My Dress-Up Darling was one of my all-time favorite romance anime – until I read the manga

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Being a romance anime fan is a double-edged sword. Each season there are fresh offerings for us to dive into and obsess over, and but we are sometimes confronted with the identical drawback – characters that keep in a holding sample endlessly and by no means handle to shut the deal. It’s a well-established trope throughout the style, however no anime is extra responsible of denying us the satisfaction of seeing their characters even maintain arms than My Gown-Up Darling, particularly while you dive into the manga.

Once I first stumbled upon My Dress-Up Darling in late 2021, it felt like was scientifically engineered to enchantment to me. A cute, healthful slice-of-life romance anime about cosplay? That’s principally my married life summed up in a single sentence. I watched the primary season and instantly fell in love with all of the characters. Marin is clearly cute and her relationship with Wakana is extremely candy – her realization that she’s in love with that big nerd – one thing my spouse has needed to come to phrases with herself – is likely one of the collection’ large laugh-out-loud moments. These two youngsters are good for one another and the ending of the anime’s first season virtually tells you a dramatic confession is on its approach.

My Dress-Up Darling episode 12 screenshot
Picture credit score: Cloverworks/Wit

Spoiler warning – I’m at the moment 13 volumes into the My Gown-Up Darling manga and the confession remains to be pending. Each web page of this fantastically illustrated manga does the whole lot in its energy to take care of the established order and forestall the pair from transferring ahead with their relationship to the purpose the place they appear to have forgotten the time they practically banged in a love lodge in chapter 34 of the manga. An occasion that ought to have had a large impression on their relationship isn’t acknowledged in a significant approach. I can’t inform you how irritating it’s to look at Wakana and Marin not simply refuse to advance their relationship however truly go backward at occasions with none reasoning past the mangaka eager to string the plot alongside additional.

Once more, I’m conscious {that a} slow-burn romance is a staple of this style, however the truth that, over 100 chapters into My Dress-Up Darling, we’re virtually additional away from seeing Marin and Wakana maintain arms feels notably grievous while you examine it to a manga like Kaguya-sama: Love is War, which not solely superior the connection of the primary characters by this level nevertheless it even allow them to – watch for it – kiss by chapter 150.

My Dress-Up Darling episode 11 screenshot
Picture credit score: Cloverworks/Wit

After all, for these of us who’re so deeply invested in watching Marin and Wakana fail spectacularly to get that far, there is no such thing as a turning again. I’m going to maintain studying the My Gown-Up Darling manga each time a brand new chapter is launched out of a combination of spite and fruitless hope that these two youngsters will someday get their act collectively and maintain arms. As a result of certainly it’ll occur quickly, proper? Possibly one or two extra chapters…

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