complex stories, similar people, and 'real' world with a supernatural twist
These series are about people on the edge and how everyone can be driven to psychological collapse if enough pressure is added. Boogiepop Phantom is extremely confusing for the most part and demands constant attention from the viewer, while PA is as odd and requires some analysis to be fully comprehended. A dark atmosphere pervades both efforts; in Paranoia Agent it is edgy and at times quirky, while in BP it remains somber and moody through and through. Both deal with the effects of self delusion taken to the extreme of alienation and conflict.
They both have a very strange psycological atmosphere, they have similar characters and they both deal with human and society problems. The taste this series give you its very similar.
Both Boogiepop Phantom and Paranoia Agent involve a group of people who don't seem to be connected but are all affected by a strange supernatural phenomenon. Both have dark undertones and are very psychological, requiring your full attention.
Similar setting - modern Japan, in both people are facing some kind of urban legend, origins unknown, that helps them reach katharsis
Boogiepop is filled with paranoia, the main theme of Mousou Dairinin. The two series are also social commentaries with episodes focused on a specific characters most of the time.
Both series have a dark atmosphere and mystery revolving around different characters with storytelling of different perspectives.
Both series are quite dark and focuses more of the psychological theme involving murder, mystery, and twists. A psycho drama pleasing to eyes of fans into the psychological side of anime.
They're both dark urban fantasy and also share many similarities in the way the narrative is set out, jumping from person to person to tell stories that are connected in some way.
Both series have a feeling of unease about them, with a dark and eerie atmosphere and a supernatural "main character" (?) lurking behind the scenes each episode.
The way the story is told is very similar, with each episode focusing on a different person (or group of people) and the strange events surrounding them.
Under the hand of a mysterious character who wears terrorizing a city of Japan. Whose mission is to "save" the protagonists of their suffering, where everyone has some kind of connection. Both series play with the minds and feelings of the characters, which brings to light their true personalities and therefore freeing them from their pain.
Life is hard. Sometimes we face a situation that pushed us to the edge to the point we want to run away, escape from our reality.
Boogiepop Phantom and Paranoia Agent have shared escapism as one of their main themes. Some of the first episodes of them focus on different characters with a serious life issue to the point they want to escape from reality. Both anime can be considered as a serious show, even though in contrast, PA have some funny moments and comic relief (even having one episode that full of comedy). While BP is a serious show without comedy with a really
In a society, some people are having social problems, then someone/something comes to "save" them. Both series focus on a different character almost every episode. There are also some strong rumors spread about the.. [spoiler]