Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2004 to Dec 24, 2004
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.691 (scored by 47899 users)
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comedy drama fantasy magic supernatural
SynopsisSakurada Jun spends his days online, ordering whatever he takes a liking to, only to return it before the payment is due. Due to psychological trauma from school, Jun generally keeps contact with people as little as possible. One day he finds instructions online that tell him to put his order into his desk drawer. Rubbing it off as a joke, Jun mindlessly does so only to find that his order instantly disappears from his drawer. A package suddenly appears, containing a beautiful antique doll. When wound up, this doll comes to life. Sadly for Jun, this doll Shinku views Jun as an equivalent for a servant. Despite the constant demands Jun now receives from Shinku, she slowly helps him overcome his fears of human contact as well as protect him from the deadly battles that come into his life due to her appearance. Based on the manga by PEACH-PIT.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Rozen Maiden
Sequel: Rozen Maiden: Träumend
Other: Rozen Maiden: Detective Kun-Kun
Alternative version: Rozen Maiden (2013)
Characters & Voice Actors
Rozen Maiden was originally an anime I very hesitant to pick up due to the genre of the anime and the premise of the show being talking dolls, but I am glad I gave it a shot despite it's evident flaws.
Rozen Maiden was produced and released in late 2004 by Studio Nomad, which isn't a renowned company but has had successful shows such as OKHC (Ouran Kokou Host Club) and Kampfer. Not soon after it's release, the infamous "Desu" meme with Suiseiseki (It took me about 5 episodes to pronounce her name correctly) was created on 4Chan and the show became relatively popular ever since. All of that aside, let's move on to story.
The main plot of the story was hard to recognize at first, and not even present in episode 1, despite this the originality of the story was definitely refreshing. As the series progressed I came to realize what a simple story the anime had to begin with, and it seemed as if they were only using it as an excuse to initiate battle sequences or to progress character development (in which there was very little of) The mid part of the series felt like warm hearted comedy fillers, and had little or no relevance back to the real plot. The few battle scenes that were in the story weren't very suspenseful, and usually always between Shinku and Suigintou, with occasional assistance from the other dolls, making the whole "action" part of the series seem a bit monotonous, and out of place. One of the few things about the story that did have some merit was the concept of the "Alice Game" where the dolls have to fight each other and only the winner gets to meet the dolls father or "Rozen." Even though on paper, that concept seems like a winner, the dolls involvement in the game was vaguely explained, and ironically the real story felt rushed being pushed out by the "filler" episodes for comedy. The anime attempted to be emotionally pulling on key points of the series, but I felt it wasn't very well executed or effective at all.
For the most part, the characters of the series were quite enjoyable to watch with the exception of the main protagonist:Jun.
Shinku: The fifth doll of the collection owned by Jun, who is also the main female protagonist of the series. Shinku is a lady like doll, who most reminds me of some sort of british nobility, and usually shows no emotion as to what she is doing making her a bit of a Tsundere.
Jun: Typical hikikomori, nothing special here.
Hina Ichigo: The sixth doll of the collection who is the embodiment of childishness, she frequently annoys all the dolls, and she is often perceived as the least favorite of the dolls in the series.
Suiseiseki: "Desu" pretty much sums up this doll, her hatred for humans and her annoying nature to even the other dolls makes her more of the comedic element to the series along with Hina Ichigo.
Souseiski: Suiseiseki's younger sister, who is a lot more likeable and mature than her sister.
Suigintou: The sadistic, arrogant, and rather clever main antagonist of the series that is constantly terrorizing Shinku's group of maidens and Jun, in order to weaken her to steal her Rozen Mystica, her desperateness to win the Alice Game and evil nature makes her one of those likeable antagonists, despite what she is doing to the other dolls.
Nori and Tomoe: Generic, happy go lucky girls, Nori takes care of Jun and the dolls and prepares all of the meals and tea.
Character development was definitely not a strong point of the show, though it was present, but unfortunately not very effectively, as the only major character development in the series was in the final episode.
Despite being an older anime, the animation wasn't half bad, but is no where on par with today's standards. The small details that were included in the animation give it a boost. Though there were times where the animation was good and bad, so it was kind of a mixed feeling (That also describes the anime as a whole)!
I was actually quite fond of the opening song for the series, proper music was played during proper scenes, such as moments of battle, and sadness. Everything was appropriately placed sound-wise, though there were no songs that really stood out from the soundtrack.
In conclusion, RM is definitely an enjoyable anime, despite it's flaws. Unfortunately, the anime only truly shines in the first few and last episodes of the series. This anime gave me mixed feelings throughout the entirety of the show, but the loveable characters and decent plot made up for it.
My enjoyment: 7/10
Final Score: 7/10
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By some coinsidence on the internet, I came into contact with Rozen Maiden through the probably all to known DESU meme, and random recommendations from several websites. I started watching Rozen Maiden somewhere during fall, and finished watching somewhere before December. Here comes my review of the anime.
Story - This is one of the highlights of the Rozen Maiden. The story about Jun and how he comes in contact with the dolls is an action-filled, emotional, yet humorous sotry. The makers of Rozen maiden has managed to make a fine mix between humor, drama and action, and it is rather clear what nature each scene is of. It should be clear what episodes make the story go forward. Some things, however, may be confusing, but these are explained in one way or another through the anime. The plot holes in the story leaves the watcher with some questions. Many of these plot holes are filled in in träumend, however, so this makes it even moe worth to keep watching.
Art - There's really only one thing I can say here. The art is outstanding, and is also one of the major qualities of the show. Ranging from the modern Japanese suburban style of where most of the story takes place, to a more 19th century Victorian style of the N-field, the visual range of the anime is simply amazing. The dolls clearly differ from the humans in design. The 19th century style of the dolls clearly stand out from the modern look of the human characters.
Sound - This has to be the only downside of Rozen Maiden. The opening credits may be interesting to hear the first few times, but after you've heard it some times, you will start to feel it gets on your nerves. The opening credits are not really the best I've heard, by far. As for the ending credits, it is not at all as annoying as the opening credits. It is even quite calm and enjoyable, and does not get annoying after a few times, unlike the opening credits. The music that occurs in the show is in good touch with the scenes, with distinctive music for all types of scenes. However, many are played so commonly that you start to recognize them every time you hear them. It is not annoying, unlike the opening credits, but when you've heard the same song for every scene of the same nature, you'll want some different music for a change. As for voice actors, I believe they couldn't have done a better job for the japanese voice acting than what they already did. The voices fit the characters great, and I can't think of any flaws. If there is something that stands out in the sound department, it is definitely the voice actors.
Characters - This has to be another of Rozen Maiden's shining points. All of the characters have their own distinctive traits. For example, the main Character, Jun, is a secluded, traumatized young boy who has an interest in buying supernatural things. As the story progresses, however, one will notice how he changes as a response to the dolls that he comes in contact with. The dolls themselves are rather unique themselves, each housing their own distinctive traits and personalities. For instance, while Shinku may be aristocratic and dominant, Suigintu is cold and full of sorrow, while Hinaichogo is as innocent as a child. The character that seems to help the bond grow between the characters, is Jun's older sister Nori, who treats both Jun and the dolls with lots of love and care. While she is not the most prominent of the characters nor a very integral in the main plot, she is an important character nevertheless, and a strong support to everybody.
Enjoyment - To put it shortly, this is the best anime I have seen. It is rich of humor, action and drama, and is put together in a very good way. You may want to watch this many times just to catch all the aspects of the anime. This is truly an anime to remember.
Overall - As I said before, this is the best anime I have seen. If you like action and drama with a good sense of humor, this is an anime for you. I promise you, that you will not be dissappointed. Wonderful story with a beautiful style, and much diversity makes this anime something you can relate to. And if you like the original anime, then Träumend and Ouvertüre is a must to watch.
Overall score: 10/10 DESU read more
Its basically the same, a free-for-all competition they fight each other and the winer gets a special gift
The two of the animes have almost the same story line. The characters have to fight, the loser will lose something important, and the final winner will get something. And even the art little bit similar too, Although I think Rozen Maiden's better.
In both series the characters must participate in a cruel game and defeat one another, and the last one standing is about to obtain enormous power. However, things don't always go as planned. ;3
In both series females play main role and are the ones who take action only that in Rozen Maiden they are also dolls.
Considering that Mai HiME is more than twice longer (26 episodes) you could say it is the same as watching both season of Rozen Maiden since in season 1 dolls are getting all friendly with each other at first when drama strikes in season 2 where they actually need to fight each other.
I Mai HiME it would be like first 15 episodes are season 1 but the rest are season 2 with darker tone.
-Both animes are about receiving or meeting a third party (coincidence or not) to fight in a survival game, and aim to defeat the other partnerships to win the game.
-The last one standing is granted a wish and/or physical prize.
Opening Theme"Kinjirareta Asobi" by ALI PROJECT
Ending Theme"Tomei Shelter" by refio + Haruka Shimotsuki
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