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Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Boogiepop (Light Novel) 1998 TBD
Boogiepop Dual: Loser's Circus 1999 TBD
Boogiepop Doesn't Laugh 2000 TBD
Name Role
Shigeyuki SUGA Character Design
Takashi WATANABE Director
Masao MARUYAMA Producer
Yasuo UEDA Producer
Kazuya FURUSE Producer

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Boogiepop Phantom Rbastid 7/10 Jan 13, 2014
Boogiepop Phantom LimeCultivist 7.5/10 Jun 18, 2013
Boogiepop Phantom roriconfan 6.5/10 Apr 19, 2012
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Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?

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freakzilla
Both Boogiepop and Paranoia agent have a dark mysterious feeling to them. Made to make the viewer think, you can never know what to expect. Very simular feeling comes from both animes.
SirNiXXon
Urban legends are the background subject of both Paranoia Agent and Boogiepop, the moving force behind the characters. Both shows have a quite similar way of storytelling, changing focus from one character to other and other again in sucessive episodes, and a dark aura of mistery and despair. Yes, Paranoia Agent tones are brighter, it has more humour and a somewhat less confused (and a bit dumber) story, when compared to Boogiepop, still both are a certain match for each other.
Izmo
"Paranoia Agent" and "Boogiepop Phantom" have a remarkably similar feel to them. This maybe shouldn't come as a surprise, since the scripts were written by the same person. If you like mysterios and unpredictable plots that have a slight out-of-this-world feel to them then both these series will be of interest to you. BP is the darker of the two, whereas PA even sports some humour - even if it's mostly morbid humour.
CodeWordChobits
Into very strange dark and deep shows? Then either one of these will quench your thirst for the unimaginable. Both of them seem to be going in all kinds of different directions all at once but they come together very well in the end, leaving you with some strange thoughts and feelings....
vivafruit

Although the color palettes for Boogiepop Phantom and Paranoia Agent are about as different as you can get, the rest of the shows is very similar. Both revolve around deeply disturbed characters who descend completely into madness thanks to a mysterious catalytic force (Boogiepop for BP, Shounen Bat for PA). While PA sports a rather dark sense of humor that BP lacks, both are in the end endearingly trippy anime that will be enjoyed by anyone looking for a dense, creative, and mindwarping plot.

sothis
Like shows that make you think? Boogiepop Phantom and Paranoia Agent are sure to please. While Paranoia Agent is admittedly a tad bit brighter in tone, both will have you confused and wanting to know more with each episode. In addition, both have a strategy of only explaining a little in each episode, which builds up the suspense. Fantastic shows, if you like one you'd like the other.
neutrino

Both series are about a central figure who is both mysterious and notorious in society, and the role they play in the lives of their "victims." I personally enjoyed BoogiePop better, as it was more mature and had a better ending.

Nocturnalgloria

These series are about people on the edge and how everyone can be driven to psychological collapse if enough pressure is added. Boogiepop Phantom is extremely confusing for the most part and demands constant attention from the viewer, while PA is as odd and requires some analysis to be fully comprehended. A dark atmosphere pervades both efforts; in Paranoia Agent it is edgy and at times quirky, while in BP it remains somber and moody through and through. Both deal with the effects of self delusion taken to the extreme of alienation and conflict.

styln

Paranoia Agent and Boogiepop Phantom are dark, mysterious, and deal with several characters that all have real life problems amplified by a paranormal activity. Both series will make you think and keep you guessing on what will happen next until the very end.

1010rikku

Both Paranoia Agent and Boogiepop Phantom are dark - bordering on spooky - and have very complex storylines that require the utmost attention; you've got to pay attention to the details. If that's your thing, then you will love these.

ace52387

Paranoia Agent's psycho drama may come across as slightly contrived, and its story not quite perfectly paced for a full TV series, containing several fillers that mean little in the grand scheme. Still, it is the closest thing to Boogiepop I have found. The plots of both do a great job of balancing subplots with the overarching story, making them easy to watch in long stretches or short bursts. While "insightful" might be stretching it, Boogiepop and Paranoia Agent do manage to provide quite a bit of food for thought about the needs and desires of the human heart while retaining that psychological flare that has developed into such a great niche.

TheHermit

Though the two shows look very different, they use many of the same dramatic techniques; carefully releasing information to keep you guessing, overlapping stories that are deeply connected without appearing to do so, and just plain messing with the viewers head to deliberately mislead and confuse. Both are also highly critical of modern society, but strangely hopeful in its closing moments.

AverageShinigami

Both series feature gritty little urban tales with interesting (to say the very least) characters. Both have a very black sense of humour, although Boogiepop is so dark in tone that the humour may be hard to see...The series are also metaphorical in very similar ways.

Both shows are also great if you are looking for somewhat unconventional ways of storytelling. Boogiepop is very confusing because of its multiple time frames (and plain character designs), and the plot is revealed through the eyes of minor characters. Paranoia Agent is notably easier to understand, but again the focus constantly leaps between different characters and places. If you loved one of these, you'll probably love the other.

googergieger

Both series are very hard to describe fully and hard to really compare to any other series. However, they both are easily the closest thing to the other there is. Both are mystery, suspense, supernatural, and quite possibly some of the most unique and ahead of it's time, anime's ever made. While one tells the tale of a boy on roller skates, attacking random people with a golden bat, the other tells the tale of high school students who are involved in murders told from several different perspectives. The starting stories and scenes in the anime however are only a set up for some of the most intense, smart, and memorable stories ever told!

JAhU

Boogiepop Phantom and Paranoia Agent share a greate number of things. It would be difficult to list all of them, so I'll limit myself to two. First, a big number of similar themes appear in both anime. The other thing is that those are both mindf**k series (but PA is less confusing and does make some sense). If you liked one of those showes, then you may try watching the other (just keep in mind that Boogiepop Phantom isn't as good as Paranoia Agent).

riseofanimal

Liked Boogie Pop Phantom? Then enjoy Paranoia Agent. It has that same mysterious storyline, likewise can be said about the characters. Paranoia Agent helps to keep your mind in a constant limbo till the series ends, and should be watched.

Darkpenguin13

If you are into crazy mind numbing cyberpunk type shows this is a great show to watch as well!

absolute

Both these series deal with a mysterious entity which haunts people. Both the stories are about investigations about this dark presence and the effects that it has on people's minds.

While Boogiepop Phantom is more horror and serious, Paranoia Agent has also comedy elements, but they share the same atmosphere.

MugiwaraMarius

Paranoia Agent and Boogiepop Phantom are both very abstract and will make you think. They share a very dark and heavy atmoshpere that is full of tension and paranoia. Aside from the overarching plots both show take time to delve into the human psyche and explore the dark side of human nature.

KittyEmperor

While Boogiepop Phantom has a darker color scheme than the much lighter Paranoia Agent both series are the same in that each have a good amount of suspense in each and only offer up a little bit of an explaination in each episode.  Though Paranoia Agent has a more of a dark humor to it they both have plots that look it the human mind and why we do what we do.  With both having a story that will keep the viewer confused and wanting to know more if you liked one then you'll like the other.

dbzssjkris

Both skrew with your mind and have a dark side to them. even at the end you will be wondering what the heck happened. it took me a few watches with both  to be able to understand what was going on.

LupinIII

Both have a constant mysterious air going all through out them. If you like seeing shows that will mess with your preception then both of these shows are for you! I think Paranoia Agent is the better one but the argument could be made for Boogiepop being superior.

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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TheBurningCrow

Serial Experiments Lain is a great series that can be closely compared to Boogiepop in weirdness and darkness. Although the two are very different in plot, the feeling of both is the same. If you liked one, you should like the other as well.

mindlesspuppet
Both are very dark series, with psychological twists to them. Though, Lain is a bit more linear than BoogiePop
CodeWordChobits
A dark modern world fraught with intrigue and mystery, is the common ground for Lain and Boogiepop. The atmosphere is very similair in that you have no idea what is going ton around the characters but it all seems to make some kind of sense... and then it all comes into focus. I suggest watching both of these titles a number of times to fully be able to understand there depths.
freakzilla
Both Lain and Boogiepop Phantom are extremely heavy in plot, both with weird plot twists
AnarchicQ
Both aime are incredibly twisted, delving into dark sections both in style, story and character. Lain and Boogiepop Phantom both also dance in a nice realm of surrealism, making the audiance second guess what exactly is real and what is either fake, or merely sybolism.
Prisoner1138
Want a dark and moody series after seeing serial experiments lain? watch this Want a totally screwed up mind mess of a show after watching serial experiments lain? Then watch this. This series is probably even more of a "screw with your head" type show than lain was, and is just fairly similar in themes, drama, and other aspects overall.
nextolast
I cant believe that it took me so long to put these two together, as they are probably the two best dark techno thriller mystery animes out there. The way suspense is built up in both with subtle but eerie clues, and the desperation you feel from the characters trying to track things down.
Imsorrykun
These series are so similar in style its hard to not see the connection, septia tones set the moods of both as well as there confusing plots leave you wondering.. defenetly watch-and-think anime.
tabiris

Somewhat like Boogiepop Phantom, Lain is a series you'll either hate or love. They both have many common points such as the dark, haunting atmosphere that can be seriously frightening if you watch them alone in the dark. However, this is not the main reason I would recommend watching Lain if you liked Boogiepop. They're both somewhat philosophical and can do serious brain-damage. If that's the aspect of Boogiepop you were after, then Lain should be on your "to watch" list.

LeaT

With a dark setting, dark colors and a strong sense of mystery and "something is not right with the world we live in", both Boogiepop and Lain discuss what lies beyond imagination and questions what is true and untrue, what humans are, and so much more. I fail to see why you cannot like one without the other.

neutrino

In both series, the atmosphere, complexity of the characters' psychology and nonexistent plot all contribute to a disturbing mental trip questioning the things we know, the people we think we know, and the supernatural.

Nocturnalgloria

Lain and Boogiepop Phantom are soul mates; they deliver highly convoluted stories with intricate plots that are presented in a non-linear way, which allows for some extremely disorientating moments. The mood of both is very dark and menacing; virtually all scenes are charged with nervous tension. Lain is more coherently philosophical while BP is somewhat disjointed but they share the same spirit of subversive violence, enthralling confusion and constant questioning.

JAhU

Boogiepop Phantom and Serial Experiments Lain share a load of things. To begin with, both are quite psychotic and confusing, introduce a large number of characters and have many similarities in plot. Its hard to explain what exactly makes those two shows so similar, but you can feel it from the very first episode. So if you can stand mindf***ing anime and even like them, those are perfect titles for you.

sydneylove

Both Serial Experiments Lain and Boogiepop Phantom have underlying themes that usually require a lot of thought to decipher. Even the animation style of both are similiar.

Darkpenguin13

If you are into crazy mind numbing cyberpunk type shows this is a great show to watch as well!

Omurqi

Both shows will severely screw with your mind. The  pacing, darkness and complexity of Boogiepop is very similar to Serial Experiments Lain. Also, every person can draw a different conclusion out of both shows, the experience is completely up to the individual. If you liked either, don't miss out on the other! Disclaimer for both series: Do not marathon these shows! It will most likely ruin the experience for you (as boogiepop did for me the first time around).

Apples

These two series have a lot in common. Whether it's the overtone, the soundtrack, the voice actors, the focus on visuals, the gritty story, the exestential questions, the style, the characters, etc. If you liked one of these shows you are sure to like the other.

Boogiepop Phantom is a tad slower pased but the story is relatively easy to follow thanks to the scene notes. They also take the time out every few episodes to explain connections between characters so you aren't wandering away for too long. Lain is slow but they keep each episode interesting enough so you are focused, but it doesn't really help explain things till the end.

chii

Want something that is dark, twisted, and makes you go wtf? Look no further than these two anime. Both have plenty of mystery and questions about them. Both have a very similar feel art wise and story wise. Boogiepop deals with supernatural beings where Lain take on the computer/technology side of things. I highly suggest checking out one if you liked the other.

panaru

Lain and Boogiepop are similar in their dark sprawling interconnected storylines.  But Lain is about technology and Boogiepop is more about philosophical madness and blood smeared life legends.  Oh and they have a super hero instead of a god.

dbzssjkris

Both skrew with your mind and have a dark side to them. even at the end you will be wondering what the heck happened. it took me a few watches with both  to be able to understand what was going on.

AnimeShima

While having a very different plot they both can be very difficult to understand at times and the two of them are psychological animes with a very dark atmosphere throughout the whole series.

If you enjoyed either of these two you should certainly watch the other.

SadisticTendencies

A muted color palette, a technophobic approach and several mindfuckish qualities that cooperate to make your thoughts disort into complete chaos. Serial Experiments: Lain and Boogiepop Phantom are like two siblings with plenty of similarities. The most enjoyable shared virtue is probably the Cyberpunk visual approach.

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Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue
  • Movie (1 ep x 78 min)
  • 1997

When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?

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TheBurningCrow

Pefect Blue is another twisted anime to watch if you liked the plot twists and confusion of Boogiepop Phantom. Perfect Blue is a must-see movie for fans of Boogiepop Phantom.

freakzilla
If those plot twists and confusion are what you like, than you should like Perfect Blue as well.
Stmated
A dark mood with a hint of madness is what fills these two series. They give you a deeper view into the psychics of humans, both realistic and not, and is bound to entertain the one who like dementia. A given choice.
stingreis

Well, they are both horror anime's that incorporate the twisted nature of peoples fear and emotions. Furthermore, they both have a very similar style of animation, that gives off a dreary effect.

Now Perfect Blue is a Movie, while Boogiepop is a series, but if you liked one, you will surely like the other. (if you don't mind that one is a movie and the other a series)

panaru

Perfect Blue has a lot of the same twisted rocketting storyline, but its a movie more or less about one person whereas Boogiepop is 13 episodes of interlocking madness. 

SadisticTendencies

These two Anime share eccentric plotlines that deal primarily with identity-related issues, but also take some time to incorporate technophobia into their respective stories. They both portray a gradual descent into insanity during some moments and build up towards an unexpected climax. The animation in these little pearls may not be the best, but if you can overlook that I believe you'll enjoy these two!

Texhnolyze

Texhnolyze

In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?

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TheBurningCrow

Texhnolyze has a very distinct 'dark' atmosphere about it, as does Boogiepop Phantom, and the feeling is nearly the same. If you liked one, you would surely like the other.

Imsorrykun
ths is another of what im gonna coin watch-and-think anime, confusing plots and color tones to set modes that make these undoutably classified with each other will keep you wondering.
freakzilla
Both are very dark anime with a plot you have to keep paying attention too. Since if you don't you won't be able to keep track of the anime anymore. Made to make you think, directed at the adult audience. Surely Boogiepop and Texhnolyze will appeal the same people.
tabiris

Set in a world with chokingly black atmosphere, Texhnolyze almost immediately reminded me of Boogiepop Phantom, most obviously because of the darkish, haunting atmosphere. Also, as with Boogiepop, it is an anime you need to put some thought into.

AnimeShima

The plots are very different but if enjoyed the dark feeling and characters usually having a sense of guiltiness then both of these animes are for you.

jugemxjugem

the art and themes are very much a like

Both succed at creating this weird discomfort when watching , while making you guess what might happen next

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Pet Shop of Horrors

Pet Shop of Horrors

At Count D's pet shop, you can acquire any form of animal, from an ordinary canary, to more.. "exotic" creatures. Made to sign a contract before purchase, Count D claims no "responsibility for actions incurred" if the purchaser does not follow its instructions completely, as results can be fatal. Patrons of this shop are able to get the rarest of creatures, but often, their purchases are coupled with demons from their past that won't go away easily.

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Imsorrykun
Both gerneraly have the same vibe of human flaw. Each have humans with personality, or social problems that draws a dark influence to them, eventually giving them the power to destroy themselves with there own devices.
Nocturnalgloria

Both Boogiepop Phantom and Pet Shop of Horrors depict the devastating effects of despair, and the grievous consequences that letting go of reality carries. These series feature highly troubled individuals who try to cope with the pressure of emotionally-taxing situations, and fail. In both, a supernatural entity has a highly dubious role in this process of mental disintegration. Boogiepop Phantom has a convoluted plot while Pet Shop of Horrors plays with a simple narrative frame; but they both explore the dark aspects of the human soul and do it with enthusiasm.

Sorinchako

While it is shorter, Pet Shop of Horrors has just as much suspense and horror as Boogiepop Phantom. They both have seemingly unrelated stories tied together with a single thread, and have a very mysterious antagonist who might not be an antagonist after all. Trust me; if you liked one you'll like the other.

MugiwaraMarius

Both Pet Shop of Horrors and Boogiepop Phantom both have monsters, but what really make the shows similar is the distorted emotions of the human characters. In both shows the charcters have disconnected with reality in someway which leads to some very dark psychological horror.

ashman711

both series have the overall same air of mystery about them(more so in boogiepop) and will leave you with that special mindf*cked feeling