Monday, March 20, 2006

physics223's Introduction to Rozen Maiden

After talking all about computers, I realized one thing: I loved Suigintou, and I loved Rozen Maiden!

Rozen Maiden and its sequel, Rozen Maiden: Traumend are two series concentrating on magical dolls and their relationships with their masters and peers. Although it may sound gay and childish, believe me, Rozen Maiden is NOT for children, and definitely NOT only for girls. I am a guy; although I was biased towards these series before I decided to watch the first episode. Twenty-three episodes later, the two series having already ended I still wanted more~! Yes. More.

Guys are often turned off when it comes to dolls. I myself was that way before watching Rozen Maiden. As guys, we attach a symbol of femininity to dolls, and perhaps because of our social structure that attachment is only pertinent. It will all change, however, when you watch it yourself.

Not only is it an anime about dolls, it is also among the most well-crafted anime I've seen. Although the dolls act anthropomorphically, their human dimensions is what makes them extremely likable by the end of the series. You will laugh when they are happy; you will cry when shit will happen ... believe me, as a guy, though I haven't cried in anime I have been saddened and deeply affected by Rozen Maiden, especially by Traumend.

Although the relationships between the dolls are of note and beautifully molded, the social connotations behind too much education and the reality of life in Japan are also reflected in Rozen Maiden. In Japan, because of the extremely high expectations parents have of their children, only a little stress can trigger these children to break down and literally 'lock themselves away' from society. They hermetically seal themselves even from their own family. Known as hikikomori in Japanese lingo, these children have been growing in number ever since.

Our hero, Jun Sakurada, suffers from this ailment and the first series of this two-part anime deals with his recovery because of the unflinching kindness and love of his sister and of the dolls that surround him. It is a very poignant story and can definitely stand alone without the second series.

However, after watching the first series you most definitely will not stop watching Rozen Maiden. By then you will have fallen into a deep pit of fanboyism or fangirlism, and different degrees apply to different people. (I've fallen into a very deep pit of fanboyism.)

The second series continues directly after the first series, and as much as I would like to spoil you I'm just going to tell you that the second series is more plot-driven than the first series, which was more character-driven. Your enjoyment will not be attenuated, believe me, as a bittersweet story lies waiting for your consummation.

All in all, let me tell you that YOU (t3h r3ad3r) must like Suigintou (t3h hotti3). This is a rule in fanboyism ... there isn't really much boys in this series, but YOU can still be a fangirl! Yes, you! But don't worry, although every doll has different characteristics from one another, they are extremely likable. Just don't expect to like them immediately, though.

If you plan to watch this anime, definitely watch it. I did, and I've never regretted seeming to be gay ... for watching a show about dolls. If you don't plan to watch this anime, definitely watch it, as you may change your mind on the whole about dolls - you may even get to like them.

Don't worry, us regulars of the Rozen Maiden thread in the Fansubs forum can attest to that.



At 8:53 PM, Anonymous blitz1/2 said...

Hi there!

I agree with you at the Gin part!

At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Zero Shinohara said...

Listen to the guy and watch it, seriously.
Throughout the series, you will definetly get a liking to the characters, there hasn't been a person we've met that has watched this series and still held the same idea of it he/she had before.
You might even identify yourself with the story; a lot of people have objects that they really care about, and to them these objects really gain life. This is the synthesis of Rozen Maiden.

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Lost said...

Yes. Another fanboy here. Watch it. I do, and I'm not gay either!!

Great Intro, physics, I like the way you tackled the boy-doll issue at the start; take the bull by the horns I say! And.. erm... yes.. more Gin I guess. Dont forget SUI!!! :p

At 9:04 AM, Anonymous solwyvern said...

awesome intro. =P
@zero: sadly, there ARE people I've met who have seen the series, but still remain the same. ►_◄

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous tetsuo said...

Rozen Maiden owns. But I'll have to say I'm a Shinku fan. Can't let the Gin fans have all the fun :P

At 5:11 PM, Anonymous yugimoto2005 said...

i got an episode but i havent watched it since it looked dodgy. but now i`m convinced. im gonna take a good look

At 9:41 PM, Blogger dKiWi said...

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At 9:42 PM, Blogger dKiWi said...

Yo dKiWi here, I linked this post to my blog in an effort to convince more Singaporeans to watch the best anime (imho) yet. Nice post dude!

And Suiseiseki still owns.

At 12:06 AM, Anonymous plastic graduate said...

Yes I started to like it after watching the first episode. Actually I thought this kind of bishoujo anime was geared toward guys in the first place. At the beginning it seriously seemed like they were the magical/living version of sex dolls. Maybe I'm wrong but, no, it's definitely not gay and I don't think many girls would find it very interesting.

Any yes, Suiseiseki still owns.

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous lost said...

Yes. SuiseiSeki owns. :)

(heh couldnt help it)

At 6:42 AM, Anonymous ПРЕВЕД said...


At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your a fag, come out of the closet

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a freaking woman, watch a real anime and pull out Night Shift Nurses you fag.

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to say but this is kinda sad. How can you guys call yourself a man enjoying an anime about some fucking nerd developing relationship with a bunch of dolls. Go out and get laid for god sakes.

At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Mincemaker said...

You people had not really bothered to watch the whole of the series. This anime's a piece of art, not like the others that is choke-filled with senseless violence/overwhelming fanservice/reused plots.

And what I wouldn't give to be Suigintou's butler.

At 12:29 AM, Anonymous fict_ticious said...

Ohohohoho! I'm posting a comment in a blog. You're comments about the condition of Jun are pretty much true, as I saw him as pure hikikomori when I started watching. He's one charcter I could really relate to at that age, especially with his skills in crafts and sewing - also unconventional for a "guy".
Kickass blog you got here.Though I have to admit, you're kinda opening yourself up in saying "this is totally not gay".
As for the people here who think it sad to enjoy such things: grow up. The whole "fag" and "go get laid" stuff should be reserved for unintellectual - yet often hilarious for the observer - frat-boy nonsense.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger dKiWi said...

LOL grow up? I've been a conscipt for quite some time now and can now say that I've transformed from a boy to a man (army life sucks) and Rozen Maiden still rocks for me you shallow fuck.

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