Boogiepop works better as a Light Novel.

Who doesn’t love her smug expression?

When the current Winter 2019 anime season started, one of the first shows to air was Boogiepop and Others, and it was the first I picked up. Its an adaptation of the light novel that kicked off the craze in Japan, and I thought the anime seemed promising at first – the production value was solid and Kensuke Ushio had done an ear-inspiring job with the music.

But unfortunately after three episodes I was finding Boogiepop a bit confusing and struggling to keep up. At first I was wondering if this would be another Steins;Gate, which made more sense as it went on. But I’m now six episodes in and it isn’t getting any better.

I eventually came to the conclusion that watching one episode per week isn’t ideal for a show like Boogiepop and Others where its good to remember little details, and decided to check out the light novel, which is being released in English by Seven Seas.

The light novels are brilliant and I firmly believe the format suits the series better than anything else as it explains everything. The anime should be celebrated for drawing in more fans, but if you want the true Boogiepop experience, you’re going to have to read!

You can pick up the first Boogiepop omnibus, which contains the first three volumes on Amazon UK. If you have already read those, volumes 4-6 will be released on 1st March and can be pre-ordered here!

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