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Boogiepop Phantom Complete TV Series
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(Jun 05, 2012)
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First off, don't let the name deter you. There's nothing silly about this show. Boogiepop Phantom is an intensely atmospheric mystery with an unsettling vibe to it. Whatever's going on, you never feel quite at ease watching it. Whether it's the dark street corners, a creepy-acting individual, or just the excellent sound design, there's always something to keep you on your toes. I would very much compare it to Ghost Hound in that respect; the clever use of audio editing really pushes the show from good to excellent. There's an almost otherworldy feel to the entire series, dreamlike perhaps, like an expressionistic painting where everything is just a little bit off. There are many memorable scenes, my personal favorite involving a certain police officer.
The plot concerns a string of disappearances of high school students, which are blamed on what's being called an urban legend; the series' namesake, Boogiepop. Just who is Boogiepop? Does she even exist? Naturally, you'll have to watch for yourself to find out.Read more ›
The show begins with an obsessive compulsive girl who laments that she never told the guy she liked how she felt about him before he died. She later sees Saotome again, despite him being dead, and she confesses her feelings to him. He then tells her that he will eat her, and there will be nothing left of her. At that moment a mysterious figure known as Boogiepop appears and fires an electrical current at the boy, and he dissipates. This is the plot for the first episode. We later learn that Saotome is not himself anymore after he was consumed by a being known as the Manticore.
There is also a young imp of a boy called Poom Poom, who beckons children to play with him. He takes the children's younger selves, and leaves an empty shell of their current beigns. He even causes one girl to kill herself because she was so depressed and had nothing else to live for. Poom Poom is accompanied by a young girl named Manaka, who can create memories of an individual in the form of butterflies. She is a rather innocent, but a strange girl kind of like Shiro from Deadman Wonderland.
There are so many characters in this show that I would feel bad for not including them in this review, but I cannot review them all.Read more ›
So what is this series about? That's a tricky one and part of the joy of the series is figuring out the mystery that everyone seems to be scratching at the edges of. There was a serial killer five years ago. People have strange powers. A girl is in love with a dead boy and Boogiepop keeps showing up to make people disappear. A huge white light hit the sky but it isn't explained until later in the series. Meanwhile Paisley Park offers a paradise for the lonely even if it's a broken down carnival to most people. I heard this show being called Twin Peaks meets My So-Called Life and that's a fairly appropriate description since this show has the brutal honesty of teenage isolation but in a method that is always off-kilter.
One of the most interesting things about this show is just how much it tends to shift when it shifts characters. At first it seems like a ghost story but then it becomes a story about people with superpowers. There are mythical monsters showing up and by the middle of the series a great deal of science fiction elements jump in for good measure. Even though everything gets stranger, the series remains grounded in the lives of the characters.
This DVD is a great series on its own and a great introduction to the rest of the series.
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This anime is horrible. Do not waste your money if you do not like anime that do not have a good story line. There's no plot at all. One of the worse animes ever.Published 17 months ago by Coretta
This is my favorite anime, but it is only for those who can distinguish Art from "aesthetically pleasing". It is wonderfully disorienting, challenging, & rewarding. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Khriss Bliss
boogie pop is an angel of death that shares a body of a high school girl. her job is to save the world from all it's super natural threats. Read morePublished 23 months ago by daryl drumheller
I've wanted this anime for almost 15 years.....and I finally decided to look for it again.....and low and behold I found it.Published on January 13, 2014 by Ryan D. M. Hunt