Rozen Maiden ~träumend~ 08

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A less eventful episode, mainly for setting up for the Alice Game.


Summary

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Suigintou is in the church where Megu found her in episode 6, thinking back on the events that have happened, when Megu comes in and pleads with her to use up her life as soon as possible, as she doesn’t want to trouble her parents anymore. Sugintou replies that she knows that but her face shows otherwise….

Back in Jun’s place, watermelon is in the house and everyone’s enjoying it, except for Suisuiseki, who becomes target practice for Hina Ichigo and Kanaria :). She storms off and spots Souseiseki in the mirror room and greets her but Souseiseki runs off when seeing her.

Later, at Enju, the shopkeeper(what’s his name?!) is having a chat with Barasuishou when he spots Jun walking past. He invites him in to see Enju, the puppetmaker, in action. After “testing” him, Enju allows Jun to watch the doll-making process.

Shinku and rest are watching Kun-kun, when Suisuiseki spots Souseiseki again. She runs after her and Souseiseki asks her what would she do is the Alice Game starts. Suisuiseki is unable to answer, so Souseiseki asks her to think about it. Jun comes home at this time and lifts up Suisuiseki asking her if she’s really a doll, causing her to blush ^_^;;;.

At night, Megu is suffering again while Suigintou watches her helplessly. Barasuishou appears and tells Suigintou that the power of a Roza Mystica will be able to cure her.

Meanwhile, Jun asks Shinku about Rozen, their Father, and Shinku tells all she knows about him. Apparently all the dolls have a memory of being enveloped with warmth, kindness and tranquility of Rozen. Rozen is also apparently travelling throughout worlds, with the aim of creating the ultimate girl, Alice. Jun, however, questions about the purpose of why those who fail to reach Alice must fight each other, leaving Shinku speechless.

Souseiseki is searching for Father in the N-Field and she finally comes to a doll-making workshop where she sees an image of Rozen crying. Barasuishou appears and tells her that Father is sad that he can’t find Alice and tells her to play the Alice Game for Father’s sake. Barasuishou returns to Enju afterwards and smiles when the shopkeeper asks her if the preparations are ready.

The next day, Jun returns to Enju to watch the final stages of the doll-making process from yesterday.Jun asks Enju what happens to dolls that don’t reach his expectations and Enju shows him by destroying the failed ones with a hammer. Enju further tells him that doll-makers must have love in order to make dolls, expecially good ones.

Jun returns home, where Kanaria and Hina are fighting over who’s going to finish their shaved ice first. Souseiseki appears suddenly, declaring that she has something to say. In the mirror room, she declares that she’s aiming to be Alice, for Father’s sake. This saddens Suisuiseki a lot and she and Jun try to dissuade Souseiseki but they fail.

Opinion

The main purpose of this episode is for the setting up of the Alice Game, as seen from Barasuishou’s manipulation of Suigintou’s feelings towards Megu and Souseiseki’s love towards Father. There’s also another plot thread being explored here, with Jun meeting up with Enju and watching the doll-making process.

Well, admittedly I’m a bit out of form, after a week without internet so I’ll end it here. Besides the action’s all starting up in the next episode anyways, with Suigintou and Souseiseki facing off each other and the interesting name of the next episode, Der Tadel, or The Blame.

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