The popular manga series My Dress-Up Darling, created by Shinichi Fukuda, has inspired yet another adorable cosplay that has taken the internet by storm. The cosplay, created by a Redditor named u/pearythecatapus_, features the main character Marin Kitagawa in her school uniform, capturing her energetic and fun personality perfectly.
My Dress-Up Darling first appeared in Square Enix’s Young Gangan in January 2018 and has since produced 11 volumes. The anime adaptation by CloverWorks debuted in January 2022 and quickly became a breakout hit. The series follows Kitagawa, a high school student with a deep passion for video games and anime, as she teams up with her shy classmate, Wakana Gojo, to pursue her dream of becoming a popular cosplayer.
The manga has sold over nine million copies globally, and the anime received several nominations at the 2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, including Best New Series and Best Character Design. Kitagawa herself was nominated in the Best Main Character category.
Keisuke Shinohara, the director of the anime, explained why Kitagawa has become such a popular and relatable character. He stated that her self-respect and respect for others, combined with her shyness in matters of romance, make her likable and relatable to audiences.
Kitagawa’s character has inspired a wealth of cosplay since the premiere of My Dress-Up Darling. Cosplayers have recreated her signature poses and even cosplayed as characters that Kitagawa herself cosplays in the series, such as Shizuku-tan, a character from a fictional video game within the story.
The manga is distributed by Square Enix in North America, and the anime is available to stream on Crunchyroll. A second season of the anime has been announced but does not yet have an official release date.
Overall, My Dress-Up Darling’s popularity continues to grow, with fans finding inspiration in the creative world of cosplay depicted in the series. The adorable cosplays created by fans pay tribute to the beloved characters and their vibrant personalities, solidifying the series’ place as a modern icon in the anime/manga landscape.