Unbreakable Machine Doll Final Episode: Wasn’t there supposed to be a competition going on?

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Sigh…an expected ending that doesn’t resolve anything. In fact, it causes more problems than it solves. It hints that the death of Raishin’s family and home were an accident caused by his brother trying to create a Machine Doll. Also, it hints that Shouko is using Raishin to accomplish a similar goal. I guess every magic-based show has to have that “Holy Grail” that every magician is trying to reach.

Also, the butler runs away just as Yaya powers up and attack him, so it seemed a lot like Yaya was just showing off at that final part. Oh well, I shouldn’t be too disappointed. At least I don’t have to deal with Yaya anymore, right? I feel so bad for Loki…trapped in the next bed having to deal with this stuff all the time.

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 9: Wait…what did Raishin fall into at the end?

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Tales of heartbreak and betrayal. It seems that Felix is back again, or at least his family is, to exact vengeance on Charl and her own family. Naturally, Raishin will jump in and save her. I don’t really understand why Raishin had to have that conversation with Yaya, though. It basically boiled down to “I fight for my friends”, which isn’t exactly surprising. I don’t even understand why it was so surprising to him.

Anyway, Charl has attacked the headmaster, so next week is the aftermath. Based on the final scene of this week’s episode, I’m assuming the headmaster doesn’t die so easily. They wouldn’t condemn Charl so easily, right? Unless…maybe they’re replacing her with Henri! No one would ever notice!

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 8: Charl…come to the dark side

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Hmm…I guess they’re doing Charl’s arc after all. This show doesn’t really waste much time, does it? A few minutes of recovery and straight into the next one. Anyway, it looks like Frey’s arc ended easily enough. Loki and Raishin just had to tag team and become best buds. That was a pretty cool battle.

Well, judging by the pacing we’ve seen so far, this should be the last arc for this series. They still seem to be following the manga/light novel, so I suppose that means there won’t be an anime original ending. I wonder if that means there will be no ending at all. If I had to guess, it’s probably a no-resolution ending coming up. But anyway, we have to deal with Charl’s apparent betrayal first.

Unbreakable Machine Doll Episode 5: Another one for the harem, I presume

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Finally Yaya gets what she deserves mwahaha…I mean, what a terrible sneak attack. I hope she’s okay? What would we do if we lost such a character? Anyway, this week we’re introduced to Frey, possibly the most skilled assassin I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t figured it out yet, she has some daddy issues…and brother issues. I guess she just has issues.

So Raishin’s off on some infiltration mission…the dogs at that orphanage are pretty similar to Rabbi, so it’s pretty obviously to investigate Frey and Loki. Next week, we learn about their background…more about why Frey’s trying to kill Raishin, I suppose. I still think Sigmund’s the best character. The watchful elder or something…

Also, day 5 and I still have trouble standing Yaya.

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Rozen Maiden (2013) Final Episode

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Sigh…this is such a jerk move for the last episode. This episode isn’t an ending…it’s like the start of a next season. Now, they’re honor-bound to give another season. This is far too inconclusive. This would be more okay (still scummy, though) if the sequel were slated for next season, but I don’t even know when it could come out.

Anyway, my bias aside…is younger Jun even the main character anymore? It looks like they’re doing whatever it takes to edge him out. Maybe that’s their plan…they’re gonna kill the younger Jun and substitute him! Anyway, I’m gonna avoid the cheesy “it’s only the beginning” line and end with this: This series wasn’t particularly exciting and seemed to move rather slow throughout…also the last episode is quite disappointing and shouldn’t exist (we should have just stopped at 12). Were the other seasons like this?

Rozen Maiden (2013) Episode 12

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Well, that felt like quite a resolution to me. It didn’t feel like much more happened in this episode. I mean, Shinku coming back was always going to happen and Suigintou giving up on Souseiseki’s Rosa Mystica wasn’t particularly interesting. And then everyone just goes their separate ways and everything’s back to normal…so great…

Not sure what could possibly happen next week. The preview doesn’t really show much…maybe lingering memories or something. I sure hope something happens because I dislike series that end one episode early and spend the last one making nothing happen…

Rozen Maiden (2013) Episode 11: Wait…that’s it?

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Kirakishou died kinda easy…just got rejected and blew herself up. How anticlimactic. Souseiseki makes an obvious deal with Suigintou…she’s so easy to read. It’s a wonder Shinku hasn’t just beaten her yet…I am disappointed. Suiseiseki should have been suspicious of her charity as well.

So…is everything done and back to normal? Kirakishou exploded and the preview seems to show everyone back in the normal world…but there’s still time left in the series, right? What exactly is happening? Is the rabbit the true last boss after all? Or is it just a bunch of epilogue content to finish it up? I suppose Shinku has to come back to life too…

Rozen Maiden (2013) Episode 10: Everyone’s together and ready to fight

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So Souseiseki is back again. I was mildly impressed with Suiseiseki’s plan to free Souseiseki, but then she went and admitted that it wasn’t her plan. Sigh…me and my high hopes. Anyway, I guess now each Jun has their own doll…now they can stop fighting over Shinku, right?

Looks like the only one missing now is the real Shinku and the younger Jun is on the case, based on the preview. Still have a few episodes remaining, so does that mean the next episode is entirely devoted to his freeing the original Shinku? Sounds…fun?

Rozen Maiden (2013) Episode 9: Kirakishou makes her entrance

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Time to fight, it seems. Of course it had to be Souseiseki’s body…that’s the only one left missing a Rosa Mystica. Anyway, I guess they have to convince Suiseiseki to change her stance about protecting the body or something like that. Meanwhile, Jun just sits around being useless.

I guess next week, older Jun has to make his own contract with Shinku? Looks like younger Jun will be making a move from the preview. Just how many Rozen Maiden are they going to gather for this fight? It seems like it could be the last, so maybe all of them? Friendship rainbow cannon?

Rozen Maiden (2013) Episode 8

Bag Shinku is not amused
Bag Shinku is not amused

So the day of the play is finally here. Is it coming close to the final battle? Or is older Jun’s world about to come to the end of its role? Shinku seems to be having fun on her last day. It’s almost like she planned to be put in the play…but that couldn’t be, right?

Anyway, it looks like Kirakishou may be showing up next week or something. Suigintou definitely seems to be looking forward to her arrival. I guess the whole “tricking older Jun” thing was just so she could enter this other world…not sure why she needed him to make a doll for that when Suigintou managed to get there fine. Also, I can’t help feeling like the scene where Saitou was practicing lines by herself was out-of-place somehow…does that mean it was significant?