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PUPA #1-3 -- Special Review

It's hard to get scared in segments.

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Look, I understand that these micro-series exist as they do because programmers in ol’ Nippon want to pack content into every available second of screen time of a given programming block. However, that’s pretty much the same line of thought that keeps those old pulp adventure strips running in the Sunday funnies, too, and I’ve never met anybody who’s gotten much enjoyment out of reading them in those little morsels, either. == TEASERS ==

Engaging storytelling - - let alone engaging serial storytelling - - is largely dependent on continuity, isn't it? Stitch 11 of these two-minute-long installments together into an uninterrupted episode, and maybe PUPA can hold your interest satisfactorily. As is, I was trying to follow this narrative of a cute MOE girl who’s essentially got Devil Man lurking inside her, and found it exceptionally hard to stay focussed because I kept getting interrupted.

Yeah yeah yeah… that’s the name of the game. But until these episodes get collected into a fuller chunk, it’s impossible not to note that episodes which are 50% dedicated to intros/outros are far less than ideal.

So… I don’t know. The one opening scene where the guy acted his abusive family life out with teddy bears was kind of creative. And maybe there’s something interesting about taking a much more bloody and cannibalistic angle on the psycho-sexual vampire story. But I just can’t get excited about waiting a week for two minutes of content. The show has to find its feet before it has any hope of hooking you, and… it hasn’t given itself space to do that.

I’m sure some of you are just loving this format, though. Explain the appeal I’m missing here.

Watch the first episode “Don’t Stop Me Now” and decide for yourself.

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Marshal Victoryon Jan. 27, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

Nope not me. Cant love this at all. to short an at times just poorly exicuted.

LHWKnight is online on Jan. 27, 2014 at 5:49 p.m.

read the manga

AURON570on Jan. 27, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.

You want to get scared in segments? Give Yamishibai a shot!

takashichea moderator on Jan. 27, 2014 at 11:40 p.m.

The show isn't for me. I had high hopes for it when it got pushed back to Winter 2014. Though, the five minute show didn't click for me since it couldn't build up suspense or the characters. Some microseries do well like Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time and Senyu because they all do is humor.

Bigheart711on Jan. 28, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.

@takashichea said:

The show isn't for me. I had high hopes for it when it got pushed back to Winter 2014. Though, the five minute show didn't click for me since it couldn't build up suspense or the characters. Some microseries do well like Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time and Senyu because they all do is humor.

The same went for bothseasons of the Wooser anime since it's also for humor (The ending theme for Season 2 is gorgeous, BTW). Pupa was actually meant to be told as a story, but it was poorly executed due to the short lengths of time. I had to drop it after episode 4. I'm still continuing with the manga because it was displayed in a much better (gorier and sicker) light.

Kino88on Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.
Wow how disappointing.... And here I was hoping for a good horror anime, I hate Micro shows, 2 minutes dose not equal an episode, 30 minutes or longer please!,
takashichea moderator on Jan. 28, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

@Bigheart711:

Agreed. I should try Wooser.

@LHWKnight said:

read the manga

I'll check out the manga.

sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:57 p.m.

That's a shame. Never heard of the series but the art looks awesome (that is, if the series looks anything like the article image).

@AURON570 said:

You want to get scared in segments? Give Yamishibai a shot!

I tried watching that one. It's probably the best of these mini shows because it's like 6 minutes long but I still felt like it would be significantly better if was a regular length anime. Or even like 12 minutes.

takashichea moderator on Jan. 28, 2014 at 8:29 p.m.

@sickVisionz:

Here's a sample shot of the anime and its obligatory censorship. The art up there is a poster, I believe for the manga.

zaldaron Jan. 29, 2014 at 6:19 a.m.

Where can a translated version of the manga be found? The show was interesting if hard to follow. Yamishibainow that was scary but have to be in the mood to be scared. Unlike say Amnesia which I could be playing in daylight with a spotlight on me and STILL be scared out of my wits...

takashichea moderator on Jan. 29, 2014 at 2:03 p.m.

@zaldar:

The manga hasn't been licensed by a western publisher yet or has been considered for simulpub. I probably have to PM you a link since I can't do it here.

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