Boogiepop is making a grand entrance… just this once.
On Sunday, the cast and crew behind the Boogiepop wa Warawanai (Boogiepop Does Not Laugh) anime announced that the series will get an hour-long premiere special. The first two episodes will air during the show.
Boogiepop wa Warawanai hits Japanese TV on January 4, 2019. AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11 will all carry the show.
The project is being produced as part of Dengeki Bunko’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Shingo Natsume (Space Dandy, One Punch Man) will direct the Boogiepop Phantom anime at Madhouse, with Hidehiko Sawada providing character designs. Tomohiro Suzuki (ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.) is in charge of series composition and scripts for the project.
Other confirmed crew members include:
- Original Creator: Kouhei Kadono
- Original Character Design: Koji Ogata
- Music: Kensuke Ushio
- Production: Boogiepop and Others Partners
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Boogiepop: Aoi Yuki
- Touka Miyashita: Aoi Yuki
- Nagi Kirima: Saori Onishi
- Kazuko Suema: Reina Kondo
- Kenji Takeda: Chiaki Kobayashi
- Kei Niitoki: Shino Shimoji
- Naoko Kamikishiro: Ayaka Suwa
- Masami Saotome: Junya Enoko
- Shiro Tanaka: Aoi Ichikawa
- Minako Yurihara: Ayana Taketatsu
- Echoes: Kouki Miyama
Boogiepop wa Warawanai is based on Kouhei Kadono’s Boogiepop light novel series. The franchise spans twenty mainline novels, eleven spinoff books, numerous short story collections, and two manga serials.
The project received an anime TV series in the Winter 2000 broadcast season, Boogiepop Phantom. Takashi Watanabe (The Slayers, Shakugan no Shana) directed the project at Madhouse, with Shigeyuki Suga (Kino’s Journey, Monochrome Factor) providing character designs. Sadayuki Murai (Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War, Knights of Sidonia) was in charge of series composition.
Right Stuf currently holds the domestic rights to the Boogiepop Phantom anime, which they describe as:
Five years ago, a string of grisly murders shook the city to its core. Now terror has returned, and this time it has a name: Boogiepop. Everyone knows about Boogiepop: death incarnate, she stalks the night in search of fresh victims. Meet her, and you simply… vanish. In the darkness, glass shatters and time stands still… There’s something out there, and it’s coming closer. Are you safe?
Sources: Comic Natalie