Garden of Phantoms

hisui_icon_4040_round I recently showed my roommate a video about the origins of metal music. The main take away for this post is that with any musical genre it is hard to point to a definitive moment, song, or band that acts as a hard boundary. For ease of conversation and understanding, you usually pick a few iconic selections to help provide a shared vocabulary but any amount of conversion with other fans will usually teach you that there is rarely a universal standard shared by everyone. Most of this comes from the fact that artists are usually taking in many different streams of inspiration that influence what they do while changes within a medium are usually very gradually incremental even if they might seem hugely iterative on a case by case basis. The major groundbreaking works are usually the accumulation of many other works even if they are not overtly obvious.

What I am saying is often not always a simple straight line of inspiration for anything. But connections can be made if you dig. They are rarely 1:1 affair but tracking major influences are often enlightening to the creation of a work or prove interesting insight into the mind of a creator. I recently stumbled on a pair of characters that made me start a bit of research into who inspired who. Those characters are Boogiepop from the Boogiepop series and Ryougi Shiki from Kara no Kyoukai.

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I Rename Some Boogiepop Books

hisui_icon_4040_round I’m about to do a far more interesting Boogiepop and Others post but until then I wanted to get this dumb joke out of the way. If your curious the upcoming post also involves Type-Moon so it is 100% on brand. I was thinking about Boogiepop’s existence as a supernatural existence for the said post and a far more “accurate” title for Boogiepop Overdrive kept popping into my head. From there a more “accurate” title for the books just flooded my head. I decided I might as well share these with everyone. I’m listing the books in order of how they appear in the Boogiepop and Others TV series and not publication order if you want to be a super nerd. Also, all the books have a subtitle about the characters who are not Boogiepop.

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