Ranked #2177

Boogiepop wa Warawanai: Boogiepop Phantom

Alternative Titles

English: Boogiepop Phantom
Synonyms: Boogiepop Never Laughs, Boogiepop Doesn't Laugh
Japanese: ブギーポップは笑わない Boogiepop Phantom


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2000 to Mar 22, 2000
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.301 (scored by 12,140 users)
Ranked: #21772
Popularity: #1058
Members: 37,751
Favorites: 338
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Five years ago, a string of grisly murders shook the city to its core and now the rumors have begun once more. Boogiepop... Everyone knows about Boogiepop: meet her one dark night and you are taken. People tell each other the stories and laugh: no one believes that she can possibly exist in this day and age. Still, strange things appear to be going on and the darkness is taking on many forms. Something is out there. Are you safe?

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Characters & Voice Actors

Shimizu, Kaori
Shimizu, Kaori
Kirima, Nagi
Kirima, Nagi
Asakawa, Yuu
Asakawa, Yuu
Phantom, Boogiepop
Phantom, Boogiepop
Asano, Mayumi
Asano, Mayumi
Miyashita, Touka
Miyashita, Touka
Shimizu, Kaori
Shimizu, Kaori


Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao
Yasuda, Kenji
Yasuda, Kenji
Producer, Storyboard, Assistant Animation Director
Watanabe, Takashi
Watanabe, Takashi
Director, Storyboard
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director

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Opening Theme

"Yuudachi" by Shikao Suga

Ending Theme

"Mirai-Seiki Maruhi Club" by Kyouko

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Jun 19, 2008 11:25 AM
If David Lynch's son grew up in Japan and became a filmmaker like his father, and if his brain had a mouth, it would vomit Boogiepop Phantom onto our screens.

Peppered with some of the best sound editing I've ever heard in an anime, this montage of scarred urbanites and neo-humans colliding into each other violently is the forbearer for anime hits like Baccano. Boogiepop Phantom began the light novel trend in Japan and has spanned multiple mediums to tell this fractured story of an urban legend stalking the streets of urban Japan dispatching creeps who feed on cute school kids.

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Jul 21, 2009 4:45 PM
If I were to describe Boogiepop Phantom in 5 words or less, it would be: dark, atmospheric, strange, confusing, and more importantly, outstanding. So what makes this show outstanding? Well that's where this review comes in handy ; ).

First off, Boogiepop is a horror anime, pretty much like Elfen Lied and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and all three shows also have a few similarities: blood, gory violence, very disturbing, great art and animation, and a dive into the human psyche. But then again, there are the differences between the three and what makes Boogiepop different from the other two is also what makes it read more
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Jan 24, 6:41 PM
Dementia is one of the rarest genres when it comes to TV anime. There are currently only 3 of them listed on MAL: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain and Boogiepop Phantom. Most anime watchers have probably heard of the first two countless of times while Boogiepop does not get the same amount of recognition. So why is Boogiepop not considered a classic as well?

Let's start with the story. Boogiepop has an episodic and non-linear structure that works surprisingly well. Each episode focuses on one character and a theme related to said character. Some episodes move the plot forward more than others, but each of read more
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Sep 22, 2008 1:14 PM
Cerebral, visceral, and downright disturbing, Boogiepop Phantom is a terrific non-linear mind screw. Using resources often left untapped in most other anime, Boogiepop sets itself apart in multiple technical aspects to highlight a furious blend of the paranormal and the severe flaws of Japanese society.

The story stays taut throughout, never afraid to throw in a new disturbing twist to keep up the gripping suspense. But its real strength is its odd narrative. Boogiepop is told by handing off the perspective to a new character every episode. Each character reflects either a disturbing paranormal trait or highlights one of the flaws of the conformist attitude of read more
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Boogiepop Phantom and Serial Experiments Lain are very slow-paced and have very little dialogue. They both attempt to be philisophical.... 
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Though not similar in content, Boogiepop and Baccano share a similar dark, urban-magical atmosphere and web-like plot which reveals itself slowly through each episode in the fashion of Pulp Fiction. 
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With both Durarara!! and Boogiepop Phantom you get a sense of the dark supernatural underside of the city, as evidenced by certain characters (Boogiepop, Celty). 
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The storylines are completely different but the 2 animes deal with some strange phenomena. Boogiepop Phantom is a really dark anime, the episodes don't seem to be linked but in fact they tell the same story from different points of view. The graphics of Chaos;Head may not seem quite serious but it doesn't matter because the plot is unusual and the story is interesting and breathtaking.
Two very good animes! 
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