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**Announcement: Rozen Maiden ~träumend~ OST out. Get it while it’s hot :).**Madoka(Megu’s song) alone is worth the whole album.

In a fit of rage, Shinku goes crazy and pins Suigintou to the ground, questioning her if this is what she wants. Barasuishou takes the chance to attack, causing both of them to change to a more hidden venue. Inside, Shinku continues to question Suigintou, but is ended when Suigintou takes a barrage of crystals from Bara. Defeated, Suigin’s two Roza Mysticas float to Bara and Shinku, one each. Shinku gains Suigintou’s memories of Megu and Bara’s manipulation, angering her and she faces Bara seriously.

In a final flurry of attacks, Shinku manages to beat Bara and pin her down. She tries to deal the final blow, but is interrupted by Jun. Jun persuades her to stop and Bara takes advantage of the distraction to deal Shinku a fatal blow instead. Bara gains all the Roza Mystica’s and Father rushes to congratulate her. It’s revealed that he isn’t really Rozen, but his student instead, and he created Bara to surpass Rozen Maiden’s. Angered, Jun questions why he did all this, but he gets slapped away.

Suddenly, Bara starts to crack and crumble to dust. Both her and her maker disappear in a flash of light, scattering the Roza Mystica’s. The Laplace Demon appears and comments it has been fun and leaves as sudden as he appears. Jun holds Shinku’s lifeless body and shouts, demanding Rozen to appear. Jun’s attempts succeeds and Rozen appears with four Roza Mystica’s.

Cut forward, Rozen is in his workshop, fixing Suigintou, Suiseiseki, Kanaria and Shinku. Noticing that Shinku’s awake,Rozen embraces her and says something we can’t hear. Rozen’s figure is then replaced by Jun’s and Shinku tells him about Rozen. Jun reveals that Rozen is going to continue his pursuit of Alice in other ways and the Alice Game is now unneeded. Everybody has been restored except for Souseiseki and Hina Ichigo and it’s Shinku’s responsibility over them now. Jun and Shinku then head home to Suiseiseki and Nori.

I’m not really sure on what to say about the ending. The ending did resolve most of the plotlines that had emerged in ~träumend~, but also leaves enough unsolved mysteries for a potential 3rd season, like Souseiseki and Hina’s Roza Mystica’s whereabouts. The Laplace Demon’s purpose is also subject to much debate as he seems to be the ultimate mastermind of the whole thing.

I really didn’t expect such a big twist in the end though, with the revelation of the fake Rozen and the appearance of the true Rozen to announce the end of the Alice Game. Suigintou fans also rejoice as she’s finally complete and not “junk” now. I expect, no, demand the (if will be made)3rd season to have her in the humourous situations with the rest of the gang.I’m sure a lot of fans would love it ^_-.

Overall, it was a fun watch, though I still think the last few episodes were really quite a mess, most due to the “rushed” feel of the Alice Game. Rozen Maiden deserves more situational comedy and a 3rd season, if not mainly to revive back Souseiseki and Hina Ichigo. If possible, I would like to see more of Rozen and his purpose of chasing Alice. It’s too bad the manga hasn’t been scanlated :(. Continue below for screencaps.

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8 Comments

  1. Haesslich Said,

    January 27, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    Personally, I feel a little ripped off by the ending – they literally had a Deus Ex Machina in the form of Rozen suddenly showing up after the fake Rozen (Enju) ‘won’ the game using Barasuishou, and then everything’s back to normal, excepting Hina Ichigo and Sousuiseki’s Rosa Mysticas floating around the new Barasuishou and the Laplace Demon. On top of which, the episode here, and the last two, had more melodrama than drama, so it felt like I was watching a soap opera or an episode of SEED Destiny (which is a bad thing, IMO), and set this up an ‘oh, the Game is over, you’re all alive – except the two the fans hated – so you can do a third season’ ending just so they could sell another series.

    I was hoping for something with a LITTLE more resolution than a ‘reset button’, really. That being said, I do like the fact that Barasuishou won because Jun was, effectively, an idiot and convinced Shinku to follow her first instincts – that is, to not play the game at all – so she stayed relatively true to herself.. and Barasuishou won because she stayed true to her OWN nature – to win by any means possible… thus letting Jun bear a load of guilt for getting Shinku killed by his own actions. I was hoping to see what would’ve happened to the perfect doll, and the 30 seconds of physical perfection didn’t do much for me – I was expecting more out of Alice than that.

  2. Kurogane Said,

    January 28, 2006 @ 12:02 am

    I do share some of your sentiments as well.Rozen Maiden’s anime strengths lie in it’s comedy, and by suddenly transitioning to the serious rather rapidly, it kinda ruined it a bit. In comparision, the first season ending felt much more better than this.

    I won’t totally say it was a Deux Ex Machina that Rozen came in the ending, but yes, it’s quite….. jarring and, I daresay, clichéd. But in the end, it was the execution that counted and in this point, it did quite OK, if you compared it to Mai HiME,which IMO, had the most cheesiest and blatant Deus Ex Machina ending ever.

    But this can also work in favour of the show by finally revealing Rozen as a more kind-hearted person. He has been quite an enigmatic figure from the start of the series, and manga aside, not much information has been given about him. I’d still like him to make more appearences too.

    As for Bara crumbling, I’d say that the Roza Mysticas she finally collected aren’t compatitable with her, as she has a different maker. I assume that Roza Mysticas are fickle little things since they give life to a doll, and maybe there was a clash between Bara’s self and the rest’s Roza Mysticas as they were made by a different maker, causing her to dissolve.

    And yes, I didn’t really like how they’d just made that Hina and Sousei’s Roza Mysticas gone just like that.

  3. cclragnarok Said,

    January 28, 2006 @ 1:43 am

    The ending is definitely kinda rushed, and doesn’t resolve everything, but what is there does make some sense.

    1. Rozen is supposed to appear AFTER the Alice game ends, so Enju being Rozen was suspicious to begin with.
    2. Likewise, it’s strange that the Father would be working with one of the dolls (Barasuishou), making her suspicious as well..
    3. It makes sense that a fake Rozen Maiden wouldn’t be able to become Alice.
    4. It’s not random at all that the real Rozen appears after the Alice game ends, and the Roza Mysticas are gathered into one place. It could be the simple fact that the Roza Mysticas are gathered, Jun, or the Laplace Demon that made it happen.
    5. I would expect that Rozen wouldn’t be that bad of a person, since all the dolls he makes seem to be good-natured. (Yes, that includes Suigintou).
    6. It’s possible that Rozen planned to fix the broken dolls after the Alice game ends, since he is apparently not too evil.
    7. The problem with Hinaichigo and Souseiseki could be that their BODIES are not there in the N-Field along with the other dolls. Maybe Father’s time there is limited (because Alice is not complete), so he just left them to Jun. If there is a third season, I expect that this one would be explaned better.

  4. Haesslich Said,

    January 28, 2006 @ 11:45 am

    That was my main problem – they went from what the series was (comedy) to sudden angsty in the course of four episodes, killing off almost all the main characters in the process… and even making Megu, who seems a little detached in her earlier appearances, suddenly break down in Shinku’s Rosa Mystica-granted memories from Suigintou. The ending was rushed, and the whole resolution – while it may have made sense to the writers – didn’t feel like it belonged with the rest of the series, because of the way the threads were rushed to completion.

    I’m assuming that the missing Rosa Mysticas are to let a Third Season be developed – which is why they had to reset everything, since killing everyone would’ve meant that they’d have to set up a whole new cast (the way SEED Destiny was supposed to have gone, until Fukuda decided to write in the old characters after his new ones’ actors complained about the lack of development), and take the risk that the fans wouldn’t like the new people as a result. Still, the way this was handled feels CHEAP – suddenly everything is better, Rozen shows up because Jun’s bawling his eyes out, and everyone – even Barasuishou – is restored to normal… except, again, for the two characters who were apparently the least-liked.

    While it’s nice to see that Jun got that attached to Shinku… well, where did we see Megu develop a similar affection for Suigintou, who at least empathized with Megu because she too felt like ‘junk’, the way the latter considered herself to be? But my main complaint is that the Alice Game was handled poorly – in the end I could hear the Unreal Tournament announcer going “Double Kill! Killing spree!” and the like when Barasuishou started nailing the dolls after Suigintou finished off Sousuiseki. I was expecting more of the Alice Game.. and an ending with the game completed could’ve been interesting too. But, of course, they’re not going to DO that now…

  5. welcome.to/WallSky Said,

    January 30, 2006 @ 12:23 am

    hmm … to me
    an ending leave to less to start 3rd season
    maybe ova Rozen Maiden ~Fumoffu~ ?

  6. cclragnarok Said,

    January 30, 2006 @ 4:52 am

    “everyone – even Barasuishou – is restored to normal… except, again, for the two characters who were apparently the least-liked.”

    There is apparently a REAL Barasuishou made by Rozen (Shinku did say that there really are 7 Rozen Maidens). The one Enju made is simply a copied design. This also ties into fake Barasuishou’s tendencies to copy what people are saying.

    “where did we see Megu develop a similar affection for Suigintou, who at least empathized with Megu because she too felt like ‘junk’”

    It’s not really important how much Megu cares about Suigintou. The important thing is that Suigintou cares about Megu, and is fighting for her sake.

  7. mikey_mouse49 Said,

    February 23, 2006 @ 7:09 pm

    Well made animation wishing to have more vol.

  8. Aiden Said,

    December 12, 2006 @ 5:45 am

    I think that all of the loose ends could be tied and/or knotted nicley with either a third season or a movie, personally I don’t want this anime to end, but everything comes to an end eventually.

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