Friday, January 10, 2014

First Impression: Pupa

PUPA: Creepy, but why so short?

One day, on her way home, Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly, and her body undergoes a strange metamorphosis.

What first captured my attention is the overall atmosphere of the anime. I have this eerie feeling right from the beginning. The departments that give me this impression are the art and music. The backgrounds appear to be smudged watercolours, and the soundtracks are mysterious and creepy in their own right.

I’m also surprised that the pilot episode is just about 4 minutes long. Since it’s so short, the storytelling is pretty straightforward. The girl sees a red butterfly. She transforms into a monster. That’s the only significant plot point that has been presented, so I can’t really give a general impression of the story.

However, there are also hints that the characters have a tragic past, maybe something that involves family, but I’m not sure if this will be an effective plot point, or it will just be a cheap way to gain the sympathy of the audience.

Again, because it is just 4 minutes long, I really couldn’t say much about it. Overall, I think Pupa will be an interesting watch. The art and music prove that, along with the creepy sequences embedded in the story. The story however, I’m not sure whether it will be something of substance, or something that doesn’t present the viewers anything but mindless gore. I’ll give it more episodes so I could decide if I should review it on the blog.


  1. Is Pupa going to be a full series or multiple mini episodes? If so, that would be kind of odd.


    1. I'm not really sure of it myself. But there is a chance now that I'll be subscribing to it. I mean, it's gaining a bit of hype in the anime scene because it was supposed to be aired last season, but I think the studio had problems on landing a deal with a tv network because they didn't want to censor it. My point is, Pupa is a little controversial, so I might look into it.