Rozen Maiden – 05
This week marks the return of many people’s favorite doll – Suigintou (Tanaka Rie). I never realized how much I missed hearing Tanaka Rie’s voice until now… it’s been a while since I’ve seen her in a role and I have to admit, she really brings out the old Suigintou that I remember from the prior series. I’m sure there are many reasons that people like Suigintou’s character, whether it is her character design, her personality or even if they just pity her. I fall into that latter group and this can be best explained by watching the original Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre OVA. If there’s any part of the second season that you watch, let it be this. There’s also a lot of character development for Suigintou throughout the first 2 seasons and I think it’s a shame that new viewers don’t get to experience that. For some background info, she turns from the main antagonist in the first season, to a doll that you really sympathize with in the second season and even cheer for. It’s because of her tragic past and her accidental meeting with Megu that really transforms her and for that, she’s probably one of the more complex characters in Rozen Maiden. I love her (although not as much as Shinku) and what’s more interesting is that she’s the one living with Jun now (not the other dolls).
There is also a good thorough flashback this week that explains Suigintou’s “wound” history and how she came across Kakizaki Megu (Kawaragi Shiho). More importantly, I think this episode did a solid job in explaining the tragedy behind Megu’s condition and her outlook on life. This is more evident in the second season of the original series, but Megu’s character is meant to be a good counterpart to Suigintou’s. Whereas Megu has quite a bleak and “emo” view of life, Suigintou is someone who wants to survive and prove her strength to become Alice. Megu also has a terrible attitude towards her father compared to Suigintou who loves her father and creator (Rozen). Despite these differences though, the two girls find some common ground and start to appreciate each other’s company. I felt it was a little rushed near the end, but it’s clear that Suigintou’s accepted Megu as her medium. This scene has got to be one of my favorites in Suigintou’s past, it’s just unfortunate that it’s cut short…
It’s not a complete episode without talking about Kirakishou! She always has the most creepy appearances and it’s not even because her voice is “creepy”, I think it’s the calm complexion she has when she’s killing another doll/human and those are the crazies that you have to watch out for (don’t say I didn’t warn you!). It’s clear why Suigintou was in the N-Field now and it was probably her in Jun’s washroom last week as well. I always thought that Kirakishou defeated Suigintou and Suiseiseki so I guess Suigintou was just in hiding and trying to find a way to rescue Megu. The bad news is… Shinku and company have no way of returning the way they came and the countdown continues (6 more days!).
I also wanted to point out that this episode actually made me laugh… I mentioned in a post before that I don’t laugh in anime very often, so for Rozen Maiden to crack a smile, I was surprised. Jun and Shinku weren’t a major focus this episode, but da*n, I just couldn’t help laughing at Shinku’s complaints of having to clean and Jun’s expression after seeing his room. It was cute and a good mood change between Suigintou’s appearances. Jun was also invited to Saitou’s show next week so perhaps we’ll get to see a date? It’d be even cuter if Shinku and Suigintou tagged along, but something tells me that they’re going to wander off on their own. And if the box isn’t for Suigintou, who exactly is Jun expected to create next?