Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen Episode 1 Review directed by Mamoru Hatekayama Produced by Studio Deen
One day a note drops into Jun’s room asking whether or not he will wind a doll. Jun chooses the former; thus begins a series of magical battles between dolls. Mysteries are abound in this new fantastical world Jun has now entered.
Based on a manga which is currently being serialized in the seinen (men’s) comic anthology Weekly Young Jump in Japan; Zuruckspulen makes next to no sense in its first episode. This is not the right foot to start your series on. The show looks very nice but the pacing is far too quick to follow the events and characters have no time to actually interact with one another.
The advertising for the show indicates that there will be an alternate reality, supposedly, but the show does a poor job establishing it giving zero indicator of it in the first episode. If the show has any hope of improving itself it will need to slow the pace down considerably and allow the audience to familiarize themselves with the characters because as it stands it is one giant abstract mess.