Rozen Maiden

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Rozen Maiden
Rozen Maiden volume 5 Shinsoban.png
The shinsōban edition of Rozen Maiden volume 5 by Shueisha
ローゼンメイデン
(Rōzen Meiden)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Supernatural, Fantasy
Manga
Rozen Maiden
Written by Peach-Pit
Published by Gentosha
English publisher
Tokyopop (revoked)
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Birz
Original run August 12, 2002May 30, 2007
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Manga
Rozen MaidenKK
Written by Peach-Pit
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Jump
Original run April 17, 2008January 23, 2014
Volumes 10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Rozen Maiden
Directed by Kou Matsuo
Produced by Tokyo Broadcasting System
Written by Jukki Hanada
Music by Shinkichi Mitsumune
Studio Nomad
Licensed by
Network TBS, BS-i, RKB, MBS, Kids Station
English network
Original run October 7, 2004December 23, 2004
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Rozen Maiden: Träumend
Directed by Kou Matsuo
Produced by Tokyo Broadcasting System
Written by Jukki Hanada
Music by Shinkichi Mitsumune
Studio Nomad
Licensed by
Network TBS, BS-i, CBC, MBS, Kids Station
English network
Original run October 20, 2005January 26, 2006
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre
Directed by Kou Matsuo
Produced by Tokyo Broadcasting System
Written by Jukki Hanada
Music by Shinkichi Mitsumune
Studio Nomad
Licensed by
Network Tokyo Broadcasting System
English network
Original run December 22, 2006December 23, 2006
Episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen
Directed by Mamoru Hatekayama
Produced by Tokyo Broadcasting System
Written by Tomomi Mochizuki
Music by Shinkichi Mitsumune
Studio Studio Deen
Licensed by
Network TBS, MBS, CBC, BS-TBS
English network
Original run July 4, 2013September 26, 2013
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Related media
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Rozen Maiden (Japanese: ローゼンメイデン Hepburn: Rōzen Meiden?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Peach-Pit. It was serialized in Monthly Comic Birz between the September 2002 and July 2007 issues. The individual chapters were collected and released into eight tankōbon volumes by Gentosha. The eight volumes were localized to North America by Tokyopop between March 2003 and June 2007. The story follows Jun Sakurada, a middle school student who withdrew from society after suffering persecutions from his classmates. Following his withdrawal, he is chosen to become the master to a Rozen Maiden named Shinku. Rozen Maidens are seven sentient bisque dolls who compete against each other to become a perfect doll dubbed as Alice.

Rozen Maiden received a sequel under the series' katakana title. It was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump between April 2008 and January 2014. Rozen Maiden has spun off anthology manga and novel stories, art books, and four anime series; the four anime series are titled Rozen Maiden, Rozen Maiden: Träumend, Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre, and Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen. Tokyo Broadcasting System were the producers for the anime with Nomad as the animation studio for the first three series and Studio Deen for Zurückspulen. The anime adaptions resulted in several audio disc releases and three video games.

In 2007, Geneon Entertainment USA licensed the first two anime series for North American release and had later signed Funimation on as a distributor, after shutting down in September 2007. In 2011, Sentai Filmworks acquired both seasons as well as the third series; they made the three series available for streaming on Anime Network. Crunchyroll later acquired streaming rights to the first two series. For the fourth series, Sentai Filmworks had acquired the license for digital and home video release, while Crunchyroll acquired streaming rights.

Tokyopop's volumes of Rozen Maiden have appeared on ICv2's monthly top one-hundred selling graphic novels. Reviews towards the manga were generally positive with reviewers praising balance in drama and comedy. For the anime, reception towards the first series was mixed while Träumend was mostly negative.

Plot[edit]

In the 20th century, a legendary doll maker named Rozen created seven bisque dolls which were powered and given sentience with a gem called Rosa Mystica.Phase 2 Since then, Rozen sent the dolls away to find masters and to battle among themselves to gather each other's Rosa Mysticas; this competition is referred to as the Alice Game. When a doll obtains all seven, they are to become a perfect doll dubbed as Alice and will be reunited with Rozen.Phase 5 By order of creation, the seven Rozen Maidens are named Suigintou, Kanaria, Suiseiseki, Souseiseki, Shinku, Hinaichigo, and Kirakisho.

Rozen Maiden follows Jun Sakurada, a middle school student who has withdrawn from society after suffering persecutions from his classmates. He is chosen to become Shinku's master and joins the Alice Game.Prologue 2 As the series progresses, Jun also becomes the master to Hinaichigo and Suiseiseki. After Souseiseki's Rosa Mystica is taken by Suigintou, Jun's Rozen Maidens resolve to revive her and to end the Alice Game peacefully;Phase 21 they later befriend Kanaria who shares their sentiments. However, the group is attacked by Kirakisho who absorbs Hinaichigo and traps Shinku and Suiseiseki in the N-field, a plane of consciousness which connects the universe. Rozen Maiden concludes with Jun preparing to enter the N-field to save the dolls.Phase 43

Rozen Maiden's plot is continued in the sequel serialization which uses the katakana title of the series.KK Inside the N-field, Jun is forced into hiding by Kirakisho and contacts an adult version of himself from an alternate world.Tale 1 The adult Jun is able to free Shinku and unite the Rozen Maidens to defeat Kirakisho.Tale 25 Kirakisho returns and successfully captures all the Rozen Maidens' masters. The Rozen Maidens pursue her eventually resulting in most of their defeat except Shinku and Kirakisho. Shinku's sympathy towards Kirakisho's loneliness convinces the latter to surrender her Rosa Mystica. With all seven gathered, Shinku becomes Alice.Tale 65 Using her new powers, Shinku revives her sisters and is put into a coma in return.Tale 66

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Rozen Maiden is authored by Peach-Pit and was serialized in Gentosha's Monthly Comic Birz between issues September 2002 and July 2007.[1][2] Gentosha compiled the individual chapters into eight tankōbon volumes released between March 2003 and June 2007.[3][4] These volumes were later recompiled into seven shinsōban volumes by Shueisha and released between April 2008 and November 2008.[5][6] Tokyopop localized Gentosha's tankōbon volumes in English for North America and released them between May 2006 and May 2008.[7][8] In 2011, Tokyopop's North American division was closed down and their licenses to manga franchises were revoked.[9] Tokyopop's translations were distributed in Australasia by Madman Entertainment.[10] The series has also been localized in other languages such as Chinese, French, and Italian.[11][12][13]

In March 2008, Peach-Pit published a one-shot titled Shōjo no Tsukurikata (少女のつくり方?, lit. "How to Make a Girl") in the 16th issue of Weekly Young Jump.[14] In the following issue, a serialization for Rozen Maiden was announced.[15] Serialization began in Weekly Young Jump's 20th issue in April 2008 until its conclusion in the issue 8 in January 2014.[15][16] The second series was published under the katakana for Rozen MaidenKK, and is a sequel to the first series.[17] The series has been localized in other languages such as Italian, French, and Chinese.[18][19][20] Peach-Pit also published a one-shot in the October 2013 issue of Ribon which focuses on the Rozen Maidens' past.[21]

Anime[edit]

Rozen Maiden was adapted into an anime, produced by Tokyo Broadcasting System and animated by Nomad.[22] It premiered on Tokyo Broadcasting System and was broadcast between October 7, 2004 and December 23, 2004.[23][24] It was also broadcast on RKB Mainichi Broadcasting, Mainichi Broadcasting System, BS-i, and Kids Station.[25][26] Pony Canyon released the series in six DVDs and a box set.[27][28] Geneon USA localized the series for North America and released it on three DVD volumes.[29][30][31][32][33] In 2008, Funimation gained distribution rights from Geneon and released a box collection of the series.[34] Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in 2011 and included it in the Rozen Maiden: The Complete Collection DVD box release.[29][35] Sentai also made the series available for streaming on networks such as Anime Network and Crunchyroll.[36][37][38] MVM Films distributed the series in the United Kingdom.[39]

The second series, Rozen Maiden: Träumend (ローゼンメイデン トロイメント Rōzen Meiden Toroimento?), was first announced in March 2005 and is a continuation of the previous series.[40] It premiered on Tokyo Broadcasting System and was broadcast between October 20, 2005 and January 26, 2006.[41] It was also broadcast on Mainichi Broadcasting System, Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting, BS-i, and Kids Station.[42] Pony Canyon released the series in six DVDs and a box set.[43][44] As for the first series, Geneon USA localized the series for North America and released the first volume before closing all DVD distribution in September 2007.[45][46][47] Following Funimation acquiring the distribution rights, Funimation released the series in three DVD volumes and later, released a box set for the series.[48][49][50][51] Funimation later released a box set which included the first series and Träumend on May 4, 2010.[52] Sentai Filmworks later licensed the series in 2011 and included it in the Rozen Maiden: The Complete Collection DVD box release.[29][35] Sentai made the series available for streaming on networks such as Anime Network and Crunchyroll.[38][53] MVM Films distributed the series in the United Kingdom.[39]

The third series is Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre (ローゼンメイデン オーベルテューレ Rōzen Meiden Ōberutyūre?), a two episode series which explores Suigintou's origins. It premiered on Tokyo Broadcasting System and was broadcast on December 22 and 23, 2006.[54] The episodes were released on DVD on February 21, 2007.[55] Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in 2011 and included it in the Rozen Maiden: The Complete Collection DVD box release and as a stand-alone DVD.[29][35][56] Sentai made the series available for streaming on Anime Network.[57] MVM Films distributed the series in the United Kingdom.[58]

The fourth series is Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen, referred only as Rozen MaidenKK in Japan, was announced in November 2012 in Weekly Young Jump.[59][60] It is an adaption of the second manga series. Unlike the previous three anime series, it is animated by Studio Deen.[61] It premiered on Tokyo Broadcasting System and was broadcast between July 4, 2013 and September 26, 2013.[62] It was also broadcast on Mainichi Broadcasting System, Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting, and BS-TBS.[63] Crunchyroll licensed the series for simulcast followed by Sentai Filmworks who made it available for simulcast on Anime Network and will be releasing the series on home video for 2014.[64][65][66] The complete set for Zurückspulen will be released on October 7, 2014.[67] Unlike the previous anime series, the English dub will be done in-house at Sentai Filmworks.

Discography[edit]

The four anime series resulted in several theme music, radio dramas, soundtracks, and two radio programs. The first radio program is Rozen Maiden Web Radio: Rose Scented Garden Party[Jp 1], an internet radio program that aired on Lantis Web Radio between May 13, 2005 and September 30, 2005.[68] It is hosted by Miyuki Sawashiro and Asami Sanada, the voice of Shinku and Jun respectively.[68] The second is Suigintou's Night of Ennui[Jp 2], a live radio hosted by Sugintou's voice actress Rie Tanaka during Tokyo Broadcasting System's Anime Festa 2006.[69] Due to positive reception, it was continued through additional CD releases.[70] The soundtracks from the Rozen Maiden video games have also been released.[71][72] Prior to the anime's creation, a radio drama was produced by Frontier Works who used their own voice cast.[73][74]

Video games[edit]

Three video games have been produced for the series. Rozen Maiden: Duellwalzer[Jp 3] is a PlayStation 2 video game developed by Taito Corporation and released on April 27, 2006.[75] Its soundtrack, Rozen Maiden Beilege Disk, was included with the game's preorder.[71] The game re-released under the label "Taito Best" on March 25, 2007.[76] Taito released a second game for the PlayStation 2 titled Rozen Maiden: Gebetgarten[Jp 4] on March 22, 2007.[77] Its soundtrack, Rozen Maiden Beilege Disk 2, was included with the preorder.[72] The third video game is Rozen Maiden: Wechseln Sie Weli Ab[Jp 5] by 5pb. for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita; it was released on January 30, 2014.[78]

Anthology manga and novels[edit]

Several manga spin-offs were created. An anthology tankōbon entitled Rozen Maiden: Entr'acte[Jp 6] was published by Getonsha in 2005.[79] Two anthology series were created based on the second series. The first is Rozen Maiden Dolls TalkKK by Haru Karuki. It was serialized in Ribon between the January 2012 to April 2014 issues.[80][81] The second is Maite wa Ikenai Rozen Maiden (まいてはいけないローゼンメイデン?, lit. "The Rozen Maiden That Should Not Have Existed") by Choboraunyopomi.[82] It began serialization in Miracle Jump issue 12 which was released on December 27, 2012.[82][83]

Two anthology novel series have been written. Chabō Higurashi wrote the anthology novel series Die Romane der Rozen Maiden[Jp 7] which consisted of two novels subtitled Schwarzer Wind[Jp 8] and Kalkgrün Augen.[84][85] Himiro Hisasa wrote the second novel series, Rozen MaidenKK, which consisted of two novels subtitled Zwillinge[Jp 9] and Roth Schwarz[Jp 10].[86][87]

Other[edit]

The Rozen Maiden anime has been adapted into three film comic volumes by Gentosha.[88][89][90] Two fan books based on the anime were also published: Rozen Maiden: Edel Rose[Jp 11] covers the anime Rozen Maiden and is published by Impress Group;[91] Rozen Maiden: Träumend Nocturne[Jp 12] covers Rozen Maiden: Träumend and is published by Gentosha;[92] Rozen Maiden Comic & Anime Official Guide Book[Jp 13] covers Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen and is published by Shueisha.[93] Four art books were also released: Rozen Maiden: Erinnerung published by SoftBank Creative, Rozen Maiden: Kunstwerk[Jp 14] by Ichijinsha, Peach-Pit Art book (Rozen Maiden) and Rozen Maiden Art Book: Rose Maiden[Jp 15], both by Shueisha.[94][95][96][97]

Many merchandise has been released based on the Rozen Maiden franchise such as dolls, clothing and accessories, and other miscellaneous items.[98][99][100][101][102]

Reception[edit]

Tokyopop's localized volumes appeared on ICv2's monthly top one-hundred selling graphic novels.[103][104][105][106] The Rozen Maiden manga has received generally positive reviews. Anime News Network praised Peach-Pit's works as always being able to evoke excitement or laughter from its readers but was critical about Rozen Maiden's lack of plot and criticized how the dialogue or layout can be vague.[107] Comic Book Bin wrote that while Rozen Maiden was not a splendid manga, its emphasis on psychology and emotion was something American comics should follow to expand their readership.[108] Active Anime praised several aspects of the series: the combination of mystery, comedy, and cuteness with a balance of fantasy and drama;[109] the visual esthetics of the images and characters;[110] and a broadness that extends towards teens and adults.[111] Initially, Anime Land praised the balance between comedic daily life and the underlying dark side of the plot.[112][113] In later volumes though, Anime Land criticized the story's pacing and the abrupt ending.[114][115][116] In their review of the sequel, Anime Land wrote they were surprised by the dark tone and how the plot was confusing even with knowledge from the first series.[117][118] Manga-News also praised the story's alteration between moments of peace and conflict but panned the latter volumes for being rushed and losing the story's complexity.[119] In their review of the sequel, Manga-News praised the introduction for being interesting and accessible to new readers.[120]

In 2005, Japanese television network TV Asahi conducted a "Top 100" online web poll and the Rozen Maiden anime adaptation placed 50th.[121] In the subsequent year, Rozen Maiden: Träumend ranked 7th in a "Top 20" poll conducted by Japanese anime magazine Animage.[122] Active Anime had several reviewers for the anime series Rozen Maiden and its sequel Rozen Maiden: Träumend. Christopher Seaman wrote several praises for the anime: the high quality visuals and the detail in the dolls' designs; the soundtrack which compliments the visuals; and the story which he considered to be engaging, fast paced, and comedic.[123][124] Sandra Scholes described the series as a lavish production and that while it is battle oriented during fight scenes, it also offers emotional moments that cater to girls.[125][126] Davey C. Jones commented the series is something Chobits fans would enjoy and that Rozen Maiden: Träumend's ending is not a "feel good" ending.[127] Rachel Bentham however, was critical of the plot. Bentham described Jun's antisocial personality and friendship with the dolls to be disturbing and criticized the "there can be only one" competition between the dolls calling it misogynistic in nature.[128]

Mania initially expressed skepticism of the show's combination of gothic lolita, dolls, magic, and comedy but later calls it a successful experiment and praised the character interactions and the dolls' designs.[129][130] In their Rozen Maiden: Träumend review, Mania praised the visuals and characters but criticized the unbalanced comic and dark comments and described the revelations and finale as rushed.[131] Anime News Network's review of Rozen Maiden: Träumend were mostly negative and addressed several points: the failed attempts at serious drama which were considered cliché and resulted in cheesy and melodramatic dialogue;[132][133] the recycled background music; and the ending which was described as inconclusive and slapdash.[134]

Anime News Network's reviews of Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen was generally positive. Carl Kimlinger described the characterization of the adult Jun as a "highly believable mixture of bruised pride, desperate loneliness, and downtrodden numbness" and praised how relatable the character is compared to his younger self.[135] He also praised the scripting for Jun's life and the scene where Jun's personality is being dissected by his boss to be intelligently written. Bamboo Dong praised Zurückspulen's introduction for revitalizing the series.[136] Both reviewers praised the art and dolls' designs and expressed concerns about the confusing plot.[135][136]

Notes[edit]

  • ^ Prologue 1 & 2 are the first two chapters from the Rozen Maiden manga. Afterwards, chapters are referred to as Phases starting with Phase 1.
  • ^ Tales are what chapters from the sequel manga series are referred as. The sequel is published under the katakana for Rozen Maiden.
  • ^ The katakana for Rozen Maiden is ローゼンメイデン. KK denotes Rozen Maiden as being written in katakana instead of the English alphabet.
Japanese
  1. ^ ローゼンメイデン・ウェブラジオ 薔薇の香りのGarden Party Rōzen Meiden Uebu Rajio Bara no Kaori no Garden Pātī?
  2. ^ 水銀燈の今宵もアンニュ~イ Suigintou no Koyoi mo Ennūi?
  3. ^ ローゼンメイデン ドゥエルヴァルツァ Rōzen Meiden Dueruvarutsa?
  4. ^ ローゼンメイデン ゲベートガルテン Rōzen Meiden Gebētogaruten?
  5. ^ ローゼンメイデン ヴェヘゼルン ジー ヴェルト アップ Rōzen Meiden Vehezerun Jī Veruto Appu?
  6. ^ ローゼンメイデン アントラクト Rōzen Meiden Antorakuto?
  7. ^ ディ ロマーネ ディア ローゼンメイデン Di Romāne Dia Rōzen Meiden?
  8. ^ シュヴァルツェァ ヴィンド Shuvarutsea Vindo?
  9. ^ ツヴィリンゲ Tsuviringe?
  10. ^ ロートシュヴァルツ Rōto Shuvuarutsu?
  11. ^ ローゼンメイデン エーデルローゼ Rōzen Meiden Ēderurōze?
  12. ^ ローゼンメイデン トロイメント ノクトゥルネ Rōzen Meiden Toroimento Nokuturune?
  13. ^ ローゼンメイデン コミック&アニメ公式ガイドBook Rōzen Meiden Komikku & Anime Kōshiki Gaido Book?
  14. ^ ローゼンメイデン クンストヴェルク Rōzen Meiden Kunsutoveruku?
  15. ^ ローゼンメイデン画集「薔薇乙女」 Rōzen Meiden Gashū: Bara Otome?

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