Pupa 01 — Why, Studio DEEN?!

Good thing this is censored! Durrr

I’m very sad­dened that one of my most antic­i­pat­ed ani­me hor­ror series turned out to be a big dis­ap­point­ment. The premise of the source mate­r­i­al sound­ed inter­est­ing and creepy enough, and it’s a hor­ror sto­ry that def­i­nite­ly has promise. But the adap­ta­tion turned out to be way too short. Four min­utes per episode? Please. It felt like so much of the plot was miss­ing because of the short length — and I was right, I checked out the first chap­ter of the man­ga and there’s so much more expo­si­tion and sub­stance to the plot com­pared to this four-minute first episode. Hon­est­ly, the way the sequences of events played in the ani­me, it hon­est­ly gives the view­er a “what the fuck just hap­pened?” reac­tion instead of being legit­i­mate­ly and psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly hor­ri­fied. It’s such a damn shame.

Not only that, but they could have made up for it with at least the shock val­ue… but much of the shock val­ue was lost because it’s cen­sored for TV. Why could­n’t they have made this an OVA, or an online stream, instead? This was a real kick in the ass after the Octo­ber 2013 delay (I real­ly want­ed a scary ani­me for Hal­loween, dammit!). 

I’m hon­est­ly just going to read the man­ga from here on out (I was hop­ing for an ani­me that was on-par with the source mate­r­i­al so I could watch the hor­ror in motion). Unlike par­tic­u­lar ani­me fans, when the source mate­r­i­al is avail­able to me, I will check it out if there’s a chance that it’s rea­son­ably dif­fer­ent — it’s the true essence of the sto­ry, after all. It’s not fair to an artist if they get crit­i­cized for some­one else chop­ping up their paint­ings, for instance. I will con­tin­ue to watch the ani­me, but I prob­a­bly won’t be blog­ging much about it (instead, I’ll prob­a­bly do more of the man­ga). It’s such a shame — the music and ani­ma­tion are real­ly atmos­pher­ic, but the length just ruins it. Why, Stu­dio DEEN? There’s noth­ing wrong with ani­me shorts, but the premise of Pupa was *not* made to be a short.

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