Synonyms: Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen
Japanese: ローゼンメイデン (2013)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2013 to Sep 27, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisJun Sakurada, a middle school shut-in refuses to go to school after being traumatized by an embarrassing incident at school. One day, he receives a letter asking "yes or no", and chose "yes", meeting the living doll Shinku and the events of the original Rozen Maiden series unfolding. However, what would have happened if he had chosen "no"? Although he overcame his shut-in nature, this Jun can't find a place where he belongs. Then, Shinku suddenly appears in this world where "Rozen Maidens" aren't supposed to exist; what will their new encounter bring?!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Rozen Maiden
Alternative version: Rozen Maiden
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Everyone has his or her own talents. Whether you're good at drawing, playing a sport, or even making a simple meal, there's a special hidden talent within everyone. For a particular boy named Jun Sakurada, he has a talent too. We should all be proud of our accomplishments right? Well, that doesn't fit the case with Jun because after a particular embarrassing moment in his earlier school years, there's that fear of anxiety that followed him for the rest of his life. Has that ever happened to you before? Maybe but did it ever escalate it to a point where a person almost completely changes from whom they were once before? Probably not.
Despite the title being the exact same name of the original Rozen Maiden series, fan should not be confused with this anime. This series is called Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen but should be seen as an alternate series that follows the events of the second manga from its beginning. Fans of the original Rozen Maiden series of both the anime and manga should be delighted. This is because the series is the first reincarnation of Rozen Maiden since Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre that debuted years ago.
The first thing viewers might notice is the overview of its characters and themes in the first episode. There's that sense of nostalgia that bites back from years ago if you've been a loyal fan. More honestly though, this series assumes that you are already somewhat familiar with the Rozen Maiden franchise. Even if you're coming into Rozen Maiden completely fresh, it is okay because of the material covered in this series isn't any sort of direct continuation from its prequels. However, the experience might be somewhat lessened to a degree.
As for starters, this series follows two sides of a story. For one, we have Jun Sakurada that plays the role of the main male protagonist. Like many people, he has a talent but it turns out to be something that doesn't fit well for his gender role. The story follows Jun and his life as a seemingly lonely man. He has an average life with an average job and no girlfriend at his age. We get to see from his point of view on the typical life of a young man whom seemingly have no particular goal or dream in life. What he does have though is a terrible experience during his middle school years. That has left a scar in his life that continues to haunt him since today with his memories.
The other side of the story covers a more fantasy field in Jun's life. That comes from the arrival of a strange text message on his cell phone. The twist here involves a bit of fantasy element as the messenger on the opposite side is someone he never thought to be. It plays around the boundary between fantasy and reality because his new situation becomes much of a problem than he had ever imagined before. For now, Jun has to deal with his newfound problem whether he likes it or not.
But the real star isn't just Jun from this show. From the depths of fantasy comes our lovely dressed doll, Shinku. She is not just elegantly dressed but also comes with a lady like personality. Her constant demand for tea and service from Jun is often played on a joke of annoyance. In fact, the master should be Jun, not the other way around considering he is Shinku's maker. The problem isn't that though because Jun can suddenly deal with annoyance in his life. Rather, it's this new twist involving a game known as the Alice Game. In that game, there are seven different dolls identified as the Rozen Maidens each with a different human partner. In order to win the game, one must steal the others' Rosa Mystica through battle and in turn become the perfect girl known as Alice. It sounds difficult. It proves difficult. It is difficult. This is because Jun wishes to win the game without actually taking anyone's Rosa Mystica. This task is considered impossible because it would defeat the purpose of the game. Whoever is because the scenes for this game suddenly won't be happy.
As if unhappy is a word to describe this series, just look carefully at Jun's college life. He's suddenly not happy about his job especially the way his store manager treats him. Not only that, he is constantly judging what others may think of him. The thoughts he forms sometimes borderlines on delusional. But who can blame him right? After all, he's suffered a past that he hopes to never to relive again. In essence, the overall tone of this series spells out a more serious atmosphere as we explore Jun's loneliness as a young man.
Character dynamics are explored throughout this series. There's two sides to it as well. First comes the more realistic side once again with Jun. In this series, Jun is works at a local bookstore where he doesn't seem to be happy. The store manager always seems to play the role of a bully. In many ways, Jun feels the scars of what he has suffered in the past as in the form of humiliation. Luckily though, there's some hope with his fellow co-worker Saitou. As someone who has a talent in the field of acting, she is sympathetic for Jun. The relationship between Jun and her is typical. It crosses between the lines of both friendship and possibly even romance. On the other side is the relationship between a human and doll – Jun and Shinku in this case. The series leaves their relationship as ambiguous. There's a sense of annoyance, appreciation, and bonding that can be all packaged by the duo's relationship. On other other hand, Shinku has rivals in form of antagonism towards another doll in the series – Suigintou. It can be seen as serious and comedic the same time; take it how you receive it. Unfortunately though, there's not much exploration of the other dolls with their masters besides Shinku and Suigintou.
Although the premise sounds interesting, there's a sting in its pacing. What I'm referring to here is the story and its main purpose. The Rozen Maidens are designed to fight each other for the title of Alice but the premise itself doesn't engage itself as well as one may hope. In fact, the majority of the first half adapts more of a slice of life tone that can be repetitive to watch. In particular, this relates to Jun and his life. Then, there's a problem with the other characters as the show seems to only highlight two particular dolls for the majority of its run. The series details the Alice Game so each doll should have its purpose. Instead though, this series only gives them a minimal amount of screen time. Not all the dolls gets their own spotlight and some may feel disappointed. The sense of emotions might also not be as strong as one may hope for due to a lack of exploration in the other dolls' backgrounds. Perhaps the amount of episodes could be a problem here but that shouldn't be an excuse for its pacing. Finally, the concept of fighting for a grand title or accomplishment isn't new in the anime industry. Other shows such as Mirai Nikki, Mai-Hime, Fate Stay Night, and recent Crime Edge has adapted such themes before. It's been done.
The artwork for the series suddenly feels a bit different. By different, I mean in terms of realism. The place that Jun is living at is designed to look very simple to give viewers an outlook on his average life. There's not much fancy going on in his life besides Shinku. The way his character is designed also looks plain with his face and figure. On the other hand, the Rozen Maidens are designed with fashion. Shinku's red clothes is covered with elegance and that lady-like atmosphere that matches her personality. Others such as Suigintou is designed to give off her darker personality through those lolita golita style of clothing while two other Rozen Maidens in the show has noticeable colored eyes.
Because the show is more serious and covers a more realistic side of Jun's story, viewers should also expect a more straight forward soundtrack. There's no funky beat or rock style music in this show. Instead, it has an eerie like OST that often depicts a more moody side of the story. Also, remember that Jun is isolated with himself. Therefore, viewers should expect the soundtrack to also convey that feeling of loneliness. The OP song, "Watashi no Bara wo Haminasai" by ALI PROJECT gives off a feeling of mystery and possible foreshadowing as well. As with the ED song, there's the sense of eerie loneliness once again.
For whatever reason you decide to try out this show, just be aware that it can feel a bit different from what you might be used to from the original Rozen Maiden series. By different, I don't mean as necessarily an unpleasant experience. Instead, it conveys a different and more realistic side of Jun and his story. The boy is not in kiddy clothes anymore but lives a new style of living. Although it's not pleasant, there's also some signs of joy. The lines of reality and fantasy are often crossed throughout various times. This can also bring on a different feeling for viewers. But more importantly, patience should be a key to deal with this adaptation. Rozen Maiden is often interpreted as a girly show because it has dolls. But for Jun, making dolls isn't just about fun. It's about a talent and his way of life. read more
Allow me to share my opinion on Rozen Maiden (2013).
I, personally, loved old Rozen Maiden and hated the fact that it was unfinished. When I saw the confirmation of Rozen Maiden I was really happy and agitated.
As you know, the old Rozen Maiden anime followed its own plot and was completely different from manga. Rozen Maiden 2013, however, tends to strictly follow the manga.
Rozen Maiden isn’t for everyone. If you don’t understand fantasy genre there is quite high possibility that you won’t like it. To understand Rozen maiden (2013) better, you need to read manga, or watch the first season of old version. It will help you to understand what the hell Roze Maiden is. By the way, Rozen maiden (2013) IS NOT A RECAP. It’s completely new ROZEN MAIDEN.
(A little intro, for those, who haven’t seen old Rozen maiden)
Rozen Maidens are an elite handcrafted line of dolls who seemed to have pretty interesting destiny. Every doll is unique (has special gothic-like dress and unique personalities). All of them battle in the Alice battle called Alice game. Whoever beats all the other dolls gets to "meet father" and becomes a perfect "girl"
One of these dolls ends up being in the hands of Jun, a young boy who has dropped out of school, and resorts to buy some goods in the internet. (Lucky bastard, isn’t he?). Throughout the story Jun meets: new enemies, friends and irritating as hell characters.
It's hard to classify what type of series Rozen Maiden is. It's sort of a harem comedy, battle fighting series, some serious moments, drama and slice of life.
(Rozen maiden 2013)
The story is about parallel world Sakurada Jun who chooses 'not to wind' when a letter arrives on his desk.
Parallel world June is a university student with a part-time job at a used bookstore. One day he finds a strange magazine in a book store about ‘how to make your own doll’. This magazine leads him to create his own doll.
He is, then, contacted by kid Jun and is given instruction that will help him to awaken Shinku. Adult Jun agrees to help kid Jun in his battle. Now the battle begins.
New animation, without a doubt, is an eye-candy. Background, character design, colors. They did amazing work. But, what is wrong with Suigintou? I just hate her new design, awful!
Sound, by far, is the best part about Rozen Maiden. Ali Projects songs make a new version of Rozen maiden just amazing. If you haven’t heard Ali project’s works I pity you.
OST fit anime very good. It helps to understand Rozen maiden better.
Ending theme Alternative by Annabel is quite a big surprise. I don’t really enjoy Anabel’s works, but this song is honey for my ears.
Voice acting was on the level too, must see Japanese dub version.
I really liked new characters, finally no old June.
New Jun received quite big character development, I really liked new June. His success and misfortune… Meeting with Rozen dolls. He is really interesting person.
Rozen maidens are pretty similar to their old copies. There is no need to describe them one more time.
Suigintou… What’s wrong, with old Suigintou? She was perfect example of despair, a demon, Satan!
I didn’t like new Suigintou.
What I really like about new Rozen maiden is Kirakishou backstory. Old Rozen maiden left no clues about the most mysterious doll out of seven. New Rozen maiden succeeds in telling Kirakishou’s personality.
I really enjoyed old Rozen Maiden, manga adaptation and new Rozen maiden. Dark atmosphere, tightening story-line, likeable characters and amazing soundtrack. Without a doubt must watch for all anime fans.
Rozen Maiden 2013 is unfinished. I have no information about 2d season, but I hope to see it in a near future.
I will mention it one more time. If you haven’t seen old Rozen maiden and if you are not acquainted with manga adaptation there is high possibility that you won’t like it.
Before watching Rozen Maiden 2013, watch first season or read manga. Believe me, it will help you to understand Rozen maiden 2013 better.
Hope, 2d season won’t take long to appear. DESU! read more
Although they don't have the similar style of presenting themselves, both series follows the format in which deals with master/servants in the conflict of a game. The winner of the game will achieve not only glory but also a reward.
Each servant from both series is unique and possesses their own abilities. It is however also up to the guide of their masters to achieve victory.
Both series also contains supernatural themes.
Both of these deal about a Servant with his Master, who followed a survival game... Alice Game (Rozen Maiden) and Holy Grail War (Fate/stay night).
Both consists a survival thrill during the events, while each charcter is followed by his own servant ( Instead of servants and Masters in Fate/Stay, There are Rozen Maidens and their masters )
The mood of the 2013 adaptation of Rozen Maiden has a similar feeling in comparison to Another. Otherwise, there's also the themes of dolls present in both series as well as a mysterious atmosphere. Both series also deals with a normal boy whose life becomes abnormal after a faithful day.
Both series' OP song are also handled by ALI PROJECT.
Very similar atmosphere. Themes of dolls and humans, loneliness and isolation, finding a place in life where you belong.
Opening Theme"Watashi no Bara wo Haminasai (私の薔薇を喰みなさい)" by ALI PROJECT
Ending Theme"Alternative" by Annabel
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AnimeYO! [AnimeYO!] (Brazilian Portuguese)
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