Two soldiers from warring countries are bound by a pledge as master and servant. Taki Reizen is a Commander of sublime beauty, shouldering the fate of his nation. Called "Mad Dog" because of his rough temperament, Klaus has sworn his loyalty to him as a knight. Despite this, those around them are cold and disapproving, full of various misgivings. For all their genuine feelings, what will come of love made cruel by the violence of war?
I will apologize beforehand because i am not used to making reviews. What you will read is my opinion. However, keep in mind that I am writing in the most objective view as possible (hopefully).
There IS actually a plot. There is a reason behind the main characters' romance, and the bond is deep. Although, I feel that certain needed details were neglected or not brought out clearly. Sometimes, I felt that the plot was rushed.
Personally, the art style is not to my taste. However, the animation is done beautifully, and I think the art style grows on you. The art style does match
the characters' personality. The backgrounds brought out the mood of the scenes. For an example, during heavy and dark scenes, the backgrounds were dark.
The background music was very nice and brought out the mood the scenes. I especially liked the piano bgm.
If only there were more episodes! The only real character development you really see is when you compare the characters in the present to them in the past. Still, the character themselves are not so simple. They battle with what they need to do and what they desire. It's nice because it seems that the main characters seem so different, but somehow the meet on the same page.
Despite little things, I was VERY tempted to give this yaoi an overall 10, but i cannot. However, I enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a yaoi with a real storyline.
Maiden Rose is a very resumed compilation of a manga that has much more into it than what we could expect at first sight. We have two countries in a war, a prince from a country that has a knight from the other country. A Shakesperian plot, that - due to lack of film time - was never explained. And this is the main flaw of this anime. However, it counters for having a plot. This by itself is already a great achievement for a BL animation, where they often forget about plotlines and characters to please the rabid fangirl.
The art was cared and clean,
pretty but not amazing. The animation can't be considered a master piece, but it's skillfully done. And that's enough. The same can we say for the OST and effects, not to mention voice acting. For something supposedly sensual these actors seemed rather shy.
However there is something that counters this, which are the characters. They are solid and suffer development, even with the 60 minutes of screen that they were allowed to have. The designs are gorgeous and even though we may consider some actions flawed according to what we know of them I believe that it is part of their personal achievements to surprise the viewer.
Overall, a very good work. We were needing something like this into the genre. Sexually tense, violent and creepy sometimes, but very sweet in the end. Highly recommended to the rabid fangirls.
_Warning, Spoilers_ This was a very good ova with a nice set of art, music and characters. It seems to be based around the second world war and centers on the Gay relationship between a Japanese man (and Prince I believe) named Taki and a German man named Klaus. The art was good and the voice actors fit the characters perfectly. I liked how cute taki was especially in the chibi specials at the end of the episodes and Klaus was for the most part a nice guy.
But Despite the good points of the anime, I found the story lacking somewhat. As
Most of the story centres on their relationship, It's sad that their relationship is forceful and slightly abusive towards the start. As because he was a seen as symbol of hope to the japanese soldiers and as a prince was supposed to refrain from sexual acts, Taki begins to feel guilty after his first time with Klaus. He also begins to distance himself from Klaus because of his feeling of guilt. Klaus misunderstands Taki's distance towards him, thinking.....honestly I have no idea what he was thinking, because he then Brutally rapes Taki until he passes out from pain.
Which was really sad and actually made me tear up. The story does have some good points, like the tale of how Taki and Klaus met and fell in love, the specials at the ends of the episodes and How Taki Saves Klaus from being killed For treason after the rape incident. All in all, i'd rate it 8 out of 10 and recommend this to anyone ok with yaoi romance, abuse and rape.
Like most short shounen ai/yaoi given only a short amount of OVA it really falls short compared to the manga. If you're curious about the manga or just the story/setting/characters it still might be a great place to start.
I do however feel sorry for the anime in this aspect as I feel like how the anime portrays their relationship isn't as beautifully or true as in the manga, might be due to the short amount of time of course. From what you can get out of 2 OVA's the anime isn't bad, you just wish for more like always.
If you are short on
time or just want a short yaoi story I could see myself recommending this one compared to many of its similar ones. It was my first military/historical type of anime/manga so if you already know that might not be your piece of cake, this might not be for you? Also the sex scenes are kind of intence, but doesn't last that long.
All in all it was good in the given time it had to tell it's story. ( pick up the manga if you want the full experience)