There were some anime where I was really happy to realize that there were only two episodes left. But in the case of My Dress-Up Darling, I’m already a bit nostalgic. Even though the season is mostly over, I still find the show refreshing and a great way to ease into the weekend.
I guess I should be happy it’s leaving on such a high. I mean, there’s not much else I could want from the season. Except…
I’ve always liked this sort of collaged gallery look. But it does take me some time to crop each picture and I tend to get lazy. However, I like to look of My Dress-Up Darling a lot and I thought my screencaps deserved some extra attention.
I’m not sure what to talk about this week. How many times can I say a show is sweet…
I guess I could mention Juju. I do like Juju. In isolation, I think she’s a fine character but she’s hardly my favourite. But one thing I really have to give her is that she’s the perfect amount of Tsundere for me. Usually, I don’t care much for Tsundere characters. And I worry about people who love the archetype above all else (joking…kinda). With Juju though, I get it. When she lets her vulnerable or kinder side peek out, it’s very charming. Of course, she’s a bit grumpy and very straightforward but Juju is never abusive. She doesn’t insult people all the time or hit them. She just refuses to admit when she likes something or someone. It’s really childish. But also a little cute. I get it.
On the other hand, Marin can’t stop herself from declaring everything she likes. Almost everything that is. And it seems to be infectious. Gojo actually getting super excited about the teeth working out was one of my favourite moments this week. Gojo has always been very serious about cosplay. I think that’s one of the things that really made Marin fall for him. He treated her passion with a lot of respect and I’m not sure if anyone had done that before. Or to put it like Juju, he took something very precious to her and treated it with the utmost care. That is truly sexy!
But I think that this is the first time we’ve really seen him get this visibly exhilarated because a costume was coming together. It’s nice. It seems Marin is rubbing off on him a little.
And speaking of sexy, I was impressed and a little surprised by the restraint this episode of My Dress-Up Darling showed. There were quite a few very obvious moments rife with fanservice possibility and for the most part, they were avoided. We did get Marin getting undressed for the shower but the scene was over quickly and they put her in a loose t-shirt and long shorts right after. The aftermath of the great Shinju explosion happened off-screen and the sister’s bonding time was nothing but wholesome. Even the shopping trip didn’t show us anyone getting changed. I mean they could have evened things out and given us a little Gojo fanservice.
Man, these two make for an adorable couple. I particularly enjoy how Marin is open about just being physically attracted to the guy she likes. That moment, when she was giddy in the dressing rooms, rang very true for me. I know that feeling and it’s a great feeling. In general, one of the best things about Marin for me is how much she owns her feelings and her passions. She’s very comfortable with who she is and that’s very nice to see in a romantic heroine. Heck, even her little jealousy scene was fun and healthy. She pouted for a second and moved on. No big deal. No heartbreak and no big insecure meltdown. We need more of that!
- My Dress-Up Darling ep1 – Opposites Collide
- My Dress-Up Darling ep2 – Flushed
- My Dress-Up Darling ep3 – Already Friends
- My Dress-Up Darling ep4 – Smile
- My Dress-Up Darling ep5 – Beautiful
- My Dress-Up Darling ep6 – Shoujo Sparkles
- My Dress-Up Darling ep7 – Dsj;gfhaslkn
- My Dress-Up Darling ep8 – Precious
- My Dress-Up Darling ep9 – Missed Opportunity