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Jul 23, 2011 4:28 PM

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In this episode we learn some more about Manaka's life. One more episode to go!
Nov 27, 2011 1:49 PM

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I thought the pianist girl had died.
Sep 27, 2012 5:00 PM

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So did the girl have some sort of regret that kept her bond to earth
Jan 11, 2013 1:29 PM
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Can someone tell the name of the "indian" music @10:25 when Manaka runs in the streets and learn the "meaning" of everything? Such a nice scene! Wasn't in the OST.

I'll be looking to rewatch the series after I watch Paranoia Agent... to post more on this forum.
Jan 19, 2013 9:39 AM

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Can't identify that music, but that really was a great scene.

Looking forward to the final episode, it should tie most things together. Well, those things we weren't supposed to go into the series already knowing from the Boogiepop novels.
Apr 22, 2013 11:00 AM
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Great ep ...real enjoyable ep not like the other eps . and for those asking about the music actually I tried to find in the two disc sound tract couldn't find it .

and it arabian music not indian ^_^ because I am Arab
Aug 22, 2013 7:00 AM

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Yeah I tried to find a song from the first episode and it seems the OST doesn't include it as well. It's a shame.
Feb 7, 2014 12:25 AM

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that scene where Boogiepop slowly walked up those steps after Manaka was beautiful.

also, this might have been the best episode of an any anime I've ever seen.
Jun 25, 2014 1:21 AM
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so she wasint mentally ill but boy did she ever get the short end of the stick.I was sad to see her life end but it was nice of her to see her mother and give her memories of her past before she passed and say goodbye.It was a very touching scene.Im more confused about random cutting girl since thats not the piano chick so what was her 2 minute apperance about.
Jul 3, 2014 1:32 AM

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So the real Boogiepop finally showed up and turns out Phantom didn't kill everyone. And man did Manaka get screwed over by everyone.
Oct 31, 2014 9:28 PM

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Probably the 2nd episode where I understood at least 75%

holy shit when the grandmother was killing her
Dec 2, 2014 3:10 PM

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So now everything concerning Manaka has been pieced together. Wow, I really feel for her now, she just wanted to live despite not knowing why she did. That reunion with her mother was bittersweet, especially considering how she forgot Manaka the next day. Looking forward to the final episode, although I'm not sure where they will go from here. This has been a very solid story so far and now I'm finding myself saying "just a little longer, please."
Dec 30, 2015 7:22 PM

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The execution of this episode was great. I cannot re-emphasise how this episode emphasised (a lack of a better word, forgive me) upon the main theme of Boogiepop Phantom: Life. Manaka was born unwanted by her grandmother, who perceived her as devil's child, while her mother does not remember a single thing about her being in existence at all. Manaka was literally cursed with the ability to absorb and engulf the guilt and regret of people all around, and when released from isolation after her grandmother's death, her ability grew and eventually led to her being unable of speech (as stated: the drug-bestowed ability resulted in Manaka being an 'Echo', only to be able to repeat what people said).

Human life is nothing without companions. As she sought to make friends after her grandmother's death, she used her ability to create a friend out of the memory of Mamoru, and since her innate desire was to have more and more friends, resulted in the creation of a Pied Piper, which so coincidentally coincides with Mamoru's past which he wants to forget (albeit, a pathetic reason as we all know). This, unknown to her purity and naivety, actually caused harm to the lives of teenagers who were faced with troubles of growing-up and were entranced to seek eternal refuge under her abilities, threatened human society and the world order, which resulted in Boogiepop's intervention.

It should be noted that her aging was a result of the drug. (Explaining her teen-like appearance when she was only five, and her instantaneous aging into an old woman after the sudden disappearance of her 'friends', which severely depleted her powers and supposed 'life force'. [conjecture here]) The Phantom's later intervention to prevent Boogiepop from killing her was to enable the dispersal of EM waves to simply survive, stating that "she is now too weak to threaten anything".

Nevertheless, I am unclear as to who disappeared in the end: Boogiepop or Phantom. My deduction is that it was Boogiepop, as her role in the first place was to prevent more of Manticore's victims and generally, victims of 'evolution' and her role is technically finished after the end of Manaka. Yet, I have my doubts as Phantom is perceived to have an ambiguous role currently, as well as Manticore+Saotome still remaining to exist. I guess we still need one more episode to wrap up things for good.

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Just kidding.

Jan 8, 2016 11:24 PM

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Is the title of this episode a reference to Thomas Pynchon's 'Gravity's Rainbow'? I loved that novel, was kind of a mindfuq but very engaging. Anyway, I'm excited to see how this concludes. The different stories within each episode have gradually started to converge with one another. I'm currently feeling a strong 8 or a light 9.
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Mar 24, 2017 12:46 PM

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Well that sure was impressive, I really do wonder what the last episode will have to offer though!
Jun 16, 2017 7:47 AM
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It's Thomas Pynchon time, bitch
Jun 16, 2017 8:16 AM
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Gravity Rainbow. The trajectory of a bomb. A rocket is fired, it soars, hits its peak, then pulled down by the gravity of the earth. The shape of the bomb when rising and falling is a rainbow-like curve.
You can dream, fly, but then reality bogs you down and you are brought back down to earth. That's a good thing though, trying to live in space is futile anyway. Living on earth is pretty good, if you try. Or whatever!!!
Jun 16, 2017 8:17 AM
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I'm gonna hit the street. It's 10:16 pm. Maybe visit a park at night, interesting. Gotta come back at 12 to watch the finale!!
Jun 16, 2017 8:27 AM
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Arab music now?? But my favorite is the sparse music when Manaka runs from Phantom and falls down on the rain soaked ground.
"I want to fly like him" Is that Shinpei Kuroda we see being experimented on, and somehow connected to Manaka and accompanying her to heaven???
I don't remember him in the 1st novel. he's still the last mystery of this show. Maybe his and the female doctor's story will be told in the VS Imaginator novels??
Apr 25, 2018 5:57 PM

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Everybody understands it all now, right?


Boogiepop and Boogiepop Phantom in the same scene at the same time. The first time I watched this I was like "huh what?"
Nov 24, 2018 6:50 PM

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Oriental music wtf ? XD

Nice as standalone episode,but I still can't make much sense of the whole picture.
One Piece episode 914 & 915 were a mistake.