Boogiepop Phantom (2000) IMDb

Categorization

Weird supernatural horror with social commentary.

Subject

Easily compared to a puzzle. Various students in modern Japan become associated with bizarre phenomena, frequently connected to a release of tension in some form, whether it’s through the consumption of delicious anxiety bugs crawling around on people, or through the extraction of an inner child who can play with the sinister Pan-like Poom-Poom.

Commentary

Lots of characters recur and a coherent but non-linear plot is eventually revealed. However, there is not a great deal to it. Most episodes are essentially stand-alone, and many of them have quite nice concepts. The idiosyncrasies are many and sometimes annoying (“ping”), but the dreamlike mood coupled with some realistic dialogue works a lot of the time.

References here: Paranoia Agent (2004).

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture series

Interquel:

Boogiepop and Others (2000) IMDb

Categorization

Simultaneous franchise element. Live action.

Subject

The events surrounding the pillar of light.

Commentary

Relatively bright mood. The horror is almost incidental. Much more normal and comprehensible. Possibly preferable to view before the series.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture