Posted on 14 July 2013 with categories: Rozen Maiden 2013

Rozen Maiden’s new series is weird. Really weird. The first episode was this vague recap that wasn’t a recap. And now the second episode pretty much contained the best transition into an alternative retelling that I’ve ever seen. Seriously, as a Rozen Maiden fan, this just blew me away.

I just expected something that started similar with the original Rozen Maiden story that then diverged a different way. I totally did not expect this episode to show what would have happened if Jun didn’t order Shinku’s suitase. They skipped like eight years or something! He’s an adult now! We just got to see how he grew up!

I love this, he actually managed to escape being a hikkikomori, and now he’s in this state in which he needs to deal with the fact that he basically threw a very important part of his life away. You can really see that on one hand, he’s bright, but on the other hand he just stopped learning for so long. I love how he struggles in his life like that, showing some of the conseuqneces of his actions in the first seasons that didn’t involve the dolls. The biting reality of that one manager also really help. Yeah, he’s a jerk, but damn that guy raised some good points.

The thing is also: I totally have no clue whatsoever what to expect from this series. In every other series, I can at least suspect the directio they’re going in. Here, I’m blank and my best guess is that they need to get rid of that seventh doll. But beyond that, I have no bloody clue. This episode really surprised me many times here!
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

4 Responses

  1. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Looks like parallel universe or time travel, anyways all seems well, this would have been a better opening episode imo. It’s quite interesting I’d say.

  2. Kiraly says:

    I just finished marathoning the first series, up to these two episodes. I kinda miss the old art, but the new style also has its charms. The main character being an adult is also a huge selling point.

    Watching the two back to back really underlined the unique stylistic identity the 2010s have and the 2000s had. These days we have flatter characters, but with more focus on details and movement, less plastic and more paper in a way.

    • Cherrie says:

      You’re probably the only other person which has stated that they liked the original artwork for RM =) I actually liked it more than the current one… not that it’s bad – it’s just a preference. I find that it was sharper and more crisp with dark outlines and “edges”. The current series is more washed out and faded, but very smooth and gentle looking (if that makes sense? o_O). I just think the older artwork fits the story more but I still love the series ^^

  3. kero says:

    I watched Rozen Maiden after hearing the comments and chatting on the shoutbox, I’m glad I did. The second episode was great, I like that he’s now and adult, and that it’s an alternate story line. I hope it carries on being this good!

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  • Joe
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 01:04 AM)
    @ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ): Okay, that’s a shame.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 12:57 AM)
    @Bam: I reckon you’ve just described my feelings on a lot of shoujo/josei manga including the world is still beautiful, for all the negative directions shoujo has gone it still feelings like a nostalgic throwback to me also. I guess that means akagami no shirayukihime next season after all then.
  • ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 11:20 PM)
    @Joe He is busy with stuff and as for blogging, he don’t feel.
  • Joe
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 11:18 PM)
    So it’s been a while since I’ve come to this blog. Does anyone know what’s up with psgels? It’s been a long time since his last post.
  • ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 10:34 PM)
    @StupidPerson I am a kosher person.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 09:33 PM)
    @Emma: you might wanna check out The World Is Still Beautiful. It has that sense of adventure and just about enough comedy, light-heartedness and hypermoralisms to remind you of your haydays. I don’t know why but watching shojos brings me back to some nostalgia that I can’t quite place. Like I’ve seen a show as a kid that has been embedded in my mind but I can’t recall any details, just a vague sense of what I felt when I was watching them.
  • Awesome Person
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 09:09 PM)
    stop being salty
  • ԅ(≖‿≖ԅ)
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 09:05 PM)
    @StupidPerson Doing this thing called life.
  • Awesome Person
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 08:40 PM)
    i have come the conclusion that psgels is dead! :o if not, then where the fuck is he?
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 2. 2014 04:47 PM)
    Actually something like a lighthearted adventure show would probably do it.
    As for a comedy remind me did everyone condemn inferno cop on here or not again?

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