I feel like it might be easy to find some meta-commentary here about MOE and its fanbase. It’s all well and good to squee about living dolls, but actually encountering them in reality is another matter entirely, ain't it?
But that’s just a fleeting thought. A little research reveals that this is actually the third series in a larger franchise, so I guess that makes the mouthful of a title a little more understandable (if not necessarily appreciated). To be totally honest, I got lost pretty damn quickly here - - it happened soon after the scene with the very Lynchian rabbit pianist, to be exact - - so I feel a little better knowing that the deck probably was just stacked against me.
I don’t know… I found myself enjoying the weirdly skippy way the doll people moved in about the same fashion as I enjoy the way little critters are animated in a Ghibli movie. The continual perspective shifts, contrasting these cute homunculi with their normal-sized human neighbors, were a visual novelty that never wore off. I thought about that stuff more than the actual plot.
All the business with ancient curses, and witches, and mysterious doors, and so on? Couldn’t hold on to any of it. Thus, we have yet another example here to demonstrate the pros and cons of anime’s highly specific programming habits.
I feel like it’d be waste to comment any further. Instead, I’d rather invite one of you more learned lunatics to perhaps describe this ROZEN MAIDEN franchise for me in a way that’s simple enough to understand? Is... that even possible?
Watch this episode, "Tale 1” here and decide for yourself.
Now, read my write-ups on other pilots from this season below…