My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2 Review: Getting A Little Too Comfortable

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 Episode 2 Title

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?

Goujo marin My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2

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.

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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?

naked Marina Lying Down

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.

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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?

Verdict

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.

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SUMMARY

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.

21 COMMENTS

  1. It’s a show for teenagers like you said. Let us have a anime without you trying to act like you didn’t know what the opposite sex was in highschool.

    • There are ways to make the experience tasteful instead of cringeworthy and embarrassing. Your comment implies that teenagers can’t know about the opposite sex if they don’t see someone their own age acting this way. You do realise there are adult shows you can watch where children don’t get sexualised?

  2. Ah yes the omg anime tiddies clearly this is meant to arouse all the obese American males past the age of 18 complaints. Good fucking grief it’s a god damn cartoon. If you dont like the way its drawn. Dont watch it. Japan doesnt give a fuck about your westernization and bastardizations

    • The emotions and the quality of the show will be the same if the characters’ ages are bumped up a couple of years. The only thing that will change is that people won’t be able to fetishist 16 year olds, which is apparently a problem for “real anime fans”, because if you don’t care to see teenagers being fetishised, you can’t be a “real anime fan”. A good argument there, without a doubt.

      • im 14 ofc im into people around the same age group as me, its not teenagers being fetishised, its a show for teenagers hence the teenage cast

        • And you’re allowed to be into people your age, without a doubt. The complaints I had were me as a 20+ year old feeling uncomfortable, and nothing else. Just as people your age are allowed to relate and connect to characters your age, people my age should be allowed to feel uncomfortable if things go south. Still, I realise that it is a me thing and not a universal opinion.

  3. People are in this comment section trying to convince… hope. You’re 100% right. You’re right to feel uncomfartable watching a teenage girl be objectified non-stop. This anime to me is similar to Euphoria because of how Kitagawa Marin, a high schooler, is constantly being hyper-sexualised just like the characters on that show (especially Cassie). I promise I don’t need to see every nook and cranny to watch a show. It really is a shame because the story is good, it’s funny and the animation is beautiful.

  4. Yeah, this review deserves a call-out. It’s one thing for a show to be sexualizing minors to adults, but that’s not what’s happening here:

    1. The legal age of consent in Japan is 13, with it being set locally between 16-18 in many prefectures. So, the character is not underage in Japan. Further, the age of consent in many countries is 16, including Canada and the United States, so, in point of fact, in most places the characters are NOT underage.

    2. By your own admission, this show was not made for your demographic. So, the fact that a show not made for you is making you uncomfortable does not mean that it should have been made differently – it means that you’re being an overbearing moral guardian of a sort that we could all do without. It would be one thing if the characters were 14 or 15, but they’re not.

  5. It’s an anime…..there’s a theme around the anime. If you don’t appreciate or want to watch then don’t watch the anime with that theme. Keep to the other themes you’re okay with. There’s a bunch others that are within the same theme, are you going to be uncomfortable as well? You’d prob go crazy with The Testament of New Sister Devil, My Girlfriend is a Gal or Highschool DXD. Just stay away from Ecchi themed or harem themed anime. Simple.

    • Just because I’m uncomfortable with a part of an anime, it doesn’t mean that the anime isn’t for me. I’m uncomfortable with/despise some parts of most anime. It doesn’t mean that I should stop watching anime, it just means I can complain about that topic while still praising the other things the anime does right, which I’m regularly doing with My Dress-up Darling.

  6. OH MY GOSH that’s what i’ve been thinking!! this show is great, right. the concept about making cosplay clothes, yay! but what has been bothering me for weeks was the inappropriate scenes. marin’s parts flopping around might be for “cinematic effect” but it’s SO uncomfortable. the problem is like whenever i try to explain that this is weird, so many ppl say that this is normal in the community because their not real and they’re “2d”. UM???? okay but what do you have to say about ACTUAL irl teens?? the fact that marin is getting so much attention on social media mainly bc of her YOU KNOW is just not it. she’s 16. a teen.

    • Completely agreed because she isn’t even 16. She’s 15, according to official sources, so not even of legal age in Japan, let alone everywhere else. These are the same people who defend legal lolis because they are “1000 years old.”

  7. nah i agree with your opinion and i’m 16 and a female. was going to watch this anime but the fan service of marin made me uncomfortable and i dont think i could sit through it. the animation looks beautiful though 😭

    • Yeah this episode was horrendous in that regard and I’m glad you agree with me, but if this is any consolation, that’s the worse this show gets. It gets much better from here on.

  8. Well, I get where you’re coming from, but there’s a lot of anime’s around that are basically just teen romance shows.
    And as someone said, the legal age of consent in Japan is 13, so it basically depends on where you’re situated.

    But I honestly did not find this episode too bad, it was just an interesting way of character development.
    If you’re uncomfortable with almost seeing nudity, then just don’t watch the episode.

    • Thank you for your comment. However, I have an issue with some of your points. The legal age in Japan being 13 is a misnomer and Japan does not have a federal minimum legal age. Certain prefectures do have their legal age as 13, but the greater Kansai prefecture isn’t one of them. Hence, that argument isn’t valid. Secondly, I’m not uncomfortable with watching nudity, I’ve watched and reviewed several shows that do. I’m uncomfortable with watching a nude 15 year old, and you can take that fact to the bank.

  9. The year is 2022
    C’mon people still complaining about how inappropriate an anime is if you think this is. inappropriate try watching highschool dxd

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