Welcome back one and all. I think there are still a few people watching this series. It’s one of those tricky shows where it keeps looking like i might be going somewhere interesting so you never know if you should drop it. Perfect solution for you guys, you can just let Shania and I do the watching for you! Genius isn’t it? You’re welcome.
Yup, genius indeed. That way yall dont have to worry about losing brain cells through boredom!
You know, I realized when the episode started that I had pretty much forgotten everything about last week’s BoogiePop. There were some um..people and they did um stuff??? I seems reliable glasses girl realized that the brain controlled emotionally scarred cousin was acting loopy so she went to talk to creepy art teacher about it – AKA The Imaginator!
This seen was basically just two people monologuing at each other while trying to expo dump enough info for the plot to make sense. It didn’t really work for me – how about you Shania? Learn anything new?
Uhh…I wish I could say I did Irina, but the most I got out of that scene was Glasses girl has only a stem in her, and the Imaginator is more psychotic than I initially thought. I mean sacrificing a girl for his spine goals? Yeesh.
The second part of the episode brought back who I assume is fan favorite Nagi as well as her brother. Actually, the brother is initially being targeted by the *Organization* in what I assume is a ploy to lure out the real BoogiePop. The plan seems to be to murder him then display the body claiming the death of BoogiePop and confront the real one when they come to investigate.
Unfortunately for the would be killers, it seems both siblings are some sort of super ninjas because reasons! I did enjoy those fighting scenes though. What did you think of the animation?
In all honesty I loved the fight scene. Sad to say that was probably the only interesting thing I’ve seen in the whole anime thus far.
In the meantime, the Imaginator has taken matters into his own hands and gone to confront Spooky E directly. We finally get so substantial exposition here as character motivation is shared with the audience for the first time. Are you enjoying this more direct approach?
Definitely. Especially after my turn last week, I got a very enlightening comment from a reader @fred who told me about who the Towa Organization was back in the original Boogiepop series. It made everything that happened in this episode actually make sense!
Glad to hear it. Personally, the odd narrative structure was interesting and original so I’ll miss it. Although it might make a return, it’s hard to tell with this show.
One of the aspects that always bothered me about the show is how shaky or non existent everyone’s motivations are. Half the time I have no idea why people are acting this way. I clearer reveal of the Imaginators powers and this idea that he wishes to remake the world in order to allow people to connect on a much deeper level, thereby alleviating a lot of loneliness and pain, really helped bring the story together in my mind. Am I the only one?
Nah you’re not alone with that. It helped a bit on my end as well.
Of course it’s far from perfect. Still have no clue why the boy was risking his life playing vigilante in BoogiePop cosplay, beyond the fact that a girl he knew for a week asked him to. The Organization remains just as stale as always although the death of Spooky E may prompt a more interesting representative. Oh, I meant to say: SPOILERS. And 90% of the characters are still single trait plot devices but hey…at least there’s an idea of a story behind it all.
I was excusing a lot of these failings on the very unusual narrative structure but unless I’m mistaken, then plot has been plainly linear for a few episodes now, right?
It really has. Which even though is nice from when it first started, it feels like it’s kinda lacking something.
I hope this means they are going to dedicate themselves to bringing the plot threads together.
What are our thoughts for the future of the series?
My last thoughts are: I really hope this Imaginator arc has a purpose. Because else wise, we were better off with the manticore and Echoes. And thats saying something.
Shania wants purpose! I’ll settle for conclusion. Low expectations have always served me well!
Although we have doubts about the substance of BoogiePop, it can be visually intriguing. Here are some caps to make my point.