In recent weeks, anime fans have expressed confusion at the timeline and events of the series Boogiepop and Others. While the series looks stylish and interesting, many fans admit to having no idea what is going on, especially with the non-chronological nature of the series. Thankfully, through the investigative reporting of the Anime Maru staff, we have found the best way to understand the series: complete a master’s thesis on the franchise.
“The series is quite easy to understand, really,” stated Robert Bannister, recent graduate with a Master of Arts in Folklore at the University Hawaii at Manoa. “All you need to do is read all of the original light novels, watch the TV series, and read the author’s website all in the original Japanese and then use that to craft a thesis about the nature of reality and the anxieties present in late 1990’s Japanese culture.”
While some might think reading a master’s thesis on the Boogiepop franchise would be enough, Bannister cautions that simply reading a thesis would still not be enough to understand the series at even a basic level.
“Actually 2 of 3 people on my thesis committee couldn’t even understand the thesis and have texted me questions regarding the TV show,” Bannister told Anime Maru. “In fact, the committee said the thesis was ‘impenetrable’ and it did not ‘fit the criteria for a thesis’. I had to write a completely different one in hopes that they would finally be able to understand it.”
Fans of the series are unfortunately left with only two options – considering how to pay for advanced educational degrees or just deciding to bluff to other fans that they know what is going on in the series.
“Boogiepop being ‘automatic’ is clearly a metaphor for the monotony of life today,” local otaku Sonya Doran told one of our correspondents. “So that makes the Imaginator, uh… surrender? That and I totally understand what Boogiepop and Echoes are talking about at the end of episode 13.”
Anime Maru reached out to Madhouse and director Natsume Shigo for comment on the new enlightened research into their series. Madhouse responded stating that they were in an emergency conference call with light novel author Kadono Kouhei and Robert Bannister to try to figure out if they had already finished making the anime, were about to start writing it, or were actually already working on a second season.