In every way, PuPiPo! is just the appetizer.
I was disappointed to see that PuPiPo! is going to be a three minute series, because I like mangaka Oshikiri Rensuke and I thought this had some sleeper potential. I’m not going to blog a three-minute series, but I did want to pupipost on PuPiPo! because this week brought the welcome news that Oshikiri-sensei’s best-known work, Hi Score Girl, will be getting an anime (hopefully full-length) in 2014.
You may recall that I mentioned in the Winter Preview post that HSG was the series I wished had gotten the adaptation, and I’ve mentioned several times how prominently it seems to be featured at every bookstore in Tokyo, and seemed a likely candidate for an anime. It’s a very good manga indeed – funny, clever and even sort of deep – and it was a third-place finisher in this year’s Manga Taishou and a finalist for the Tezuka Award. Not a bad seller either – about 100K for the most recent volume. This announcement was welcome news indeed.
If you want to get a sense of Oshikiri’s art style at least, PuPiPo! is quite representative. The premiere is cute, with a couple of decent gags, but it’s really only enough to make me wish it wasn’t only three minutes long.