Some people just can’t take “no” for an answer.
|…Thanks to the people on Nico going “udon! It’s totally udon!” at the first part of the Rozen Maiden OP (you know, with the white vines), I can’t unsee it. OTL|
This is what I mean when I say that the dolls can pretty much do anything unless they say they can’t. At first, Suiseiseki and Souseiseki’s powers in Rozen Maiden were introduced as being able to help a person ‘grow’. Being gardeners, being able to travel into a person’s dreams, and every human having a tree in their dreams (which is kind of like the person’s soul), they kind of… help people grow by taking care of said tree. Though they were also said that they can kill a person that way too (Suiseiseki overwatering kills the tree and Souseiseki can cut away branches (memories), so the tree can’t function/live anymore). From this episode though, I guess they can do something about time and restoring worlds as well. Though I guess restoring a person’s tree and restoring a world are kind of like the same thing. …I don’t think the unwound Jun’s tree was the one that was around the clock (I’m pretty sure that the N-Feild and the dream world or whatever it’s called are different places), but I wonder how his tree would compare to the wound Jun’s tree, since he seems to have grown quite a bit on his own and the wound Jun’s tree was pretty tiny when it was last shown.
They skipped over the part where Laplace’s story told wound Jun to weave a rope out of brambles (which was painful) to climb down on, and that’s how he got Shinku’s body out, but having it float up without all of that is infinitely more convenient. …Plus the whole rope thing was for naught anyways, since Jun drops it accidentally when Kanaria shows up and Shinku’s body floats up thanks to Berrybell/Hina Ichigo like it did here.
Yes, wound Jun’s grown a fair amount over the course of this anime, and it’s showing through even now with him rejecting Kirakishou. It’s a pretty big step to have him absolutely hating his life to wanting to chose it over any other alternatives. Sure, Kirakishou could have changed his world for him to be exactly the way he wanted it, but now Jun has enough self confidence to do that himself. And if you’re wondering if she would have actually changed it like she said she would, I’m sure she would have been true to her word. A big part of what drives Kirakishou is her search for recognition (not that the anime has ever gone into this) and trying to become perfect in her own terms. …Which is also why Jun saying that she wasn’t needed caused her destruction here. Had he worked with her, Kirakishou would have kept unwound Jun alive and happy to suit her goals. I have a feeling that I know exactly what he would have been doing as well, since there’s an incident later with someone who’s rather similar to Jun… Anyways, back to Jun himself, he’s made a big decision about how he wants the world, and he’s sticking to it.
Finally, Kirakishou is gone! Ish. I mean, she’s gone from unwound Jun’s world, but if they’re going to continue on with the manga’s story, then she’s in no way gone for good. Did you see a Rosa Mystica? No. Plus even without a hold on this world, she still has Hina Ichigo’s body somewhere. She’ll be back to screw everyone over again soon enough (just not in this arc). Though of course, we have to end things on the worst note possible for dramatic effect. Shinku has fallen apart, Souseiseki’s Rosa Mystica is going back to Suigintou, and… er, that’s it. Things are still fairly depressing though, so let’s see how it ends.
Maybe they weren’t perfect, but the fact that they bothered (for the most part) to include everyone’s reflections in the crystal the characters were all standing on was a nice touch. I’ve never really mentioned this before either, but I quite like the sound track to this anime as well. …Though it’s done by the same guy (Mitsumune Shinkichi) who did the other Rozen Maiden OSTs, so that’s a given. So I assume the next episode should be the last supernatural happenings wrap-up episode before we go back to seeing unwound Jun’s daily life. Though before that, the plot needs to sort out what’s happening with Shinku and Souseiseki. Hina Ichigo should play a surprisingly large part on deciding the outcome of the next episode’s events, considering that she’s not even physically there.
But for now, enjoy the Nice Boat-ish ending.