Rozen Maiden – 11
After last week’s episode, I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this one. One of the major factors that attracted me to Rozen Maiden in the first place was its gothic appeal and that seems to be lumped in very well this season. Kirakishou has to take the prize for being the creepiest villain I’ve seen in a while. She has this presence that gives you goose bumps and yet I can’t look away because I want to know what she’s going to do next. I’ll admit that her sudden demise was not what I expected and not the manner that I thought her death should’ve been handled. She kind of just self-destructed because her hopes of becoming a “real” doll and having a master were gone. Unwound-Jun was pretty harsh there, but she deserves it in my eyes. Kirakishou can’t claim someone after he’s already signed a contract with another. On the other hand, I always thought her situation was kind of pitiful and she would go down more as a sympathetic character rather than a straight-up evil doll. Her situation warranted a bit of discussion at least, but there’s been no resolution as to why she was created in the N-Field without a body and what Rozen was thinking. This kind of just makes me feel like she had no purpose in this show other than to be a catalyst to invite Unwound-Jun to the Alice Game. In the end, I feel glad that she’s gone – but is she really? She didn’t give up her Rosa Mytica (that I saw) so I expect that she could still exist in some dimension or another.
There are some aspects to this story that I feel are just glossed over without any real explanations. I can accept them at face value, but not without cringing sometimes because then the story really loses continuity to me. The giant grandfather clock represents the gateway between the different dimensions, but it also represents the actual time. Once the clock starts moving, the gateway closes and the dolls/Juns are able to go back to their appropriate dimensions. On the other hand, this also means that time has started moving again, and Shinku’s spare body has lived out its life. What I didn’t understand was why only Souseiseki and Suiseiseki had the powers to activate the clock again. I can understand that they’re gardeners and they bring “life” by being together and using their powers simultaneously… but that feels like a cheap resolve for this issue. I didn’t really understand why the clock stopped ticking in the first place (I guess that was Kirakishou’s doing because she opened up the N-Field), but I somehow can’t accept that only two twin dolls can start it up again. It doesn’t sit well with me because it feels like a forced plot measure to involve the twins for no reason. Maybe if the clock started moving again because of Kirakishou’s death, that might’ve made more sense.
Suigintou and Souseiseki strike a deal and it’s not one that Suiseiseki’s going to like. Souseiseki gives her up life to give her Rosa Mystica back to Suiseiseki and at the same time, helps Jun return to his Unwound world. It’s very noble of her, and I think it’s for the best because in some odd way Suigintou is right. The Alice Game is a game and Suigintou won Souseiseki’s Rosa Mystica. Not far and square, but she did and I think she shouldn’t have to give it up if the purpose of the game is to become Alice. Not to mention that she’s not even in this realm for Jun – but to find and rescue Megu. Suiseiseki on the other hand, just got more irritating when she came back to life. Not because of the “-desu” but because she can’t seem to live without her twin sister. All these other dolls who have lost their bodies/Rosa Mysticas are your sisters – if you’re concerned for one, you should be concerned for them all. If you’re in it to become Alice (like Suigintou), then it’s understandable if you’re impartial to others’ deaths. On the other hand, I thought it was adorable when she proclaimed her loyalty to Wound-Jun. I don’t remember if they showed it in the first episode, but Wound-Jun has a contract with both Suiseiseki and Shinku because he’s boss like that.
Overall I have mixed feelings about the ending to this anime. It’s not likely going to end but I don’t think it’s going to be a cliffhanger either. Wound-Jun just discovered Shinku’s original body and I think there’s a story to be told there since he’s going to return to his world with all the other dolls. Whereas Unwound-Jun still has no doll technically so how will his world change now? I feel like Shinku is somehow going to come back as both Wound and Unwound-Jun’s doll… but I don’t know how that’s going to work without dividing up the two Rosa Mystica she has. I also think that with the death of Kirakishou (if it is the true death for her), the N-Field will seize to exist and there’s no more time/dimension-jumping… unless Laplace has anything to say about it. It’s all up in the air for me. Up until an episode ago I still loved Rozen Maiden. I honestly had really high hopes that it’d be an underdog that everyone’s missing on so it can’t let me down!
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: Will this be the end of Kirakishou? Not sure where this ending is headed… Very skeptical now. Wound-Jun still needs more screen time since everything else is beginning to make less sense to me.