Rozen Maiden is a Japanese manga series both written and illustrated by Peach-Pit, a duo of female Japanese manga artists whose brilliant minds were behind exceptional works like Zombie Loan, Shugo Chara! and Okami Kakushi.
Rozen Maiden falls under supernatural and fantasy genres with a slight comedy and drama to it.
It was first published on August 2002 in the Monthly Comic Birz. As of May 2007, Rozen Maiden has published 8 tankobon volumes.
Nomad Studios together with Kuo Matsuo has worked on the anime adaptation of Rozen Maiden. Rozen Maiden premiered on the big screens last October 2004 on TBS, MBS and Kids Station.
Rozen Maiden was licensed by Sentai Filmworks and MVM Films for a North American release. Rozen Maiden ended on December 2004 of the same year with 12 bone-chilling episodes.
At the pinnacle of the 20th century, Rozen is renowned around the world as the legendary doll maker who created seven life-like porcelain dolls which were given life and sentience with a gem called the mysterious “Rosa Mystica”.
Since then, Rozen has sent the dolls to different masters where each doll is to battle one another for their Rosa Mystica which was later called as the infamous Alice Game.
Jun Sakurada is a middle school shut-in with withdrawal personality refuses to go to school after being traumatized by an embarrassing incident at school. He spends most of his time in his room, surfing the web.
One peculiar day, he receives a letter asking him a “yes” or “no” question. He answered “yes” thinking it was only a joke and a prank when the letter suddenly disappears and a strange package appears in front of him.
It contains an exquisite doll, one of the rare bisque dolls, wholly made out of porcelain. He thinks nothing of it until when suddenly the seemingly life-like doll came to life and introduces herself as “Shinku”.
It wasn’t till later did he realize that his fated encounter with Shinku that his life has been turned upside down as he is caught in between the deadly Alice Game as Rozen Maidens fight against each other in hopes of becoming the “perfect doll” and reunite with their creator, Rozen.
Jun Sakurada is the socially withdrawn middle school student. He was being bullied by his classmates when they learned that he likes to dress designs especially for dolls. As a social outcast at school, he spends most of his time in his room, surfing the web and ordering anything that piqued his interest only to return it when payment is due. He has fears of returning to school after his rather embarrassing incident which traumatized him at great lengths. Jun is remarkably skilled at crafts and at sewing with an impeccable ability to actually repair Shinku after a deadly fight against other Rozen Maidens. In fact, Jun may very well be one of the few people in the world who is able to bring back a doll’s soul which is extremely similar to Rozen’s abilities. He is the master of three Rozen Maiden dolls.
Shinku is the fifth doll of the Rozen Maiden series and is implied to be the strongest doll among the sisters. Her rather southern belle and haughty personality led to her treating Jun as her own personal servant. Shinku loves nothing more than abusing Jun, be it slapping, kicking or hitting him when he doesn’t comply with her orders. Despite her rather demanding personality, Shinku can also be somewhat childish as she is extremely fond of the fictitional puppet show, Detective Kun Kun. Shinku wishes to win the Alice Game without having to kill her fellow siblings. She is seen to create and control rose petals which she makes use during battles.
Rozen Maiden has received warm positive reviews and has even been awarded as one of the Top 100 Best Seller Graphic Novels.
Peach-Pit has since then worked on a sequel to the manga series which got published in the Weekly Young Jump from April 2008 until January 2014 with 10 volumes.
A number of sequels have also been made for the anime adaptation. “Rozen Maiden: Traumend” was also directed by Kou Matsuo and was broadcasted from October 2005 to January 2006 with 12 exhiliratingly awesome episodes. “Rozen Maiden: Ouverture” had 2 quick episodes whilst “Rozen Maiden: Zuruckspulen” had 13 fulfilling episodes which ran its course from July 2013 to September 2013.