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1266795 No.11043   [Delete]   [Edit

I can't believe it's been so long.

This site is dead. The last post was made months ago. It's doubtful, from hereon, that there will ever be another one made. This site's doom is close, and any day, it will become just another grain of sand in the digital wind, tossed aside.

Yet, I remain.

I got into Rozen Maiden during an exceptionally tough time in my life. I was raised in a strictly religious and hostile family in a small country town, raised to become tough, rigid, strong, unyielding.

In high school, I had very few friends. I had built a room around myself, convinced myself I shall wander the earth alone, devoid of feeling, trapped in a cage built of stoicism.

I became close to a quiet, modest girl in creative writing class. What caught my eye was her binder, laden with all sorts of cut-outs of colorful figures. I found her sort of brave to not be afraid to stick out in a small school. She was thrilled someone was at least interested in her hobbies, and she told me all about the show. Eventually, we hung out at her house and we actually binged the entire first season.

It was midnight when we started episode 1 of Traumend. The ending was what tore me up inside.

I don't know what it was about it. The show captivated me because it was something that I had seen as ethereal and beautiful, in a world where rugged masculinity was the only law of life, the show was unafraid to shatter that visage. The ending song tore apart my cage, and held my shaking hand, and showed me a world of beauty I had never even conceived of.

I cried. For the first time since I was a child, I cried my eyes out. She didn't know what to do but hug me.

She was my first girlfriend. Before we could go all the way, she ended up cheating on me. So it goes.

I read the entire manga, up to the end. I felt like I finally moved past a part of my life.

Thank you very much for reading my short story. I just want you, every one of you, to know, I won't forget this site, this beautiful story, this community, as lame as it sounds. It might seem melodramatic or laying it on a bit thick, but I figure if this site won't exist for long, I might as well come out with everything.

>> No.11044   [Delete]   [Edit]

I'm still alive too. But I just want to say that manga hasn't end yet. Rozen Maiden zero is still ongoing.

>> No.11045   [Delete]   [Edit]

I don't know how the hell this site is still up but I don't think it'll be going down soon. Rozen Maiden had a huge effect on me too and because of that I'm still interested in any new media that swings our way, particularly the new manga. There's still a fanbase for these dolls out there and boy am I fucking thankful for it.

>> No.11046   [Delete]   [Edit]

How did it affect you? I'm always curious how this story touched people. There's just something about it.

Also, there's a fanbase? That's definitely something.

>> No.11047   [Delete]   [Edit]

Rozen Maiden changed my life 631 degrees. That's all I'm gonna say.

>> No.11048   [Delete]   [Edit]

will this site really be forgotten? I don't think so. I haven't yet watched any of Rozen Maiden, and I've still found my way here. All the old posts from 2009 are cute in how innocent and naive they are.

>> No.11053   [Delete]   [Edit]
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Well OP the desuchan ride isn't over yet. It's one of the oldest still running chans and it's quite impressive if you compare the tiny userbase to other chans that started in 2007 and earlier. You cannot even donate, yet this site is still running.

But well, how did Rozen Maiden affect me? It's not quite as emotional as your story and I really got into it due to coincidence. It was somewhere around 2014 that I randomly went into memory lane and remembered desu spam from 4chan which somehow led me to 8chan's /desu/. It was a phase where I yearned after ..culture for the lack of a better word. I've seen pictures of all the dolls I didn't know yet and I was intrigued. I had to know more about this and so I grabbed all three seasons (plus Ouverture ofcourse) and started watching.

The very first scene grabbed my attention like nothing else so far. And especially after the opening I have fallen for RM. To think that I've never seen something so immaculate! Every scene and every detail about the series is so pure and uncorrupted, I just couldn't stop even if I found the premise a bit stupid first. Same goes for the second season, which managed to even double down on this feeling of witnessing something truly beautiful. The ending Hikari no Rasenritsu must be the most magnificent piece of art I've seen in my life, I won't lie. Might sound a bit grandiose, but I stand by this opinion. I was only a little sad when I looked up Träumend and saw that it basically wasn't canon and that it caused a bit of trouble when airing back then. Oh well, I still loved it.

Nevertheless, the third season Zurückspulen is what really spoke to my soul. The entire overarching themes of probability, choices, time and destiny coming together in full force. An adult Jun who obviously allowed a better sense of identification with myself. The intense feeling of despair and being trapped in time. Regret, missed opportunities. A faint light shining, a second chance in life: will you wind? Being the author of one's own destiny - this season I would not watch without getting changed.

Now, during the first seasons I thought of RM being a very feminine anime, obviously geared towards women. It was beautiful, but it didn't speak to me just yet. But in one scene of Zurückspulen I noticed something. It was the scene where Suigintou plots to take Jun's energy and talks to him at night while he keeps working on his "own doll" and indifferently scolds her rude behavior, visibly shaking her. And there it happened. In this moment of faint probability, a concious thought formed within me. Is this the quintessential state that a father has? No - it is the state of mind that any man should aspire to. More words on this are not needed. Watch the scene again. Watch it with full attention and you will understand.

The most vivid memory of RM I have came from Zurückspulen, too. Shinku's words tore a hole into Juns and indeed my heart. She told him that the present cannot be changed. You are a prisoner of your own past. Irredeemable and under the mercy of the tyrannous stars. He goes into the bathroom, feeling utter helplessness. And there he gets a message. It's his past self. He says that if you live in a world without possibilites, then you just have to create them yourself. Yes, it wasn't really his past self but the message in the moment hit me like a bomb. This was even stronger yet in the scene where Shinku falls apart in Jun's hands. Tears. He laments his own impotence in this unforgiving game. What a moment of tragedy and rupture! And then the younger Jun comes flying in, commanding his older self not to give up, not to give in. Through an effort of will, he revives her. I do not know why, but this is the only scene I've ever watched that made me cry.

Rozen Maiden has changed me. It allowed me to get a better perception about life. Where I've previously seen decay and corruption, I now see a call for help. I see possibilities. I absorb everything this show teaches, I see it as a manual. A manual on how to be noble perhaps? In other words and to condense all my words into one single lesson from RM:

Effort is the flowerbed upon which culture blooms.

>> No.11066   [Delete]   [Edit]

I think this site would stay still as there are people who still come into this site like me.

Anyway, RM had affected me a lot. I started to know about RM since this year beginning. I actually knew about RM through the meme Jissouseki. That meme quite shocked me and by searching about this meme, I started to know about RM too. I started to read comics and it was so much fun and quite touching to me. All 7 dolls have their unique characteristic and they all have different ways of thinking. After finishing the comics (including the season 2), I started the anime and I watched all of them (season 1,2,3) at dawn.
After watching all of the anime, I just realized that I'm really fell into RM so much. Normally, at night I would just go sleep rather than watching anime. So RM was the first anime that I really fell into as I even gave up sleeping too. I just quite regret that I hadn't knew RM earlier before but it's sure that RM affected me a lot.

Sorry for bad grammar though :p

>> No.11068   [Delete]   [Edit]

People still post about anything new in the appropriate rm boards. Not 100% dead, just slow.

>> No.11075   [Delete]   [Edit]

This is such a great and wonderful post. Agreed, there's just something "pure" about RM. There's nothing tainted about it. It's just pure distilled innocent wonder and beauty.

>> No.11080   [Delete]   [Edit]


Thanks lol, I wrote this post in a drunk frenzy and thought it to be embarassing the day after. I would write it differently a second time but yes, this feeling of purity, of "Reinheit" is what truly accentuates Rozen Maiden.

>> No.11083   [Delete]   [Edit]

I came back here because I had seen S3 and wanted to finish the manga. I left after I got frustrated by the inconsistent release of translations. Originally I had just googled up some of those shitty pirate manga sites to find translations. Guess what? Turns out the last four Tales aren't actually available on any of them. I honestly thought this site was dead anyway, but you guys had the last few tales.

I don't have any cool stories about how I somehow managed to form social connections because of this show. To be honest, I kept it to myself for a really long time. I was embarrassed, and I even went through a phase where I just wrote it off as "that show with the cute dolls that didn't really have a proper conclusion I can read".

Which is really sad, because when I can get ahold of the Tales all collected together, it's actually a really fantastic series. Especially the ending. I honestly forgot that Rozen Maiden could hit me with that many feels. The thing is, I have a personal shortlist of "feels series"; things like the EarthBound games or UNDERTALE which I recommend to people whenever I can. I think it's high time I stop hiding Rozen Maiden and start recommending it as enthusiastically as possible... if only because the fandom is nearly dying and half our shit has to be fan translated as it stands.

The really odd thing about my own personal embarrassment and >>11053's remarks about Rozen Maiden seeming like it's geared towards women is that it's... kind of not? I mean, strictly speaking it's "seinen"; which means that it's marketed towards an adult male demographic. But at the same time, this is the tyranny of gender stereotyping. I mean, y'know, it's "that cute dolls show"; it feels like we're not supposed to like it, and that there might be something wrong with us if we do and we have to hide it. Even though it's literally sold to us in particular.

Isn't that Jun's own struggle? The entire inciting incident of his school refusal comes from a drawing of a princess costume he made being passed around the class. And pretty much everything that happened afterwards is something I was afraid of happening to me if my appreciation of Rozen Maiden was more widespread. The show wasn't just detailing things that happened to Jun to put him where he is, but also reflecting my own past fears about the series back at me.

Now I really kick myself for not trying to connect with more fans outside of this one board. I'm not nearly that insecure anymore and I couldn't care less if some petty asshole thought they could make fun of me for liking cute dolls. But I feel like I've lost the opportunity; like I'm living in the unwound world. I'm in a position where I don't have much offline social contact anymore. I've moved away from friends and my work is all remote now. Maybe I can work to reverse that. But at the same time, I also feel like a person who showed up three years late for a party.

"Purity", huh..

I never thought I'd use that word to describe this series. But I guess it also fits.

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> But at the same time, I also feel like a person who showed up three years late for a party.

Oh man, I know what you mean.

>> No.11121   [Delete]   [Edit]

Long time Lurker, never before posted on any kind of a board. Usually leave the internet boards to others. But wanted to say in response to some of the last.. It's not to late. Never to late to make a change and push forward. Become the you who goes down a new path; as was stated by the series and others in this thread.

Hell's bells I'm not so good with words. Someone will read what you put, so keep trying for the contact you want. Spread the word about what this series taught you. We may be Anonymous, but I know, just from this thread still being around. From the comments and the conversations there are people who care. You care.

>> No.11122   [Delete]   [Edit]

Wise words, anon.

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Out of all the reasons here, mine must be the most old-school. I got introduced to RM through 4chan's /b/ a long while back. I figured I might as well watch the series if I want to earn my right to spam DESUDESUDESU everywhere, and I actually got hooked. Boku has always been my favorite doll. I posted on here and Bokuchan every once in a while, but then I got tired of waiting for S3 and life got in the way. It has been nearly 10 years now since I came back to see how you guys were doing. Which reminds me, I still haven't gotten around to watching season 3.

I will say this though; the fact that some of you returned to post here like I did shows that there's still magic in the air. Some strange nostalgia perhaps? It breaks my heart to see how time has treated this place, here's hoping some of you come back to read this post!

There is nothing to be ashamed about. Your story was very touching, and what made me come out of my lurking on this site. I would have started my own thread too, but what do you even say to someone you haven't seen in nearly 10 years?

I liked RM at first because it was meme-tastic, but then I realized that the messages are really profound and the characters so full of life. But I didn't ever feel shame about it. It is really philosophical in the sense that they live, but are not human, and the characters acknowledge this. They are forced to do something they know they must do, but try and hold off on. The humor was to my liking too, and I didn't see it as being weird to like a show about Victorian-era dolls, since they are known for taking a good amount of skills to craft and are beatiful, too. On the surface it looks like it's for women, but that only ever stays on the superficial level. Don't be afraid to like what appeals to you.

And yes, the late-to-the-party comparison is apt. I wish I could have been here, with the rest of you guys. The world has changed so much outside of this site now. Coming back here reminds me of the simpler times, when the internet was still wild and untamed. I know it's foolish to wish for something you'll never get back, but something still calls to me.

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The old girl is cranky and I double-tripleposted by accident it seems. At least I left my post for you to see.


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>> No.11128   [Delete]   [Edit]

Good to see more nostalgiafags around here. I wish I wasn't so busy with real life recently, haven't been lurking much recently...

>> No.11131   [Delete]   [Edit]

Well there's not a lot left to lurk for, unfortunately.

>> No.11132   [Delete]   [Edit]

memes, lol

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>> No.11137   [Delete]   [Edit]

Please keep hosting the site.

Regards. went through all of /tr/ and never watched Rozen Maiden

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We do not die, cheer up anon.
I also learned a few things that I consider valuable, through RM and also this board and its community.

Even though I very rarely visit, I am certain I would miss a part of myself if this site were to shut down.

>> No.11140   [Delete]   [Edit]

Why does this show make me feel so melancholic? It felt this way when I first watched it, but the feeling gets stronger every time I rewatch it

>> No.11141   [Delete]   [Edit]

I come back from time to time to this site and others like it in an attempt to hopelessly cling to the past, to an era that's not coming back, you know, that whole otaku/anime/internet culture of the 00's that Rozen Maiden was part of.
And I mean, more than wanting to go back to it, it's something I wish I had been part of. I witnessed that era, caught glimpses of it, merely touched the surface, friends at school and people on the internet as well, but back then I just avoided it, probably because I felt insecure about it. Yet I realized that deep inside this sort of stuff always called to me, like whenever someone would pass me some fansubbed anime on dvd and convinced me to give it a try, I would lock the door to my room and binge on it, always with that feeling of guilty pleasure. But it wasn't until I became an adult, 2010 or so that I really started to get into this stuff, you know, be more honest with myself.
Though it's been like 5 years since I first saw RM, I already felt like I was late to the party back then, same with all the classics of that time that I'm still catching up on. That's not to say anime today isn't good, most of my favorite series are from the last 3 years or so, but that's besides the point.
Honestly I don't know exactly where I'm going with this post, there's just so much to talk about the topic, it goes way beyond rozen maiden or anime in general but the feeling that everything back then was more innocent, especially on the internet which lately has become so tied to real world problems, and I'm glad sites like these are still up to let us remember simpler days.

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People like you are the whole reason we are still here, waiting quietly, with oceans of feels & silent nostalgia.
Welcome home, take your shoes off.
Would you like to have dinner first, or a bath, or ...
wa .. ta .. shi~ ?

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