For those that recall my issue with how the dolls were handled in this season, I’m going to take back a couple of those words. These ep have much crammed inside, and while i’m worried about how this will end, it’s enough for me care once more about the Rozen Maidens.
Before I get into the details, I want to highlight a specific scene: Jun’s pick of 4 lovely dolls. My emotions were really confused throughout these 2 ep, but nowhere does it get as confused as this scene. It resembles the final decision in a harem, but it involves the life and death of its characters. It’s a defining moment for the Rozen Maidens and Jun, but Kirkishou’s actions are pretty erotic. It’s a strange moment in the series, but man is it memorable for how weird it was.
Like I said before though, the dolls get some much needed focus during these 2 ep. Suiseiseki manages to get Jun to kiss the ring of Souiseiseki, thus pushing Kirakishou from her body. Souiseiseki gets revived temporarily when Suiseiseki puts her Rosa Mystica into her, allowing her to thank Jun for carefully crafting her body day-and-night, which brings the 2nd most awkward/erotic scene in this series involving dolls before getting serious.
From then on, it’s a huge amount of plot devices so large it’s much better for the show to explain it than me. What I can say though is that it reiterates the tense sibling relationship between the Rozen Maiden dolls. Souiseiseki surrenders her 2nd life to Suigintou, and she lends her Rosa Mystica to Suiseiseki in retrun. Hinaichigo’s spirit helps Jun find Shinku’s original body, and Suiseiseki still holds onto hope for them all to be in peace. Even Kanaria gets some time to shine by eliminating Kirakishou’s crystal walls.
Of course we know this is still mainly Jun’s story, and his part is undoubtedly the best part. He meets up with his younger self and realizes that his pessimistic view of life is a dissapointment to his younger self. Through this he learns to look forward in life, cast aside the past, and change the world through his own decisions. It’s this decision that blows away the temptation for changing the past and denying Kirakishou.
Surprisingly, it’s Kirakishou that gets the most sympathy from me during these events. All she wanted was a body of her own and a master that would love her. She’s done evil things, but not with the malice that Suigintou might have shown. So to see such a pure existence be denied by the one person she respected(but also manipulated) was kind of heart-wrenching. Considering all we’ve seen till now were her evil acts, it’s worth praising when we can get some sympathy from her at the last minute.
Really the only major issue with this anime is that it’s lacking alot of backstory and explanations. This includes the answers to several plot devices such as the clocktower, Laplace’s previous involvement, and Rozen’s involvement in all of this despite him not appearing. And all of this including missed character development is because this is a sequel to a prequel that hasn’t been animated.
Some guesses can be made if you’ve watched the series, but it’s this lack of a proper explanation that takes a huge chunk of emotional investment in this story. I’m glad that the few moments we have with the Rozen Maidens are great, but it’s almost as if we’ve been cheated off the whipped cream of a Frappecino. It’s not going to ruin the overall product, but it’s something that could’ve made it more appealing.