Well, so that I could feel better about adding anime to the “Complete Series” folder, I got 2 2-episode series — Winter Garden and Rozen Maiden: Ouverture. While I’m quite sure the latter is well known enough for me not to talk about it, the former, Winter Garden, is probably less popular.
Winter Garden is a short story about Dejiko (of Di Gi Charat fame) when she has grown up. It’s sort of a slice of life, romance-ish thing, which is definitely one of my favorite genres. The fact that I know nothing of Di Gi Charat makes it better since I cannot expect anything from her, or anything from the rest of the show.
The animation was well done, as expected of JC Staff. It wasn’t something that would blow you away, but it achieves (what I think is) its effect: a relaxing atmosphere. The story is very simple and does not really leave much room for anything else. Despite this, they still include some side characters to throw in both humor, and to advance or supplement the story.
Music… was just okay for me, though if I listen to the OP and ED enough, I’ll probably grow to like them. As for re-watch-ability, I’d say you should watch this again sometime Christmas next year, or the Christmas for whichever year you forget about the entire series.
All in all, I definitely recommend this to anyone. You’ll probably like it if you like stuff like Honey and Clover. And hey, if you don’t, well, at least it’s just 2 episodes.
So then now Rozen Maiden: Ouverture.
To be honest, I’m not really much of a Rozen Maiden fan, but I watched this because I wanted to know just why Suigintou and Shinku hate each other so much. Thankfully, my question was answered.
As for the show itself, the animation was rather decent (I can’t really say because the video quality wasn’t really good), but the color palette was a little on the darker side (though I guess that makes sense).
Music was from Ali Project, and to be frank, I don’t like their stuff, so I guess any rating from me would be too biased anyway. Story was good and solid. It did exactly what it was supposed to do, though not much else. For re-watch-ability… well, not much point in watching it again anyway.
If you haven’t watched at least the first series, I definitely recommend that you either stay away from this show, or just watch both Rozen Maiden and Traumend. I suggest the latter.
edit: took out images first, because I forgot to upload them. orz