Rozen Maiden – 10
My initial impression of the first 10 minutes of this episode had to be the most bizarre mix of emotions and confusion. First of all, it didn’t even feel like I was watching an anime about dolls anymore – it felt more like this awkward harem with one guy and 4 incredibly short girls. Then there was that finger-blowjob action that made me go, “Woooo…I did not sign up for this!” I can’t even say that seriously without cringing and laughing. I’m not sure if those were the emotions that the creators were intending for the audience, but if so, you’ve got it. It’s that feeling of being uncomfortable while watching all these girls “claim” Jun and yet you still can’t peel your eyes away. Some of the dolls suddenly turned quite desperate in my eyes and it’s such a difference from the attitude I would’ve expected based on earlier episodes. Anyway, lesson of the day – this show can be quite kinky.
I thought a good portion of this episode was used well to explain the phenomena that they were all going through. Wound-Jun and Kanaria were great for explanations and helping the story appear somewhat linear even though it’s not. I really like Wound-Jun personally and even though this season isn’t focused on him anymore, I feel as though he comes across as a well developed character (especially since the original anime). With the alternative dimensions in play, I like seeing how even though he’s still a pre-teen, he attempts to help himself (in other dimensions) to grow up. Next episode should expand on Wound-Jun a little more and Laplace appears once again so maybe we’ll get to see the “real” Shinku come back. Kanaria on the other hand is much more adorable than I remembered. She’s probably the doll that I have the least exposure to because most episodes are focused on Shinku, Suiseiseki and Suigintou – but she’s quite knowledgeable in her own right (more so than her sisters it seems).
One of the things that irks me about this show has got to me the differences in personalities between the dolls in the original anime and this one. I can’t seem to shake the initial impressions of the dolls that I used to have so when I think they’re acting “out of character”, they might actually not be. I also seem to have a very different opinion of some of the dolls now that I’ve seen more of them. Kanaria is actually quite fun to watch and not just annoying… whereas Suigintou has lost a lot of flare. Souseiseki and Suiseiseki are two that I was always either loving or annoyed at. This past episode has kind of reconfirmed that because all season we haven’t seen a hint of the two and suddenly they’ve occupied Karakishou’s N-Field and Jun’s become Souseiseki’s master. Where did that all come from? I wish that part of the story had a little more build up because I felt that was very left field – the use of Hinaichigo’s body would’ve tied together better. I was never really sold on how tight Souseiseki and Suiseiseki were either so the fact that they can transplant Rosa Mysticas into one another was another shock.
Now the most annoying part of these past two episodes had to be Unwound-Jun. I’ve been pretty patient with him up until now and I can’t help but feel like he’s either developing too slowly for my taste or I simply just can’t deal with his lack of self-confidence and actions. There’s so many things he could’ve done to prevent this if he would just think! Or perhaps he can actually step out of his comfort zone to do something rather than wait around and get strangled. I might be a little harsh on him now, but it bothers me that the sense of danger hasn’t struck him until a reality check from Wound-Jun. This poor guy needs some guidance in his life – perhaps it’s for the best if he chose to “Wind”.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: Woooo… What just happened there? O_o is that supposed to be hot? I’m disgusted? #fingerlickinggood