Aren’t family reunions fun?
|Now they’re speeding things up~ Maybe this isn’t the most action packed fight of all time, but at least the main battle of this anime is finally happening. Also, the manga is finally being translated again! Yaay!|
I liked what they did with the play here. Saito’s acting was really good when she was shown doing it before this episode, and she wasn’t bad here, but the entire portion of the play that we saw the episode was really obvious that it wasn’t professional-level. Or maybe a better way of talking about it is to say that it was obvious that it was a performance and not real (you know, kind of like how the dolls are lifelike, but not real. If you couldn’t tell from the OP, Rozen Maiden likes things like this). It tied into the overall feel of the show really nicely. Anyways, Shinku’ grand plan for getting out of this world is finally revealed. …Not that it was ever much of a plan. So yeah, this is why we spent around 7 episodes watching Shinku not doing a whole lot. It’s not that she didn’t want to do something, but it was more of a waiting game. That’s also why Suiseiseki came through with the most convenient timing ever as well, since the worlds are connected for a brief moment. …And now time is stopped for no real reason, because it’s more convenient to the storyline that way.
For the dolls, denying the fight for the Rosa Mysica is kind of like denying their reason for existence. All of them want to win the Alice Game and become the perfect girl for their Father, Rozen. So with Kirakishou only wanting to swap bodies for the hell of it, with no intentions on winning the game, the other dolls would see her as more of a monster than if she was just playing the game like everyone else. They can accept loss, if it’s for that reason. Kirakishou is just kind of stepping on everything they believe in with what she’s doing. They kind of skipped over this in the anime, but Kirakishou even offered her Rosa Mystica to Suigintou when she kidnapped Megu. She doesn’t really need it. It’s funny how Kirakishou was talking about being the ultimate doll. …It may not be true personality-wise, but she’s not even complete and she’s been sending all of the dolls in a panic since the beginning. She’s crazy over-powered for some reason and she really doesn’t have an awful lot to loose. I didn’t notice this in the manga as much, but Shinku seemed kind of out of it in this fight between thinking that Kirakishou was Hina Ichigo and Jun’s ‘betrayal’ of building a doll behind her back. Plus Suigintou has constantly been having problems due to Souseiseki’s Rosa Mystica constantly rejecting her. Maybe this is why they’re losing so badly, but at the same time, Kirakishou is still really overpowered compared to the other dolls.
…Don’t ask why Kirakishou can steal energy directly from Jun all of a sudden, even though he’s not a medium. I have no explanation for that. Though maybe she could do that from the beginning (and Suigintou’s ability to do that too just isn’t as unique as she thinks it is). Or maybe Kirakishou can do that here because she’s already had her vines around Jun since like, episode 4. …Or maybe this world is just special. In any case, at least we have a reason she’s held off for so long, since she needed Jun to create her body. Which is actually Souseiseki’s. I guess I had forgotten that they reveal right away that the body that Jun made was actually Souseiseki. Though really, if you think about it, it would have been her or Hina Ichigo, since they’re the only two who don’t have a Rosa Mystica anymore and therefore, don’t need bodies.
As a final note, this last battle or sorts is a turning point for unwound Jun. As you can see from this episode, he’s decided that he’s fully involved with this fight, and instead of getting depressed over how he fell so easily into Kirakishou’s trap, he wants to do something about it. He just has a bit more to go before his character… blossoms? He’s obviously been growing for the past couple of episodes (with some setbacks), but he’s almost at the verge of realizing something important. The next episode looks like it includes the conversation he has with himself, so that should be good.
You know, looking at the doll sizes, I knew that they made the dolls look smaller in this anime, but it seems that the older anime was actually the more accurate one. In the manga, Shinku came up to about unwound Jun’s waist. I’m not quite sure what inspired the size change, but like people have been saying, it certainly adds to the surreal vibe of this show. I have a comparison picture under the spoiler tag here if you’re too lazy to go look this up yourself.
Speaking of this anime doing things nicely, it seems like the decision to draw out Jun’s life story and speed up the action was a good one. They got through at least 3 chapters this episode and the action pacing was great. Not a lot happened (though it was quite a bit considering how action-less the anime has been up until now), but try imagining sitting through an entire episode of Shinku holding back because the body might have been Hina Ichigo’s. And after that, an entire episode of Suiseiseki getting in the way without explaining why (and with Kirakishou and Jun just kind of sitting there, watching). Yep, they made the right decision here. I can see them wrapping this up without things seeming rushed within the remaining 4 episodes.
Jun, meet Jun.