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...
Demons are escaping from the underworld, and causing much havoc on the population. Possessing both human bodies and artifacts alike, the demons are inconspicuously forcing people to commit murders; the demons must be stopped! The task of returning – or exterminating – the offenders lies with Enma, Kapaeru, and the talking witch hat Shapoji; can Enma and the gang banish the demons before things get out of hand?
Boogiepop Phantom and Demon Prince Enma are horrors with very dark (obviously), twisted, complex and surprising story. There are some similarities, but its difficult to explain. The title character Enma reminded me a little bit of Boogiepop (or its Phantom or both) and the plot in both shows heavily revolved around the dark side of human soul. If you liked one you DEFINITELY have to see the other.
Both of these series play out in much the same way. They revolve around stories and characters that seem incidental and marginal at first, but then they all end up fitting together in a way completely unexpected. The atmosphere of these shows are similar, dark and terrifying, and they show what can happen when the supernatural exploits the evil that everyone possesses internally. Altogether, both shows make for interesting and disturbing watching.
Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?
Both anime tell a stoy in a non-liniar fashion. The stories skip back and forth through time, and nothing really makes sense until near the end.
Graphically, Boogiepop and Higurashi couldn't be further appart from each other; while Boogiepop has a grim world design and color palette, with realistic looking characters, Higurashi is filled cute lolis and bright colors. However, both shows tell stories with plenty of despair, mistery, murders and disappearances. Now, that alone wouldn't make any of these shows a particularly good recommendation for the other... The main link in the style of these shows is the narrative. Both make use of non-linear storytelling and change of character's focus, building the plot slowly, bit by bit of information. Boogiepop is harder to grasp, but Higurashi also takes longer to start making sense. If you've watched Boogiepop and wants to watch Higurashi, be aware it's plot complexity takes some time to be fully realised, if you've watched Higurashi and pland to watch Boogiepop, be aware that Boogiepop don't have (initial) scenes with cheerful scenarious and characters.
Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…
In a dark and gloomy world victims fall at the hands of a mysterious force. The atmosphere and the slowly unraveling story make Boogiepop and Hell Girl a fine recommendation for each other.
Boogiepop Phantom and Jigoku Shoujo deal with people in extreme situations and mysterious entities with a dubious role within the narrative. BP's plot is extremely confusing, with episodes retelling the same event and doses of introspective speculation; while JS is considerably easier to follow, with a mostly episodic structure. They share a very dark mood and are pessimistic for the most part: these series are a window into insanity and its devastating effects; the supernatural elements are fully incorporated in acute human dilemmas.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
This is a strange recommendation, isn't it? The thing with Monster and Boogiepop Phantom is that both anime deal with people that the protagonists, or even antagonists, meet. Chance encounters can shape a life, choices and fates. Monster is blatant about it, BPP is subtle about it, but the common theme is there.
Boogiepop is more disconnected and hard to follow than Monster, a more linear anime, but both look into the darkside of human nature and psychology and are thus linked.
Two excellent thriller series with complex storytelling and plenty of dark imagery. Both series show what happens in a non-chronological manner which adds a lot to the mystery behind both stories. So if you're in the mood for a good thriller/semi-horror story, and enjoyed Boogiepop Phantom or Mouryou no Hako, the other series will most certainly fit your taste.
Both series are dark mysteries with horror elements that tackle mature themes and employ non-chronological storytelling.