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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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