My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary
In My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2, “Wanna Hurry Up, and Do It?,” Wakana Gojou accepted the grave responsibility of creating a cosplay outfit for Marin Kitagawa. Ever the diligent and responsible young man, he asked about the source material. He was completely unprepared for her description of the characters from Saint Slippery’s Academy for Girls. Actually, that’s an understatement. He had no idea even how to become prepared for something like that. Is he in over his head? Can he actually make a cosplay outfit for Marin? Or is she just messing with him?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2
It’s endearingly clear how much Marin loves her eroge. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I should establish this as an actual metric, but one way I use to measure how much I like a show is how many candidates for my favorite quote it gives me per episode. I want choosing my favorite quote to be hard because of a vast number of options! And that’s exactly what this episode gave me.
Damn, it’s fun watching these characters interact!
I chose this quote because it does triple duty. It shows us how self-aware this show is. It established Marin as a connoisseur of the harem genre. Best of all, it showcased the range of Marin’s voice actress, Hina Suguta. In this scene, I didn’t think, “Wow! Hina Suguta is a great voice actor!” Instead, I thought, “Wow! Marin genuinely loves Slippery Girls!” The voice actor did her job. She drew me completely into the moment.
I liked the entire game description that Marin gave to Wakana, but my favorite part was when she said (02:19), “So, the protag is the grandson of the academy’s principal and ends up going to this all-girls school because reasons.”
Man, the woman knows her tropes!
Best in Show Moment for My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2
It was just a small gesture, but it opened a whole world of questions! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Marin Large and in Charge
This show’s execution was so authentic that it made me giddy. It so perfectly captured Marin and Wakana in particular and young men and women in general that I’m just in awe. In fact, it’s that characteristic that set up my favorite moment.
I think it’s been established that Marin is a model, hasn’t it? I think the first episode mentioned she was a hair model. So she’s used to being in front of a camera and she’s used to herself being the center of attention. So it made perfect sense for her to be completely comfortable with Wakana taking her measurements for the costume.
We also know she’s bright, but now we know she seriously likes messing with him. First, when she started to strip, she clearly expected him to be freaked out. That’s why she wore a bathing suit. She then pretended like standing there in a bikini was perfectly normal.
I almost felt sorry for Wakana, that lucky dog… Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
But remember: She expected him to freak out. Given how observant she is, there’s no way she hasn’t noticed the effect she had on Wakana. I’ll go so far as to say she likes having that effect. Which makes perfect sense. She’s beautiful, she’s confident, and she’s in control. Of course she’d like to have that impact. Let’s face it: There is almost nothing more natural. I mean that in the literal sense. She’s appealing to some of the most fundamental aspects of the human condition.
Which is a fancy way of saying she knows Wakana’s hot for her. But the other way of saying it makes it sound much more acceptable, doesn’t it? There’s a whole post in that sentence, but let’s move on.
Wakana’s a young heterosexual male. There is no way he’s not going to react to Marin, whole must look like a goddess descended into his presence. Seeing him struggle to take her measurements was not only hilarious. It was authentic, it was endearing, and ultimately, it was poignant. The reason? He’s been isolated for so long that even being near a woman was difficult for him. Now, he found himself kneeling in front of Marin and wrapping a tape around her hips, which were clad only in a bikini bottom.
Delivery: Marin’s Confidence Falters
For Wakana, it had to be like living in a cave for a hundred years and suddenly being thrown into the middle of the Sahara at noon.
That’s why my favorite moment made me sit up and take notice. Literally, in fact. I sat straight up. Marin had been completely comfortable in her swimsuit, even to the point of sitting on his folded futon and placing her feet on his thighs. There was nothing in her attitude that suggested she was anything but comfortable and completely in control.
Then he measured her inseam. Kneeling in front of her and measuring the distance from the floor to where the crotch seam would be, Wakana felt much more relaxed because he couldn’t see her looking at him. But did you see Marin’s reaction? She blushed! For the first time, she seemed embarrassed.
What changed here? Did she see that he wasn’t reacting with such trepidation, and it suddenly reminded her how physically close they were? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
He thought it was because the room had become warm, so he went to turn on the air conditioner. He had been physically close to her before. She had even stood facing away from him so he could measure her shoulders. Now, she dropped her hand to cover her bikini bottom (20:07).
What was that about? Is she reacting to some kind of trauma in her past? Did she suddenly realize that a guy who was going all out to help her was suddenly very, very close to her most intimate region? Is there something else going on?
That simple gesture raised all of those questions, and it was in a large part because of the tone the episode had just set. I love seeing well-crafted story-telling like that! We’re two episodes in, and my hopes for this show are still sky-high!
What did you think of Marin’s description of the eroge about Saint Slippery’s Academy for Girls? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru – Episode 2 discussion
- 100 Word Anime: My Dress Up Darling Episode 2 – A Measure of Seriousness
- I Drink and Watch Anime: My Dress-Up Darling ep2 – Flushed
- RABUJOI: My Dress-Up Darling – 02 – Just Doin’ It
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 1: Someone Who Lives in the Exact Opposite World as Me
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 2: Wanna Hurry Up, and Do It?
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 3: Then Why Don’t We?
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 4: Are These Your Girlfriend’s
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 5: It’s Probably Because This Is the Best Boob Bag Here
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 6: For Real?!
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 7: A Home Date with the Guy I Wuv Is the Best
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 8: Backlighting is the Best
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 9: A Lot Happened After I Saw That Photo
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 10: We’ve All Got Struggles
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 11: I Am Currently at a Love Hotel
- My Dress-Up Darling Episode 12: My Dress-Up Darling