Boogiepop Phantom is a more faithful adaptation of its light novel source material. While I haven't read the Boogiepop light novels to see how faithful this anime is to it, the anime's still a more stronger series in quality compared to the 2000 anime. While the 2000 anime got too immersed into its mysteries at the expense of a cohesive plot, this remake has a more defined sense of story focus and direction involving Boogiepop's encounters with paranormal forces that are connected to a mysterious corporation called the Towa Organization. Mystery is still present with elements of the series like Boogiepop's motives and the goals of the Towa Organization, but the series does gradually flesh out more of what is going on within its world and offering some solid suspense out of the enemy threats that Boogiepop and others encounter throughout this anime's 18-episode run. The only major issue with this series is that it lacks a conclusive ending as the Towa Organization is still at large as of the last episode of the series. Otherwise if you are looking for an intriguing sci-fi/ suspense anime to get into, Boogiepop and Others is a strong title I'd recommend checking out.
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Last updated Friday, March 29 2019. Created Friday, March 29 2019.
(Two episodes watched):
I went into this show wondering if it would be a remake or a sequel or something else in regard to the previous incarnation(s). I was hoping for a remake because I hadn't seen the previous version and would be largely lost if I was expected to already be familiar with the premise. And, after watching the first episode, I still didn't know what exactly it was. The one word I would use to summarize my impressions is 'confusing'. The synopsis above mentions a Shinigami, but I'm pretty sure there was no mention of such a thing in the episode itself. My fansub talked of a 'monster' which could threaten the entire world, but very few specifics were provided, which was frustrating. 'Boogiepop', in urban (or high school) legend exists to fight this monster, which is apparently done by possessing people and using them as fighters--I think. Something like that. But again there's little or no evidence to support any of these claims. Apparently Boogiepop solves one problem in episode one, but we get little idea how--there was no fight between it and the Shinigami or whatever. it seemed to me that either the makers of this show expected viewers to already be thoroughly versed in the Boogiepop premise, or they were just trying to be 'cool' by telling a disjointed story which included numerous sensational claims which we are supposed to accept at face value without any proof to support them. But when my brain cannot draw connections between the various points that an episode makes, and has little idea which ones are trustworthy and which are not, chances are I will quickly forget almost everything. The episode just seemed rather hollow to me; bizarre arguments are put forward but I detected little structure between them. There's enough here that if it did make sense, this might be genuinely intriguing. Episode two made more sense, but also led me to conclude that this show is indeed basically a sequel, and it wasn't good enough to be worth jumping into a story that is already well underway. Why did some teenager side with a 'manticore', for example? There was virtually no sign of the strangely dressed character--'Boogiepop' herself, I assume--in this episode. Episode two made more sense than episode one, but still not a lot. As a result I decided to drop this anime from my viewing schedule.
Last updated Sunday, April 28 2019. Created Saturday, January 12 2019.
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