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Rozen Maiden: Zuruckspulen - Complete Collection (2013/Sentai DVD)

Picture: C Sound: B- Extras: C- Episodes: B-

Jun Sakurada one day receives a mysterious letter and suddenly receives Shinku, a magical living antique doll. It is then he learns Shinku is part of the Rozen Maidens, 7 life-like dolls created to compete with each other in the 'Alice Games' for their Rosa Mysticas, but when he made that choice he set the wheels of fate in motion and created a parallel world, one future where he choose to turn Shinku's key and another where he didn't choose to wind Shinku's key. Now, the future version of Jun (that didn't wind the key) start receiving messages from the past, asking him to help the Rozen Maidens and maybe set right his own future.

Rozen Maiden: Zuruckspulen - Complete Collection (2013) revisits and remake the original series to some extent. After being traumatized in his youth, Jun became a social recluse, rejecting the world and those who would use/abuse him. When he suddenly receives text messages across space, time and dimensions that a younger version of himself (the one that accept Shinku) needs his help to save his Rozen Maidens. He starts receiving parts of dolls to help create Shinku in his dimension to help battle the 7th Rozen Maiden who has trapped the 10 year old version of himself and most of the other Rozen Maidens in the N-zone. When he creates Shinku in his dimension he discovers she treats him like he is 'her' servant and has a spoiled elite girl's attitude, but through her and her relationships with the other Rozen Maidens the future Jun starts believe in a single choice maybe can change the world.

This anime is about a boy and his relationships with his dolls, it does a weird time travel/parallel dimension story. The dolls become sorta symbolic of the main character's feminine side/feelings of caring (and also the source of his angst) and conflict. Part of the theme seems to be saying that it is better to love and lost (or in this case, a boy to be interested in female dolls) than to never loved at all.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft in a way one can see why this is not on Blu-ray, consistent as it is, while the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is not bad with some Pro Logic-like surrounds. Extras include clean opening and closing animations and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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