And so we finally get to return to the Alice game and see the return of classic dolls. Some glaring issues are apparent at this point, but it seems like we’ll stop goofing around and start to get into a more story-driven pace. And after weeks of slice-of-life, this is definitely needed.
So it starts off with the play as Jun takes his seat. Next to him is Suigintou carrying Jun’s new doll while berating the play. Shinku also finds it uncomfortable being the prop of the play, but that changes faster than expected. Right when the clock hits noon, the gate to the N-world opens as Kirakishou takes control of her new doll body. From there, goals are revealed and alliances are made as the threat of the seventh doll has finally returned.
Until now, Kirkishou has largely remained a mystery. She doesn’t have a master, yet she continues to exist in the game. She lacks a body, but still manages to intervene in the physical world. But most importantly, she doesn’t seem to care about the Rosa Mysticas in her sisters, thus making her part in the Alice Game questionable.
Now we know exactly why she’s like this. Rather than getting a master through contract, she extracts the life energy of other masters that she stores in her own territory. Because of this, her magical energy is powerful enough to rival her sisters despite being restricted to the N-world. And as for her lack of interest in Rosa Mysticas? That’s because she doesn’t want to become the perfect girl and meet father; she just wants her sister’s bodies since she lacked one to begin with.
Other than that, there are several twists and development that made the wait worth it. Suigntou makes a truce with Shinku to fight off Kirakishou. Suiseiseki returns with her “desu” to inform Shinku and Suigintou that the body Kirakishou is possessing is Souiseiseki. So depending on how they handle Kirakishou, Suiseiseki may end up another enemy.
Jun may be helpless when he’s trapped in Kirakishou’s vines, but he takes some responsibility for once and actually considers the Alice game his problem from now on (how he handles it is unknown; maybe a contract witht he dolls?). There also seems to be a way for Young Jun to connect with Old Jun now that the N-world is opening.
However, this is where we get to the problems. The beloved dolls are returning, and each is now heavily involved in the Alice game. But surprisingly, I don’t care as much as I thought I would be. However, the answer to why is quite simple; we haven’t had much time to refamiliarize ourselves with these dolls. The previous anime was very different from the manga, and all the events in that were skimmed through in that disastrous recap ep.
While I don’t see it making this series into garbage, it’s really holding back an otherwise well-directed continuation of this story. I really hope they can address these issues somehow, either through character moments for the dolls or further exploration on the time parallel aspect. Otherwise, this’ll just be a great sequel to a poor adaptation.