Rozen Maiden Some German Word #01 — Recap Episode

July 4th, 2013


How ‘exciting.’


Nobody can certainly accuse this episode of moving too slowly. I chuckled a little when they just skipped a chunk of exposition by scrolling a wall of text on the side of the screen far too fast to actually read. It’s certainly one way to go about a pseudo-reboot at any rate. Sort of recap your way through all the character intros at a lightning pace, highlighting what’s important for wherever they want to begin in the story. At the same time, I’m not entirely certain it’s necessary. I was going to make a comment about skipping all the character development and such, but then I wondered "what character development?" Then I thought "Oh man. This means only one episode of suffering through Hina Ichigo being obnoxious," and that’s great.

Production wasn’t bad, although it’s hard to get a good grip on what was basically recap. It conveyed the high points of the plot of the first two seasons succinctly (with a few tweaks), I guess, but that’s not something I’m going to be dancing in the streets over. No scene lasted long enough to really have any kind of emotional effect. Art, animation, and music were competent enough, but none all that impressive. The flatter art style and backgrounds leave a little to be desired though. The direction probably could have used a little more work as it was lacking a lot of the gothic and surreal flair of the dreamscapes that the original had, plus the few jokey’ bits just looked ugly and obtrusive instead of meshing well.

I guess we’re mostly just pushing off any real thoughts to next week then. What’s there to really say or feel about recap?

Next Episode:

And then there’s this guy.

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9 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • ZakuAbumi says:

    I like how the episode was a recap and yet triggered your most positive remark on a pilot episode this season.

    On another note: How safe is it to watch the show without any prior background knowledge?

  • anise_punter says:

    Needs more staircase war.

  • tachi says:

    I don’t have fond memories of either season. I remember a lot of faffing about, and them maybe a decent fight in each respective season finale.

  • shadow says:

    A boy playing with dolls ?!!! is the answer is yes then WTF!!! , a battle with action figures of GIJOE, chuck norris,vam dame, soldiers, but dolls…

  • The Phantom says:

    I skipped all the previous seasons and don’t plan to start with this one anyway. I just don’t like this show.

  • Anonymous says:

    who the hell is that guy?