Well, that was certainly something. It’s been a while since a show has managed to be this uncomfortable without being bad, but My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2 certainly did. Let’s see what happened in this review!
My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2 Overview
My Dress-Up Darling or Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi Wo Suru in original Japanese is a romance and slice of life anime based on a popular manga written series by Shinichi Fukuda. It is being adapted into the medium of anime by Studio CloverWorks, a studio that hasn’t exactly been having the best time of its existence right about now. The studio has faced immense criticism in just the previous year for its handling of two anime properties, Wonder Egg Priority and The Promised Neverland Season 2.
Keisuke Shinohara is directing the show. He has been directly involved in the productions of various anime series in the past, including Wonder Egg Priority and Devilman: Crybaby. Click here to read our review of the first episode of the show!
– Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi Wo Suru Episode 2 Review does not contain any spoilers –
My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2 Review- Aren’t They Supposed to be Kids?
Take your mind back to when you were watching a perfectly decent movie by yourself. You are having a great time while watching a piece of media you love, and here comes the one uncomfortable scene in it. Maybe it is a sexual act, maybe something else that would probably cause people to judge you a little bit if they saw you watching it. At that exact moment, somebody walks into you in the middle of the uncomfortable scene, and your worst fears have come true. Now you will always be referred to as the person who watches porn in public. No one hears your explanations and pleadings for attention. You are thoroughly ignored.
Now imagine an entire anime episode that is nothing but the feeling described above. That might be a very specific feeling that many might not get, but those who can’t help but be horrified by just the thought of it. That is exactly the feeling you’ll probably get when watching My Dress Up Darling Episode 2. While there wasn’t technically anything wrong with it, I wouldn’t want to be caught dead in the night watching it by anyone. Good thing most people watch anime alone, huh?
The plot involves Marin going to Goujo’s house to get her measurements taken, and you can imagine how it went from there. There was a lot of undressing and skin-showing about for a hugely uncomfortable amount of time. Now, I’m no prude, but the jiggling breasts in front of me belong to a 16-YEAR-OLD. This is why people make fun of anime fans, which is nowhere near okay. As a card-carrying member of the “anime is good” movement, this is the kind of scene that is hard to defend when people attack us.
Again, I know that the target audience is around that age, but that shouldn’t mean that everyone above the age of 20 can give up watching the show so that the teenagers can have their fun. It would have been okay if it was a small segment worth a quarter or even a third of the episode, but no. The entirety of My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2 was just this huge scene of Goujo touching Marin’s almost naked body and beating himself up because he felt embarrassed because of it. I feel your pain, Goujo. I’m embarrassed for you, too.
If you look behind all that weird horniness, you fine that My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2 had a lot of good things hiding underneath. The show’s opening theme is a catchy and fantastic piece of music that does a great job of pumping you up before the episode starts, and the animation is gorgeous. The character design, especially Marin, is great, and she has the best girl of 2022 in her bag already, and it is still January. Especially after the events of My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2.
The overall sentiment of the episode was fine, and it was hilarious in parts. It was hard to take the layer of such apparent lust away and look and the good stuff underneath, especially since the layer was so vast and deep. There was a great episode underneath the rubble somewhere, and I’m sure the next episodes will showcase what the show is capable of. They can’t be this raunchy for two weeks straight, right?
My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2 was a very uncomfortable watch due to the amount of sexually inappropriate scenes involving an “underage everywhere else but in an anime” girl. There were good things in there, but not enough to make up for this.Follow us on Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.