OP: 「pupa」 by 木戸衣吹、山崎エリイ (Kido Ibuki & Yamazaki Erii)
So one of my more anticipated series this season… ends up being a 5-min short. Not even worth a higher budget for a 10-min short… but it’s a whole four minutes of actual feature presentation. I’m more than a little disappointed because I thought the series warranted a lot more than that. It’s got a ton of hype too! Whoever gave this series a budget, clearly didn’t give it much of a chance. I hate to say it, but I it’s pretty much like a self-fulfilling prophecy at this rate. Low budget leads to a poorly executed show, which leads to lack of sales and audience. I guess we’ll how to see how well it performs as a short, but somehow I can’t see myself very enticed to keep going…
Despite the short run though, I think pupa has pretty much nailed all the important aspects of the show. The show is about an older brother, Hasegawa Utsutsu (Shimazaki Nobunaga) and his younger sister, Hasegawa Yume (Kido Ibuki). One day after school, Yume unfortunately stumbles onto some “red butterflies” that causes her to transform into (for lack of a better word) a flesh-eating monster. The rest of the story isn’t told yet – but in case you’re wondering, Utsutsu offers himself to his sister to “feed” her while trying to find a way to save her. Oh yes.. it’s quite grotesque. I don’t believe this is a spoiler (because I think it’s implied in some of the scenes) that Yume and Utsutsu get abused by her father at home; that’s why Utsutsu looks like he has a massive scar down his eye.
That pretty much sums up pupa (which is the name of the disease/virus that Yume contracted). The intentions of this anime are to be horrific and psychologically damaging… but I just can’t get that sense within this short 4 minute preview. The songs definitely add to the mood, even the cuts and silent moments are fine… but that’s all shot down the drain as soon as the episode ends. It’s too rushed, it’s too short, and there just isn’t enough time to build up any sort of anticipation or urgency for the show. It’s a shame because I thought the premise was quite unique and if not, at least psychologically scarring (great for a horror anime, even though I’m not a horror fan). I don’t want to say that it’d be a waste of time to watch the anime (because god forbid, it’s only going to be collectively 48 mins), but I think the manga gives a much better depiction of what the author intended for it. It gives me the shivers just thinking about reading it.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: Barely 4 mins long… #pupa needs to be longer! >_< I feel like it could've been really well done with a longer run. #horrorNOT
ED: 「誰より好きなのに」 (Dare yori Suki na no ni) by くすまさんしまい (Kusuma San Shimai)