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Japanese: Pupa (ピューパ)
English: Pupa
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 10, 2014 to Mar 28, 2014
Premiered: Winter 2014
Broadcast: Fridays at 02:03 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: FantasyFantasy, HorrorHorror
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 4 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 3.291 (scored by 100758100,758 users)
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Ranked: #137912
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Popularity: #1185
Members: 181,431
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Abandoned by their abusive parents and with only each other to depend on, siblings Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa find themselves led astray by beautiful red butterflies that have appeared in their world. Unbeknownst to them, these crimson winged heralds trumpet the beginning of a cannibalistic nightmare—a mysterious virus known as Pupa is about to hatch.

After succumbing to the full effects of Pupa, Yume undergoes a grotesque metamorphosis into a monstrous creature with an insatiable desire for flesh; Utsutsu, on the other hand, is only partially affected, gaining remarkable regenerative powers instead. Reaffirming the resolve to keep the promise he made to himself years ago, Utsutsu is willing to sacrifice everything in order to always be there for his precious little sister.

Pupa tells the story of a loving brother's desperate struggles to save his sister while protecting the world from her uncontrollable hunger.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hasegawa, Utsutsu

Ise, Mariya

Hasegawa, Yume

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Imari, Ai

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Arita, Sisters

Kurosawa, Yurika

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Maeda, Kunihiro


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Mochizuki, Tomomi
Director, Sound Director, Script
Kido, Ibuki
Theme Song Performance
Yamazaki, Erii
Theme Song Performance
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"pupa" by Ibuki Kido & Erii Yamazaki

Ending Theme

"Dare yori Suki na no ni (誰より好きなのに)" by Kusuma San Shimai (Yurika Kurosawa, Minato Wakasa, Haruna Usui)

Apr 17, 2014
When I first heard of Pupa it seemed rather interesting and worth looking forward to. Based on the horror manga with the same name, Pupa tells the story about two orphaned siblings who only have each other to rely on after severe domestic violence. However, one day they are both infected with the Pupa virus which turns the younger sister Yume into a grotesque man-eating monster while the older brother Utsutsu gains regenerative abilities.

This is, to put it bluntly, an exciting premise and Pupa appeared to have all the elements to make a memorable horror anime. While there had been mixed opinions from those who ...
Jan 10, 2015

Little can be said about Pupa that hasn't been said already. It combines some of the more...icky fetishes together into one cluster fuck, but then censors itself and fails to even entertain those few individuals it was aimed at. Imagine if the Human Centipede or Salo was censored down to a PG-13 rating. What the hell would be the point of watching?! The brilliant plot?! The splendidly written characters and dialogue? There is NOTHING left of value!

Marketing skills: -10/10

Let us do a little math. Let us say hypothetically that 1 in 1,000 people have a sibling incest fetish and 1 in 100,000 have a ...
Mar 27, 2014
Pupa is a symbolic story of an abused maiden, Yume, who upon entering puberty develops an abominable and perilous love for her older brother Utsutsu. Seemingly a series which only caters to those who are gratified by gore and incestuous lust, 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. Sigmund Freud pioneered the field of psychology during his time, and a significant portion of his revolutionary findings ...

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