Urban horror series Boogiepop Phantom and Others (Boogiepop wa Warawanai) is getting a new TV anime to celebrate the light novel’s 20th anniversary! The project was revealed at the “Dengeki Bunko 25th Anniversary & New Work Unveiling Stage” event.
Author Kouhei Kadono and illustrator Kouji Ogata launched the light novel series in 1998. The series follows an urban legend about a shinigami that can release people from pain, which is a popular story among school girls. However, the sudden disappearances of female students from Shinya Academy are treated as runaway cases. But second-year-student Nagi Kirima believes something more sinister is at play and that it might be related to similar past event.
Shingo Natsume (One Punch Man / ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.) is directing the series at Madhouse with scriptwriter Tomohiro Suzuki (Tiger & Bunny). Hidehiko Sawada (key animator for Redline) is designing the cast and Kensuke Ushio (A Silent Voice / Devilman Crybaby) is composing the music. The anime will feature a new voice cast from the 2000 adaptation, with Aoi Yuuki and Saori Onishi playing Boogiepop and Nagi Kirima respectively.
Boogiepop Phantom and Others will air later this year. More details on the cast will be shared at a later date.
Two new manga adaptations were also announced at the event. Naoki Koshimizu (The Isolator – Realization of Absolute Solitude) will adapt Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator in Monthly Comic Dengeki Magazine.
It’s the second story in the Boogiepop series and it details the first appearances of the Towa Organization. Boogiepop also finds himself hunted by a synthetic human called Spooky E.
Yoshihiro Kawabata will adapt Boogiepop at Dawn, which chronicles Boogiepop’s strange origin.
Are you excited for these new Boogiepop projects?