Is My Dress Up Darling ACTUALLY Any Good?

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At the start of the year, few people were looking at My Dress Up Darling as anything more than a lighthearted high school romance. However, it’s quietly becoming one of the most talked-about new shows of the Winter 2022 season!

It can’t be denied that Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru might look superficial from the outside. However, with a steady stream of positive reviews since its first episode, many new fans are asking the question: is My Dress Up Darling actually good??

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What is My Dress up Darling About?

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Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru follows Wakana Gojou, a high school student with dreams of being a hina doll craftsman. However, due to an incident with a friend in his childhood, it’s an ambition he very much keeps to himself.


A loner at school, Wakana decides one day to use the school’s textiles equipment after hours to work on his doll’s outfits. That’s when he crosses paths with one of the most popular girls in his class, Marin Kitagawa.

Marin, on the outside, is the complete opposite of Wakana. Constantly surrounded by people, she is loud, outgoing and passionate. However, she too has a secret passion: cosplay!

When Marin discovers Wakana’s hobby and his skills for textiles, she convinces him to help her design cosplay outfits – and thus starts an unlikely and awkward friendship!

Is My Dress Up Darling a Romance Anime?

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First of all, we have to be clear that My Dress-Up Darling is a romance anime. The show doesn’t shy away from this being the main focus of the story.


However, My Dress-Up Darling is not the one-sided or one-dimensional romance story that it might appear like from the outside.

So far in the anime, the story has largely been about Wakana’s insecurities, some around his hobby but more about himself. A big theme of episode 3 was his reluctance to be seen with the hugely popular Marin. This story is laced with coming-of-age elements like this, which while not the main focus, do help to add more dimensions to the show.

There is also more than meets the eye when it comes to Marin, the poster-girl for the show. While her looks and style grab the eye, her infectious personality is what makes the show so watchable.

Not only is Marin a lot of fun, but in the few episodes aired so far, you can see small nuances in her character and personality, which is hugely promising as the series looks to grow over the coming weeks.

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Why is My Dress-Up Darling So Popular?

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The series has amassed a huge fanbase since it first aired, and a lot of it is down to its star character Marin Kitagawa. However, there has also been praise for the high quality of animation, which is not always great for lighthearted shows.


Marin Kitagawa has been praised by some as a bright and refreshing change from the traditional 'attractive girl and shy boy' narrative. Instead of being a cold tsundere character, she is bright and passionate while also being very welcoming of Wakana (some might say a little too welcoming).

While the ecchi moments in My Dress-Up Darling definitely have helped its popularity, both Marin and Wakana have also been praised for breaking gender stereotypes. Many fans have discovered that there's much more to this series than first expected.

Is My Dress Up Darling Any Good?

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It’s easy to draw conclusions for My Dress Up Darling with just a glance at Marin’s mischievous grin and glittering pink eyes. However, it’s hard to deny that there are things this show is doing really well.


Despite the slightly cliche setup for both main characters - quiet, depressed boy ends up with a charming, energetic girl - their actual relationship has a wonderfully organic and human quality. Slowly but surely, you can feel Wakana becoming more comfortable and enjoying himself, while we’re learning more about Marin’s personality with each episode also.

Ultimately, for all its potential, there’s no getting away from the fact that this is still a light-hearted rom-com anime. My Dress up Darling is unlikely to be much more than some bright and bold entertainment, with a bit of coming-of-age on the side. However, if you’re looking for fun in the Winter 2022 anime season, this is definitely a show worth checking out!

Is My Dress up Darling Worth Watching?

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Whether you’re going to enjoy my Dress Up Darling is down to your tastes, but we’re here to help!


The first question is, what are your thoughts on fan service? My Dress up Darling is largely designed visually for the male gaze, which might put people off.

However, if you don’t mind a bit of anime cliche, there are plenty of other elements to enjoy. Marin helps create a show that’s relentlessly positive, and their shared passion for craft is fun to watch. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy watching a high-school romance??

Ultimately, if you enjoy light-hearted shows that are easy viewing, with a fun balance between comedy and growth, we would definitely recommend trying a few episodes of Winter 2022’s unexpected hit!

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