Boogiepop wa Warawanai

Boogiepop Phantom

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Boogiepop Never Laughs, Boogiepop Doesn't Laugh
Japanese: ブギーポップは笑わない Boogiepop Phantom
English: Boogiepop Phantom
Spanish: Boogiepop Phantom
French: Boogiepop Phantom
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 5, 2000 to Mar 22, 2000
Premiered: Winter 2000
Broadcast: Thursdays at 01:45 (JST)
Producers: VAP, d-rights
Studios: Madhouse
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.151 (scored by 3479334,793 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #35042
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1658
Members: 137,275
Favorites: 1,141

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Boogiepop, a rumored shinigami, is said to lurk where they cannot be seen. Five years ago, a string of gruesome murders shocked the populace, and students attributed some of those killings to the aforementioned death god. When mysterious happenings once again affect the lives of those attending Hijiridani High School and Shinyo Academy, whispers of the enigmatic Boogiepop are resurrected. The stories being told may contain partial truths, or perhaps the world as humans know it is more dangerous than previously believed.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Suzuki, Seiji
Assistant Producer
Watanabe, Takashi
Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Yuudachi" by Shikao Suga

Ending Theme

"Mirai-Seiki Maruhi Club" by Kyouko

Episode Videos


Jun 19, 2008
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.

I could go more into ...
Nov 17, 2022
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Mar 21, 2016
I just finished watching Boogiepop Phantom and honestly I have no idea what I have just watched. And it is not because the plot is too complex or because there are too many different points of view of various supporting characters who are all troubled or because of constant change of time and location. It’s because some parts of the storyline are missing. Some people say Boogiepop Phantom is like a puzzle. You only need to watch carefully and put all pieces together so you can understand the story. That is not true. The biggest problem here is there is lots of missing piece so ...

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