Himeji Wakaba is a 5th year elementary school student, and she has the ability to see things that others can't. They are mostly frightening evil spirits, and they tend to do bad things to people who are close to her. As a result, Wakaba has no friends and rarely smiles. On a couple of occasions, she brings home stray animals, but her parents won't let her keep them. However, they're worried about their sad, creepy daughter, so one day they decide that whatever Wakaba brings home next, they'll let her keep.
The next thing she brings home is a pink monster called "Pupipo", but her parents stand by their decision and let her keep it. No one is quite sure what Pupipo is, but it protects Wakaba from the other things she sees. Pupipo also helps Wakaba make friends with an occult-obsessed transfer student and solve problems with bullying. Wakaba's life is a much better place with her pet pink monster!
Alright you. You, who hath stumbled upon this anime and feel like getting a grip on what you may or may not be watching in the future. Sit down and read this review.
So, normally I don't review anything. I've watched a good amount of anime and maybe reviewed two. One was because it was being hated on for it's genre, and now this, because... I've never seen such a twist in my life.
Anyway on to the review.
1: Story - It's interesting. Creepy girl who is detested for just being creepy, but why is she creepy? Because she's being tormented all the time, until Po comes
around. The twist in the last episode is so different than what you'd expect.
2: Art - the art is surprisingly good. It's interesting, not like all other animes you'll see on your journey into the weeb kingdom. I personally liked it.
3: Sound - 10/10. Why? Because the ending theme was interesting and changed over time, and there's this piano OST that comes in at some random times and sometimes as an ending theme that sounds just beautiful and touches my soul. You'll love it too. Probably. I'm not you.
4: Characters - Were pretty basic aside from the main character and po.
5: Enjoyment - It's comedic and fun. A girl has her life turned around by a weird Kirby-like thing. Happy go lucky.
And then the end. Where enjoyment goes to pure unadulterated feels.
I'd give it a chance. The whole series is under an hour long. Why not give it a shot?
Fast paced comedy/adventure fantasy about death and the other side.
Doesn't venture too far into philosophy or story, just lets you deal with the story as it comes to you. The story gets heavier than you would expect and goes further than you would expect and its just an overall wild ride.
Story is light and fast with more twists than you could feasibly expect in a 4min per ep Show. It doesn't even feel like 4 minutes with the speed and pacing of content.
Art is what is; characters renditions reflect their personality as much as their appearance which is
Sound is ok. nothing to marvel at here but there are no errors.
The characters can feel slightly 1 Dimensional but keep in mind the episodes are 4 minutes long.
This was the first AIC Plus+ production that I have watched. I daresay it won't be the last.
What impressed me the most about Pupipo! was how balanced each four-minute episode was. Every episode was complete. The action and dialogue always pushed the story forward. The creative team excelled at "showing" not "telling".
The pacing was well done, leaving me craving the next episode, while wondering: What exactly is Po-chan? What's Yuuki's problem? Will Himeji-chan and Yuuki-kun ever get a break?
Conflict and angst didn't last too long (unlike a certain regalia's whiny phase. Yukine, I'm looking at you). Questions and conflicts were resolved without dragging out.
style is a bit different from some of the mainstream shows. For some reason, it reminded me a little of the first season of Moyashimon, or the first Minami-ke. A little quirky, but extremely charming.
The sound quality was excellent, extremely clear. The music supported the dialogue and action without overpowering them.
The characters are likable. Even the annoying classmates were bearable.
The seiyuu did a wonderful job at conveying Himeji-chan and Yuuki-kun's character through inflection. Their worries and hopes came through loud and clear, as did Azuma-chan's passion for the occult.
Then, there's Po-chan. Who knew how expressive one pink monster with a limited vocabulary could be?
Pupipo! is a highly enjoyable ride. This was the best show I watched from the Winter 2014 season and it's 10.0 score across the board is well-deserved.
If you enjoy shows like Natsume Yuujinchou, or Mushishi, then Pupipo! is right up your alley. Or, if you don't have the patience for long, drawn out stories, this is perfect. At 15 four-minute episodes, it's a great investment of your time.
I'm not gonna lie, part of me wanted to hate this based on on obviously short the show is, but up until the very last episode, I kind of liked it. But let's break it down a bit further.
1: Story- Now i'll be frank, the story was short with a bit of inconsistencies, but it grows on you as the story goes on. The story follows a young girl named Wakaba who happens to see spirits and as a result, anyone who has any contact with her ends up "cursed." As a result Wakaba is the center of ridicule and has no friends, ultimately keeping
her in a very depressing isolated state. This changes one day when she spots a pink being later named "Po" and Wakaba brings him home.
2: Art- Slightly above average for an anime this short, though I did annoy me a little that the other characters had pointed teeth, possibly to represent these characters as the not-so-friendly crowd. Animation was average at best.
3: Sound- Definitely one the highlights of the show, not one track was out of place and fit the mood perfectly.
4: Characters- The main characters both had meaning and their personal back stories were interesting, but the other two characters who showed up to be the plot devices were uninteresting and plain. I would have liked to see a bit more on who they were and where they came from before they met the main characters.
5: Enjoyment- A part of me likes the show, while another part wanted to see more to fully understand what the creators were trying to push with these characters, but the last episode was probably my biggest "WTF" moment when you come to terms on what PO really is and how Wakaba displayed a bit more of her feelings outside of a blank stare as the show progresses. It's definitely worth your hour of viewing time, if you really don't have anything else to watch.