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Boogiepop Phantom Complete TV Series

4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Five years ago, a string of grisly murders shook the city to its core. Now terror has returned, and this time it has a name: Boogiepop. Everyone knows about Boogiepop: death incarnate, she stalks the night in search of fresh victims. Meet her, and you simply...vanish. In the darkness, glass shatters and time stands still... There's something out there, and it's coming closer. Are you safe? The complete 12-episode TV series! Special Features: Line Art Gallery, Producer Notes, Character Notes, Music Videos for Opening and Closing Themes, Original Fruits Music Video, Original Boogiepop Music Video, Original Japanese Promo Trailers, English-Language Producer's Commentary. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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  • Actors: Roxanne Beck, Anne Benkowitz, Mandy Bohomme, Jessica Calvello, Crispin Freeman
  • Directors: Shigeyuki Suga, Takashi Watanabe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: RIGHT STUF
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007CZ3FKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Many people in the anime fandom have seen, or at the very least heard of, psychological classics such as Serial Experiments Lain, Paranoia Agent, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Maybe they've even delved the depths and explored the even more brooding Texhnolyze or the more uplifting, but nevertheless thought-provoking Haibane Renmei. Sadly, whether it's because of the off-putting name or just unfortunate happenstance, Boogiepop Phantom never reached the same level of popularity; it was left out of the loop. Which is a shame, because it's a damn good show that deserves to have its name etched into the annals of anime history and assume its rightful place among its aforementioned peers.

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.
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Boogiepop Phantom is probably one of the most unusual and confusing anime in existence, but it is very entertaining and mystifying. Each episode concerns itself with a different character, and how they interact with the overall plot. You may see an event in the first episode that does not make any sense, but then you see the same scene in the second episode from a different point of view, and now it makes sense. The series is often compared to the even more confusing anime, Serial Experiments Lain, due to the psychological and philosophical aspect of the two shows.

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.
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I borrowed this DVD from the library and by the second episode, I was obsessed. First, the story follows individuals who know part of the story but no one knows everything, but as you see the same scene the second or third time, it fills everything in. I've seen this story telling technique in other movies - mainly Asian - but it never fails to impress me as a antidote to the "one lone hero" tales. Still, I have never seen it used with such control as this series.

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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