My Dress-Up Darling is still airing, yet everyone can’t get enough of Marin and Gojo. The show is a surprise among fans because of its beautiful plot narrative, character designs, and cultural references. It also provides us a pleasant respite amidst the bigger titles in this season’s lineup, like Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer.
Due to its increasing popularity, fans even consider Marin as the best girl to defeat in 2022. Even Gigguk, the infamous Anime YouTuber, agrees with Marin’s Supremacy. Who would not? While everyone is gagging over Marin, we also have the candidate for the best husbando, Gojo Wakana. This means we now have two Gojos to be obsessed with! Hello, Gojo Satoru fans!
While waiting for the next episode of the anime, we have compiled 10 anime like My Dress-Up Darling for your enjoyment.
Komi Can't Communicate
Similar to My Dress-Up Darling’s premise of a high school girl meeting her boy classmate and having a close relationship that brings out the best in each other, Komi Can’t Communicate differentiates itself from how Komi is portrayed in the anime.
Unlike Marin’s proud stature, Komi, one of the most popular and beautiful girls in school, has extreme social anxiety, which makes it difficult for her to communicate. However, Tadano discovers Komi’s circumstances and promises to help her out of them.
This is similar to Marin’s discovery of Gojo’s sewing skills and love for Hina dolls. While Marin manages to pull Gojo from his shell and break his walls, Tadano helps Komi in her every day struggles at school.
Both of the anime has a lot of funny moments that will be a pleasant experience for the viewers. The shows also have tons of funny misunderstandings that will make you laugh. Not to mention the facial expressions, which make both of these shows decent watches.Advertisement
Kimi ni Todoke
Kimi ni Todoke follows Kuronuma Sawako, a peculiar and introverted female outcast, as she reaches out to her popular and sociable classmate, Kazehaya Shouta. It is a heart-warming and gentle high school, slice-of-life, romantic story that touches the essence of progressive character development, beautiful animation, and a touching soundtrack.
Similar to My Dress-Up Darling’s Gojo Wakana, Kurunoma always has her own internal monologues where she can be seen talking to herself while assessing her actions. She is also naive and awkward, which adds to some of the most amusing moments in the anime.
While Gojo is similar to Kuronuma, Marin is Kazehaya’s counterpart. He brought out Kuronuma’s growth in the series, as seen through his countless interactions in the anime. Unlike My Dress-Up Darling’s fast-paced romance, Kimi ni Todoke's is slow-paced, making it a more relaxing anime to watch.
Smile Down The Runway
While My Dress-Up Darling’s premise pretty much tackles Marin’s love for cosplay and Gojo’s passion for Hina Dolls, the anime Smile Down the Runway also revolves around pursuing one’s dream in the world of the fashion runway.
Smile Down The Runway follows the stories of Fujito Chiyuki, who dreams of becoming a Paris fashion model, and Tsumura Ikuto, who wants to become a successful fashion designer.
Like My Dress-Up Darling, the anime is also fast-paced and engaging. Both of these shows are also natural and don’t feel forced. No matter how predictable the moments are in both of these shows, every scene always delivers and resonates with the viewers.
Bokura Ga Ita
Bokura Ga Ita is your typical and cliched shoujo anime set in a high school setting. Although it’s generic, you’ll be amazed at how the show sheds light on high school romance in another light.
The characters, like in My Dress-Up Darling, are relatable, the emotional and romantic tension is high, and the book is summed up by wonderful character development. It is also a show that will keep dragging you until the end. You will never get enough of either of these shows until you’re fully satisfied.
Even though Bokura Ga Ita has been released for quite some time now (released in 2006), the anime still hits differently. The main difference between My Dress-Up Darling and Bokura Ga Ita is the darker and depressing premise of the latter. So, if you’re planning to watch Bokura Ga Ita, make sure that you have tissues in your pocket.Advertisement
My Teen Romantic Comedy: SNAFU
This is an anime for all the introverts in the world. Not that it doesn’t appeal to the extroverts either. Like Gojo Wakana’s introverted side, Hachiman Hikigaya also has a pessimistic view of life. In short, he has a negative train of thought like Gojo. Both of them have no friends, no girlfriend, and their dreams are out of order.
Similar to Gojo, Hachiman meets his opposite in the form of Yukino Yukinoshita, one of the most popular and intelligent girls in school.
While SNAFU is incredibly hilarious, the anime is more than meets the eye. It is deeper than you thought. It tackles the issues of social structure and hierarchy, inequality, and the harsh reality of introverts going to school. There’s also a lot of social commentaries that will make you realize a lot of things that are also present in My Dress-Up Darling.
While My Dress-Up Darling is taking the anime community by storm through its heart-warming take on shoujo anime, Paradise Kiss, or Parakiss, shines in terms of its realistic coming-of-age plot narrative, believable characters, and great style.
Although Parakiss is more mature and tackles deeper personal issues, both Parakiss and My Dress-Up Darling are similar in terms of cultural references, fashion, and other plot elements like cosplay, design, modeling, and photography.
Paradise Kiss follows the story of Yukari Hayasaka as she follows her dream of becoming a world-renowned model amidst her growing love interest for George Koizumi.
Both Horimiya and My Dress Up Darling excel in their genres. Both shows are a must-see for any shoujo anime fan. These shows were made to touch everyone’s hearts and provide enjoyment with every episode.
Horimiya centers on our unlikely couple, Hori and Miyamura. As awkward as Marin and Gojo are, our protagonists, despite their peculiarities, always meet and compromise in the end. Their story and character development are fast-paced, which means they will not bore the viewers.
The main difference between these two shows is how Horimiya introduces and narrates the stories of the supporting characters in the anime. While My Dress Up Darling doesn’t have this plot narrative, both shows are still similar for a lot of reasons.Advertisement
Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!!) like My Dress-Up Darling, is a breath of fresh air. Both animes will make anyone genuinely smile while resonating with a wonderful dose of feel-good and heart-warming energy that will make their day. I highly recommend this anime for its charming and wholesome take on shoujo anime.
The anime follows Takeo Gouda, a peculiar and giant guy who suddenly meets Yamato, a cute, fluffy girl whom he saves from a harasser on the train. After that, Takeo’s love life begins to unravel as Yamato has taken quite an interest in him.
3d Kanojo: Real Girl
Although the 3D Kanojo: Real Girl anime feels rushed, the show still remains a decent watch in the shoujo community. Some of the fans even prefer to have it done this way in order to cover some of the noteworthy scenes in the manga. Although some fans don’t even call this series great.
Similar to My Dress-Up Darling’s Gojo Wakana, the protagonist, Tsutsui Hikaru, has a world of his own. He has a huge passion for video games, virtual reality, and anime. Here comes the popular and stylish girl, Iroha Igarashi, who aggressively approaches Tsutsui. Since the premise is similar, the viewers will be able to relate to these shows in terms of heart-tugging moments.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku
Since My Dress-Up Darling tackles the elements of otaku culture, especially Marin and Juju’s love for cosplaying, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku complements the anime with its otaku references and candid scenes.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard is a hit romance, slice-of-life, comedy, and josei anime about Hirotaka Nifouji, a gaming otaku, and Momose Narumi, a closet fujoshi.
While My Dress-Up Darling takes on a high school romance between two unlikely individuals, Wotakoi is more mature in its attack on some of its plot narratives since the anime is set up in the workplace.
However, there were a lot of scenes in Wotakoi that will make you realize that it is also possible to reenact the interactions of Narumi and Hirotaka in a high school setting.Advertisement