The first manga was adapted into a two-season anime. The first season ran from 7 October 2004 to 23 December 2004. The second season appeared a year later, it was subtitled Träumend (トロイメント toroimento, German for "dreaming"), and ran from 20 October 2005 to 5 January 2006. In 2006, a two-episode special titled Ouvertüre (オーベルテューレ ōberuchyūre, German for "overture") was aired on December 22 and 23, further expanding on the background of the characters.
The anime adaptation, although using the same premise as the manga, develops a different story, and introduces original characters that have not made an appearance in the manga. Both TV series and the special were directed by Kō Matsuo and aired in Japan in TBS and BS-i (now BS-TBS). The Japanese bands Ali Project and Kukui provided the opening themes and closing themes, respectively, of each production. In TV Asahi's "Top 100 Anime Ranking" polled in 2006, Rozen Maiden was ranked 9th on the list.
The second season, Rozen Maiden: Träumend, was an original arc that diverges from the manga. Continuing from the first season, Jun has not yet returned to middle school, but studies at home to compensate for the lost time. He is also more willing to socialize, especially with his classmate Tomoe, and he has grown fond of living with the ever-present Rozen Maiden dolls.
List of Episodes
(薔薇乙女 Bara Otome)
|Miss Rose||October 7, 2004|
|Little Berry||October 14, 2004|
|Mercury Lamp||October 21, 2004|
|Jade Star||October 28, 2004|
|The Stairs||November 4, 2004|
|Tears||November 11, 2004|
|Dreams||November 18, 2004|
|Lapis Lazuli Star||November 25, 2004|
|The Prison||December 2, 2004|
|Parting||December 9, 2004|
|Fate||December 16, 2004|
|Pure Ruby||December 23, 2004|