My Dress-Up Darling Episode 9 Review – Quick Summary
In My Dress-Up Darling Episode 9, “A Lot Happened After I Saw That Photo,” Wakana Gojou, Marin Kitagawa, and Sajuna Inui are deep into preparations for the cosplay photoshoot they have planned in the abandoned hospital. Marin is in awe of Sajuna’s ability to critique her outfit; so much so that she tries, and fails, to imitate her. But Marin and Sajuna both might be missing something important about the shoot – something that might make a big difference!
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from My Dress-Up Darling Episode 9
It felt startling, and very, very endearing, to hear Marin feeling inadequate. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Mirin exhibits such a huge amount of healthy confidence that it’s easy to forget that she’s just like the rest of us. She has moments of doubt, and she perceives herself to be lacking in some ways.
And look at that. I’m talking about her like she’s a real person. That’s the effect of sound technique and execution!
In this episode, Wakana delivered Sajuna’s new cosplay outfit. Her emotional reaction was no less intense than what Marin felt the first time she saw her first Wakana outfit. In Sajuna’s case, she expressed her delight more clinically and precisely. The one small trait she didn’t like was something she and Wakana were able to address just by talking about it.
Sajuna’s critique was exactly what I hoped for from that character. I don’t know cosplay, but based on what I think I know, everything she said sounded spot on. Apparently, Marin thought so, too.
“She sounds super cool!,” Marin thought, watching the two (04:57). “I wish I sounded like I actually knew what I was talking about!”
It was almost shocking to learn that Marin, too, feels inadequate from time to time. That just makes her character all the more endearing – and realistic.
Best in Show Moment for My Dress-Up Darling Episode 9
Shinju wanted to cosplay, but she feared alienating her sister. The animation of her hands really conveyed her fear. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Shinju Wanted to Cosplay
A lot of craftsmanship and care went into building up to my favorite moment this week. It was so well done that when we actually get to the moment, it just flowed. The lizard part of my brain that would object to any little structural deficiency had to keep its mouth shut, because the scene was so well prepared. When this series started, I never thought I’d say something like that about it! I expected an ecchi-heavy rom-com. Instead, I got an ecchi-heavy rom-com with great characters that was expertly assembled.
I like it when a show exceeds my expectations.
Speaking of that, I figured that when we saw Wakana pick up on the possibility that Shinju Inui might be interested in cosplay in the previous episode, we’d see some aftereffect that soon. I didn’t know it would be in this episode, and I didn’t know it would be so simple and elegant.
Shinju seemed embarrassed and scared that Wakana had seen she wanted to cosplay. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The first obstacle they had to navigate was her choice of character. She wanted to cosplay as a man. Given her physique, that presented some challenges that the two of them had to navigate. Wakana threw himself into the problem with his usual professional focus. Dude’s just a nice guy, and it’s great to see that he honestly wants to help her.
The second was that there was a reason she had not tried to cosplay before. She had not even expressed her desire before because she was terrified her sister would not like it. “I don’t know what I’d do if she hated me,” she confided in a terrified whisper to Wakana (11:35). He accepted her admission and gently encouraged her. He even agreed to keep their efforts secret until the reveal during the photoshoot.
Delivery: Wakana Helped Shinju Cosplay
The reveal was wonderful. Shinju’s voice actor, Hina Youmiya, completely drew me into the moment. Wakana presented Shinju to Marin and Sajuna, who at first had no idea who they were looking at. Then Shinju spoke.
“U-um… You see… I-I… also… t-tried cosplaying…” she stammered, her voice positively quaking with fear (20:36).
For a split instant, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I figured Marin would gush over her, but what about Sajuna? Well, Sajuna exceeded my expectations, just like the rest of the series has. She exploded with praise for her little sister.
Turns out Sajuna was overjoyed at her sister’s cosplay! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Their hobby too often puts them on the edge of social acceptance. This show made me realize just how much I enjoy seeing people express themselves and even better, seeing people support each other. At least for me, the sincerity with which this shows presents that sentiment makes it something special.
What did you think of Marin teasing Wakana at the beginning of the episode? What were your favorite moments? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!
My Dress-Up Darling Episode 9: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru – Episode 9 discussion
- 100 Word Anime: My Dress Up Darling Episode 9 – Yes It Can Be More Adorable
- I Drink and Watch Anime: My Dress-Up Darling ep9 – Missed Opportunity
- My Dress-Up Darling – 09 – You Can Be Anyone
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