Hushed exchanges among the female student populace of Shinyo Academy center around an enigmatic supernatural entity. This entity is Boogiepop, a Shinigami who is rumored to murder people at the height of their beauty before their allure wanes. Few know of his true nature: a guardian who, between periods of dormancy, manifests as the alter ego of a high school girl named Touka Miyashita to fend off "the enemies of the world." Now, a string of mysterious disappearances—presumed by the school to be merely runaways—has caused Boogiepop to awaken. But somewhere in the academy, a menacing creature hides, waiting for its opportune moment to strike.
Boogiepop wa Warawanai subtly explores the intrinsic associations between human beings and their perception of time, while delving into its characters' complex relationships, emotions, memories, and pasts.
I don't understand at all about this series what do they mean by the god of death? and what is their job? why they don't have a container or body to carry out their activities and why they should live side by side with humans like parasites.
Boogiepop has a sequel that was in 2000, the storyline was taken from modern Japan where people were less sensitive to other people's problems at the beginning of the episode I thought they made a series that made no sense until they saw their third episode unchanged, but somehow they very solid in the fourth episode and I decided
to give a review of this series, the storyline goes according to the rhythm that fits the puzzle pieces to reveal the mysteries one by one neatly arranged.
MadHouse I will not give a concrete explanation everyone must have their own opinion about this studio, at first I thought madhouse is a studio that is very powerful in its adaptation but they are reluctant to carry out further production. anime in general, character designs are also very rigid they make designs that are less attractive unlike in the previous series, but they are very solid in the gore section or what we usually call sadistic scenes, blood splatter and the color of the blood looks genuine.
MythRoid is a very solid artist in making the opening theme they often fill or perform in various anime series (such as Re; Zero). While in the voice part they have worked well they are very suitable with the character they are playing.In this series has three main characters who have different characteristics, I will give a comment to Boogiepop namely the girl who acts as the god of death why does she care so much about humans? doesn't a god have no nature or lust to do something to humans, do they want to change the way we think?
Initially I didn't really like or interested in this one but somehow after watching the fourth episode I was very interested in this one series and I was looking forward to the next episode but very much loved they only adapted eighteen episodes.
"Seems to me the place you fight cruelty is where you find it, and the place you give help is where you see it needed.”
Boogiepop is a psychological anime series which accuracy is comparable to Kara no Kyoukai. It focuses around variety of different weaknesses and gimmicks of the human mind in a manner that fully respects its audience. The story-telling is superb; subdued, incredibly well balanced, almost as if the show is in perfect harmony with itself. It doesn't tell or advice, rather asks questions and introduces concepts without any shade of agenda.
This approach can definitely seem like style over substance to some
viewers, but as far as I am concerned, it is thus far a solid package which different sides such as story, art, characters can't be separated or taken out of the context because otherwise it would simply not be itself anymore.
The pacing is slow, it's hard to tell at this point how the series will deliver and what its success will be with later episodes and how the payout turns out. But that's one thing I appreciate here. I can predict with rather high certainty how much I will like something already based to the first episode because I have seen a lot of anime and know my own taste, but Boogiepop is still a mystery to me. Perhaps my opinion will take a 180 turn later on, but currently I am looking forward to watching more on a level that modern anime rarely achieves. That's worth a great deal as something this interesting isn't been made even every season.
So far I have been watching this with such focus and been so deeply immersed by its world and style I can't be but happy that this is being made. I wholeheartedly recommend this to those who like stuff such as SEL, KnK, Texhnolyze, Wolf's Rain, Dennou Coil, Haibane Renmei, Noein or Shigofumi. Boogiepop might be the closest thing to any of those that the anime industry will ever produce again. A modern gem reminding its viewers what mature anime once was.
(the second arc review has been added .. i'll add a review for the 3rd arc once i have access to the 4 episodes special)
this is not a review by a LN reader so this is basically an original show to me in a way rather than an adaption (so take to heart as to why i'm not as harsh on it as LN readers)
boogiepop is really an interesting show .. it's odd to value it .. to be honest i'm not sure where i should start with it .. first of all i want to put aside the animation issues .. it's been established
by now that alot of issues happend that led to the prooduction team to be late on schedule ..and the first arc animation wise was pretty weak .. but with ep 4 and the start of the new arc it got ALOT better and it feels like it's only gonna get even better from now on..
that's one of the biggest negatives of this anime and it seems like it's getting fixed.. the second one being a certain portion of the dialogue, it just random statments here and there that don't really make sense at points .. nothing major or experience ruining tbh but it still is there so i had to point it out.. again it seems the dialogue is more consistent starting this new arc and we are getting more character insights which is a great sign as well.
now that the negatives are out of the way let's move to the positives, i did mention the animation being subpar but when you watch anything further than episode 1 you actually don't get bothered that much with it .. it' not as visible or noticible most of the time..thanks to direction the series is still holding on the potential good show it could be .. the direction in boogiepop i must say is really on point .. the shot compositions, the sudden cut scenes the camera angles those were saving the show at the start but with how the 4th episode went it got even enhanced .. i honestly kept holding my breath the entire episode untill the ending started playing .. the other side of this is the characters .. the character desgin is very interesting it does seem similar to parasyte's character design which was good .. it suits the vibes of the show and it does give you that sickening feeling that at any point anything might happen of course that is assisted with a great score which is my next point, the OSTs in boogiepop are amazing and are well used throughout the 3 episodes out thus far OP so far is my 3rd favorite OP of the season after domestic na kanojo and yakusoku no neverland and the ED is straight up my favorite ED of the season.
as for the writting, it's solid for most part .. as i am not familiar with the LN as previously mentioned i can't judge of what they ignored and what they adapted from the source material but i like what is given to me thus far .. some did complain about how changing point of view and going from timeline to timeline is confusing which it is but it doesn't bother me at all .. the show concluded the entire arc cleanly, the dialogue was intriguing and so was the character's interactions .. and this one started even stronger and i can't wait for the next episodes.. iwill keep updating this review with each arc if possible to give the show time to showoff and entire arc to compare to the first one
this show went from a decent show to fill the seasonal list to straight up my favorite show of this season and with no real contender .. i am so sad the show is this low rated as it deseves much more but to each its own
vs imaginator arc:
everything improved massively .. the weaknesses of the show went away and the pacing got better .. the animation now is what one would expect a studio such as madhouse to deliver and it is gorgeous.
characters: we got more character dialogue more interactions between our cast and more inner thoughts everything had its proper time to be flashed out and we understand each of the characters motives and drives quite well
character wise i find myself unable to find any weaknesses
animation and art: the art picked up quite well .. the backgrounds are better and less generic than the first arc and the characters were better drawn .. overall a massive stepup .. the animation was smoother and better .. the fight scenes were gorgeous .. i cannot be any happier than i am about this step up .
story: this arc follows imaginator vs boogipop .. after suika took her life this events follow jin as he becomes imaginator and carries out hs planes to change humanity while the we get more information about the towa organization and what they plan to do .. the story keeps altering between what imaginator is trying to accomplish and what towa org is testing on people which led to a confrontation between the two .. we got more on boogiepop's background as well .. as we saw that he doesn't care of any event that doesn't lead to the extiction of humanity no matter how bad that might be yet he still would help out if he ever comes accross someone in need .. my girl nagi got in the action as well due to her step brother .. speaking of which it was interesting to see what kind of person misaki is and how far he can go for the people important to him .. overall a well written very successful arc.
music it's goreous .. nothing more to say about it .. it fits the tone of the show and gives off this uneasy feeling the entire time .. it helps also that whenever something sudden happens the music stops intirely which helps tat feeling to grow even more .. and the new ed was amazing as well, i'd say it was a great conclusion for this arc.
overall: a massive improvment from the first arc .. and a great arc as is .. i hope this arc helps more people to get into this show because i guarentee it is worth it.
I wrote this review after watching the 4th episode.
Moe, tsundere, imouto, hot springs, the beach, fan service, etc. These are driving forces in many of the popular anime of the day, a cotton candy landscape. Sure, cotton candy is good now and then, but I suspect most of us would start to get queasy at its saccharine scent if we encountered it on a daily basis. That's exactly why and anime like Boogiepop is so refreshing. It's a nice bag of black licorice following the holiday sweets; an anime truly fit for the season of winter.
The story is wonderful, but not
easily followed. Many people say that it's confusing, but that's more a lack of experience than a fault of the anime. Yes, you will probably get lost if you try to watch this while simultaneously checking social media and texting your friends. The story is a mystery, so even with your full attention you won't be aware of every detail of the situation. Adding to the confusion at first is the fact that the story is non-linear, so you have to keep track of when things are happening as well as what exactly happened. It's probably also true that the story would be easier to keep track of if all the episodes were already out and it could be binged, but on the other hand I think some of the fascination of the anime would be lost that way. Kaleidoscopes aren't any fun when you just blankly stare into them;it's in the turning motion that the beauty is revealed. Overall, I give the story 10/10.
The art is well done and fits the mood of the story very well. In my opinion, it's closest in style to anime like Steins Gate and Psycho Pass. It's nice that the characters have very realistic designs, but I do have to complain that a little more effort needed to be put into differentiating the characters. I had to think to myself one too many times "Who is this?" to give a full score here. Overall, I give the art 9/10.
The sound in this anime is done in a fittingly creepy minimalist style, OP and ED excepted. It's the salt in your baked goods, almost never drawing attention directly, but were it not there everything would taste completely off (I actually made this mistake once with brownies...oops.) The Op is a beautifully done piece by MYTH & ROID and the ED is just as fitting. Overall, I give the sound 10/10
The characters feel very real, though their individual motivations are spelled out much less than is common in other anime. We see the characters by their actions instead of being told who they are. I particularly enjoy that almost all of the characters are quite intelligent without needing backdrop idiots to shine. You know that characters are done well when a character you only met a few times can die and you feel genuinely sorry about the event. If you're looking for traditional anime archetypes, sorry. Overall, I give the characters 10/10.
Finally, enjoyment. I find myself looking forward to this anime on a weekly basis, watching it shorty after it becomes available. The episodes really consume my attention, leaving me afterward with the superbly pleasant feeling of having just consumed a good meal without overeating. Enjoyment is definitely a 10/10.
FYI My overall score is only a 9/10 since I don't feel comfortable giving a 10/10 at this point in the series. It may change assuming I get around to updating this review.