Sturgeon’s Law states simply, “Ninety percent of everything is crap.” And well, it’s certainly true of anime. We have certainly had shows this year with promise that simply fail to add up to anything meaningful (Kyoukai no Kanata / Beyond the Boundary, see episodic write-ups), shows that just don’t know what to do with all the material they do have (Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta / The Pilot’s Love Song, see episodic notes), or shows that didn’t know what to do with storytelling and contained poisonous subtext (Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei / The Irregular at Magic High School, see episodic notes, see editorial on its subtext).
But if 90% of everything is crap, then not only is the average thing crap, but being crap is being average, and nothing out of the ordinary. But every so often comes along a show that fails on every single account, that you’d be hard pressed to find a single positive thing to say about it. This year, we’ve had such a show, and its name was “Pupa”. Yes, indeed, the sign was on the wall, with a name all too similar to “poop-ah” as some people referred to the show (not really, but they certainly should’ve). This show was terrible on all fronts. How terrible? That I dropped it 12 minutes in.
For those who haven’t heard about Pupa, it’s an adaptation of a manga where a young girl turns into a flesh eating monster, so her brother lets her eat his own flesh so she won’t go and murder people. A big bundle of horror, cannibalism, and incestual overtones all in one package, what could go wrong, right? They even shared a teaser where they discussed how they simulated sounds of eating flesh, with the lead actress chewing and making fleshy sounds for 30 seconds (it was a tomato). We all wondered how it would be.
And then came the delays, as no channel wanted to broadcast it. Anime in general for those who don’t know is either “kids’ shows” airing on family-oriented channels at early hours or late-night, as in, 10 PM to 1 AM late night. And even in this market, Pupa could not find a distributor. So we were all set to watch it, curious to see how bad it could be. Except, it wasn’t bad due to the content, but due to being one of the worst produced steaming pile of garbage this side of the Mississippi.
The big monster? Looked like Barney the Friendly Dinosaur. There’s screen-covering censoring, but having seen the uncesored stuff, it looks even worse. It’s as if no art was done, no animation was done. Terrible lines, half-hearted voice acting. There’s just nothing there. Even M3 which was terrible and phoned-in looked better. We’ve even had a nonsensical imagery-filled “dream sequence”.
And the worst thing? Removing the opening and ending, each episode only had 3 minutes of content. This series is 36 minutes total, and they couldn’t make that even half-decent. Even worse, I dropped it 4 episodes in. It may have been only three minutes a week, but even so, I had better things to do with my time.
Is there anything non-terrible about the show? Well, the opening sequence’s music was an alright light-rock, I guess, so enjoy that.
Also, here’s what my MyAnimeList friend-list thought of Pupa. Names removed to protect the one person who both finished it and gave it 7/10, which is higher than his average rating ;-)
So, dear readers, what was the absolute worst show you’ve watched this year? Not the one you disliked the most, but the so-called “objectively worst” show. If it’s Pupa, give me your second best.