Dressed to Impress
January 3, 2023
by Avi Green
My Dress-Up Darling, 2022
Writer: Shinichi Fukuda (manga), Yoriko Tomita (anime)
Director: Keisuke Shinohara
Plenty of Japanese mangakas – and by extension, the animators
adapting their work – can have very good ideas how to make a decent
pastime fare far better than what you see in the USA nowadays, and
this story spotlighting cosplay is one of those.
The focus is on student Wakana Gojo, a student who's practicing at
becoming a doll craftsman like his grandfather, and the relationship
he forms with Marin Kitgawa, a cosplayer who asks him to help her do
some photography of her hobby. He's reluctant at first, but agrees,
and together, they go on to design the best possible cosplay
costumes for various conventions in the Tokyo region.
What makes this great is that it's not something that requires a big
hurry to get through. It's a dramedy, and that's one of the biggest
advantages this has over USA animation, if you consider how only so
much of the medium there serves as little more than propaganda for
And, the writers handle it all in good taste too, which is another
plus. Marin is one very sexy cosplayer, ditto her facial
So I'd strongly recommend this anime, which of course is based on a
manga, for anybody who wants a good character focus built along the
lines of meritocracy.
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