Then there were 3
|Yay this episode did not disappoint! I loved all the lighting they did for the scenes too. It was really noticeable in the flashbacks and a lot more interesting than having two characters talk in a well lit room for half an episode.|
So when I said that you missed a lot of the dolls interacting when they breezed over the first half of this story, you missed a lot of… this. Actually, this was pretty mild since
Hina Ichigo and Suiseiseki weren’t involved to make things annoying it was just Suigintou and Shinku having one of their usual spats. Since I’m not entirely sure that the OVA was canon or not, I’m just going to say that I’m not entirely sure why Suigintou and Shinku hate each other’s guts. They just do. Though their personalities are pretty conflicting (both are kind of stuck up), so even if they don’t have some grand event that started all of this, I can see them disliking each other regardless. Anyways, long story short, these two sisters fight an awful lot and hate each other, but they don’t really have a choice at the moment but get along. …Or at least tolerate each other’s presence. Dealing with Kirakishou is obviously a way more pressing matter for both of them.
Not much happened this week with Jun other than him being invited to help out Saito’s production (actually, that part with telling the dolls to stop fighting was pretty funny too). So instead, I’ll talk a
bit lot about Suigintou and Megu’s characters. I’m glad they took up a good portion of the episode to explain her relationship with Megu, since that’s a huge part of this subplot here. So yeah, Megu has some kind of illness that she’s survived an incredibly long time with (the doctors originally said she wouldn’t live past 5), her father is never around so she feels abandoned, and she’s not exactly mentally stable, since she has an unhealthy obsession with her own death. Though she’s not going to commit suicide or anything, since she has her own vision on how she’s going to die. She meets Suigintou, and Megu is immediately attached, where Suigintou isn’t entirely sure what to think. They never form a contract for some reason. …And eventually, Suigintou is hesitant to form one since she’s worried about Megu’s health. They’ve never showed it in the anime so far, but the dolls fighting is actually really strenuous for their medium. Suigintou is (apparently) unique in that she can take energy from any human without a contract, so a medium would make her stronger, but they’re not entirely necessary. The reason why she was injured and wandering around in the middle of the episode because she was living in the church that was taken down. Also, this happened after she stole Souseiseki’s Rosa Mystica, which was rejecting her because she stole it and apparently that causes pain or something.
What they did cover was great (and really all that the story needed), but there’s another layer of sorts to this story and this helps explain why Suigintou became attached to Megu like she did. If you read the manga, you’d know that Suigintou is rather similar to Megu on a lot of levels. Her wings have caused cracks all down her back (in the original anime, I think she was missing her torso if I remember correctly) and Suigintou wants to win the Alice Game so badly because she’s desperate for Rozen’s love. Plus they both act out in attempts to get others to dislike them (Suigingtou with her first encounter with Megu, and Megu’s talk with her father and the nurses) in an indirect way of attention seeking (which probably isn’t the best way to describe it, but hopefully you get what I’m trying to say). However, after spending time with Megu, Suigintou eventually wants to win the Alice Game not for Rozen, but to heal Megu’s illness. Because apparently the Rosa Mystica can do that. Megu knows nothing about this and just continues on in her dark fantasies about Suigintou killing her. After Megu’s outburst towards her father, Suigintou decides to finally grant Megu’s wish… and then Kirakishou happens.
Suigintou isn’t an antagonist for no reason, she’s just trying to take care of Megu in her own way. I find this really heartwarming, since Suigintou seems to hate everyone else on the planet. This includes herself since on some level, she considers herself defective (not that she’ll ever admit it to anyone) which again, is why she wanted Rozen’s love so much. There was a part in the manga where the wound Jun finds Suigintou crying in the N-Feild about this, and now that I remember it, I wish they had kept that in there since it was an interesting moment for her character. Megu… actually becomes REALLY creepy in the manga in the the arc after this one, but there’s no way we’re getting there this season. So for now, she’s just a character who has wild mood swings.
If you’re wondering why Kirikishou kidnapped her in the first place, it’s because she kind of has a… medium farm. She has this creepy crystal world set up with a ton of sleeping mediums so that she can steal energy from them (or as the manga put it, “steal their souls”), and I imagine that’s why she’s currently kicking everyone else’s asses when it comes to the last few fights. This kind of seems like the same as Suingintou’s power to steal energy to me, but I guess with Kirakishou, she can only do it with mediums. Speaking of Kirakishou, her plans should come to action soonish. The book Jun received is pretty suspicious, considering that they originally stopped because of her. But for now, Jun needs to deal with the fact that Shinku has a limited time span in this world.
This was a break from all of the Jun focus, but it is interesting to know more about the other mediums that exist out there. As you probably guessed from the large volume that I’ve written, I’m really fond of this relationship between Megu and Suigintou. Jun and Shinku are nice too (and it’s interesting to note that Shinku’s presence makes Jun open up to society in both worlds), but I see Suigintou and Megu relating on so many (more obvious) levels. I think I remember Shinku saying in the manga about the Rozen Maiden going to people who resemble them (or that the medium and doll share the same Sea of Unconsciousness… or something), and I can definitely see the similarities for those two. I kind of wish they would go into Mitsu (Kanaria’s medium) a bit since she supports the wound Jun a lot, but I highly doubt that we’ll see her since she doesn’t appear in this arc. …And those two don’t quite have a meaningful relationship quite like Jun/Shinku and Megu/Suigintou. Or at least, not one that the manga goes into.
If my hunch is correct about the pacing, the next doll should arrive in episode 8 (probably towards the end) and then there’s a big event that will take up the last however many episodes this anime is.
Next episode should contain a lot more Jun and a lot less flashbacks.