Well, I’d intended to have this post out much earlier… but midterms came in like a wrecking ball and made my schedule pretty chaotic this week, so I do apologize for the delay. That being said, Boogiepop was one of my anticipated picks coming into the season. I’ve heard a lot about the original works, and so had some pretty high hopes going into it.
… What on earth happened???
The first episode was, frankly, awful, at least in my opinion. A near-incomprehensible mess of disjointed dialogue and questionable character choices, a forgettable soundtrack, and most noticeable of all… it’s just ugly. Knowing that the animation work was done by one of my favorite studios, Madhouse, who have consistently delivered such beautiful works as No Game Mo Life, Yorimoi, and OnePunch Man… this was honestly an enormous letdown for me.
I’ll give it a few more episodes to see if things improve; maybe they can really make something out of the story. However, judged purely on the first episode alone, Boogiepop seems to be an absolute mess.
It’s really a shame, truth be told. The premise is interesting, the story elements are there, and Madhouse is known for their stunning production values and overall beautiful works. But those facts really only make the disappointment sting even more, overall. Slow, disjointed dialogue, poor pacing, and generic framing make the show seem rather dull and uninspired, honestly.
Well, those are just my impressions, anyways. I’d love to get you guys’ opinions on the show! If you’ve seen further than I’ve managed to, is the story shaping up? Are you enjoying it? Or are you similarly disappointed? Let me know down in the comments!! Thank you guys so much for reading, and i’ll see you all in the next post.