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So, I like horror. And I like anime. Therefore horror anime is of huge interest for me. A couple of my personal favourites are Another, Le Portrait De Petit Cossette and The Gregory Horror Show.

Now at one point I was searching for horror anime on my favourite anime website animeplus.tv and came across this little thing called Pupa. The premise is that there is a brother Utsutsu and sister Yume who both get infected by a virus; the sister becomes a flesh-eating beast while the brother gains endless regenerative powers. To keep her monstrous side supressed, Utsutsu lets Yume eat him every day. Sounds like a good idea for a horror doesn't it?

Well... I hear it worked in the manga?

Ok, after sitting through all 12 episodes (which took me less than an hour but we'll get to that later) I am in a state of disbelief. I just don't understand what I just watched. It wasn't good. It was quite bad. Because of this I read and watched several reviews about it and there are two running themes becoming apparent: 1) This is a bad anime and 2) It's a bad adaptation of an apparently brilliant manga.

I have not read the manga but to be frank... I shouldn't have to. To give some perspective, I am not a stickler for faithful adaptations. I will not rant and whine and bitch if something isn't exactly like the source material, I'm open to changes and alterations as long as it's good. There's quite a few adaptations that I'm very forgiving towards despite taking liberties with the source material. But it has to be good enough to stand on it's own as a cohesive story. Anime is the perfect representation of this as, from what I've seen, about 90% of it is adaptations. Some of it's good, some of it's bad, some of it's amazing and some of it's awful. But up until today, I have never seen any kind of adaptation that leaves you lost without the manga. I've never needed to read the manga because the anime gave a cohesive story. 

Until today. I'm going to repeat something that keeps coming up in the reviews of this show. The producers seem to have taken random sections from the manga and animated them. The plot is full of holes. Storylines are picked up and dropped with no further mentions. Characters are relegated to tropes without room for development. And the ending... what the actual fuck? It was like a reverse Master of Martial Hearts! For clarification that is a reprehensible show that starts as a silly fanservice show with nothing but battle-stripping and cutesy moments but ends with a sickening horror-fest that is disturbing on multiple levels... so just imagine that the other way around.

Speaking about that disturbing factor... that's the most baffling thing. This has alot of gore, frequent cannibalism, abuse, mentally unstable people and the freakiest implied incestual tones I've ever seen. Yet I'm not disturbed. I know I should be but I'm not. Part of that might be the episode length. I said before that it took less than an hour to watch all twelve episodes, and the reason for that is that each episode is only about four minutes long; and that's including the opening and ending credits. Some people may find that an instant turn off but I don't mind it. I mentioned at the start of this that one of my favourite horror animes is The Gregory Horror Show, which consists of episodes that are less than three minutes. AND THAT WORKS! The style and the development works to make this an effective horror show. Pupa on the other hand doesn't work. The moment the story is starting, the ending credits roll. And if it had been used more effectively and not shown random out of context episodes that did nothing to further the plot that stopped dead at the penultimate episode THEN MAYBE THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AT LEAST INTERESTING!!!!!!!

That's it, I'm out. I needed to get this out of my system because there is too much confusion from this. Feel free to ignore this journal entry, or post your own opinions if you've seen this anime. You know what I would really love to see? If there's anybody out there who enjoyed this anime! Yeah, that is worth commenting. Otherwise... that's it. 

My last words? Pupa the anime is not worth watching. Even the uncensored version. 
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