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My Dress-Up Darling Is Kind Of Boring

Unpopular opinion: My Dress-Up Darling is boring. First, please hear me out. I think if you haven’t watched this Anime yet then you’ll at least want to take the time to see what I’m getting at and see where I’m coming from. This Anime is very popular at the moment, being involved with Cosplay and having lots of fan-service action, it’s easy to see why so many fans are drawn to the beautiful Marin Kitagawa. However, in my opinion, My Dress-Up Darling is boring. In this article, I’ll explain why and outline why the story, while original and hopeful, does not stand up on its own.

Be advised that this article contains spoilers for some episodes of this Anime!

A brief overview of the anime isn’t necessary, as I’m sure those who have already seen it will not want to go over this again. For the viewers who have not read it but are still wondering, I’d skip this article because there are some episode spoilers ahead. First of all, let’s start though with the characters.

Marin is pretty great, she’s attractive, sometimes funny and has pretty adventures too. Her love for Cosplay is what the fans of the show are supposed to sympathise with and this gives her a passion she can get invested in. Although Cosplay is a kind of niche, many, if not all Anime fans know what it is.

Gojo on the other hand isn’t so favourable. His love for creating and painting dolls isn’t very cool and isolates him from the audience. He’s dull, boring, plain and doesn’t have much of a personality, unlike Marin.

The main character in My Dress-Up darling is totally uninspiring

Why is it, that in so many Anime, the main character, is this loser-weirdo, who has no friends or maybe 3 who are just the same as him if not worse? There is nothing admirable about Gojo other than the fact he is good at making clothes for Marin. I feel like this happens a lot in Anime and I feel it’s not necessary.

Let me elaborate on this. Kiyotaka from Classroom of the Elite is an example of a great character, and one that will be appearing soon for a season 2 of that Anime. He’s good because not only is he very talented and clever, he has an amazing background, which is illustrated many times for the audience in the form of flashbacks.

This barely happens with Gojo and his scenes where he is just a boy are so boring and non genuine. It gives no credibility to his love for painting dolls in the future, it’s so pathetic. It feels fake.

On the other hand, Kiyotaka is secretly a sociopathic, manipulative , cunning elitist, who will stop at nothing to get to the top and get what he wants back from society. He uses people and manipulates them to further his own goals and acts nice and kind in a dull way to appear harmless.

It’s a brilliant way to show us such a twisted character in a fun and dark way.

Meanwhile Gojo, feels like a mixture of every one of the boring MCs that aren’t inspiring in the slightest, however always scoring the attention of the most attractive women and still action in the most unattractive way for everyone.

Marin screams the level that Zero Two is commonly described as. She was the only thing that kept me watching for. I have to acknowledge that. She was quite a good character.

So we have our main characters and the side characters who were unlikable as well. They were forgettable, poorly written and frankly didn’t inspire me at all. They made the friendship/future relationship between Gojo & Marin slightly more unreliable because they were supposed to be popular, attractive and normal, unlike Gojo.

Kitagawa’s unrealistic instant interest in Gojo

Why would Marin be interested in Gojo? And why would she invest so much interest in him in the first encounters they shared? Unless she’s super friendly and sociable, or just really nice.

Either way, I didn’t buy it, and more importantly, a girl like Marin, who is a model let’s remember, would be dealing with other boys, they wouldn’t just all leave her alone which is what happens in the Anime, leaving it open for Gojo, the boy she seems to show some affection for in the Anime.

Marin Kitagawa from My Dress-Up Darling
Marin Kitagawa from My Dress-Up Darling

If it is explained later, why Marin felt so drawn to Gojo then I can overrule my previous point. However, I doubt this is going to happen. There has not been a single flashback or any instance where they showcase either Gojo’s or Marin’s past.

This gives our characters no substance and relatability. We can’t really see why our characters act the way they do. There may be a few scenes where we see Gojo as a kid getting bullied for liking dolls but that’s it.

The story in most episodes didn’t work & why My Dress-Up Darling Is Boring

The main issue I have with the story is pretty simple. There are very few, if not any problems in My Dress-Up Darling and as a result, this makes it very boring. So, what do I mean by this? Well let’s just go through what really happens in the first part of the season and then throughout.

It sets up like: Gojo is a loser but he’s talented at painting dolls. Marin sees him in class and quickly introduces herself and they become friends, then they realise they like cosplay, then they decide to make a suit.

Then after that, they buy the materials to make the suit, take the photos, and then do it again for another outfit. Each problem is solved straight after it’s identified in the same episode.

There are no overarching stories, running along and stemming from previous scenes in early episodes and then repeating later ones because each thing they need to do gets done one or two scenes after they decided they need to do it.

I know I’m being cynical, but this makes for an entirely dull and boring viewing of My Dress-Up Darling.

Apart from the ecchi Marin scenes, there are few exciting scenes

There are many ecchi scenes in the Anime, most of them involving Marin. These scenes are good for fans but never really go anywhere. This is how it is for most of the first season. Most of these scenes aren’t even that entertaining.

There isn’t really much shown about Marin’s parents and her family. Gojo’s grandpa is the one person we see from Gojo’s. As well as this, there isn’t very much chemistry between any of the characters, none of them stood out for me.

This constant lurch from one task to the next made me feel like a child, and made My Dress-Up Darling boring, so much so that it made me think about how all the characters solve one task and then just go on to the next one without any worry or problem they have to overcome.

When Gojo needs money to buy the material, Marin quickly provides, when they need a camera to shoot their images, they conveniently meet another cosplayer who gives them theirs.

Every scene is concluded just after it began and the problem never lasts more than a few minutes before it’ is solved. There’s so no ever-present thing or person they have to overcome, everything just goes so smoothly for them.

More Drama is needed

In a show like this, it’s important to show plenty of drama type scenes, there should be some conflict between the characters. Maybe another love interest for Marin, or a secret that has to be kept by Gojo.

Instead what we get is a very easy story for our characters to go with. Each scene feels utterly pointless and to be frank, I found this Anime very hard to get through. Marin’s high pitched voice and screeches were also an added thing to contend with.

Like I said before, there is no conflict in the series at all. No drama, no reply, no tension. Just pure ease for our characters as they glide from each scene to the next in complete harmony again, without ANY problems.

Until a second season, my hope for this Anime is minimal

Until we get some more action from our two main characters, it’s hard to see where this Anime is going. With much of the content for the Manga already being written, a second season seems obvious.

The Anime was highly rated on Crunchyroll, and it’s likely that the Anime will get another season, we will get to see if this Anime goes anywhere. For now, we will have to wait and see where the relationship between Marin and Gojo ends up.

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