My Dress-Up Darling is often praised as a fairly faithful adaptation of the manga, but there are still some changes. Let’s dive into its differences.
Winter 2022 is a pretty hectic season for anime, but nothing stands out like My Dress-Up Darling. Equally loved for the lovable romance between the main characters Gojo and Marin, and criticized for its excessive and excessive fanservice, this anime has been making fans talk since episode 1.
Now that the final episode of Season 1 has aired, it has been critically acclaimed as a fairly realistic manga adaptation. However, nothing is perfect and there are some slight changes in the anime – so what exactly has changed from manga to anime?
The first change occurs at the beginning of Episode 1. In the anime, we see a young Gojo looking up and admiring his grandfather’s doll, mesmerized by its beauty. In the manga, there’s no sign here of a smaller version of Gojo, just a younger version of his grandfather telling an off-board Gojo how he can make dolls too. one day, before suddenly showing a traumatic childhood moment where his old friend dumped him for his “feminine” preferences.
Obviously, this is only a small change. The first big change in the first episode is how Marin and Gojo first interact with each other. In the manga, she just runs into Gojo and apologizes, but in the anime, Marin’s encounter is a bit more outrageous. Literally, the Gyaru who was flying through the air and landed first on the corner of Gojo’s desk, looked really shocking. However, after a while, she revealed that she was completely fine. This change was probably added to make the anime weird and funny.
In episode 5, the anime cuts a scene that occurs while Gojo is taking pictures of Marin as Shizuku-tan for the first time. In the manga, Gojo can be seen clearly confused after Marin states that she didn’t bring any clothes to change into. This scene is changed to a simpler smartphone montage. Likewise in episode 8, in the beach scene, a scene in fan-serve panties is replaced with a scene of a bird stealing Marin and Gojo’s lunch. In contrast, the iconic love hotel episode was adapted for teenagers without any changes, much to the excitement of manga fans.
The final volume of the series has the most changes from manga to anime. It starts immediately with a small change. In the manga, the episode opens with Gojo working on his next cosplay project, while in the anime he is making a doll. The biggest flaw in this scene is the presence of Marin’s father. In the manga, he comes home to check on Marin and is upset when she reveals that she hasn’t done her homework, which prompts her to study with Gojo. In the anime, this conversation is reduced to a phone call and viewers never see Marin’s father on screen.
Another big change is the order of events. In the manga, the events happen as follows: the meeting with Marin’s father, the school swimming pool scene, the fireworks festival, and the series. However, in the anime, the scene is split in two and links the episode. It goes like: the movie, the pool scene, the carnival, then ends with Marin calling Gojo about how scared she is in post-production after seeing the movie sequel.
Understandably, the writers wanted the anime season to end on a happy note, so they may have changed things around so that Marin could wrap up the part saying the long-awaited “I love you” line. long wait with Gojo, even if the guy actually didn’t hear it. The anime season ends with Marin looking straight into the camera and saying “See you later”, which is probably a good scene with the announcement of a sequel.
It’s clear that the anime follows closely to the manga, and besides some minor cuts and chronological changes, there aren’t any major plot differences between the manga and the film, which has pleased manga fans. With such a great first season, can a second season hold up? There has been no announcement of a second season yet, but judging by its success, there will certainly be an announcement soon.