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Rozen Maiden: Träumend

Rozen Maiden: Träumend arrived today from Anime Spectrum.

I've watched the first episode and I am quite impressed with the artistic value of the work.

(sigh) "Just what I need right now," he says sarcastically. "Another fandom to get all obsessed about."

The DVD is from Japan directly, zone free, and is in Japanese with the option of English ... correction ... "Engrish" and Chinese subtitles.

My only complaint is that there are no special addtions to the two DVD's and that whoever did the "Engrish" subtitles was truly awful.

Nonetheless, it's beautiful.


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Sep. 16th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
If the subtitles are in Chinese I hate to break it to you, in my opinion its possible a bootleg. As for the quality of subs, a lot can get lost when trying to take a thought in Japanese and translate it into less than 100 character English. To fit the subtitle box.

Myself I prefer to watch dubs then go back and watch again in subs.
Sep. 16th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)

Blast. The packaging is amazingly professional.

How can I tell if it is or isn't?
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
The biggest giveaway was the Chinese and region free. Legitimate companies do not put out region free DVD. DVD for North America will be region one for North America and may come in Western dub or subs (English, Spanish and or French) it will never include Chinese. Another check is to try to find the DVD on amazon.com look for a region one; the cover will be different. Another issue is number of episodes and DVDs, for example Noir comes in a seven DVD set I saw a bootleg on 2 (compressed mpeg)

I encage you not to buy bootleg DVD.. It eventually hurts Anime in the US. We already lost one major distributor Geneon due to bootlegging and bit torrents.
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)

I purchased it here:


Is there somebody I should contact about this?

Sep. 16th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
I am not sure except perhaps the distributor.

PS. I checked for Rozen Maiden Traumend I can only find preorder for individual DVDs and no box sets.

Sep. 16th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Like actonrf, the Chinese immediately made me think "bootleg" :/
Sep. 16th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
And the "zone free" as well.
Sep. 16th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
I have not even heard of it...
Sep. 16th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
(gasps in shock)

Sep. 17th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
ANOTHER one?? Dagnabbit!
Sep. 16th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
If it's legal in China, I wouldn't call it a bootleg. By that standard, every video game we import from Japan is a bootleg, because it's illegal to sell them outside of their region. This never stops anybody from trading between countries.

Anyway, if you're just getting into anime, don't fall into the trap of looking for the latest titles. The genre suffers from repetitive over kill - sub-genres that repeat the same formula over and over again. The closer you get to the origination of the sub-genre, the better the title is likely to be.

I highly recommend older titles like Nadia and Urusei Yatsura. These got me into anime some 16 odd years ago. Hundreds of fly by night titles have passed my screen since then, but few that I would consider so deserving of the distinction Anime Classics.
Apr. 1st, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
How does this compare to, say, "all your base"?
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