Avocado Japanese Pop Culture Thread

Weekly Japanese Pop Culture Thread (September 26th, 2018)

Watching anime can be an expensive hobby. Between subscriptions to Crunchyroll, Funimation, HIDIVE, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix, you could shell out dozens of dollars per month keeping up with your favourite husbandos and waifus. But what if I told you there was an anime series you watch for free, legally, on YouTube right now?

Meet Turning Girls, one of the closest things to outsider art you can find in the realm of anime. As an experiment, Studio Trigger gathered together all its female non-animator staff and asked them to make an anime series. The result was a goofy, cynical, and hilarious look at life for a group of women in their late 20s. The art is rough, and the animation is limited, but it’s remarkable what a bunch of people with no formal training in art, editing, or voice acting were able to churn out.

The seven episodes of Turning Girls also introduced us to Kaerun, the world’s worst idol.

She’s sold, like, five CDs, and her biggest fan is her dad. Heaven help her.

Here’s the first episode for your viewing pleasure (remember to turn on closed captioning for subtitles):

The full playlist of episodes can be found here.

What have you been watching/reading/eating/playing/listening to lately? Have any of your idol careers taken off lately?