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*For the anime, see Boogiepop (2019).


Boogiepop and Others, originally titled Boogiepop Doesn't Laugh (ブギーポップは笑わない, Bugīpoppu wa Warawanai) is the first novel in the Boogiepop Series. It was released in Japan on Feburay 25, 1998[1], and in the United States on January 14, 2006[2]. It was later included in the first English Boogiepop Omnibus, collecting volumes 1-3.[3]

A live-action film adaption was released on March 11, 2000.[4] A sequel anime series titled Boogiepop Phantom, directed by Takashi Watanabe and animated by Studio Madhouse began airing on Jan 5, 2000.[5] An anime adaption directed by Shingo Natsume and animated by Studio Madhouse began airing on January 4, 2019.[6]

Publisher's Summary

Who am I? My name is Boogiepop…

There is an urban legend that children tell about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they are suffering. This “Angel of Death” has a name–Boogiepop. And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real.

When a rash of disappearances involving female students breaks out at Shinyo Academy, the police and faculty assume they just have a bunch of runaways on their hands. Yet Nagi Kirima knows better. Something mysterious and foul is afoot. Is it Boogiepop or something even more sinister…?

Experience the story through several characters’ eyes as you piece together the true order of disturbing events, in this unforgettable prelude to the Boogiepop Phantom anime series![2]

Plot Summary

Prelude

Chapter One: Romantic Warrior

Interlude

Chapter Two: The Return of the Fire Witch

Chapter Three: No One Lives Forever

Chapter Four: I Wish You Heaven

Chapter Five: Heartbreaker

Characters

Note: Bold = First Appearance/Mention

Illustrations

Musical References

  1. The name of the first chapter, Romantic Warrior, is a reference to the title song of the sixth studio album of the jazz fusion band Return to Forever, released in 1976.
  2. Naoko Kamikishiro is described as often singing the "Gondola Song" (Gondola no Uta), a song popular during the Taishou period of Japan, most popularly featured as the theme song of the 1952 film Ikiru.
  3. The name of the Manticore is a reference to the song of the same name by the band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, from their album "Tarkus", released in 1971.
  4. The name of Echoes is a reference to the song of the same name by Pink Floyd, featured in the album Meddle, released in 1971.
  5. The name of the second chapter, The Return of the Fire Witch, is a reference to the title song of the album "In The Court Of The Crimson King" by King Crimson.
  6. The name of the third chapter, No One Lives Forever, is a reference to the song of the same name by the band Oingo Boingo, featured in their fifth album "Dead Man's Party", released in 1985.
  7. The name of the fourth chapter, I Wish You Heaven, is a reference to the song "I Wish U Heaven" by Prince, featured in his album "Lovesexy", released in 1988.
  8. The name of the fifth and final chapter, Heartbreaker, is a reference to the song of the same name by Led Zepellin, featured in their 1969 album, "Led Zeppelin II".

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