Item description for Boogiepop And Others (Boogiepop) by Kouji Ogata Kouhei Kadono...
There is an urban legend that children tell one another about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they may be suffering. This "Angel of Death" has a name--Boogiepop. And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real.
Told in a non-linear fashion that asks the reader to piece together the sequence of events to solve the mysteries alongside the characters, Kouhei Kadono's first Boogiepop novel took First Place in Media Works' Dengeki Game Novel Contest in 1997 and ignited the Japanese "light novel" trend. Today, there are over 2 million Boogiepop novels in print, a feature film and manga adaptation based on the first book, an original manga entitled Boogiepop Dual, and the unforgettable original anime series Boogiepop Phantom.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.3" Width: 5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 14, 2006
Publisher Seven Seas
ISBN 1933164166 ISBN13 9781933164168
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Beginning of the "Boogiepop" series Mar 27, 2006
Five years ago, a serial killer mysteriously committed suicide just as he was getting into his prime. About that time, an urban legend started about "Boogiepop", a sinister/romantic boogeyman who would whisk beautiful girls away to the land of the dead at the very instant they'd reached the pinnacle of their beauty. Now, a shape-changing monster called the Manticore is eating girls from the local high school, and Boogiepop is beginning to appear in the flesh.
Each chapter of the novel focusses on a single student at the high school, presenting events from his/her point of view. It jumps backwards and forwards in time a little bit, and some scenes are retold from different points of view. Thankfully, the first few pages of the book are taken up by full-color manga-style illustrations of each of the main characters, with a one-sentence quote for each, so that the reader has a visual reference to keep everyone seperate (which can be tricky when all the names are in Japanese, and thus all equally foreign).
Now that I've read this, I have to re-watch the anime mini-series, because it'll make a LOT more sense having read the book. (the book is a direct prequel to the anime "Boogiepop Phantom", which I often describe to people as "Like Lain, but without the suck".) This book's original title translates to "Boogiepop Doesn't Smile", but the translators renamed it to differentiate it from the manga adaptation of "Boogiepop Doesn't Smile" that's coming out soon.
I highly recommend it; it's a nice quick read, and contrary to its Japanese origin it actually makes SENSE, and there are none of the gaping plot holes, loose ends, ambiguous endings, or unexplained crucial elements that normally plague Japanese stories.