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Rozen Maiden: Träumend Review


Rozen Maiden: Träumend is actually the second season of Rozen Maiden.

In a nutshell, a powerful mage named Rozen from the 18th century (revealed in the manga as Count of St Germain) constructed seven dolls and imbued them with a living soul known as the Rosa Mystica. Their mission is to battle each other in what is known as the Alice Game, the winner obtaining the loser's Rosa Mystica until the last one standing becomes Alice, a real girl of unmatched beauty and purity. To help them, it is expected they will acquire human partners that they can use as a power source for the unique weapons and tactics each one possesses, but it appears this is optional as some of the dolls appear to not have human partners.

The first six of seven dolls in their order of creation are:
  1. Suigintou
  2. Kanaria (aka Canaria)
  3. Suiseiseki
  4. Souseiseki
  5. Shinku
  6. Hinaichigo

In Rozen Maiden: Träumend, it appears the seventh doll is Barasuishou, but she is actually a doll created by Rozen's jealous apprentice to steal all the Rosa Mystica of the Rozen maidens so she can become Alice herself and the apprentice can prove himself to be greater than his master.

The real seventh doll is Kirakishou who only appears for a few seconds at the end of the second season.

Rozen Maiden: Träumend is really not for the kiddies. Though it is very light and humorous, by Episode 7 the atmosphere takes a solid turn to the dark and the body count starts to rise with three of these gothic lolita dolls driven to kill the others within the Alice game while the other three desperately try to protect themselves and each other. Hinaichigo lost her Rosa Mystica in the first season and it catches up to her in the second season. Her death is an incredible tearjerker with its inevitability and its poignancy. Um ... let's just say that manly tears were shed and I'll never watch that episode again.

Sadly, I know of no attempts to wrap up the many loose ends of the series so the fate of Shinku and her remaining friends as well as the hint of a much happier ending will remain unborn.

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kengara
Sep. 17th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
That sounds very much worth watching, unless the ending is unsatisfying...
literary_equine
Sep. 17th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)

No, I was not disappointed at the ending though what victory there is was made bittersweet by the losses along the way.

However, the main conflict of the story remains unresolved.
kengara
Sep. 17th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
So there's a possibility for a third series?
literary_equine
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Actually there is already a third series that explains some events that occur in Traumund between episodes 6 and 7.

As for the continuance of the story itself, yes, I suspect if they find the funding they will eventually try a fourth series to wrap the thing up.
kengara
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Oh okay, cool. I'll look into it then. I was worried it would be like some other series that just give an intro to a story that is completed in manga or something.
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