Cover of the first manga volume.
|Written by||Sayaka Mogi|
|Published by||Earth Star Entertainment|
|Imprint||Earth Star Comics|
|Magazine||Comic Earth Star|
|Original run||March 12, 2011 – December 12, 2013|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tomomi Mochizuki|
|Network||SUN, Tokyo MX|
|Original run||January 9, 2014 – March 28, 2014|
The story of Pupa is about two teenagers, Utsutsu and his little sister Yume. Their father was an extremely abusive man, beating their mother and then his children after he was fired. After a divorce, their mother began dating another man, and the father left the two kids alone. Now orphaned, Utsutsu promised himself that he would always protect Yume.
After seeing red butterflies, these two siblings become infected with a virus known as Pupa. This virus mutates organisms into insatiable monsters, only seeking to feed on any sort of life. Yume succumbs to the full effects of the Pupa virus, but reverts into a human. Utsutsu, instead of turning into a monster, gains regenerative powers. In order for the virus to be suppressed in Yume, Utsutsu must take a drug and have Yume feed on his flesh.
- Utsutsu Hasegawa (長谷川 現 Hasegawa Utsutsu?)
- Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Mariya Ise (young)
- The older brother of Yume. Having sister complex he cares very deeply for Yume. His most prominent facial feature is a scar around his left eye. Also conspicuous are the many wound marks that cover almost his entire body, that are in fact burnings left from his father extinguishing his cigars on him, and his flower hair clip. After being infected by the Pupa virus, Utsutsu gains the ability to heal his wounds and regenerate lost limbs. Thus, he acts as a living food source to satisfy his sister's hunger for flesh after she was infected by the virus. Although depicted as warm and somewhat outgoing, he has a tendency to turn sadistic going on a murderous rampage out of frustration, much like his father.
- In his childhood, he, Yume and their mother are often victims of abuse from their father.
- Yume Hasegawa (長谷川 夢 Hasegawa Yume?)
- Voiced by: Ibuki Kido
- Utsutsu's innocent and sweet younger sister and a victim of the Pupa virus. She loves her brother and always looks up to him. If she is famished, a hideous monstrosity emerges from her body like a red butterfly emerging from its pupa. Much to her horror, this proceeds to eat anything made of flesh, including humans. It is revealed, Yume was born from a monster through Sachiko's womb that infected her thereby cloning her (supposedly Utsutsu was meant to be an only child).
- Sachiko Hasegawa (長谷川 幸子 Hasegawa Sachiko?)
- Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
- Utsutsu's and Yume's sensitive mother. She cares for her son, but fears her daughter knowing she was born as a monster. After Sachiko and Shirō Onijima divorced, she went off with some other young man. Leaving Utsutsu and Yume alone. Although, she returns to bring comfort to Utsutsu occasionally.
- Shirō Onijima (鬼島 四郎 Onijima Shirō?)
- Voiced by: Kōji Yusa
- Utsutsu's and Yume's cold and abusive father. Ten years later, seeing Utsutus again despite their harsh reunion, he expects to see what has become of Yume.
- Maria (マリア Maria?) / Ai Imari (伊万里 愛 Imari Ai?)
- Voiced by: Kyōko Narumi
- A mysterious woman who seemed to have knowledge about the Pupa virus and is currently doing experiments regarding it. She has a pet cat named Seto. A researcher, she has a cold view toward human life. She is willing to exchange the lives of many innocent people to gain information about the effects of the virus. She gave Utsutsu a drug that temporarily suppresses his sister's rampage in exchange for them being examined.
- Yūhei Arita (有田 雄平 Arita Yūhei?)
- Voiced by: Shiori Mikami (young)
- Utsutsu's classmate and close friend who insists to stay in touch.
- Yuu (ユウ Yū?)
- A mysterious man who appears to show guidance to the Hasegawa siblings. Despite looking human he claims himself a monster of the red butterflies who lived for many generations on the remote island of Onigashima, explaining the reason why Utsutsu and Yume were infected. Revealing that Yuu was discovered by Maria 30 years ago, dissecting him for her facility in researching the Pupa virus for her selfish egotism.
The manga series Pupa is written and illustrated by Sayaka Mogi and was serialized in Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star magazine between March 12, 2011, and December 12, 2013. An extra chapter will be published in the magazine's February 2014 issue. Additionally, the series was compiled in five tankōbonvolumes, which were published under the Earth Star Comics imprint between November 11, 2011, and February 12, 2014.
An anime adaptation produced by Studio Deen and directed by Tomomi Mochizuki with character designs by Maki Fujii premiered on January 9, 2014, following a delay from its initial October 2013 premiere. Each episode is about five minutes long. The series' first eight episodes were screened in advance on December 21, 2013, at the Aeon Cinema Makuhari Shintoshin theater in Chiba Prefecture.
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