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I rarely ever write reviews anymore due to having no free time, and definitely don't have time to write a full-fledged writeup of pros and cons - but Pupa was so disturbing that I feel compelled to at least write a warning to others. 

I was first interested in Pupa when seeing the upcoming Winter anime list, as there's an anime adaptation airing soon. Horror? Check. Disturbing? Check. Anyone who knows me, knows I love me a good horror title, and try my best to read as many manga related to the genre as possible. It takes a lot, and I mean a lot, for me to be grossed out and disturbed by something. 

Enter Pupa.

Look, the story isn't bad - it's kind of interesting and at least it's somewhat unique. A girl gets randomly infected by a virus, there's a nefarious researcher who knows more than she lets on who offers to 'help', etc. 

But really, Pupa pushes the line for gore and disturbing. Unless you like watching people slowly get eaten alive over and over, or someone getting vivisected while conscious/alive, I'd suggest looking the other way on this one. Hands down.

tl;dr: this is too disturbing even for me. :|

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
4/10 overall

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Kashiho says...

For me, the anime adaptation is horrible... not because of the gore part but the storyline, chronological order, and scattered plot. -_-

I finished the anime, chapter 5 in manga. Still I want to rate it as... Anime 2/10 --- Manga 10/10.

I've read the manga and it have good things that the anime adaptation is lacking... and it may be weird but I don't see it as horror or thriller or something. On the first place... I didn't watch the anime because it's categorized as horror... I'm on the love against all odds part :)))

Jul 25, 2015
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Nov 22, 2013
Vafuder says...

I didn't personally find it that disturbing. Sure there are some extreme scenes in here, but it won’t make me lose any sleep anytime soon. We are shown guts being spilt from living humans in just about every zombie/gore movie there is, what makes a story truly horrible to me is if they manage to build up an atmosphere of true hopelessness. In my opinion the judge is still out on that one, I’ll keep reading for now! :)

Nov 22, 2013
AnarchicQ says...

Challenge accepted!

Nov 21, 2013
vernanonix says...

I might enjoy this then. o3o

Nov 21, 2013