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 ot... more »her 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 just and the darkness is taking on many forms. Something is out there. Are you safe? Contains episodes 1-3.« less
errorfound482 | Walla, walla Washington | 07/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you liked SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN, you'll absolutely love this series!! It's got an amazing supernatural thriller that functions more like a ghost story than a slasher/supernatural-action film that passes for horror films these days. What's more is that the story is an intelligent mystery which unfolds as each episode proceeds -- but it makes sense (a lot more than LAIN did, that's for sure). "Boogiepop" is a mysterious organization that protects the world from an invading menace in this late-night suspense thriller, beginning with a mystery surrounding the disappearance of several students around a high school with a student who can see and consume the emotional spiders of grief & regret in each person, a young girl regretting a missed chance at love for another who has become a monster unbeknownst to her, the "God of Death" Boogiepop Phantom, and the detective somehow involved with the Phantom.And no dirty tentacles on this series!"
A Well - Crafted, Mind boggling, Horrifying Piece of Art
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If there's one anime out there that defines ingenuity, exemplifies great directing, and has one of the most original and intriguing plots ever it would definitely be the horrifying masterpiece Boogiepop Phantom. Boogiepop Phantom's story line takes place in Japan and is based around a mysterious beam of light that has occurred there recently. Sound simple enough? Hardly; not only does Boogiepop?s brilliance shine with one of the most complex plots ever seen but also in how the series ties a host of original concepts together into one unbelievable story line.
One of the best turn - ons of Boogiepop is how amazing well its plot pulls you in with its creativity. It successfully does this by taking a path very different and having its plot go backwards and the time frame flip back and forth between the present and the past of five years prior to the events. Another thing great about Boogiepop is that does something completely new and creative for a large portion of the episodes. That is, it does episodes based solely on one seemingly unimportant person and their involvement with the story. Then, in the following episode, shocks you by revealing how valuable these irrelevant people really are to the story. Also, the most amazing thing presented in the series was the extraordinary directing. Directing this impossible story and making it mix it to perfect consistency with the shows great character development, plot, and all the craziness that encompasses Boogiepop is purely ingenious. This alone deserves kudos for being pulled off so well when faced with such a mixed - up story. Still, although the show may have these wonderful points, it is not without flaw.
Although great, Boogiepop Phantom is still far from perfect. A major problem in the series is the amount of time it may take to pull you into the story. Much of this is probably due to the fact the first episodes may seem a bit gory and excessively crazy (which are a problems on there own) for most people?s tastes. The only other big problem is the difficulty it may take to adjust to the way the story is presented.
All things said, though, Boogiepop is an extremely original, well - done anime. It intrigues, wows, and will have you guessing to the very end. If you are looking for an incredible anime to engross yourself in, then Boogiepop Phantom will surely rock your world in more ways than one."
Welcome to a gruesome puzzle.
Stephane Adam | 11/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You know, rating this DVD's quite difficult; it's the kind of show you'll either love or hate. If you knew and loved Lain, well it's right up your alley. But where Lain was groundbreaking, Boogiepop is more polished, easier to follow. It's quite unfair to just compare the two titles though.What you will notice immediately when you pop in the DVD is the quality of it, the menus are gorgeous and set the right mood. You get some cool stuff too, like a commentary track (A first as far as I'm concerned), the two promos of Boogiepop and even a music video. A very well polished DVD.Now, the show itself; three episodes who feel like three short stories each with a different main character. Those stories are tightly interlocked thought, they often meet one another and the central characters. A scene you saw in the first episode takes an entirely different meaning, when you see it again from the point of view of another character at in the second. This is what make the show so effective, we may not understand the main mystery, but the individual stories are easy to follow. And the myteries unravel along the life of many people. And nothing, absolutely nothing, appears gratuitously in that story. Pay attention and it deffinitely pays off! It's like a big jigsaw puzzle, where every piece is part of a whole.It's a smart show, it's a fascinating mystery with characters who feel really human despite their usually unnatural fates. A word of caution though, it's dark, the atmosphere is dark, the stories are dark and often gruesome. In brief, I love that anime, it's among the best I've ever bought and I highly recommend it."
gigasheep | Boston, MA USA | 10/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Boogiepop is very similar to Serial Experiments Lain, but has more character development (thanks to the persistent inner-monolgue narration) and even more insistent weirdness. Boogiepop is more refined and subtle, but just as hypnotic. The animation is a little better and the writing is more fleshed out.Simply put, this series (so far) is a great follow-on for the Lain fan. The same style is back, with a very different plot and a new theme which is at once more down-to-earth yet more fiercely outlandish. To see the show is to understand."
The Sounds of Static and the Art of Demise
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 03/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With a name like "Boogiepop Phantom, " you might think that the "angel of death" would be a force to be dismissed and perhaps be jeered at as well. Still, if you look at the ranks of the schoolkids as they begin to disappear and the bizarre events unfolding in an otherwise "normal" community, you might rethink that first impression. In fact, you might yourself hoping beyond hope that the array of cryptic noises and accompanying doom never cross your path while wandering the streets alone. Here, three tales of misfortune painted to fit on a larger, twelve-step canvas are introduced, weaving their own separate entities that need one another in order to survive. It is a strange jigsaw puzzle to watch unfold, too, with it bits of gruesomeness coming slowly at first and then rushing in like crimson waves. Still, this is one of the reasons I find myself charmed and, at the same time, somewhat chilled by the concepts introduced. As far as an anime goes, the visual detail is stunning and the character depths work out really well. Instead of tales that introduce short lived characters to feed to the disposable wheels of a storyline, all of the episodes focus on one character and fleshes out their particular struggle. This adds an element that many plots find themselves lacking; that of empathetically appealing characterization and sometimes revilement because of the things taking place within the character's lives. Odd things that are spoken in one episode will make sense in another, and people that look like they might have been trustworthy in one tale could perhaps turn out to be serial killers in others. Couple this with the fact that the music reminds me of some of the most electronically inspired crypticness that I've listen to, that the ideas fleshed out within the tales themselves are some that work really were but that are a bit on the depraved side, and that this is a graphic depiction of the horrors that people inflict upon themselves and upon others, and you have yourself something that is actually a stunning piece of depraved artistry.For anyone looking for a story that drifts past the realms of normality, focusing its eyes instead upon something that would seemingly be mundane ant first but that explodes into the horrific, then this is a story for you. It is floating to the brim with spoiled hopes and dreams that clog the sight of the watcher, showing you why the phantom has decided to grace the world and why you shouldn't talk to strangers - especially if they look nice or if they appear in the forms of the ones your heart is most stricken by. You simply have to be patient with it and remember that it is a program looping into another and finally working toward a common goal, that of painting a picture that can motivate one to fear. Personally, I find that this gives me a warm feeling I can embrace all day long."