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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]

>>11045
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]

>>11053
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]

>>11075

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.

>> No.11084   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>11083

> 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.



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