Rozen Maiden (2004) IMDb


A modern escapist fantasy adventure: humour, magic, extreme cuteness, baroque excess etc. At the same time, it’s a love story with hints of pedophilia and incest on the side. Furthermore, the series deals quite sensibly with hikikomori, the relatively high frequency of recluse behaviour among Japanese youth. The series often pulls in all of these directions at once.


A clever boy who failed a major test got so hung up about it that he lost his self-confidence and started alienating everyone around him. He has not gone to school or even left his house in a long time, but his sister still takes care of him, perhaps too patiently. He obsessively examines creepy mail-order occult goods, and happens upon a set of living dolls who are locked in a Highlander-like quest called the “Alice game”. One of these dolls establishes a supernatural contract with the spiteful boy, making his courage and cooperation necessary.


Eclecticism or just perverse crap? I don’t know.

References here: Welcome to the NHK! (2006).

animation fiction Japanese production moving picture series