Aaaand back to tea time we go.
|…Wow, last week came and went extremely fast. Maybe it’s because I didn’t write a post for Makai Ouji this week, but I feel like it’s still Wednesday or something. Anyways, in comparison, Rozen Maiden is still continuing on it’s own pace.|
Shinku is back! …And there’s not much else to say. She treats the unwound Jun exactly how she treated the wound Jun, and her personality is the same as ever. It’s kind of funny (and yet, expected) how the unwound Jun somehow winds up complying with Shinku’s demands like the wound version did. They really are the same person deep down. Shinku’s appearance was useful for information… but sadly, I don’t think much else was accomplished this episode with her. It was basically just Shinku’s daily life in this world. Oh, but what she said about having 7 days left should make the plot a bit more interesting. Remember that she said that her body in this world is only temporary.
Another thing they never mentioned before, but mentioned in passing here, Suiseiseki and Suigintou are also kind of out of commission. If my memory serves correctly, Suiseiseki was trapped in the N-Feild due to Kirakishou using Souseiseki’s soulless body or something to lure her out. …Or maybe it was that Kirakishou made an illusion of Souseiseki to trap Suiseiseki, I can’t remember exact details. As for Suigintou, her medium was kidnapped by Kirakishou, and Suigintou followed her in there to get her back. Though that story will probably be covered in the next episode, since they’ll probably have Suigintou explain why she’s there.
In contrast to the trouble the dolls are having, Jun seems to be a bit happier at the moment. I’ve always liked the exchange between him and Saito in the store about the costume ideas and how to coordinate an outfit. Jun obviously has talent and he could put it to great use, so it’s unfortunate that the immaturity of his peers and pressure from society (or at least, the pressure in his head) set him back so much when he was younger. And I guess Jun’s happiness now comes from the fact that Shinku is present, if his monologue about winding and not winding is anything to go by. Of course, he’ll find more answers and directions in life as this arc continues on, but I can’t deny that the supernatural occurrences in unwound Jun’s life haven’t been somewhat positive.
Interestingly enough though, with Jun’s decision, Rozen Maiden never existed in his world in the first place. …Which raises some questions. From my understanding, I guess his decision changed the history of the world itself? The Alice Game has been going on for a really long time and I assume that there have been other mediums before Jun’s generation of them. From the way the dolls all have established ways of interacting with humans, I don’t think that this whole medium and contract thing is new for the Rozen Maiden. So I kind of have to wonder what the heck happened to the mediums before Jun when the Rozen Maiden were erased from existence in that world. Were they just erased from history too? As far as I know, the general history of the world is the same (other than Jun not winding). I just wonder how much changed overall.
…Though the series also mentions that there are multiple worlds (like, a countless number of them) and so I guess a world based entirely on one guy’s single decision isn’t so far fetched. Plus this isn’t really vital to the storyline, so they can be loose about details. The whole “Rozen Maiden never existed in the world due to your decision” thing is something that’s mentioned once and barely important to the plot line other than to explain why Shinku didn’t just go to another medium when Jun decided not to wind (and why she won’t be running into an alternate version of herself or anything here… as awesome as that might be). There’s only one of each Rozen Maiden doll for the entire span of worlds.
…And Kirakishou is the creepiest of them all.
Hmm, so not much to talk about this week other than what I already covered. Rozen Maiden isn’t a bad show at all, but I feel like nothing really happened this episode, to be honest. I was kind of hoping that they’d pick up the pace again. On the plus side though, watching Shinku be herself was great, and they kind of (but not really) explained a bit as to why she’s in the unwound world. Things should get back to how the first half of the story was soon(ish) with the dolls coming back. I know I said this the last episode, but I thought Suigintou would have made an appearance in here, even if it was at the end. …Obviously not though. I really hope the anime can find it in itself to put more than one chapter in an episode soon. Though I’m not getting my hopes up anytime soon since the next episode looks like it will involve flashbacks between Suigintou and her medium that weren’t present at this time in the manga.
And on that note, Suigintou WILL be back next week! Yaaaay!