Rozen Maiden 2013 ep 8 impressions

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Remember how I mentioned last week Jun getting too much screentime? Well that still hasn’t changed, but I do have to say it feels like we actually have some development this time. If anything, what’s being hinted seems to feel conclusive.

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So now Shinku is officially out of time, and her temporary body in Old Jun’s world will dissappear if she doesn’t get in contact with the N-world by night. Meanwhile, Jun is almost done with his new doll(which is really Kirakishou) and Saitou’s drama troupe is ready for their play to go on. And Suigintou stays in the background witnessing it all, waiting for when to strike Kirakishou and claim victory against Shinku.

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Sounds like we have alot of stuff happening this ep, right? Well to some extent it is, but it all happens in the background. The real focus for this episode was seeing how Jun had grown through Shinku’s eyes and how she reacts to it on her final day. It’s hard to notice considering everyone around him is already grown up, but it’s quite clear he’s starting to break out from the quiet shell he created.

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For one thing, he finally manages to say F#ck you to his boss by showing his mistake in keeping stock of their sales. In other cases, he takes an active roll backstage of Saitou’s play, including building a grandfather clock as a set piece. Sure he’s still isolative considering he’s still somewhat suspsicious of Saitou’s obvious hints of affection, but it’s good enough to be accepted by the drama troupe.

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So how does Shinku react to all of this? Well alot of her thoughts are kept inside, often expressed through conversations with Hollie. What we can tell is that despite how uneventful her 7 days were, she did enjoy seeing old jun’s subtle growth as a character. She looks forward to Jun’s play(even if he’s backstage) and insists on following him during preparations. But when the prop doll is gone, it looks like Shinku will take part in her final event with Old Jun.

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Of course you have Suigintou ready to watch as Shinku slowly dissappear and be ready to take down Kirkishou when she’s summoned. And yes, she has a complex relationship when it comes with her rivalry with Shinku. But you can tell by this point I’m just rambling to take up space. Because in the end, there isn’t much to really say other than subtle hints that should be seen rather than discussed.

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I'm a long time follower of anime, and will continue to do so for years to come

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