Oh Pupa, the "life-and-death sibling story" follows Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa, a boy and his little sister who find themselves all alone in the world. One day, Yume sees a mysterious red butterfly and her body undergoes a strange metamorphosis—into a creature that eats humans. Utsutsu struggles to find a way to restore his sister. After some delays, and changes in format we finally got the hyped horror show for the Winter 2014 season.

This will be short as the episodes of the series, because you need to go and watch this show now.

Let's take a look at pupa, the latest masterpiece of Studio Deen

The Direction

The direction in the show is just brilliant, I mean why waste time developing characters and advancing the plot, when you can do an entire episode of a girl eating another human being. But not only that, there are even some censored scenes to give a sense of mysticism to the show. Forget the Monogatari series, this is how you direct a show.


Episode 12

This episode is very powerful, I can't remember and episode with so much impact since the final episode of School Days. Not only that, it even resolves one of the major plot points of the series giving the show a satisfying feel of closure. In a season full of weird final episodes, this one was a bright spot.


The Subtlety

Pupa is a symbolic story of an abused girl, Yume, who upon entering puberty develops an abominable and perilous love for her older brother Utsutsu. Pupa actually explores, more than most other Imouto shows the complexities of the tabooed love between siblings. Perhaps most importantly, understanding of the series' themes necessitates recognizing the circumstances surrounding the siblings' childhood, and the Freudian psychoanalyses which the author may well have been inspired by.


The characters

There are some characters that appear for only a couple of episodes, and then totally disappear from the show, this was not a very good decision, since all the characters are very interesting and it's a shame seeing them gone.


The Length

Including 30 seconds of the OP and 30 more for the ED we get 4 minute long chapters, and seriously, that's not enough, this amazingly directed show will leave you craving for more and more. I can't wait for a second season because we need more of this right now, instead of a second season of Log Horizon


I'll have to admit that this series took me completely by surprise (a pleasant one). It is well written and directed, and tells a compelling tale of possession, degradation, love, and sacrifice in a fast-paced, highly condensed format. I definitely recommend this series, but be warned: If you do watch it, don't be surprised if you suddenly find that you've developed an aversion to red butterflies, teddy bears, little sisters and walking through the park alone.


This review was made using the Ani-TAY's review system, which itself is adapted from TAY's official review system.