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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

References