Butareba: The Story of a Man Turned into a Pig

Alt title: Buta no Liver wa Kanetsushiro

TV (12 eps)
2023 - 2024
Fall 2023
2.973 out of 5 from 503 votes
Rank #15,568
Butareba: The Story of a Man Turned into a Pig

An unappealing otaku awakens in the body of a pig after he passes out while eating raw pig liver. Pig finds himself in the company of Jess, an innocent girl who can read people's minds, and she accepts him despite his boorish thoughts... although she does plan to eat him. When Jess is in danger of succumbing to a dark destiny, can Pig save her using only his quick wits, wisdom, and refined sense of smell?

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Not even like halfway through the first episode, I choked on my food at the things being said and absolutely died on the inside. I'm the type of person who would watch or read the most mundane, the most random-est of things, but I did not think that out of all the things I've seen so far, this afflicted me with so many incomprehensible emotions, you would not believe how I squealed like a pig at what was happening in the show. If you're the type of person who are too stubborn to just drop something you probably don't like and want to see it to the very end, this is the perfect, I mean, the most perfect media for a test of endurance~! I genuinely can't tell how I'm supposed to feel about this story, because this really make me go "what in the hay did I just watch?" ANDDDD I just know that when I finish this show, my friends will have to deal with me frothing at the mouth about how peculiar this story is. Its plot may be grim and tragic, but it's a tragedy done wrong (story-wise) because if you do intend to check this show out of curiosity, then you will see what I mean. Regarding the characters, the pig says some out-of-pocket things, you know those comments that you see on social media where the stans talk about how they want X to crush them or something like that? Well, there you have it! Because it's literally something said in the show. This character reminds me a bit of Hifumi Yamada from Danganronpa, they both kinda act the same (although this show's MC is less obnoxious-sounding and more of a goof you can't really take seriously), so if you're familiar with that franchise, then the comparison would probably make more sense of what type of character they are. Jess is the other main character and she is just unusually nice. She has this urge to take care of the pig, because I guess plot device, and would be willing to do anything for her pookie pig (she doesn't actually say that, but that's the vibes I got), even if that means you have to see her do/say questionable things that I cannot say according to AnimePlanet's review guidelines. Other than that, the animation quality seem to decline over time, because I noticed they were reusing the same scenes over and over. The opening and ending songs are not that bad though. It's just a shame it was used on a lackluster storyline like this. The last episode shifts dramatically in tone though, it feels a bit weird to me. In conclusion, I will give it a 3/10 stars, an extra point just because it did make me laugh out loud at how absurd it was in the first few episodes, although it lose its charm and starts to become boring and confusing. The other extra point is because the opening and ending songs are not too bad. This would be something I rate 1/5 star based on my personal rating system on this site though.

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