Boogiepop wa Warawanai

Boogiepop Phantom

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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
Source: Light novel
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.151 (scored by 3013930,139 users)
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Ranked: #32202
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Popularity: #1552
Members: 115,386
Favorites: 893

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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


Maruyama, Masao
Watanabe, Takashi
Director, Storyboard
Tsuruoka, Youta
Sound Director
Yoneda, Mitsuhiro
Episode Director, Animation Director


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Ending Theme

"Mirai-Seiki Maruhi Club" by Kyouko

Jun 19, 2008
Beatnik (All reviews)
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 read more
Mar 28, 2018
AestheticOnion (All reviews)
With the new “Boogiepop” adaptation recently being announced, I decided to revisit the old one, hoping the sudden news might finally give this hidden gem the recognition it deserves. Boogiepop Phantom is Madhouse's semi-adaptation of the on-going self-titled novel series from 1998, particularly the second and the third volume of the series, "Boogiepop and Others" and "Boogiepop at Dawn." It was released at the beginning of the year 2000, following the wave of deep, complex and esoteric shows filled with dark character drama that emerged as a magnitude response to Neon Genesis Evangelion's deep impact on the entire genre. Unfortunately, even though Boogiepop was a read more
Jan 24, 2015
Mikochondria (All reviews)
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
Jul 21, 2009
Lordcrab86 (All reviews)
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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