Rozen Maiden (2013)
How dissappointing… I have actually seen the earlier Rozen Maiden series before I saw this one, and I’m pretty sure that most people would agree when I say that they were a lot better than this one. What a darn shame…
I must admit that the artwork has improved quite a bit if you compare it to the earlier series, but then again, a lot of things improve if you give it enough time. I do wish that they dolls were human-sized though, it’s something that I’ve always thought. The sky’s the limit if they were almost exactly like human beings.
I’m a bit disappointed by the story though. It’s like a bad remake that nobody asked for, even though there were a lot of Rozen Maiden fans waiting for this. I can only imagine their disappointment at this point.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend this piece. It’s amusing to a point and it will surely keep you entertained, but I do suggest that you watch the earlier series if you’re intrigued by the concept of living dolls with special abilities.
Plot Summary: Jun 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?!