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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: £19.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Boogiepop Phantom

Boogiepop Phantom Vol. #3

By Paul Jacques     October 31, 2003
Release Date: October 20, 2003

Boogiepop Phantom Vol. #3
© ADV Films UK

What They Say
Mamoru was never like other guys, but he suddenly discovers that he has little in common with human at all. Closest to his sister, he beats her regularly. To the rest he is merciless.

His life is spent looking for life’s redundant parts… society included. And one day, he finds the parts which are … useless.

Nagi Kirima goes through life with a single purpose: carry on the investigation which has brought her to the Manticore. Her father would have approved, as his theories (jealously guarded) form the basis for so much of Nagi’s research and world view.

This pursuit has left little for a personal life. Up to now it hasn’t been a problem.

Saki is a gifted pianist. Popular and talented, she is being manipulated to become something that she never will be. Her parents want only the best for her, and are sacrificing everything for their goal. Everything…

In the park late at night, though, there is rumored to be someone who brings a resolution for life’s problems…

The Review!
Ah, the series that re-defines weird, and hurts your head (thinking) at the same time. At last we begin to see the pattern of the plot, just not enough to make it any easier to follow.

I listened in Japanese and English, and no fault was heard with either soundtrack.

The video presentation is extremely good, with no problems detected, but it is highly stylized. This is done in a soft focus, slightly dirty optics style, but the Anime characters are always well defined, although the colours will look a little washout (but that is deliberate).

The box front cover has Mamoru and Sayoko. The rear cover has stills and plot outlines from all three stories. No insert was supplied, and the disc itself has a very nicely red printed Boogiepop with a clock in the background (again).

Menus options continue to be presented as butterflies, whilst some of the characters appear and disappear on screen in a ghost like fashion. All links worked and no dead ends were encountered.

Just promos I’m afraid.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Confused by the previous volume? Yea, me too and I suspect everyone else is as well. Well, you’ll be happy to see that we have three more episodes that don’t make a lick of sense.

The first story concerns Mamoru and his sister Sayoko. Now Mamoru has quite a chip on his shoulder, and has a real dislike for “useless things”. When he finds something he doesn’t like he takes it apart in a most unpleasant way. As the story progresses we discover that his paranormal abilities started from the time of the beam of light shot up into the sky. More importantly we discover that the root of his attitude issue stems from the time his “loser” father didn’t show up for a recital (he played the Pied Pier) he was giving at school. Only at the end of the story do we discover the true source of his abilities, thanks to the endeavors of his sister.

Also during this story we meet our old friend Morita (the composite human) and he is on a mission to kill all the evolutionary humans. His target is Mamoru, who he attacks at Paisley Park, but it looks like Morita has picked the wrong evolutionary to test his strength against. In the end Boogiepop arrives to take away two more players from this saga.

Next episode is all about our Katana riding femme fatale Nagi Kirima. We learn that she is well aware of what is happening in the city and why, but we do not know her motivation. We also get to meet Boogiepop again, and it explains it’s origins (and why it isn’t the Manticore), but we are left none the wiser. All we know is that Nagi thought she had killed the Maticore during a battle, and the outcome of that battle generated the beam of light, which in turn created Boogiepop and some of the other non corporal entities. Eventually Nagi find the real Manticore (aka Saotome) but in the show-down it is Boogiepop who takes out Manticore.

Last episode starts with a big spoiler, and that is that Nagi almost became an evolutionary herself, but Kuroda gave her an injection that prevented the transformation when she was in hospital.

Next up we have a girl called Saki, who can knock out a pretty good tune on the old piano, only her music teacher says she sucks. As all Saki ever wanted to do, and all her father ever wanted her to do, was to go to Music University, this comes as a bit of blow (to say the least). When all your future dreams are dashed, the only retreat is the innocence of the past. Thus Saki succumbs to the lure of Paisley Park’s attractions, and escapes into a fantasy world of the childhood past.

In parallel to Saki’s story we have Yoshiki, who picks up a new ability- to hear people’s thoughts. This isn’t as much fun as he can now hear what his “friends” really think of him, and it’s all bad. And so he too takes a trip to Paisley Park, to escape into a fantasy, but he doesn’t get escape altogether, as Boogiepop “saves” him before he can finish his task of gathering more people to join the Paisley Park crèche.

This series replays scenes we have witnessed before, but from a different perspective, thus winkling out a tiny morsel of information as we see how much all the characters have interacted with each other. Although this style of story telling makes for interesting viewing, it also makes it frustrating, especially when you have to wait a long time for the next volume.

In summary- This is the ONLY series I have watch multiple times in order to catch what’s going on, but you know, I still enjoy it immensely- more intrigue I say, but roll on the ending!

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language ,English Subtitles,Directorial comments,Promotional Spots,Special edit closing titles

Review Equipment
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 21” Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.


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