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DVD Review: Rozen Maiden Ouverture

Journey back to 19th century London and the birth of the Rozen Maidens!

Ever since Jun had to become Suiseki’s medium he has had plenty to deal with around the Rozen Maidens. He does have a lot of them living with him, and he knows he is responsible for their care and maintenance, even if it means him sewing a flower with some red thread onto a bow. The Rozen Maidens try to get on with Jun, but he can find it difficult getting along with them when there is no room for movement.

Ouverture consists of two episodes; Eternity – Enigkeit, and Vanity – Eitelkeet. Viewers are shown a dismantled doll in among a jumble of other dolls on a shelf. She wants to leave and reminisces about her father, Rozen making another doll in front of her. There are supposed to be seven Rozen Maidens in total, Suigintou, Kanaria, Suiseiseki, Souseseki, Shinku, Hinaichigo and Kirakishou. Shinku has only met a few of them in the past, and one was the first ever Rozen Maiden, the one her father had abandoned on a shelf a long time ago. She is called Suigintou, and has come to see Shinku and the other dolls hoping for some answers.

Shinku is a difficult Rozen Maiden who always wears the same red outfit with black bows. She expects Jun to take her orders seriously, and that tends to annoy him, as he doesn’t understand why she is so stubborn. She is also nasty to him at times, even when he tries to cheer her up. In one section of the first episode, he buys her a brand new brooch to sew onto her bow, she gets angry at him for being too presumptuous, and he is left unhappy again. Jun thinks she is being difficult, but Seiseki tells him there is a reason as to why she acts this way, and it goes back to the past when Shinku and Seiseki first met. They started to fight on a rooftop, and only when another doll came over to split them up, did they all go their separate ways.

It is supposed to be their destiny to fight each other so that one of them might find their father. This is called ‘becoming Alice,’ and is one of the many references to Alice in Wonderland in the series. Shinku is a fierce fighter, and feels she should become Alice and see her father, even though some of them feel he is a cruel and heartless father.

Suigintou resents her father for leaving her and doesn’t even know why he has done so. She wants to find him, but like the other dolls, has found difficulty accomplishing this task. Suigintou is a reclusive, shy type who wants to live in peace, and, Shinku finds is obsessed at her Rozen Mystica brooch she wears, as she wants to have one, as she is an incomplete doll.

Rozen Maiden Ouverture is an anime full of Gothic Lolita 17th Century dress, cravats, and endless frills. It is wonderful for those who like to go to conventions and dress up, but it also has a darker side to it where the dolls are forever fighting with each other, and there are a number of dolls who have turned bad, and to be honest it is easy to tell who they are as they dress in darker clothes. There are plenty of Alice in Wonderland references, going through lots of doors that take them into other dimensions, dolls coming through mirrors, and don’t forget the rabbits. Ouverture is a two episode set that fills in the gaps in the original two series and makes sense of why Suigintou feels a rivalry toward Shinku.


Label: MVM Entertainment

Release date: 5th November 2012

Certificate: 15

Running time: 50 mins

Genre: Anime

Director: Kuo Matsuo

Author Profile: 

Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.

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