You might have noticed I skipped over episode five. That was not intentional. Perhaps it is a reflection of my level of interest, but I had completely forgotten about the series when it was released last week. However, that is not to say I do not enjoy Pupipo! The cliffhanger from two weeks ago really had me on the edge of my seat and while I expected a speedy resolution, what with the episodes being only a couple minutes long, I was very excited over how things were going to play out. If I had to put my finger on it, it would be that given that each episode is only a couple minutes long there was little reason to rush back into the show.
After a speedy resolution last week, we find ourselves introduced to a character with a familiar ability. You might also remember him from an earlier episode. At the time I had mistaken him for Ryouhei, the boy with the crush on Wakaba, but that misunderstanding was quickly cleared up with the introduction of Naoya. I have to say, I am really excited over this development. You have to understand that I never expected much from a show with episodes as short as this, but the story so far has been more exciting than most shows with full-length episodes. While I understand that there is only so much they can do with the time alloted, referring both to the length of the episodes and the number of episodes, I am interested to see how the relationship between these two who share this “curse” will play out.
Considering our cast is supposed to be in elementary school I am not all that interested in seeing if the two of them develop romantic feelings for one another. I can not say that everyone else feels the same. Despite their age, I could easily see AIC Plus+ shoehorning in some romance, albeit as a mere diversion to the story. Now when I refer to romance I am not talking about Ryouhei picking on Wakaba, but rather Wakaba and Naoya crying together as they lament their unearthly abilities. Either way, I do not think it will happen and I certainly hope it does not. It would definitely lessen the experience I am having watching Pupipo! It would just be awkward, you know?
Heard you talking shit about me.
Anyways, with Naoya left terrified of Wakaba I am really interested in seeing how she will get around to talking to him. It is obvious she yearns to talk to someone who shares her curse. I am still not entirely sure why he is frightened of her. While Wakaba was instantly drawn towards Pu, Naoya seems to have had the opposite reaction and is horrified of him. I know the manga would be further along and with all the answers, but I think I will wait and see next week what all this is about.
Many will overlook Pupipo! because of its short runtime. Clocking in at only four minutes an episode – three if you were to exclude the ED – it would seem that there is not much to Pupipo! However, looks can be deceiving, and that is most certainly the case here. Pupipo! manages to both tickle your humor and pull at your heart-strings. It is a must see for the 2014 Winter season.
In only three minutes it manages to do more than what some shows do in twenty. Given the time constraint, Pupipo! cuts straight to the chase with every episode. Each week you can expect a reveal or a resolution. There is no mucking around on a three-minute schedule. However, Pupipo! manages to weave each of these episodes seamlessly into a larger story. Rather than feeling like three-minute bites, each episode comes across as a patch on a quilt. While each is its own story, together they become so much more.
The ghost of a man who slept on his neck wrong curses Reiko because of her insistence he hung himself.
That’s enough of the sales-pitch. After four episodes we finally see how deep the rabbit hole goes, or rather a dimensional rift leading to the afterlife. It is hard to believe that just a week ago our playful cast were being harassed by… a heartbroken ghost. Actually, this development is not that shocking. Coupled with Reiko’s brazenness in the face of the supernatural it seems it was inevitable that she would rub one of the spirits haunting Wakaba the wrong way. Boy, did she do that!
“Harsh words were said and lies were told instead” and the victim of nothing more than his own carelessness becomes the subject of Reiko’s fascination, though you could also call it harassment. Unfortunately, without Po-chans protection her cheekiness gets her a one way ticket to Hell. It is here that we see just how well Pupipo! manages to blend the dark and the light. In the span of just one minute – which admittedly is a third of the entire episode – we go from playful ghost hijinks to excessive sweating and gasping. It is this kind of contrast that keeps me excited about what might happen next.
Reiko’s one way ticket to Hell.
While Reiko will all but certainly get out of this mess alive, I am excited to see how this situation will be resolved. I can imagine, however unlikely, Reiko deciding to stay in the afterlife. The sights must be an occult-fanatics wet-dream. I could see the next couple of episodes delving into the mystery that is Po-chan. There is just so much that can happen and so much that I want to happen that I am sure, no matter what does happen, I will enjoy next weeks episode plentifully.