All Rozen Maiden released episodes
The series starts off with a lovely tea party with a little girl and her father at the center of attention. When one of her dolls moves on a moonlit night, the little girl enclosed it in the suitcase. Fast forward to Japan in recent times. Sakurada Nori, a clumsy but kind-hearted girl, is rushing home to make meals for her brother, Jun. He has been avoiding attending school and is a virtual recluse because of his complex. Jun is hooked on mail-order goods (usually some strange occult stuff)and then using the return rule at the last moment. Soon after Jun-kun choose the 'wind it' option on a mail order form, he trips over a suitcase in his room. He open it up to discover an exquisite doll and winds it up. He is aghast when the doll comes to life and gives him a slap for touching her without permission. She then inform him that she is the fifth doll of the Rozen Maidens, named Shinku. When black feathers drifted into the room, it marks the arrival of a clown doll who wants to kill Jun. T
Nori is delighted with Shinku and dotes on her. Jun is amazed when Shinku uses magic to repair the broken window in which the clown doll had crashed through. Shinku is especially partial to having tea but is embarassed when she identified the washroom as the perfect place to have her tea. When Nori's classmate, Tomoe, came by to pass her some notes, Shinku watches her in interest. It turns out that Tomoe also owns a Rozen Maiden 'Hinaichigo' who's an extremely insecure little kid, having being lied to and sealed for a long time by her previous owner. In an effort to keep her by her side forever, Hinaichigo forcefully brings Tomoe to her alternate world. After seeing Tomoe, Jun is reminded of his former school life and wallows in depression. When the rosa mystique heats up, Jun knows that Shinku is fighting another doll. Shinku enters Hinaichigo's alternate world to take her on. When Tomoe gets hurt in the battle, Hinaichigo is reminded of all the happy times they shared and decides to
Hinaichigo makes a din waking up every morning which pisses off Jun. Jun does not like Hinaichigo as he find kids irritating. In turn, Hinaichigo did not adjust well to life in the Sakurada household. When she unwittingly bought up the subject of school, she gets shouted at by Jun and whose rantings escalated when Hinaichigo draws on the floor. At school, Nori keep thinking about the drawing Hinaichigo makes of her favourite food but which she can't figure out what it is. Jun chanced upon the drawing and had an idea what it represents. He overcomes his phobia to make a trip out to get it after Hinaichigo's teary outburst on her loneliness in the Sakurada household, unlike before when Tomoe has known her every needs and whims. While both Nori and Jun is out, Shinku and Hinaichigo is trapped in the house with the appearance of Suigintou (the 'evil' Rozen Maiden) who disappears after warning Shinku of the things to come. She's also responsible for sending the clown doll to kill Jun. While
One night while Shinku and Hinaichigo was in a tassle over a KunKun stuff toy, a suitcase crashes through the window of Jun's room to reveal another Rozen Maiden 'Suiseiseki'. Suiseiseki came to look for Shinku who's like a big sister of sorts and she hated humans. She dislikes Jun as well and tries to draw a line btw them. However, she gets along better with Nori who's of a gentler nature. By Shinku's request, Suiseiseki uses her power to bring Jun into his inner dreamworld which is dark, gloomy and neglected - reflecting his heart. Jun is afraid to confront his fears and runs away. The four of them (Jun, Shinku, Suiseiseki & Hinaichigo) arrives at a green forest within which a tree representing Jun's heart is located. Feeling sorry for the tree, Suiseiseki tries to help by watering the small and crooked tree. Jun learns that he has to bring them home to reality since it's his dreamworld after all. When he catches hold of Suiseiseki when she's about to slip off his flying form, Suisei
Nora did not realise that a classmate is trying to confess to her and rushes off to home after her club practice. Shinku, Jun and gang is hooked on a doll detective show with the lead being a doll called KunKun. While they're engrossed in the show, Hinaichigo's strawberry is stolen by Suiseiseki. Hinaichigo is angry when Nori believes Suiseiseki's claim that HInaichigo finished her own strawberry and is so selfish as to covert Suiseiseki's as well. All riled up, Hinaichigo decides to go on a strike on the second floor with Jun as her ally. Their antics caused Suiseiseki to launch an offensive from the first floor. Tricked by Jun/Hinaichigo, Suiseiseki finally admitted she's the culprit. Nearing to dinnertime, Suiseiseki tries to tempt Jun/Hinaichigo into surrendering by emptying the fridge's contents and eating the goodies in front of them. To get Shinku on their side, Jun comes up with a plan to use a KunKun doll to lure Shinku in. However, he didn't expect Hinaichigo to lurch forward
An episode of KunKun detective show is set in a ghost house and all the Rozen Maidens are scared stiff of being alone. Up in the room, Shinku and Jun shares a tender moment when Jun observes that Shinku looks more like a human than a doll but it ended with Jun getting another hair-slap. Shinku tries to get through to Jun's lost heart but to no avail. While Hinaichigo and Suiseiseki was watching TV in the living room, they're lured to the storeroom by a sound. Upon hearing a scream, Jun and Shinku rushed down to see an unconcisous Suiseiseki and Suigintou capturing Hinaichigo so as to challenge Shinku to an Alice game. Shinku mobilizes some of Jun's stuffed dolls as knights and together with Jun and Suiseiseki, enters into Suigintou's dreamworld to retreive Hinaichigo. A fierce battle ensued and one of the knight dolls broke to pieces in trying to protect Shinku. When Suigintou got Shinku in a stranglehold where her life is threatened, Jun has flashbacks of his times with Shinku and rac
Morning dawns and Shinku still won't wake from her deep slumber, Nori's classmate visits her house to make another confession attempt by way of a hockey stick as a gift but gets mistaken by Nori as a door-to-door salesman (*snickers*). Jun can't seems to wake Shinku no matter what he does. Since Rozen Maidens react when their medium is in danger, Suiseiseki (*evil smirks*) has an idea to wake Shinku up by causing some bodily harm to Jun but still failed to elict any responses. Jun becomes dispirited when Shinku didn't even respond to her beloved KunKun doll. Suiseiseki explains that the Rozen Maidens dream when they fall into a deep sleep. It's an eternal sleep that doesn't allow death and is emotionally exhausting as the doll is forced to relive moments in their lives since birth, whether happiness, anticipation, despair or pain. Jun surfs the net for more info and races out of the house upon obtaining a clue. Meanwhile, Hinaichigo gave a yawn and suddenly... The book Jun is look
This episode opens with Souseiseki floating around a white empty space as if looking for something. She leaves after being summoned by her master (aka her medium). Turns out that Souseiseki and Suiseiseki is intially bound to an old man who looks upon Souseiseki as a replacement for his dead son 'Kadzuki'. Unable to take blow of their son's death, the old man's wife had been in a coma for a while. Souseiseki is trying to bring back her soul by searching her dreamworld (the white empty space) but has no success so far. Suiseiseki wanted to leave their master as he's becoming weirder by the day and taking his 'replacement complex' overboard. But Souseiseki refused to leave out of a sense of duty and so Suiseiseki stormed off in a fit to anger to look for Shinku. All the Rozens Maidens scattered in laughter when Jun chase after them for mangling his toy bus. When Hinaichigo and Suiseiseki hides in the storeman, the enchanted mirror shows what has transpired betwen Suiseiseki and her twin.
Suiseiseki is alarmed as Souseiseki seldoms open the door to dreams. Shinku surmises she must have been tricked. Suiseiseki is heartened when the gang votes to follow her to recuse Souseiseki. They enter into the master's dreamworld to look for Souseiseki and encounters Suigintou. Having possessed Souseisek's Renpika (shears), Suigintou wants Souseiseki's Amethyst Dream (watering can) as well. When the dream door disappears, Souseiseki knows that the master intends to lock all of them in his dream. Shinku askes Jun to leave with the twins while Hinaichigo and herself stays behind to deal with Suigintou. The twins bought Jun to a mighty tree that connects everyone's dreams in the world and whose branches allow them to travel between dreams. They enter into the dreamworld of the master's wife and to their suprise, sees Kadzuki. The master's wife refused to leave her dreamworld because of Kadzuki's presence and because both of them can live in a safe world without the pain of reality. Thi
Suigintou enters into Shinku's dream to get her to wager her Rosa Mystique in a final Alice game to end it all. Shinku agrees. Suiseseki comes for a visit. Nori's classmate appears again in front of her house to confess but got knocked out by Souseseki's flying suitcase (poor guy). Nori requests for their help in practicing for her school play 'Snow White'. Nori is the narrator, Souseseki/Hinaichigo as the dwarfs, Suiseseki as the evil crone, while Shinku makes for a very chilly Snow White. Suiseseki totally relishes her role as the evil stepmother and gave Snow White a poisoned apple. Jun, as the prince, is required to give Shinku a kiss and he gets all flustered. Jun blushes when he chanced upon the Rozen Maidens in their undergarments as Nori washes their laundry. Nori and Shinku enjoys a reflective moment together and the latter tries to teach Nori to see things differently. Shinku lounges around in Jun's shirt when she takes off her dress for Jun to sew her cuffs. Jun can't help b
Rozen Maiden Review Rozen Maiden is seriously better than it looks at first glance. I admit that had I been an anime fan when this first aired, I probably would have ignored it just from the premise alone. Fighting dolls? Meh, can't be that interesting. Yeah, I was wrong. Story - 4.5/5 Stars The story of Rozen Maiden is pretty straightforward. A bunch of Dolls come to life after a human winds them up and they pretty much fight to the death to win the Alice Games. The best thing about the show is that it doesn't take any rests and every single episode escalates the plot in some way. This show had only 12 episodes and it used those 12 VERY well. Every episode flows nicely into the other, and each event ties into the bigger plot and the final battle/end of the show. The plot has a few flaws though. I for one got a bit confused at times; but that could have been me interpreting some dialogue wrong, or not paying enough attention at some points. What bothered me the most about the story was how the show held a lot of important info about the Alice Games until a late episode (I think episode 10 or so). So you are pretty much left in the dark about some things from the start of the show until episode 10. Even after they explained the Alice Games, I didn't quite get it totally. Were they awakened at one time? Does the game start once the second doll is awakened, or when the last doll is awakened? Little things like that weren't answered. I personally like having things like that told to me in the first episode to avoid confusion and questions (Even if it is just an hour of boring Dialogue, like Fate/Zero did). Aside from that, the story didn't have any major flaws. Characters - 4/5 Stars I admit that depending on your tastes these characters might get on your nerves. In fact, some people might find almost every character in this show annoying, aside from Shinku, who is glorious (loli tsundere? What's not to love?). I understand that, but that simply isn't me. I didn't have a problem with any of the characters, and liked pretty much all of them. Characters like Hina-Ichigo and Suiseiseki (Desu!) will undoubtedly piss off some people to no end, but odds are you will like this cast. The cast just work very well together. One of the best things about them IMO is how every one of them seems to be in the Alice Games for different reasons. Some want to reach perfection, while other just want to play around. Seeing how everyone treats this game makes the show a little more interesting, as everyone has something different in mind. Production Values - 4/5 Stars The production values for this show are surprisingly high. I wasn't expecting much in this department, but my expectations were surpassed almost instantly. Watching it on DVD quality didn't do it enough justice IMO, but even then the animation looked good. Everything was fluid, and the battles looked very good as well. Some of the colors looked a little dull, but that could have been Sentai's DVD release. Speaking of Sentai Filmworks, the dub is pretty bad (it uses honorifics, the worst thing a dub can do). What was even better than the animation though was the score. First off, the openings and endings were good (I liked the opening a lot actually), and the background music was fantastic. Talk about music that fits a shows atmosphere. It is hard for me to put into words how fitting the BGM was, but it'll be obvious when you watch it. This show deserves a watch if you haven't seen it yet, especially since at the time of writing this there is a second season, 2 OVA episodes, and a third season coming out in Summer 2013. You'll have a lot to watch, and hopefully the rest of the series can live up to this one.
Rozen Maiden is a truly mediocre show with some really strong theming, a great premise, excellent music and aesthetics, but utterly horrid execution. It is also my favorite anime of all time. This review takes into account the first season, the second season, Traumend, and the OVA, Overture, but not Zuruckspulen. The series places seven dolls who awaken through various eras of human history, portraying their faults as characters, strengths and nuances with effective interest in their historical locales, lapsing in and out of time in what may well be an instant, but juxtaposed upon that is the mirror to the real world, the N-Field, or the field of dreams. A concept which the series runs with, describing how all thoughts and existence are inter-woven together through their subconscious and how they subtly interact with one another to influence and insinuate. The series starts in a refreshing fashion, albeit a downer of one, where a middle school boy's ordinary life of being a depressed NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) is interrupted by a delivery. With Jun's fascination of antiques and the bizarre, he managed to find himself agreeing to accept a doll from a mysterious source. Thus Shinku arrives in his life, and with her, and her awakening, gives the start to the new Alice game. The Alice game is a clash between all the dolls, wherein they typically fight to obtain one anothers Rosa Mysticae, which is a physical manifestation of their soul. The show manages to avoid making them a macguffin by placing agency and importance on them. With the loss of ones rosa mystica, they surrender their life, personality, power, and being in the world. Each doll is interconnected. Throughout the series their relationships develop and you get a true feeling for the connection the sisters share with each other. Ultimately Shinku and her clique come to a conclusion. It is better to coexist with your loved ones than to kill them in order to achieve the status of Alice and obtain coexistence with father, a figure all the dolls look up to and spire to meet. However, the antagonists of the series, Suigntou, and Barasuishou present clear obstacles to Shinku and her groups goal. Rozen Maiden creates a clear distinction between adversaries, but provides an interesting twist to it all. The protagonists wish to recruit and work together, and I find this to be extremely interesting. It's not done in a way that feels overblown or hard headed, preachy or irritating. Conflict is often approached with hesitance, and there's numerous nuances within the coinciding groups which create a ton of interesting engagements with the flavorful chemistry of the fairly (although, not at all completely) cliche characters. Beyond all the characters and traits of the show's systems of presentation, there are the settings which I had detailed before have two main elements - the real world, and the field of dreams. The real world has typical imagery which frames the characters in typical situations, and allows for staging of conflict to occur, it's a grounded locale and serves as an accessible point of comfort for the viewer and characters. Rozen Maiden, however, I must praise for its theming. Throughout the show it uses its setting, characters, and pacing to place a sense of urgency on the alice game and its players, talking much of life, lifelessness, depression, exclusion, reclusion, and it basks in these nuances. What strikes me is the imagery of nude dolls in the show, they're husk like in their appearance and disposition. It's really something powerful to see what you know is essentially the skeleton of a doll, rended lifeless, where you can mentally compare it to what you see in the lively dolls of the show. However, the shows presentation leaves a lot to desire. What I've read of the manga bleeds of high concepts in its portrayal. The manga utterly tarnishes the show in that regard. For the most part, the pacing is utterly horrendous. It kicks off these affairs in the most nuanced and predictable way. It's cheesy with its acting barring a few characters, its flat with its directing, and it does no justice to the manga. The show hits some extremely high points later when the characters start to really engage with the field of dreams, especially those of the main characters, unraveling who they really are. Rozen Maiden fails its source material here. It's an utter shame the show failed to capture the vision of its creator, however, beyond that shortcoming of directing, there is also that of animation. Lets face it, anime in the 00s took a distinct dip in quality. Perhaps it was the accessibility, or the flowing in of new content from a new generation of authors, but there is a notable low point in the quality of animation. Rozen Maiden is no exception, with its mediocre budget and high soaring visions. Rozen Maiden is one of the ugliest anime I've seen. It is visual garbage, and it's an utter shame it looks so hideous in its animation. Fortunately the characters, the details are really nice and adorable and rich. Still, even then it doesn't do proper justice to the source material. I don't feel comfortable saying this show isn't worth watching. It is. It absolutely is for its good qualities, and ultimately, what it led to. Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen is the redemption series that came all too late to a show that needed it immediately, and it is stunningly good. It is worth engaging with, if only, you ultimately aim to watch Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen, as it is a fuller culmination of the vision of the source material, and does a much fuller justice to the themes, and concepts present in the original material.
Interesting concept but far too much filler. Wrapped things up too quickly. But regardless still an OK watch.