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Boogiepop Phantom Complete TV Series
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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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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. The show requires a bit of patience and attention from the viewer; it's not a sit back and relax sort of series. However, if you enjoyed series like Paranoia Agent and Serial Experiment Lain, you'll feel right at home. If any of this interests you, give Boogiepop Phantom a spin, it's definitely worth your time.
I'm very happy about this Nozomi/Rightstuf re-release of the series, which will hopefully give it a little more exposure, and which allowed me to pick it up for pretty damn cheap all things considered. For a 20 dollar price tag, there's a surprising amount of extras, as well as an English dub. Very nice. My only complaint, and it is a minor one, is that all four DVDs feature the same image. It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine, but it is ultimately only a nitpick, which doesn't hurt the overall experience. The cover art looks great and the case itself is suitably dark.
It should go without saying at this point, but this show can be more than a little disturbing. But if you've read this far, I'm sure that's more of an enticement than a deterrence. Boogiepop Phantom gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from this humble reviewer.
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. Quick examples include: an obsessive computer game designer who cannot tell the difference from a game and reality, a policeman who can turn his head in a 360 degree motion, a mysterious serial killer, a boy who can see imaginary spiders on people and eats the spiders, and many others,
The premise of the show is about a pillar of light that appeared in the city, and now many strange occurrences have been sighted, and many people have strange abilities. Trying to figure out the true story is part of the fun of this series. The anime also has a dark eerie atmosphere to it; most of the anime looks monochrome, but it adds to the experience.
This release is licensed by RightStuf, and they did a really good job with this show. There are English commentaries for all 12 episodes, and they actually help a lot when trying to understand the series. If you like dark, psychological anime, then check this title out.
I would describe it as the dvd equivalent of 12 jigsaw pieces from a used 50 piece puzzle of a Bosch painting, or else 12 episodic versions of a reoccuring nightmare. Or playing 52 pickup with a deck of traumatic memories of dark & tragic obsessions and relationships. Boogiepop reveals the painful terror of that space between the notes.
Very expressionistic in mood, music, story editing, color palette, sound. Under appreciated gem, nay, masterpiece: yes, it is. Serial Experiments LAIN is the only Anime in Boogiepop's league, artwise, chaoswise.
If you like your mystery stories wrapped up tight in a bow, you want one of the millions of other dvds on this planet.
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