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Psycho-Pass, Madoka Magica, and Boogiepop may be more Similar than you Think

PUELLA BOOGIE PSYCHO★POP! What if we told you that under the Boogiepop Phantom's cloak... is a Magical Girl.

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Could this notorious Phantom be a Magical Girl?


Touka Miyashita from Boogiepop and Others anime 2019

Boogiepop Doesn’t Laugh

Episode 1 of Boogiepop and Others (or Boogiepop wa Warawanai / “Boogiepop Doesn’t Laugh“) split the anime community in half.

Some fans were intrigued by the show’s immediate sense of mystery, while others found the narrative structure to be strange and confusing.

Most people probably felt a mixture of both.

Boogiepop Phantom from Boogiepop and Others anime 2019

The Boogiepop Phantom

Boogiepop and Others is an episodic series told from multiple points of view.

With each episode, new characters are introduced, meaning new villains and antagonists to drive the story forward.

In fact, one of the only unchanging elements in the story is the presence of Boogiepop, who shows up just in time to fight off sinister supernatural entities.

Touka Miyashita from Boogiepop and Others anime 2019

shadowgraph

Another element that hasn’t changed (so far) are the series’s opening and ending songs.

The opening song, “shadowgraph,” is performed by Japanese pop rock band MYTH & ROID.

The group is no newcomer to anime soundtracks. The performed the first ending and second opening for the immensely popular anime Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, or Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-.

Boogiepop Phantom from Boogiepop wa Warawanai ending

Whiteout

The ending song is titled “Whiteout” and is performed by Japanese singer-songwriter Riko Azuna.

Coincidentally, Azuna is also involved in the Re:Zero series, with her music being used for the OVA Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu: Memory Snow.

In this article, we will be comparing Boogiepop‘s opening to the openings of two distinctly different anime.

If you haven’t guessed from the title, those anime are Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass.

Let’s get started.


Touka Miyashita from Boogiepop and Others anime 2019

The Dream

The majority of the Boogiepop and Others opening takes place during a daydream.

The very beginning scene is cut so that it shows Touka Miyashita entering her daydream, then snapping out of it at the sight of Boogiepop.

(Don’t worry, this will be explained later.)

Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica sleeps next to Kyubey

Towards the middle of the Madoka Magica opening, we see Madoka Kaname also enter a dream.

She rolls around in her bed for bit before snuggling with Kyubey and falling asleep.

This “dream world” is where both Touka and Madoka interact with their inner/other selves.

Subtle Tears

  • Arms appear in front of Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is embraced
  • Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica with eyes closed and a teardrop in her right eye
Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica opens her eyes with a teardrop in her right eye

Immediately after entering her dream, Madoka’s inner self embraces her.

This startles Madoka, and we see that a teardrop has formed in the corner of her right eye.

Touka Miyashita from Boogiepop and Others surrounded by bubbles with a teardrop in her left eye

In the Boogiepop and Others opening, it’s Touka’s left eye that houses tears.

Our Interpretation: The tears represent the troubles these two bring with them into their dreams, which quickly float away as they interact with their other selves.

A blue Touka Miyashita from Boogiepop and Others appears

Savior Swims In

After Touka Miyashita finds herself submerged in the pink-purple dream world, she isn’t immediately embraced by her “other self,” as Madoka Kaname is.

Rather, Touka’s other self approaches in a manner similar to the way Akane Tsunemori swims towards Shinya Kogami in the opening of Psycho-Pass.

Akane Tsunemori from the Psycho-Pass opening approaches

Initially, we thought this was just a one-off similarity, and we weren’t going to include Psycho-Pass in this analysis.

However, there’s another element to the Psycho-Pass opening that draws a clear link to the other two…

Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica and her inner self embrace one another.

KISS & COMBAT

The most overt connection between the Boogiepop and Madoka Magica openings are the kiss scenes.

Both Madoka and Touka are embraced by their other selves, and sent off into the real world with a kiss.

  • Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica and her inner self embrace one another.
  • Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica kisses the forehead of a copy of herself in her magical girl outfit
  • Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica in her magical girl outfit
  • Touka Miyashita from Boogiepop and Others and her other self embrace one another
  • Touka Miyashita from Boogiepop and Others kisses a blue copy of herself
  • Touka Miyashita from Boogiepop and Others appears dazed

Shinya Kogami from Psycho-Pass clashes arms with a copy of himself

The final connection to the Psycho-Pass opening is the fight scene between Shinya Kogami and himself.

Our Interpretation: While the kiss represents self acceptance, Shinya Kogami fighting with himself is a direct representation of the self-conflict he faces during the series.


Left: Touka Miyashita standing with Madoka Kaname; Right: Madoka Kaname in her magical girl outfit standing with Boogiepop

Boogiepop and Others anime key promotional image featuring Boogiepop and Touka Miyashita.

Boogiepop

For those who haven’t checked out the series, or are interested in learning more, Boogiepop began as a light novel in 1998, and is said to have started the light novel trend in Japan.

The light novel features an interesting cast of characters, and an intriguing story by Kouhei Kadono, all complemented by Kouji Ogata‘s striking art.

Since the publishing of the first light novel, fourteen light novels, two manga, a live action film, and two anime (including the one airing now) have been released.

The Boogiepop and Others 2019 anime began on January 4th and will consist of 18 episodes.

Here’s a synopsis of the anime series, provided by Seven Seas Entertainment:

“There is an urban legend that tells of a shinigami that can release people from the pain they are suffering. This “Angel of Death” has a name—Boogiepop.

And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real.

When a rash of disappearances involving female students breaks out at Shinyo Academy, the police and faculty assume they just have a bunch of runaways on their hands. Yet some students know better.

Something mysterious and foul is afoot. Is it Boogiepop or something even more sinister…?”


Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime key promotional image featuring the magical girls Mami Tomoe, Madoka Kaname, Sayaka Miki, and Homura Akemi

Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, (or Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica / “Magical Girl Madoka Magica”) began as an original anime in 2011.

The anime was written by Gen Urobuchi, and has lead to multiple spin-off manga, a novel, two video games, three movies, a smartphone game, and its own magazine, Manga Time Kirara Magica.

There will also be a new Madoka Magica anime coming this year, titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record (Magia Record: Mahou Jouja Madoka Magica Gaiden).

The anime will be an adaptation of the mobile game’s story.

Shinya Kogami and Akane Tsunemori on Psycho-Pass anime key promotional image

Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass began as an original anime in 2012, and was also written by Gen Urobuchi.

The anime has had two seasons, and has resulted in the creation of a movie, severalmanga and novels, and both iOS and console/PC visual novels.

A new film trilogy titled Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System recently aired in Japan, and a third anime season has been announced, featuring new protagonists Shindou Arata and Mikhail Ignatov.


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