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Studio Deen's lowest point at making an anime since Umineko.

Pupa (ピューパ Pyūpa) is a 2014 horror anime series by Studio DEEN, adapted from the manga of the same name. It was broadcast during the Winter 2014 season, and is widely considered to be one of the worst anime shows of all time.


Siblings Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa get infected by the Pupa virus, which gives the former regenerative abilities, while turning the latter into a flesh-eating monster whenever she is famished.

Why it Sucks

  1. The episodes are way too short, each of them running for only 4 minutes. To make things worse the series runs for only 12 episodes. When combined, the whole series runs for only 48 minutes; which is the length of just slightly over 2 episodes of a typical anime.
  2. It was Studio Deen's lowest point on making an anime since Umineko, which gived it a very bad reputation.
  3. Despite being a horror anime, it clearly has no idea how to actually be scary. Therefore, there is plenty of excessive gore. The problem with this is that it makes a lot of the scenes downright repulsive and unpleasant to sit through.
  4. Terrible and messy story with inconsistent pacing.
  5. Uninteresting and underdeveloped characters.
  6. Wasted the voice talents of Nobunaga Shimazaki, Mariya Ise, Ibuki Kido, Mamiko Noto, Koji Yusa, Kenjiro Tsuda, and Shiori Mikami.
  7. Yume and Utsutsu's mother is a terrible parent who left her children due to having her daughter Yume, being a pupa from her sadistically abusive husband, Shiro Onijima.
  8. The relationship between the siblings is INCEST.
  9. Shiro Onijima, is a cruelly abusive father, who thinks he's proud that her child, Yume is not his child, and enjoys abusing her with her brother Utsutsu. His scenes from the manga were butchered.
  10. Gratuitous, pointless, and distracting censorship that ends up covering way too much of the screen with black bars.
  11. The ending is disappointing and unsatisfying because it doesn’t resolve ANY of the plot threads.
  12. Poor background music that doesn't fit what's going on.

The ONLY Redeeming Quality

  1. Pupa (the opening theme) and Dare Yori Suki Nano Ni (the ending theme) are good songs.