun Aoki, Aoi Umeki
Series composer: Jun Aoki
Animation production: Kamikaze Douga
Pop Team Epic is at the same time one of the most memorable anime experiences in recent times, and one of the hardest recommendations I’ll ever make. True to the spirit of the original comic, its adaptation is a series of very carefully constructed non-humor skits that, thanks to the audiovisual medium, have only ramped up the madness. Despite technically being a 3-D, CG production, at any point it may switch to intentionally hideous 2-D animation, gorgeous hand-drawn art, pixelated game parodies made by a university student, or an arts-and-craft stop-motion spectacle. While it does have a recurring couple of characters – the small ball of anger Popuko and her equally dangerous friend Pipimi – it’s hard to say what Pop Team Epic is about; if it really were about something, it would quickly get tired of that and move on to something else. And that, of course, does apply to the voice actors as well, as each episode loops with two different sets of voices, just to get replaced on the next episode. This show could either amuse you more than anything else or come across as an inexplicable alien relic, but it’s worth a try either way.
Available on: Crunchyroll, HiDive, Funimation