Boogiepop (Novels) Vol. #03 - Returns vs. Imaginator Part 2 -

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  • Art Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Released By: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 232
  • ISBN: 1-933164-23-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Boogiepop (Novels) Vol. #03 - Returns vs. Imaginator Part 2

By Jarred Pine     December 27, 2006
Release Date: October 31, 2006

Boogiepop (Novels) Vol.#03 - Returns vs. Imaginator Part 2
© Seven Seas Entertainment

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kouhei Kadono
Translated by:Andrew Cunningham
Adapted by:

What They Say
This is it - the climactic final showdown between Boogiepop and the deadly "Imaginator"! With the lives of millions in Tokyo hanging in the balance, only Boogiepop and a ragtag group of young teens stand a chance of combating the forces of evil and preventing a deadly virus from being unleashed!

The Review
The Imaginator storyline comes to a close with wonderful spiraling character stories all building up to one of the more bizarre finales ever. Think Tim Burton directing rabid carnival mascots while Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Numberg" roars in the background as the soundtrack. Literally. You know, if this is going to be Seven Seas' last release of the Boogiepop franchise, you might as well go out with a band, right?

The character stories this time around were much more captivating than the first novel, each one a bit more distinctive and recognizable than "Others". Especially enjoyable is the story of Aya and Masaki; a touching romance involving two teens who are trying to break free of the binds that hold them. All the supernatural, deflowering surreal material is all well and good, but it's this character drama in particular that makes this novel work. The only one dig I could make against this book is that Boogiepop himself only shows up for a bit part at the end to clean up the mess, but I guess that's just the nature of the Boogiepop. I also found myself wanting a summary of events, as I had a hard time remembering the events from Part 1.

We finally find out more about the mysterious, omnipresent Towa Organization, but I'm now left with even more questions that may never get answered. So it is with this review that I am filled with melancholy, much like the many characters in Boogiepop, as well as joy. The Boogiepop has entered my life and left a mark; but just as soon as he came, he is now gone. Vanished into the electric sky? Let's hope not. I'll be putting my money down on Seven Seas' upcoming Light Novel releases in order to make sure I'll be reviewing a 4th installment soon. Great reading!!


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