Boogiepop Phantom (2000)

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I found all of the episodes on YouTube, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I didn’t know too much about it, other than it seems to be popular among anime fans. After watching it, I can’t help but feel a little unnerved. It’s not really scary, but the way it examines situations is disorienting. Combine that with a pounding soundtrack, and it was like a psychological rampage.

The plot is about strange occurrences after a beam of light blanketed the city. Mysterious murders and disappearances fuel the legend of Boogiepop, also called the Angel of Death. Each episode follows a different character, along with the powers they’ve gained from the light. There seems to be an ongoing theme of regret and loss, as well as the inability to cope.

It is not easy to watch, there’s no emotional break. However, that’s what makes it so great. You basically see the domino effect of someone’s actions. You might see one scene repeatedly, but the perspective will always be different. I give it 4/5. It’s a different experience when you watch this. You can’t help but sympathize with the characters, and it’s a battle between good and evil you don’t expect.

Another thing I loved was the absence of a lot of color. Most of the episodes have this dark, green hue. It adds to the feeling of loneliness and isolation the characters are going through. It might be an older show, but the story and visuals make it timeless. It’s on Hulu, and the Manga Entertainment channel on YouTube.

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