Summer break has come, and on the surface everything appears to be back to normal in the Sakurada household. Jun busies himself catching up on his schoolwork, while the Rozen Maiden dolls watch Kun-kun and cause mischief. Secretly though, Shinku struggles to cope with feelings of remorse and sadness at the loss of a sister at her hands. As she tries to find a way to come to terms with her actions, two new Rozen Maiden dolls appear on the scene, signaling the beginning of the Alice Game.
summary by Liegenschonheit
Highs: Dramatic scenes; art; some genuinely touching moments
Lows: Filler episodes; unanswered questions; rushed ending
Eagerly anticipated by fans of Rozen Maiden, Rozen Maiden: Träumend picks up right where the previous season had left off without missing a beat. However, though the lovable characters are all present and the art is still topnotch, it soon becomes apparent that Träumend just doesn’t quite live up to the standards set by the first season.
Unlike the original where the comedy and drama segued flawlessly, this anime has some issues with pacing, and the transitions between comedic and serious moments are strangely stilted. Though charming and enjoyable, several episodes at the beginning of the series are devoted almost entirely to cute, comedic filler, foregoing plot advancement almost entirely. Abruptly,Träumend changes focus to the much darker and more serious storyline, making the flow of the series seem a little disjointed. However, it is in these dramatic episodes that this anime truly shines. Touching and sometimes heart-wrenchingly tragic, these episodes rely heavily on the already well-rounded characters to keep the plot from going stale.
Through a course of increasingly dramatic events, this anime comes to a final episode which seems strangely anticlimactic. Perhaps it is the rushed battle sequences or the unexplained plot twist, but the ending to Träumend just doesn’t quite sit right. Also, though two new major characters are introduced during the course of the series, at the finale they still seem like two-dimensional caricatures when compared to the already established characters.
Though it is flawed, Rozen Maiden: Träumend is still worth watching. Gorgeous designs, adorable characters and even the comedic filler are enough to bring fans of Rozen Maiden back for more. Just be prepared to shed a tear or two.
Rozen Maiden: Träumend can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.