A show about an anti-social loser finding himself tangled with a bunch of living Lolita dolls fighting each other to become a Mary-Sue named "Alice"
Rozen Maiden is a manga/anime series about a teenage hikikomori, named Jun Sakurada, whose life changes forever after he gets enslaved by an animated doll, named Shinku, who magically appeared in a wooden case after Jun circled "wind" on a letter he mysteriously received. It is from there that Jun becomes Shinku's "medium", which is a nicer way of saying her bitch, and basically provides her with his own life energy to fuel her fighting power. Because of this occurrence, the two are binded by a ring and must compete in the "Alice Game" with other dolls. The point of the Alice Game is to see which doll is last standing, and who has the prettiest Lolita dress. The winner then becomes "Alice", a perfect girl of purity and beauty, just as the creator of the dolls, Rozen, intended.
The series spawned two seasons and two OVAs while the manga is still in ongoing, though as lazy as the creators are, it hasn't received any new chapters recently.
A Perfect Summary of the Anime
Rozen Maiden fans are referred to as "dollfags", often stereotyped of having a fetish for doll/ball-joints. Many western fans of Rozen Maiden discovered the show series because of the Desu meme, which /b/ has spammed over and over. In fact, many /b/tards who spam Desu have no idea of its meaning or origin. The show is also enjoyed by those who are into Lolita Fashion as the dolls all wear Lolita dresses. The series even has its own dedicated fan based chans, with Desuchan being the most popular.
Rozen Maiden fans who obsess over doll joints have an intense hatred for the human characters. This dislike for humans is akin to the hatred that otaku have for 3D women. In a nutshell, if it doesn't have doll joints, they hate and are repulsed by it.
Rozen Maiden was created by Peach-Pit, a female manga artist duo in Japan, and was originally serialized in 2002-2007. Although the first manga series has been completed, a second series was made starting in 2008, though the second series is usually less updated compared to the former. The second series takes a different path, in an alternate dimension where Jun is a fairly normal university student and has never met the dolls because he selected "Not Wind" in the letter he received years ago. In this series, the main plot is Jun's having to deal with a new life now that he's surrounded by a bunch of living dolls under different circumstances.
The anime had only two seasons: the first which was aired in late 2004 and the second, Rozen Maiden: Traumend, which was aired from October 2005 to January 2006. There have been no plans for a third season and quite frankly a third season would be somewhat baffling considering how much Peach-Pit are on hiatus. The anime did, however, have two OVA episodes and a TV special.
The manga and its anime adaptation have many noticeable differences and like with any other anime series, fans often debate which is better and why.
While the anime has finished airing, Rozen Maiden continues to live with the manga's second series. Though a new chapter is released every once in a blue moon,
so don't expect anything new from this series.
In mid-November 2012, it was reported by Shueisha's Young Jump magazine that Rozen Maiden had been approved for a third season (the article is in Moon Runes and you probably won't be able to easily understand it given how shitty Google Translate is).
Jun Sakurada, along with Shinku, is the main protagonist of the series. Jun is a typical isolated nerd; he spends all day on the computer, is anti-social, suffers from asperger's syndrome, is agoraphobic and never leaves his bedroom. He stays home all day collecting bizarre merchandise, only to return them shortly before he has to pay, which he gets a thrill out of. Jun refuses to be social or go to school due to a humiliating occurrence there when he cracked under pressure for an exam and refuses to get over it.
Jun has no friends, is an arrogant kid and has amazing sewing skills (which is further proof of him being Beta). His life, or lack thereof, is forever changed once Shinku enters it and is forced to participate in the Alice Game. Due to his lonely lifestyle and hobby of collecting creepy merchandise, Jun's sister, Nori, initially thought Shinku was a robotic pleasure doll. Though that thought might have came to realization as Jun did develop a bond with Shinku, tends to blush around her often and there are signs of a possible romantic relationship.... with a doll. After meeting all the other dolls and becoming their personal punching bag and maid, Jun's life began to improve for the better as he finally got over his humiliation and started going back to school. The more the series progresses, the less of a hikikomori Jun becomes and learns the cliche lesson and importance of friendship.
Nori Sakurada is Jun's older sister who had to give up many of her hobbies, such as lacrosse, just to take care of her abusive prick of a brother. Because their parents abandoned them for business reasons, Nori alone must take care of Jun, who shows absolutely no appreciation to her and constantly criticizes her. Nori is rather fond of the dolls and doesn't mind them living in the house, whom she treats as if they were family.
Kashiwaba Tomoe is the only person besides Jun's sister that is nice to him, despite Jun rejecting and avoiding her constantly. Tomoe is an honors student, shy, and is a considerate person. She also was the medium for one of the Rozen dolls, Hinaichigo, whom she shared a close sisterly-like bond with.
She has a creepy crush for Jun, however like the autistic loser that he is, Jun doesn't care about her and focuses his life on buying occult merchandise, oblivious to the fact that she is probably the only girl he could ever score with. Many die-hard shippers theorize that Jun has no interest in her due to having a fetish for doll joints, specifically Shinku's.
Rozen is an immortal doll maker and is the creator of the Rozen dolls, who they consider to be their father and fight each other to gain his love. His ultimate goal was to create the perfect girl named Alice. Rozen is never seen in the anime nor the manga, giving him a more mysterious profile.
Enju is the crazy and jealous apprentice of Rozen, being the creator of the generic and fake Rozen doll, Barasuishou. It is his life goal to make better dolls than Rozen. Enju, like every artist on deviantArt, takes his work very seriously, has no originality and often gets very bitter when criticized. Enju is considered by many to be a non-canon character due to the fact that he does not appear in the manga. Because of this argument, the debate of his canoncity tends to instantly turn into a flame war within the Rozen Maiden fandom.
Suigintou is the first Rozen doll, the main antagonist of the first season, and a Gothic Lolita. Suigintou is junk, as she was never completed when in production. She has a deep obsession with Rozen as her love for her father kept her alive even without a medium/Rosa Mystica. Suigintou has an inferiority complex and is the most obsessed with winning the Alice Game, being very jealous of Shinku. Besides her father, she hates everyone and everything, especially Shinku. Suigintou's weapons are her feathers which she can turn them deadly tools like a sword or needles. She has no Rosa Mystica, has been constantly revived due to dying all the time and has no torso.
Kanaria is the second Rozen doll, being the more innocent and juvenile doll. Her main weapon of choice is a violin. Kanaria refers to herself in third-person, claims to be a genius, and is a stalker as she often spies on her sisters, usually hiding in a bush with a pair of binoculars in order to ambush them. She also loves omelets.
Suiseiseki is the third Rozen Maiden and the most recognized by fans due to ending all of her sentences with "~Desu", which became a meme and the most spammed phrase in the existence of the internet. Suiseiseki is a typical tsundere: shy and timid around strangers yet rude to those close to her while secretly caring deeply for them, which is why balding otaku love her so much. Jun is commonly the subject of Suiseiseki's abuse, and calls him "chibi human" due to his small size. She hates humans. Suiseiseki has a water can and can communicate with plants and person's "soul tree", as well as entering dreams. Suiseiseki is also known for her iconic heterochromia, with her red and green colored eyes, as well as her green dress. She is also unique in that she is against the Alice Game, moreso than Shinku, protesting to participate in a competition where she has to fight her sisters. ~Desu
Souiseiseki is Suiseiseki's younger twin sister, the fourth Rozen doll, and is a tomboy. She is a reverse trap and has even been mistaken to be someone's son once. Like Suiseiseki, she too has heterochromia, but her eyes are, from right to left, green and red. Souiseisek is the yang to her older twin's ying; she's ruthless as she isn't a pacifist, is serious and is the most masculine of the dolls. Souiseiseki's version of Desu is "Boku". Along with her twin sister, she also has powers dealing with plants and can enter one's dreams. Her weapon of choice are a large pair of scissors.
Shinku (referred to as Stinku by those who hate her) is the series' main character, being the first doll introduced in the show and is the fifth doll. For the most part, she likes being an over demanding brat, using humans as her servants. Shinku is rich and beautiful, quite possibly British due to her love for tea and crumpets. At times she can seem like a cold-hearted doll while other times she can be the complete opposite. Shinku, for the most part, is opposed to the Alice Game but she will fight if she has to (mainly with Suigintou). She releases rose pedals as her weapon.
Along with Kanaria, Hinaichigo is also childish and is favored by lolicons, which explains why the two get along quite well. Hinaichigo, sometimes just called "Hina", is the sixth doll and her host is Tomoe. Hina is one of the weakest dolls and is pretty naive, given that she is a loli. Her powers work by creating strawberry vines from the ground, and to no surprise is her favorite food strawberries. She is often abused by Suiseiseki and similar to her older sister, Hinaichigo ends most of her sentences with "~nano".
Kirakishou is the real seventh and last Rozen doll created by Rozen. She wears a flower as an eye patch on her left eye. She is unique from the rest of the dolls in that she has no doll joints (le gasp!) and that she doesn't have a body, only existing in the "N-Field". In order to enter the real world, she must take physical form in which she posses the bodies of the other dolls. Her weapon is white rose vines and she only makes a short appearance in the anime while her role in the manga is more extensive.
Barasuishou is a fake Rozen doll and vastly inferior to the realer ones, claiming to be much better than the originals even though she's merely a cheap knock-off. She was created by Enju and claims to be the seventh doll when she really isn't. She is mainly emotionless and her powers deal with crystal manipulation. Her appearance is similar to that of Kirakishou, and even has an eye patch (but on the opposite eye). Like Enju, Barasuishou is psychotic and only appears in the anime, in the second season only. She intends to become the strongest doll, despite being an illegitimate contestant in the Alice Game, and in the end she's broken into pieces due to not being able to contain the power of the six Rosae Mysticae she absorbed.
- Because of their sick fetish for doll joints, Desuchan spawned the mini-meme, Delicious Doll Joints
- Rozen Maiden hentai is usually the subject of anger among fans when the dolls do not have their doll joints
- Suiseiseki says the word "Desu" 527 times throughout the anime's entirety
- The show is often criticized due to its loose character development
- Rozen Maiden is generally regarded as a great anime among anime critics, and it was ranked 9th place in a 2006 "Top 100 Anime Ranking" poll by TV Asahi
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