This episode ties the first two together and explains what happened off-screen, but it was neither entertaining nor enlightening. I’m still having a difficult time deciphering a lot of the characters and remembering who they are, and what their importance is.
The first half of this episode moved incredibly slowly. I couldn’t remember who it was the group of students was searching for, what her relationship to them was, or why she was important. I think the overarching cause of these symptoms is that I simply don’t care about any of the characters. None of them are developed enough for me to relate to, and thus I can’t remember them.
I’m still shocked at how bad a lot of the art and animation is. I realize that Madhouse has declined in recent years, but some of it is just appalling. The scene where Echoes and Manticore are fighting and chasing each other is especially bad.
It seems that this episode is the end of the first arc, so I suppose that I’ll never get any answers as to who or what Echoes and Manticore truly were. I’ll never understand where Echoes came from or what his purpose was.
The sound design continues to be the best part of Boogiepop Never Laughs. Unfortunately, this is currently the biggest disappointment of the season for me.
Score: 2/5 (I didn’t like it)