27
Dec
06

Winter Garden + Rozen Maiden: Ouverture

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

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Dejiko looks radically different from her old Di Gi Charat self.

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.

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Code Geass may have Pizza Hut, but Winter Garden has MCDONALDS.

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.

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Moeeeeee~~~

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.

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Yay nostalgia

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.

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Suigintou looks rather pathetic in this shot.

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.

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And in this shot too

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).

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She cries a lot too.

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.

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A LOT

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
edit2: fixed.


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2 Responses to “Winter Garden + Rozen Maiden: Ouverture”


  1. 1 Emily
    March 20, 2007 at 7:32 am

    For the pictures of Suigintou, I can tell you that she doesn’t have a stomache n she was left unfinshed and thrown to a lonely place. Her only friend at first was Shinku and I think that Shinku is her only friend + Megu in the story. I sorta feel sorry for her and mad for Barasuisho for wining on purpose and crack. Please e-mail me (owner) if you have any questions.

  2. 2 Emily
    March 20, 2007 at 7:33 am

    Actually the e-mail adress is jennyzhang111@yahoo.com


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