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...
In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...
While Pale Cocoon is one 30 minute OVA and BPP is a series, both share very much the same feeling of dark noir and mystery. In BPP, you get confronted by strange things happening such as phantom spiders that seem to feed on people's hearts - and in Pale Cocoon, no one really knows that the world is anymore, and therefore you get a similar sense of "ok, why are they doing that?" or "ok....and that happened...why?"
Both series are rewarding when you can figure them out and seem to make you want to keep watching them to see if calamity is eventually resolved.
In the futuristic city of Neo-Acropolis, eleven girls lead very different lives. Each has a different story to tell shaped by her fears and ambitions, and the small joys and sorrows that make up the formative moments of her life. From a scientific genius who has to face her fear of men, to a young girl who does not want to grow up, to a high school manga author struggling to meet the deadlines, to the intricate relationship between two sisters - the girls come from all walks of life, sharing only the city of Neo-Acropolis, and that mysterious spark that makes their lives so interesting.
The ebb and flow of both of these series is identical. You watch each episode as a stand alone 25 minutes, all of them seemingly unconnected. The final episode ties all of the stories together, with a nice little twist.
Seraphim is much slower paced, and is not quite as deep and involved as Boogiepop. Boogiepop is a classic horror series, and can take a lot of focus to get through.
If you like anime series that are a little less conventional from the norm, then I think you will enjoy both of these.
In the 6th year of the Kan'ei era, people enjoy a time of peace; skilled swordsmen are revered and respected, and their lives are their own. Amidst the tranquility, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaka decides, for his own amusement, to hold a fighting tournament in which real swords are used - though laws forbid their use. In a match to the death two highly-skilled swordsmen face off: the one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke, and the blind Iraki Seigen. As they take their respective stances, flashbacks paint a picture of the duo’s past and battle wounds; and thus, the real story begins...
If you enjoyed Boogiepop Phantom for its oppressively dark atmosphere, disturbing and unsettling tone as well as its exploration of a number of themes, well; Shigurui does all that, and more - maxing particularly on the excessively disturbing aspect and delivering a completely engrossing orgy of blood and death that'll make Boogiepop's darkness seem like child's play.
Momo is a sympathetic death god who cries every time she sees a touching moment. Though she brings death, she also allows the victim to complete their last wish before taking them away. Accompanying her through her adventures is a winged black cat named Daniel. With a huge scythe in tow, Momo strives to touch the lives of humankind and overflow the world with pure kindness, by fulfilling the soon deceased’s tasks.
Boogiepop Phantom, and Shinigami no Ballad. This may at first sound like a great leap, because they aren't really tied together firmly by anything.
However, where Boogiepop Phantom will produce a dark and twisted delusion, a perverted morality that is ultimately corrected --- Shinigami no Ballad is a direct line to the most "wholesome" moral path.
It is exactly this counter-balance that makes them good to watch together. While I think it would be better to see Boogiepop Phantom first, because it is longer and more appropriate to adult minds, either way would work fine.
As both are very well-done balancing acts between morality and point, it is only fitting that they balance one-another out. Boogiepop Phantom adult and shades of gray on the one had . . . and Shinigami no Ballad pure innocent goodness on the other.
Hayato Mikogami is returning to working as a freelance journalist but has had little luck in the big city, so he decides to return to his hometown to investigate a series mysterious murders by a man wearing a skull mask. However, when he arrives, he finds that most people have little to say about the incidents since very few people witness the events first hand. In order to find more clues he reluctantly enlists Kiriko Mamiya as his photographer, and later that night, he comes across his first clue: a man, moments after he had been killed by the Skull Man...
Skull Man and Boogiepop Phantom are about mysterious events occurring throughout a city. There are a wide variety of characters, with many of them having extraordinary talents. Both series have the same tone and can be very confusing at times, more so in Boogiepop.