The story takes place in an unnamed Japanese city, and follows five students at Shinyo Academy as they try to piece together the puzzle of a new drug and recent disappearances among the student populace. While the teachers believe them to only be runaways, the female students whisper among themselves about the urban legend Boogiepop, who is said to be a shinigami.
Boogiepop wa Warawanai was published in English as Boogiepop Doesn't Laugh by Seven Seas Entertainment on April 26 and July 15, 2006, respectively. The series was released digitally by the same publisher on October 25, 2017.
“The actual events probably form a very simple story. From a distance, they appear to be quite confusing; to have no clear threads connecting them whatsoever, but the reality is; that this is undoubtedly a much more straightforward, commonplace tale”
Boogiepop, a title that was so tarnished because of its recent anime adaptation, never received the adaptation it truly deserved in that medium. However, for the first time, its manga shows a prime example of what a faithful adaptation should be. Adapting the first volume, it does a phenomenal job coping with Kouhei’s narrative style. It’s a tale that’s multi-layered due to its brilliant structure and
execution. At its core, Boogiepop is a psychological study on human society, being engulfed into the various stories that are masterfully-crafted.
The bulk of this series is formed of the characters as the stories are mainly centered around giving life to them. That simply makes each one of them has a certain role in the story. There is nothing such as the main character in that story as every one of them plays his own role in progressing the plot. One can say that Kouhei is a master when it comes to expanding the threads, one after another, then uniting all of them to form the whole picture.
The stories are dark, grotesque, and distorted in every sense. They are a pure reflection of what human society is all about nowadays. Boogiepop doesn’t tend to give a direct answer; it just presents its fascinating ides and leaves the reader to guess the meaning behind it, making all of the stories thought-proving. Moreover, the mystery aspect of the series never fails to amuse its readers. It carefully gives you some clues that may help you but never reveals the answer. It’s, without doubt, gripping and stunning in what it tries to present, provoking motivation that lays within us.
The art, while not being a prominent aspect in most series, is clearly out-of-ordinary here. It basically follows the same art as the LN, which specializes in being simple, comforting-to-eyes and staggering. With all of that being said, one has to admit that the manga has messed up a few things from the LN as removing few essential lines from the novel. Unfortunately, that led to some sort of drawbacks as these dialogues helped to mirror the aim of the whole first volume from the novels like Echoes making his choice. It’s still a very faithful adaptation. But if possible, I’d recommend the LN over it. In case novels aren’t your thing, then you can head towards the manga without any problem.