Ah, sibling rivalry.
|You know, I’ve known about the new Rozen Maiden VN coming out for a while, but I still can’t fathom what the hell they’re going to do with it. Retell the anime? What kind of decision making options would it have? Is it even fun to read something like that despite already reading the manga? (I only really play dating sims, and couldn’t make it through the Higurashi games OTL.) Though then again, I could never figure out how the first Rozen Maiden game worked either.|
Suigintou and Shinku are at it again. I don’t know how well I explained this in the comments section the last episode, but these two used to be waaay more malicious towards each other. …And now they’ve been toned down to the point where they seem like bickering children (which is kind of cute in a way). With being stuck in this world though, at least they have some kind of truce (ish). There might be another doll on the way too since Jun is has started with those “Create a Girl” things again. Though it’s still awfully suspicious, considering how the white vines keep wrapping around Jun and unwound Jun had trouble contacting wound Jun before that “go ahead and make another doll” text appeared this episode. …Actually, that doll (that Jun saw as a prop for the play) looked a lot like Kirakishou as well.
So Jun is accomplishing something, finally! His craft skills are going to good use with helping with the play and it’s cute how he was more motivated after Saito calling him “Jun-kun”. This Jun actually seems less negative than the one in the manga, since at this point, he was thinking in his head about how the acting group wasn’t any different from the rest of society and ignoring him since he wasn’t really a part of them. Here, he was just wondering how he ended up as a prop painter. That’s way less depressing.
In contrast though, the talk with the manager still hit home with Jun pretty hard. Yes, the manager is an asshat, but can you really deny that his words didn’t have some truth to them? Jun does look down on the manager, and yet, the manager is pretty content with his life, where Jun was struggling for a really long time. Not that I’m saying that Jun should become the same kind of person as the manager, but if he loosened his views on society a bit and stopped isolating himself, maybe Jun would get more out of life. Though he’s already kind of doing that with helping out with Saito’s acting group. He might have been annoyed by her at first (calling her one of those airheads who got taken in by his manager), but she’s a pretty nice person in reality. …Though the next episode should explain why Jun believes why Saito will eventually abandon him, like everyone else.
Jun seemed more… desperate and dependant on the dolls in the manga at this point. I don’t know how well the anime got this across (since they cut out a lot of Jun’s inner monologues), but Jun believes that every single good thing that’s happened to him since the first couple of episodes is all due to the Rozen Maiden’s appearances. Not because of how he opened up to Saito and how he took control over part of his life instead of drifting around, but because he managed to recreate a mythical doll who in turn, changed fate. He believes that, like they talked about this episode, he managed to find a bit of happiness because the world branched off from its original ‘fate’ when the dolls crossed over. The talk with the boss this episode and the reminder that he should probably go to school was a reminder that his life could easily go back to being the same as it was before Jun recreated Shinku. Shinku has to inevitably leave of course, but unwound Jun definitely doesn’t want that day to come.
Of course, the anime could be trying to go off in a different direction, since like I said above, I could have sworn that I remember Jun being more desperate to keep the Rozen Maiden around (and having extreme close ups of his crazed eyes), lest his days go back to what they were before since the world would go back to the ‘direction’ it was originally supposed to take. Or maybe they’re saving that for the next episode, since the preview didn’t look like it had the play in it yet (you know, the one Saito is putting on) and it looks like part of the episode will take place from the wound Jun’s perspective.
This managed to cover 1.5 chapters instead of the usual 1 chapter! Amazing! …But this still felt like a lot of nothing happened. The characters are all preparing for some kind of resolution (whether they know it or not), but not a lot is being accomplished towards that. Shinku and Suigintou can’t do much except for wait at Jun’s place, and Jun himself doesn’t entirely know how to move forward with his life. …In Jun’s case, it’s more that he’s convinced himself that it’s impossible for him to go anywhere. Not that you can really tell that from this since I’m drawing that mostly from the manga. This Jun doesn’t seem to have as many depressing inner monologues as opposed to his manga counterpart. At least we can say that he feels similarly trapped though, since he’s being drawn to taking a risk and making another new doll in hopes of changing his world.
Guess who (though what other character wears bright orange bloomers?)