Art by Masayuki Takano
Published in the U.S. by Seven Seas
Slugline: Boogiepop rides again, this time in a boy, Akizuki, with the help of an ex-Boogie host.
Boogiepop has its own formula -- girls menaced by dark spirits who use schoolmates as puppets -- which works well, and will until they exhaust all of the permutations. This volume includes a handy franchise time line to gauge their progress.
In Loser's Circus, Boogiepop is channeled by a boy for the first time. The evil spirit in question is attacking girls in Akizuki's school and he, with the help of a teacher, is trying to track the enemy down. Since he's a boy and the targets are girls, it's a fine line between "tracking" and "stalking." The teacher herself is a former Boogiepop carrier, and it's interesting to see that there's life after Boogiepop -- and high school.
It's another good story in a franchise that doesn't seem to have any real losers (that I've seen, though the nonlinear ones require some patience). This is part one of two parts.
Boogiepop Dual, Loser's Circus v.1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.