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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛˛There's a legend among the girls of Shinyo Academy about Boogiepop, a ''shinigami'' who can take you away while you're still young and beautiful. But when a series of students begin to go missing, it soon becomes apparent that Boogiepop isn't just a legend, and furthermore, there's much more going on beneath the pristine surface of the school.˛˛The series consists of 22 light novels, an anime-original {{Interquel}} series by Creator/{{Madhouse}} called ''Anime/BoogiepopPhantom'', a live action movie, two [=CDs=], and two attendant manga series. The series is also credited with kicking off the Light Novel trend in Japan, and the anime series along with several of the novels have been released in the U.S. by Creator/SevenSeasEntertainment. Omnibus printings collecting the first six light novels were released in late 2018 and early 2019.˛˛An anime adaptation of the series, ''Boogiepop and Others'', aired in Winter 2019, also animated by Creator/{{Madhouse}}. Promotional trailers can be found [[ here]] and [[ here]].˛˛----˛!!Contains examples of:˛˛* ArcWords: "Sometimes it snows in April"˛* AmbiguousGender: Boogiepop is often referred to as male, but its actual gender is never stated, and it's entirely possible that it actually [[NoBiologicalSex doesn't have one]]. In the original Japanese novels an ambiguous pronoun was used to help this along. During Miyashita's interview with Dr. Kisugi, Boogiepop outright states it doesn't know what its gender would be.˛* ArtificialHuman: The Towa Organization specializes in making these and setting them up as {{Deep Cover Agent}}s.˛* {{Bifauxnen}}: Nagi Kirima is described as looking "handsome", and Boogiepop while possessing Touka is often mistaken for male.˛* BigDamnHeroes: The stories are told from the perspectives of people ''other'' than Boogiepop. These people are frequently teenagers who get in over their heads in bad situations leading to Boogiepop showing up to save the day.˛* BodyHorror: Most stuff having to do with Manticore, which slowly robs you of your mental functions and turns you into a puppet. The way [[spoiler:Kisugi Makiko]] kills also qualifies, since it involves taking a person's brain out ''while they are still alive''.˛* {{Bokukko}}: Nagi frequently uses male pronouns and styles of speech.˛* CharacterTics: Boogiepop frequently has an asymmetrical expression that's probably supposed to be a smile, [[spoiler:that he copied from a dying Kuroda]]˛* ChekhovsGunman: Frequently characters mentioned only briefly become very important later.˛* CrapsackWorld: The world of Boogiepop generally isn't very nice.˛* CrazyPrepared: Nagi, and she usually needs it at some point. For example, in ''Boogiepop at Dawn'', she caries with her a bag of [[spoiler:special electricity conducting materials, a rod to deliver a powerful electric shock, and an insulated jumpsuit against the current, all of which she uses to fry Kisugi Makiko]]. That same jumpsuit is also bulletproof. Lampshaded when someone wonders just [[WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys where she gets the stuff]].˛* EvilutionaryBiologist: The Towa Organization sounds like this at first. Actually [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that Towa seeks to ''preserve'' humanity in its current form and all their efforts are geared at ''preventing'' "evolved humans" from spreading throughout the world [[spoiler: which is the major reason why all their synthetic humans are sterile.]]˛* EvolutionaryLevels: [[spoiler: The backbone of the entire story. The human race is beginning to manifest new evolutionary traits in its next generation, identified by the Towa organization as "MPLS" individuals, and they seek out these individuals to neutralize them in hopes of keeping the human race as it presently is. This may also be the reason why the alien race Echoes is from took an interest in humanity and sent him there to observe humans. It is even possible that Boogiepop itself is merely Miyashita Touka manifesting her status as an MPLS and is not something supernatural.]]˛* FauxlosophicNarration: Not really narration, but the Kirima Seiichi quotes definitely qualify. The English translators noted that they had a heck of a time keeping those quotes cryptic and mysterious while also making sure they made ''some'' kind of sense.˛* HealingFactor: Most of the artificial humans possess some form of this.˛* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Echoes]] and in a slightly more twisted version [[spoiler:Masami]]. In ''Boogiepop at Dawn'' we also have [[spoiler:Kuroda]] and [[spoiler:Mo Murder]] both end up making these to [[spoiler:save Nagi]].˛* HeroicWannabe: Nagi's step brother Masaki ends up becoming his own version of Boogiepop, and eventually has to be saved by the real thing.˛* HitmanWithAHeart: [[spoiler:Masanori Sakaki]] aka [[spoiler:Mo Murder]] eventually becomes this, leading to the above HeroicSacrifice.˛* HomoeroticSubtext: Suema seems to go just a ''bit'' farther than necessary to get close to Nagi than one would usually think normal.˛** Not to mention Anou Shinjirou's crush on Masaki, which is actually fairly unambiguous for the genre.˛* IllGirl: Nagi started out as one, [[spoiler:before she was cured by Kuroda's actions.]]˛* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Masami Saotome, though it's implied he was already pretty twisted.˛* MartyrWithoutACause: Nagi again.˛* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The nature of Boogiepop. [[spoiler: Is it truly a {{Shinigami}} or spiritual being that possesses Touka as part of an ethereal automatic defense mechanism of Earth? Or is it just a SplitPersonality of Touka's, who may or may not be an MPLS individual?]]˛* MyGreatestFailure: Nagi considers [[spoiler:the death of Naoko]] to be hers. [[spoiler: The same for Tanaka Shirou, whose guilt and regret over Naoko's death eventually causes the manifestation of the King of Distortion.]]˛* NebulousEvilOrganisation: The Towa Organization.˛* NoSocialSkills: Orihata Aya, aka [[spoiler:Camille -- an artificial human]]. She gets better at the whole "human interaction" thing as time goes on.˛* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Half the cast, though some more than others. In Masami Saotome's case, his normalcy is why Nagi rejected him.˛* PillarOfLight: [[spoiler: Echoes turns into a beam of energy and returns to his homeworld with it, vaporizing Saotome Masami along the way.]]˛* {{Prequel}}: The fourth novel, ''Boogiepop at Dawn'', which details Kirima Nagi's backstory and how Boogiepop got its name.˛* ProfessorGuineaPig: [[spoiler: Kisugi Makiko when she injects herself with the serum that Kuroda left behind from the Towa facility]], and actually lampshaded as a stupid idea, but still does it anyway.˛* PsychoElectro: Spooky Electric.˛* RazorFloss: Boogiepop's main weapon.˛* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Though she's still a high school student, Nagi maintains this image.˛* SecretIdentity: Touka as Boogiepop. Subverted in that almost everyone figures it out ''instantly''.˛** Except herself. (She might be aware of Boogiepop to some extent.)˛* SettingUpdate: Compared to the novels it’s based on, released between 1999 and 1999, the 2019 anime features characters who use smartphones and instant-messaging apps to communicate, as well as rumors spreading on social media. The Shin’yō Academy uniform is also updated, going from gakurans for boys and sailor uniforms for girls to blazers and ties for both.˛* {{Shinigami}}: What Kuroda assumes Boogiepop is, and the latter takes the idea and runs with it.˛* ShoutOut: The series frequently makes references to music, including several to Music/{{Prince}} in the form of the characters Spooky E and Camille, as well as the ArcWords “Sometimes it snows in April” (from the song of the same name). The chapter names are also frequently borrowed from song titles.˛* SplitPersonality: While early volumes suggest Boogiepop might be either an split personality or an external entity that took Touka as a host, later volumes more clearly imply [[spoiler: Touka is an MPLS (evolved human) and Boogiepop is how her evolution manifests.]]˛* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Kamikishiro Naoko]], slightly subverted in that [[spoiler:she]] was also something of a delinquent. Also arguably [[spoiler:Echoes]].˛* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Billionaire Teratsuki Kyouichiro was originally [[ArtificialHuman designed]] and put into place by the Towa Organization to provide them with powerful leverage over national economies. However, he came to oppose Towa once he had grown powerful enough, and designed the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Moon Temple]] [[spoiler: specifically as a means to test and search for individuals who had the strength, intelligence, and willpower to oppose Towa.]]˛* TheUnreveal: The meaning of the acronym "MPLS" is never revealed in the story. All we know is that it is the term used by the Towa Organization to designate [[spoiler: naturally evolving humans who are awakening their powers.]]˛* WeirdnessMagnet: The ''entire town'', which somehow houses psychics, clones, aliens, guardian entities, shared dreamscapes, secret organizations, ghosts, and all manner of other strange goings on.˛* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Nagi again, as well as Boogiepop.˛˛----


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