The first two episodes of Boogiepop Never Laughs aired yesterday, so I’ll be reviewing them together.
The first thing that comes to mind is how confusing these episodes were. I understand that it’s a new psychological anime and that all my questions will most likely be answered with time, but it was really difficult to grasp what I was watching. The story is told in a non-linear fashion, meaning that it jumps back and forth from past to present. Compounding this is the fact that it follows multiple characters, and that these characters often look very similar in appearance to other characters.
I’m also very disappointed with the art and animation thus far. I expected far better from Madhouse.
That said, I did find the story to be intriguing. I finished the second episode, and immediately wished that there was more to watch. I want to know more about the world and about Boogiepop. Despite being confusing, the story is engaging and really pulls you into it from the very beginning.
The thing I love most so far about Boogiepop Never Laughs is the sound design. The opening and ending songs are incredible, and the soundtrack throughout is dark and disturbing.
Overall, I’m a little disappointed. I don’t know what I expected from Boogiepop Never Laughs, or maybe my expectations were too high because of all the hype that it’s been generating. Either way, I’m hoping that the positives will outweigh the negatives as the season progresses.
Episode 1: 3/5 (It was okay)
Episode 2: 3/5 (It was okay)