is one of the premiere examples of Mind Screw
. The anime, manga, and other media are based on the Boogiepop novels
for young adults, which are popular in Japan. The plot revolves around a mysterious pillar of light, a caped person called Boogiepop and the disappearance of a group of high school students.Boogiepop Phantom
is probably mentioned more often by comparison with Serial Experiments Lain
than in any other context.
Tropes in this anime:
- All There in the Manual: It helps to have read ''Boogiepop At Dawn'' and ''Boogiepop And Others'', in that order, to know what the Hell's going on.
- Anachronic Order: The episodes are all over the place in relation to each other's place in the overall timeline.
- Anime Theme Song: A funky, live action, grainy, 70's throwback depicting a drive into the city for a night out.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Panaru from episode 3, Life Can Be So Nice.
- Back from the Dead: Kuroda and The Manticore, in a sense; the former as a kind of living memory of his former self (similar to the "shadow" of Echoes that appears in Boogiepop At Dawn, the novel Kuroda dies in), and the latter a shadow of its former self, having not actually died at the end of Boogiepop And Others as was previously believed.
- Badass Normal:
- Continuity Lockout: It is essential that you read the books mentioned in All There in the Manual (the show is really more like an epilogue to Dawn and a direct continuation of Others), or a key element of the over-arching plot (the true identity of Boogiepop Phantom and its relation to/the origin of The Manticore) will seem to come out of nowhere, and the final episode will be utterly incomprehensible.
- Creepy Child:
- Poom Poom, the Pied Piper-like entity that accompanies Manaka.
- The balloon children that Poom Poom draws from the people he gives balloons to.
- The robed girl.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Everything is really brown, but this ceases at the end of the series, when the funky electromagnetic effect in the air causing all the anomalies finally dissipates.
- Evil Counterpart: Boogiepop Phantom to the true Boogiepop.
- False Camera Effects: Most of the episodes have a vignette effect throughout.
- Flash Back:
- The entire plot is connected mysteriously to an event 1 month ago (which occurred at the end of Boogiepop and Others), with references to an event 5 years ago (explained in Boogiepop at Dawn).
- The entire series, with the likely exception of the final episode, is made of flashbacks within flashbacks.
- Heroic Wannabe:
- Nagi Kirima, more or less.
- Hidden Depths: Shows up all the time, but most notably in a character who prevents herself from committing suicide.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Actually a past medical problem of one of the characters.
- The Hunter:
- Nagi Kirima.
- The original Boogiepop.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Boogiepop's cape and gravity-defying ribbon thing stand out from the austere realism of the rest of the clothing.
- Lower Deck Episode: Almost all of them. Alternately, the entire series is made up of separate days in the limelight.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Yoshiki in episode 9, "You'll Never Be Young Twice".
- Mind Screw
- Living Memory
- Nothing Is Scarier
- On the Next: Eps. 1-11, with eerie multi-layered dialogue.
- Oracular Urchin: Manaka is a perfect example of this trope.
- Pillar of Light:
- One sets the series in motion and is featured in several episodes.
- Another occurs when Manaka dies.
- Secret Identity: Toka Miyashita is the new Boogiepop.
- Stepford Smiler: Misuzu. So very much.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Kuroda
- Weaksauce Weakness: One straight out of Greek mythology—Echoes is unable to speak other than to repeat people's words back at them.