Boogiepop and Others

Title:Boogiepop and Others
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Notables: Animation - Madhouse
There is an urban legend that children tell one another about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they may be suffering. This "Angel of Death" has a name: Boogiepop. And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real. When a rash of disappearances involving female students breaks out at Shinyo Academy, the police and faculty assume they just have a bunch of runaways on their hands. But Nagi Kirima knows better. Something mysterious and foul is afoot.
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18-episode TV anime that premiered on January 4, 2019.
Animated by Madhouse.
See related series, Boogiepop wa Warawanai.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3624#628]
(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 don't know what exactly it is. 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 it, which is apparently done by possessing people and using them as fighters--I think. 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 detect 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. I decided to drop this anime from my viewing schedule.

Last updated Tuesday, January 29 2019. Created Saturday, January 12 2019.

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