Popee the Performer
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Popee the Performer (Japanese: ポピーザぱフォーマー Popī za pa fōmā) are a series of Japanese 3D anime shorts created by the husband-and-wife team, Ryuji and Wakako Masuda. It broadcasted and aired on the all-anime satellite television channel KIDS STATION from 2000 to 2001.
The show centers around the bizarre and surreal adventures Popee, a 17-year-old apprentice clown who lives in an empty circus located in the middle of the desert along with his pet wolf that wears a mask, Kedamono, his father Papi, and the rest of the residents.
Why It Intentionally Sucks
Note: This show isn't meant to be a standard run-to-the-mill kids show, just to be a TV show and that's it.
- Despite being aimed at children, the anime has a lot of blood, gore, killings of the characters, and other disturbing, creepy, weird stuff going on. This is likely because Japan has different views on what is acceptable and what is NOT acceptable for a young audience, "Swallower" being a good example of this.
- The character designs look like Toy Story rejects and/or generic, out-of-day porcelain dolls, mostly china dolls.
- Low-budget CGI (in which they weren't going for high-quality animation but for telling stories instead) with movements that are way too robotic and unnatural and look like something out of an old PS1 game, even for 2000 standards.
- Unfitting sound effects.
- Annoyingly, frustratingly, horribly composed, and sung "catchy" theme/ending song that will be stuck in your head at once when you hear it because of how repetitive it is. Also, why is the show called Popee the Performer when the song is saying "Popee the Clown"?! The rest of the soundtrack is also at times creepy, very weird, and psychedelic.
- Most of the characters (especially Popee himself) are unlikable and mean-spirited in this show.
- Popee is always envious, just because Kedamono and Papi do better than him, so he just attempts to kill them with either knives or bombs with scary-looking woman faces that are full of nightmare fuel.
- Papi is more of a weirdly perverted, lustful, pedophilic, sadistic, and incestuous father figure than a proper one.
- The episode plots are too nonsensical and unwise, even for a slapstick.
- It got a manga series, which are absolutely filler-infested chapters that once even had a story where Popee shot a bazooka missile in Papi's butt.
- Some of the episode plots can be interesting and enjoyable.
- With that said, there are some funny moments.
- Kedamono is the only funny and likable character.
- His constantly changing face masks are a very clever and consistent detail.
- Some good episodes, such as Face and Loneliness.
- Surprisingly good pacing.
- Before May 2017, it wasn't a very well known anime, but it had a cult following in both Japan and other parts of the world. However, after May 2017, this show blasted on Twitter after some user publicly talked about it, and it also blasted on Instagram, Tumblr, DeviantART and even YouTube. This caused a minority of users being recommended Popee the Performer-related videos, and ended up with them accidentally discovering this show and later having an addiction to it (that usually cools down after a whole while).