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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, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: GoreGore, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 4 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 3.291 (scored by 104518104,518 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #133282
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1272
Members: 189,099
Favorites: 245

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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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Opening Theme

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"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)


Jul 17, 2015
This anime, I think, can't be understood literally.

It's a story about complicated and extremely painful relationship between brother and sister who were abused by their father since early childhood. The siblings are alone in whole world, adults are some kind of threat for them; so they begin to build their own world, their... cocoon of maturity.

The beginning of anime underlines: it's a story about siblings' love, and, actually, there IS a lot of love. Maybe, too much. But children haven't ever known what "normal" love should be. Their father abused them, their mother ignored them, and such type of relationship was "so it ...
Jun 22, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Story 5
Ofcourse psycho and hard. It's too short, but it's told correctly for this type of show. It could have been done better & noticed some laziness, but can't require too much cuz of length & mood. Episodes create continious story with some flashbacks & additons in frequently common model of stories.
It wasn't boring, wasn't predictable - was confusing & You need to think over about few things but it's even Better.
Invidual elements of horror and psychological genre were done well enough, but cuz of high level of hardcore in - there's too much censured scenes :(
Story shows absolut love & attention brother to younger ...
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 ...

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