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.
Boogiepop is a series of popular light novels. In 2000, the anime Boogiepop Phantom was released with an original story. Boogiepop wa Warawanai will be adapted from the beginning of the series. Basically, four female students have gone missing, they’re assumed to have run away. Our main protagonists Takeda Keiji is looking for his girlfriend, Miyashita Touka. While waiting for her, he see a man wandering aimlessly through a crowd in tears. They decide to ignore him and simply move out of his way. A mysterious figure in a cape and a top hat like thing. She chastises the crowd for their rudeness and according to Keiji looks just like Touka.
I never saw the original Boogiepop series and I don’t read light novels, so I don’t know how similar this series is to the source material. Basic I found the first episode to be rather boring. It’s almost exclusively conversation. I found this series to be confusing. The story is told sporadically as it quickly switches from scene to scene without much explanation. The most interesting aspect of the episode aren’t focused on. All the scenes appear to occur at sunset for some reason. The animation was that good considering that Madhouse (One Punch Man S1/Cardcaptor Sakura) is responsible.
However, if the purpose of the quick cuts is to confuse the audience then it successful. That said I find this non-linear story to be off putting. Boogiepop and Others is suppose to be a horror series but so far episode 1 doesn’t seem to have much to be scared of. It hard to become connected to the characters, we barely know them. There feels like there is some in depth knowledge that the narrators are trying to impart but fails to do so. The world is suppose to be in danger, but if the characters don’t feel real yet how can we care about the world they inhabit? Regardless, the second episode was released with the first I’ll review that one tomorrow and hopefully Boogiepop wa Warawanai will make sense.