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「TALE 9」

It wasn’t much of a surprise this episode, but Kirakishou ends up being the doll who emerges from the body that Jun created. Bum bum bum… I can’t say that I was too blown away – in fact, I found it rather predictable, but I could appreciate all the build up that they had involving the play. Most of all, I liked how they incorporated the other aspects of the story into this single episode. This includes the loss of Souseiseki and Hinaichigo and the disappearance of Megu. A lot of these moments were captured in the first episode “recap” and as fast and rushed as it was; I still think there’s a good touch of sympathy and reminiscence that comes up when Souseiseki and Hinaichigo are mentioned. They’re also seen in the past few episodes which bring the characters closer to the audience. As someone who hasn’t watched the first two original seasons, it might be hard to sympathize with the importance of Souseiseki and Hinaichigo since they’re just not there anymore. In this case, I really started to empathize with Suiseiseki and Shinku when they didn’t want to damage Kirakishou’s body.

Let me continue by saying that Kirakishou just continues to scare me. Whether it’s her voice or her actions or her motives, she is what I would call insane. I definitely don’t blame her for wanting a body to exist in the outside world, but her ways of getting there resemble someone who wants to butcher bodies to sew them together again (like Frankenstein?). If I get this straight, she wants to build herself a body that embodies all the other characteristics of her sisters – which in a way, is like taking their Rosa Mysticas. But rather than taking their spirit, she wants to take their physical body parts. There’s not much of a difference in my mind, but this kind of defeats the purpose of the Alice Game to Kirakishou then. She wants to become Alice by taking out her sisters, but not by stealing their Rosa Mystica. I wonder what Rozen would say about that…

So my last question is… who’s body is it? Is it Hinaichigo’s or Souseiseki’s? Or perhaps a bit of both? For a good chunk of the series, I was fairly convinced that Kirakishou’s body was going to be new. The only surprise of the episode was finding out that she’s actually just a recycled doll from the sisters whom have died. At first I thought it was Hinaichigo and it wasn’t until Suiseiseki showed up that it made me question myself. This episode also made me despise Jun’s character quite a bit too… I didn’t think that was possible since he’s been quite an average Joe so far but this week’s episode got me thinking, “How could you have been so stupid?!“. Of course, I can’t blame him entirely for creating Kirakishou, but it’s his persistence of protecting Kirakishou and his inability to see the importance of Saitou’s play that irked me the wrong way. He’s surrounded by genuinely nice people (and Shinku) and he’s pushed that aside because he was so focused on building something for himself. Now he’s really created chaos and I guess it’s up to Wound-Jun to save him. I have no huge predictions for what’s to come, but I do feel as though Rozen Maiden has been lacking in the “WOW” factors lately. It seems like a fairly consistently show for build-up but its finale is where it all matters and it’s the final 3 episodes that I’m worried around.

TL;DR: @RCCherrie – Kirakishou is crazy! Dying to see what happens when Wound and Unwound Jun meet.

Note: I’ve been busy and unfortunately Blood Lad will also be delayed a day or two. It’ll be a double post on Tuesday/Wednesday for sure!

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September 1, 2013 at 3:27 am
16 comments »
  • September 1, 2013 at 3:59 amgawrshness

    This episode made me think of Kirakishou like Chaos from Sora no Otoshimono. She’s nuts and apparently nobody bothered to teach her proper behavior. The more series goes on the less Rozen appears to be such a good father.

    But comparing this series again to the old…damn the quality in the fights has gone down…
    next episode I surmise will be a sad one at least partially regardless of who wins.

  • September 1, 2013 at 4:13 amMasterDragonKnight

    Whether it’s her voice or her actions or her motives, she is what I would call insane.

    She is most definitely insane, but I still sympathize for her somewhat. The reason she is insane is because she has been alone for hundreds of years, ever since she was created. Trapped in the N-field all by herself, she envies the life that her sisters have. Like how every other doll longs for the love of their father Rozen, she longs for the warmth of any person.

    I feel that if she had a body of her own and someone to love her in the beginning, Kirakishou would have turned out much more differently.

    • September 1, 2013 at 6:59 amzztop

      Just started watching the series.
      This may be a stupid question that gets me downvoted, but was Kirakishou purposely made by Rozen to exist as a spiritual, bodiless N-Field being, and if so, why?

      • September 1, 2013 at 7:31 amMasterDragonKnight

        That is correct. Kirakishou was purposely made to have no body, but why Rozen decided to do so is beyond me.

        It certainly was not good for her mental health.

      • September 1, 2013 at 7:59 amgawrshness

        If my memory serves right I read a long time ago somewhere that Rozen’s decision not to give her a body was so she could grow more powerful than the rest of the Rozen Maidens, which while successful also drove her insane…some father…
        Then again I’m not sure.

      • September 1, 2013 at 10:28 amdenjinn

        It was because Rozen failed to make Alice 6 times with a physical body so he thought he’d try no body for the 7th.

  • September 1, 2013 at 6:26 amBeedle

    I read the manga after last week’s cliffhanger, and I really feel for Kirakishou. I hope Unwound-Jun will eventually make a body for her and become her master because, damn, she really needs some love company.

  • September 1, 2013 at 6:30 amj4c06

    he was so focused on building something for himself.

    What is still puzzling me, why all the hard work, not sleeping till morning hours etc. when the parts were from an existing doll, ready to be reassembled.

    Plus, he didn’t do anything to awaken that doll. So it doesn’t really count as his creation.

    • September 2, 2013 at 7:31 pmAni_BEE

      Actually he is not having to put in more time on her but less then with Shinku. But because he can only work on the body while Shinku was asleep when he should be sleeping himself = sleep deprived.

  • September 1, 2013 at 11:27 amChen2

    I still can’t believe how cute Canaria is… and this week we finally got our much needed dose of Desu.

    • September 1, 2013 at 9:32 pmMincemaker

      I’m even more surprised by how cute Suigintou has become since her first appearance. I do not remember her being this cute in the previous seasons.

  • September 1, 2013 at 1:46 pmhayate

    i don’t know what you said that rozen maiden is lacking. But is better than the other serie, 3 episodes? i don’t think soi.Maybe morebecause the e manga had more of 60 chapter

  • September 1, 2013 at 3:47 pmlune

    Next episode the two Jun will meet I see!^^

  • September 2, 2013 at 4:21 amMizuki Aoko

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  • September 2, 2013 at 2:54 pmKyosuke

    As soon as I stopped considering them as dolls and more as tiny lolis, the anime became a million times better! :D

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