Posted on 31 July 2013 with categories: Rozen Maiden 2013

I love how different this series turned out to be from the original Rozen Maiden! It still has the same characters, but the atmosphere, the execution, and the themes are completely different here. That’s what a good sequel should be: avoid the tried and true and go into its own direction! It also really helps that this direction is much more mature now.

These past two episodes: they’re really well detailed! Heck, over the span of three episodes we’ve just seen one doll, and even she appeared at just the end of the third episode. In the meantime we get a full look into the life of the grown-up Jun, and into his mind. Because of this we can really see how meeting with Shinu is subtly changing him. There’s enough tension between his job, and taking care of Shinku as well, not to mention how Shinku said at the end of episode four that this can only last for seven days. The whole interplay between young and old Jun is also very good.

What’s also different: there is quite a bit of symbolism added in the narration, ranging from that kid’s story that always pops up in the middle, to various visual symbols when characters are explaining things. The question now is what will happen next: they’re obviously building up to something. Will they be able to use this build-up?
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

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  1. IchiroHiroku says:

    About the “tried and true and go into its own direction!”, it’s just following the true plot of the manga. The original Rozen Maiden started off the same then branched off into a weird direction, making up chracters and a different plot.e

  2. unentschieden says:

    This is basically what I thought the first Series would have been when I first heard about it.
    The previous seasons are great for their own reasons, mostly doll slice of life, but the subtile tension/horror of the current iteration really appeals to me.

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  • WyattX
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:56 AM)
    @Emma Who knows where the anime trend will lead, we can’t say for sure. But, it’s all I see as far as the eye can see. Harlock reboot, I haven’t seen. Actually, I don’t catch many reboots, and I most certainly won’t be watching the Sailor Moon remake anytime soon.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:56 AM)
    Fucking hell moe…I could COULD find something that involves moe girls being human hunted to death by a guy with a shotgun but no nooo the moe would just make for a jarring experience with the violence.
    Fuckers…=<
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:54 AM)
    @K-off:Its much easier for me to listen to instrumentals/none English lyrics when writing. My brain gets confused if I write in English while listening to something in English.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:53 AM)
    @Wyatt: While I do think moe/fluff has its place/appeal I think its taken over to obscene levels now and I miss the “bit of the ol’ ultraviolance ” it replaced
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:53 AM)
    @Wyatt If I recall, you listen to French and German music. People can like a certain song even if they don’t understand the lyrics, fuck you, mTV.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:51 AM)
    @Wyatt: I liked the Leiji Matsumoto style music video too. And speaking of Matsumoto the Harlock reboot movie was alot better than I thought.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:50 AM)
    Bubblegum crisis has unfortunately not aged as well as I though, still, my childhood anime and I love it.
  • WyattX
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:49 AM)
    @Emma Their new album… Is so refreshing. Although Get Lucky overstayed it’s welcome on my favorite radio station.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:49 AM)
    Might be on an oldskool kick right now…
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:48 AM)
    @Emma So old, that I forgot it even existed. I honestly can’t disagree with your opinion of that.

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