My Dress-Up Darling" is a Japanese anime television series adapted from a manga of the same name by Shinichi Fukuda. The series follows the life of a high school student named Wakana Gojou, who has a passion for creating dolls and dressing them up in various costumes. One day, she meets a fellow student named Marin Kitagawa, who is interested in cosplay and has a talent for sewing. The two of them develop a close friendship and begin to create and dress up dolls together.
The first season of "My Dress-Up Darling" consists of twelve episodes, each with a runtime of 23 minutes. The show was produced by the animation studio CloverWorks and premiered in Japan on July 6, 2021.
The first episode, titled "The Dress-Up Dolls and I," introduces Wakana Gojou and her love for creating dolls. She struggles to make friends at school due to her unique hobby and often spends time alone. One day, she meets Marin Kitagawa, a cheerful and outgoing girl who is interested in cosplay. Despite their differences, they quickly become friends and decide to collaborate on creating dolls and costumes.
In the second episode, "Our First Fabric Shopping Trip," Wakana and Marin go on a fabric shopping trip to create costumes for their dolls. They have a fun time together, but Wakana struggles with her social anxiety and feels uncomfortable in public spaces. However, Marin's positivity and encouragement help her overcome her fears.
The third episode, "My Dress-Up Darling," introduces the character of Jyunichi Kaguya, who is Wakana's classmate and also a fan of dolls. He is impressed by Wakana's doll-making skills and becomes interested in dressing up dolls with her. However, he struggles to express his interest in the hobby due to societal norms that dictate it as a "feminine" interest.
In the fourth episode, "Dolls in Summer," Wakana and Marin attend a summer festival where they showcase their dolls and costumes. They attract a lot of attention and even catch the eye of a professional doll maker, who offers to buy one of their dolls. However, Wakana struggles with the idea of selling her creations, as she feels attached to them and sees them as her own children.
The fifth episode, "A Dress-Up Doll is Forever," explores the themes of loss and attachment. Wakana becomes emotionally attached to her dolls and is heartbroken when one of them is accidentally destroyed. She learns to accept the impermanence of life and the importance of letting go.
In the sixth episode, "Let's Make a Dress for the School Festival," Wakana, Marin, and Jyunichi collaborate to create a dress for the upcoming school festival. They work together to overcome challenges and create something beautiful.
The seventh episode, "The Doll Festival with Everyone," is set during the traditional Japanese Doll Festival. Wakana and Marin host a small doll festival with their friends, showcasing their creations and having fun together.
In the eighth episode, "The Sewing Party at Marin's House," Marin invites Wakana and Jyunichi to her house for a sewing party. They bond over their shared interests and make progress on their respective projects.
In the ninth episode, "Summer Camp and Dress-Up Dolls," Wakana and Marin attend a summer camp where they meet other doll enthusiasts and learn new techniques. However, they face a challenge when their costumes are stolen, and they must work together to retrieve them.
In the tenth episode, "The National Dress-Up Doll Contest," Wakana, Marin, and Jyunichi enter a national