Tanaka Shiro searches for his girlfriend the now deceased Kamikishiro Naoko. Together, with Nitoki and Masami they search for Kirima Nagi to get her knowledge on Naoko’s disappearance. When they locate her she attacks them and ties them up, not knowing whether she can trust them or not. Echoes vouches for them and she releases them. It is here that Masami betray’s them, stabbing Echoes with a poisoned pen and slicing Nagi’s throat. Manticore appears and attacks Echoes.
Tanaka flees, abandoning Nitoki. Masami confesses his allegiance towards the Manticore. Defeated, Echoes activates his powers and returns to outer space. Masami sacrifices himself for Manticore, resulting in her becoming enraged. She threats to “kill everyone,” but Tanaka arrives with Boogiepop, killing the Manticore.
Nagi returns from the dead as she is resurrected by Echoes. Everyone returns to their normal state and Naoko saves humanity. If this anime was supposed to have the “no one is safe” feel, then this resurrection ruins all that. Supposedly this ended the first novel of the series, which makes it even more unnecessary to bring her back.
Boogiepop remains a bit of a mystery to me. The plot remains confusing due to the non-linear storytelling. My understanding is that this non-chronological sequencing is intentional. Maybe, this style of storytelling is an acquired taste, but I don’t like it. The animation isn’t particularly good in my opinion, especially the fight scene at the end of the episode. It was terrible. This episode represents the end of the first arc and the end of my reviewing this series. I keep reading other reviews to see if this series gets better with other arcs, but in the meantime I’m done with Boogiepop for now.
If you read my previous review of episode 001 of Boogiepop and Others you know that my opinion of the series so far isn’t great. Boogiepop still continues to play with the timeline, it feels unnecessary to me. The second episode does make the story clearer. It’s still a bit convoluted to me. We are introduced to a sociopathic student that develops a relationship with flesh eating shapeshifter he calls a manticore.
We are also introduced to a another student, Kirima Nagi. She appears to be the hero of the series. Kyouko tells another classmate, Suema about this drug that Akiko gave some of the girls. It turns out that it was an elaborate plan by Masami Saotome and the manticore to create slaves. Their plan is to “conquer the world.” They enslavement plan begins to fail, as Kamikishiro comes looking for Echoes she’s killed by the manticore.
The strange man from the previous episode is called Echoes. He suppose to be an alien that can only repeat what others say, hence the name. His goal is to test humanity, to determine if humans are kind or not. However, his clone had become the “man-eater” or manticore we saw earlier. How Kamikishiro gets this information is chalked up to being “just a feeling,” or a telepathic link. With Kamikishiro dead, it looks like it’s up to Nagi to team up with Echoes.
I can say that episode 2 is superior to episode 1, but the sporadic narration is still annoying. I don’t get why they need to do it. The effect of this type of narration is that any questions created get answered during the same episode. It feels like a gimmick. The characters are still to thin to really have genuine concern for their safety, although I would admit that I felt badly for Kamikishiro. I don’t find Boogiepop to be scary at all. This episode did increase in quality, so I give it one more episode before deciding that if it’s worth my time. It’s a slow moving, confusing anime with a somewhat ridiculous story and 2 dimensional characters, I’m hoping there’s a payoff.