A Rozen Maiden is a (female, maiden) doll created by Rozen and subsequently brought to life with a Rosa Mystica. The Rozen Maiden dolls (or Rozen Maidens for short) are how they are described collectively.
They are set to battle each other and claim one another's Rosa Mystica, adding its power to their own, in seek of perfection.
These dolls are created with ball joints and move through the power of the magic that animates them.
They are able to talk and understand language with the assistance magic, most likely the same magic that allows Rozen's signature to appear in the native language of anyone who views it. As they are inorganic beings, they do not have muscles or the same bodily functions as organic beings have. However, they are still capable of imitate some things, like producing saliva or eating.
The Rozen Maiden Dolls
Main Article : Suigintou
The first of the Rozen Maidens, Suigintou is relatively cold to everyone, but hates Shinku the most. Among all the Rozen Maidens, she is also the one who loves "Father" the most, thus fueling her determination to become Alice in order to see "Father" and becoming one of the strongest dolls in the Alice Game. Although her love for "Father" was infinite, Rozen erased her design and abandoned her before she was finished, leaving her without a torso. Long ago, she had a fight with Shinku and destroyed Shinku's brooch, which was given to her by "Father". Angered, Shinku said that it was worthless junk now, just like her. She then swore to become Alice and see "Father", so that he may turn her into a complete doll. Her willpower and love for "Father" was so strong that she was able to move even when "Father" did not provide her a Rosa Mystica. She was even stronger than the other dolls who had a medium when she did not, making her even stronger when she met Megu in the Anime.
Main Article : Kanaria
Self-proclaimed genius of the Rozen Maidens, Kanaria, the second doll, appears in Rozen Maiden Träumend and makes many unsuccessful but very funny attempts to ambush several of her sisters. After her many failures, Kanaria decides to be at peace with her sisters, and even comes over to the Sakurada house to play. She is very close to Hinaichigo, probably because the both of them have a childish personality. Kanaria's master, Mitsu, has an obsession for dolls, and collects a lot of dolls and clothes for Kanaria to wear. When Mitsu heard of other Rozen Maiden dolls like Kanaria, she asked her to invite them to her house, this started Kanaria's many misadventures with the other Rozen Maidens.
Main Article : Suiseiseki
She is the third Rozen Maiden doll. Shy and quiet Suiseiseki arrived in Jun's room by crashing her box into his window. She cowered behind Shinku when she saw the angry Jun and called him names like "chibi human" or "shorty". Suiseiseki declared that she hated humans because a human supposedly "kidnapped" Souseiseki, her younger twin sister. In the anime it was later known that the human who awakened them was an old man living with his comatosed wife. When he found the two dolls, he mistakes Souseiseki for his long deceased son Kazuki, probably due to her boyish features. Suiseiseki is angered by how Souseiseki is treated and so does not initiate the contract with him and runs away, regretfully leaving Souseiseki behind. In the manga the twins are winded by an elderly man who lives in a big mansion, Suiseiseki decides to leave her master and Souseiseki after she learns that he is planning on using the powers of the twins to assassinate a foreign woman who he holds long time grudge against.
Main Article : Souseiseki
She is the fourth doll. Suisieseki's younger twin, Souseiseki, is the polar opposite of her sister. She talks somewhat like Shinku, and is quite serious most of the time. Souseiseki dresses like a boy, and, the fact that she refers to herself as "boku", makes her even more masculine. Although Souseiseki's character is the complete opposite of her elder twin's, they are rarely seen apart from each other. Souseiseki is slightly more eager to participate in the Alice Game, due to a sense of duty to Father. Souseiseki often becomes the voice of reason whenever Suiseiseki does something mischeivious, but most of the time she is caught up in the trouble her twin sister makes.
Main Article : Shinku
Her name stands for "Reiner Rubin" or "Pure Ruby" in English
Shinku is the fifth Rozen Maiden doll and the first to appear in the series. Her name, in addition to its Japanese meaning, could be also a play on the Japanese pronunciation of the word "cinq" (French for "five"). She embodies the traditional Victorian aristocrat. She is extremely demanding and can seem unappreciative of others. Her favorite words are "tea", "servant" and "What?" She seems to enjoy lecturing, slapping, and generally abusing Jun, her medium, at every opportunity. She is very aware of her femininity, forever reminding others that she and the other Maidens are 'ladies'. Shinku is also perceived as being cold and angry, but she is actually very protective of, and cares deeply for, her sisters and for Jun. Shinku's presence at the Sakurada home has led to other Rozen Maidens appearing there. She hates cats because one almost swallowed her wind-up key in the past.
In the manga, Shinku is a pacifist from the beginning, saying the Alice Game must end. She doesn't like fighting her sisters, but attacks Suigintou when she is angry with her. She doesn't want any of her sisters to be lifeless, as shown when she takes Hinaichigo as her servant instead of absorbing her Rosa Mystica.
Shinku does not use honorific suffixes such as "-chan," "-san," or "-kun," except when she refers to "Father", Mitsu and once, Kun Kun. Shinku does have a cute side, which is evident in her intense, almost obsessive, admiration for the puppet detective Kun Kun, believing them to be connected by an invisible thread. In the anime, Shinku wins a human contest and receives a Kun Kun cosplay costume as her prize. Jun was once able to win her over during an argument by playing her with a Kun Kun doll.
In Rozen Maiden ouvertüre, Shinku was a lot colder and was more active in the Alice Game. She initially befriended the then broken and weak Suigintou out of pity and taught her many basic life skills, such as walking and brewing tea; However, Shinku never thought of Suigintou as a proper Rozen Maiden as the latter was incomplete; Suigintou took this remark personally later destroys Shinku's brooch out of spite, her prized possession from "Father", which opens wide the intense enmity between the two.
In combat, Shinku fights with rose petal-based attacks. The rose petals are extremely versatile; Shinku can direct them to spread out for wide-ranging attacks, or group them together to use as a shield. Her other weapon is a cane, which she skillfully wields like a sword. Shinku has other special powers, such as restoring broken objects, typically Jun's bedroom windows after Suigintou's bear/clown jumps in, and when Suiseiseki (and Souseiseki in the anime) show up, with a form of time-reversing magic. Shinku was the second runner-up for both Saimoe 2006 and 2007.
HinaichigoMain Article : Hinaichigo'
Her name stands for "Little Strawberry".
The sixth Rozen Maiden doll. Although she can be ridiculously naïve and selfish, she has nothing but the best intentions for those that she cares about. Her disposition is also a mismatch for her power, which is a series of attacks based on strawberry vines, which she mostly uses to restrain opponents and can also tell her what is happening. She loses to Shinku in the Alice Game, becoming the first doll to lose the right to become Alice. Shinku does not beat Hinaichigo outright; the younger doll simply exhausted the energy of her medium, Tomoe, and she becomes, in Shinku's opinion, another servant. Shinku then warned Hinaichigo that continuing the fight would kill Tomoe, whereupon Hinaichigo renounced the tie that made Tomoe her medium. Despite being the victor, Shinku does not take Hinaichigo's Rosa Mystica. Instead, Shinku lets herself be an inter-medium so that Hinaichigo can tap into Jun's energy. In the latter half of Rozen Maiden träumend, with the Alice Game apparently having begun in earnest, "Father" cuts off this link, so when Hinaichigo uses up what little energy she has, she loses her Rosa Mystica to Shinku. She is the second doll to lose her Rosa Mystica.
In the manga, Hinaichigo is taken from Jun after Odille Fosset, granddaughter of a previous owner of Hinaichigo, arrives at the Sakurada home and displays a ring, thought to be from Hinaichigo, on her finger. Though Jun tells Hinaichigo that she may choose who she wishes to stay with, Hinaichigo apparently does not consciously decide to go with Odille; after awakening from sleep, Hinaichigo is confused to find herself in Odille's room, which she recognizes as that of Odille's grandmother, Corinne. Shortly afterwards, Hinaichigo is ruthlessly destroyed by Kirakishou; after being shown a montage of her loved ones saying goodbye to her and made to feel unloved and alone, Hinaichigo is consumed from the inside out by Kirakishou's rose vines as the seventh doll watches in gleeful anticipation of taking control of her sister's body. Hinaichigo sends her Rosa Mystica to Shinku through Berrybell, her artificial spirit, asking Shinku to use the Rosa Mystica to end the Alice Game. Shinku commends Hinaichigo for her courage to face Kirakishou despite her disadvantage, considering Hinaichigo as a true Rozen Maiden.
Hinaichigo's favorite foods are strawberry daifuku, and Nori's "Hanamaru Hamburger," which is a hamburger patty topped with a fried egg in the shape of a flower. She adores the puppet detective Kun Kun, though her fandom is not as avid as Shinku's. She also loves to draw, as shown often in both seasons of the anime and the OVA. She usually ends her sentences in "na no" (meaning "that's why" or "because" in Japanese), complimentary to Kanaria's "kashira" (meaning "I wonder" or "maybe?"). She also says "uunyuu" out of curiosity.
In the anime, Hinaichigo's singing, as well as most of her quarreling with Suiseiseki, are actually ad-libbed by her seiyū, Sakura Nogawa (with Natsuko Kuwatani in the quarreling scenes).
Main Article : Kirakishou
Her name stands for "Snow Crystal" or "Schöner Schneeblüten Kristall" Kirakishou, the seventh Rozen MaidenKirakishou (雪華綺晶, Kirakishō?, Schöner Schneeblüten Kristall, Sparkling Snowdrop Crystal) (spelled Kirakisho in the Tokyopop translated manga)
The true seventh Rozen Maiden doll. Both her hair and her ornately ruffled dress are white, as indicated by Shinku's description of her in volume 6 of the manga, and by the remodeled version of the original manga. However, she has been shown with a pale pink dress and white hair (anime), pale pink hair with a white dress (Rozen Maiden AliBat, a fan-created fighting game), or both (the cover of volume 6 of the manga). Kirakishou's right eye is missing. In the anime, a layer of tissue covers the right eye socket and a single white rose grows from it, but in the manga, she simply has a rose growing out of the empty eye socket, as described by Shinku: "Her left eye can see everything, but reflects nothing, while her right eye is an empty hole, with a white rose growing out of it." In the anime, Kirakishou's shoulders are not ball jointed as the other dolls' are, presumably because she is an entity that only exists in the N-Field.
Kirakishou's first appearance in the manga is in volume 6, but is not properly introduced until volume 7. In the anime, however, she has not been formally introduced. Her only anime appearance was towards the end of the finale of Rozen Maiden Träumend; she is shown for only a few seconds.
In the manga, Kirakishou claims that the seventh doll lacked a physical body and could only exist in the N-Field. Because of this, she destroys and consumes Hinaichigo so that she can use the sixth doll's body to materialize outside of the N-Field. Even though Kirakishou could not initially exist in the real world, she could still affect real world events; she gives a rose ring to Odille Fosset, the granddaughter of Corinne Fosset, Hinaichigo's former mistress.
Kirakishou offers her Rosa Mystica to Suigintou in volume 7, in order to trick her "big sister" and take Megu. Suigintou, however, refuses to accept the Rosa Mystica, saying that she would take it later on her own terms. During her first encounter with Shinku, in volume 6, Kirakishou parrots whatever Shinku says, much like Barasuishou does in the anime.
Because Kirakishou's appearance in the anime was merely a headshot, her abilities remained unknown there. However, in the manga she controls white rose vines, manipulating them to restrain her opponents or violently lash out at them as if they were whips. Also, the vines make up a spider web-like structure with which Kirakishou crawls (literally, like a spider) through the N-Field. The rose vines are also used as a mean to anticipate Kirakishou's entrance or simply to foreshadow her creeping presence, especially when wrapped around some unsuspicious character. Finally, Kirakishou can trap people's consciousness into the N-Field, sealing them into white crystals. As seen with Odille, one of her victims, people whose soul has been trapped fall into a deep slumber in the real world, likely dreaming something Kirakishou herself conjured to keep them at bay. Apparently, this is also done due to Kirakishou's far greater need of power, which a single medium would not be able to provide.
In the manga, Kirakishou appeared towards the end of the series, when she devoured Hinaichigo from the inside-out to gain physical substance. Offscreen she managed to corner and trap almost every other doll and medium. By masking herself as Jun, she also sent parts of Souseiseki's lifeless body to the Jun of an alternate reality where he never wound up Shinku nor encountered any Rozen Maiden, where she appeared as a true doll for the first time. It is explained that Kirakishou was voluntarily left without a body by Rozen himself, who wondered if leaving her as a disembodied spirit would grant her superiority over the other Rozen Maidens and achieve greater perfection. Indeed, inside the N-Field Kirakishou is almost omnipresent and far exceeds her sisters in terms of power, but being nothing more than a ghost apparently took a toll on her mind: she is depicted as almost insane, polite yet ruthless and often creepily grinning, driven by extreme jealousy of her sisters' qualities granted by their physical bodies. Her belief is that by obtaining a physical body donned with the unique aspects of every other Rozen Maiden would make her truly perfect. It is however questionable on how malicious she might really be, as while flailing at Shinku and Suigintou she surprisingly pleaded to "hold me more".
Given the fact that it was Jun who assembled her, Kirakishou adresses him as master and wants to form a contract with him, displaying her disturbed thoughts by allowing him to choose which Rozen Maiden would be form a contract with, but not letting him fulfill said choice if it does not contemplate her. She also offered him the power to change his past if he would form a contract with her, though Shinku claimed this to be only a ruse. After Jun kissed Souseiseki's ring, Kirakishou's features started to waste away, given the fact that the body she was using was Souseiseki's. If this meant her demise is unknown, though in her last known act, Kirakishou asked in vain for Jun's help. She later traps her four sisters inside her N-field in a crystal cage while she uses time to recover and devour them later.
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