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
"), and ran from 20 October 2005 to 5 January 2006. In 2006, a two-episode special titled Ouvertüre
") 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
). The Japanese bands Ali Project
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, specially with his classmate Tomoe
, and he has grown fond of living with the ever-present Rozen Maiden dolls.