The world of cosplay is a vibrant and creative community, and it comes as no surprise that characters from popular manga and anime inspire fans to bring them to life through costume. The latest cosplay sensation comes from the beloved series “My Dress-Up Darling” by Shinichi Fukuda. Redditor u/pearythecatapus_ has crafted an adorable cosplay of Marin Kitagawa, the energetic and fun-loving high schooler from the manga.
“My Dress-Up Darling” first appeared in Young Gangan magazine in 2018 and has since become a sensation with its heartwarming story about the pursuit of cosplay dreams. The series follows Marin Kitagawa, an avid fan of video games and anime, who teams up with her shy classmate Wakana Gojo to explore the world of cosplay. Together, they work towards Marin’s dream of becoming a popular cosplayer.
The manga has sold over nine million copies globally, and its anime adaptation by CloverWorks received critical acclaim. The popularity of Marin Kitagawa as a character is evident in her nomination for the Best Main Character category at the 2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards.
Director Keisuke Shinohara explains the appeal of Marin Kitagawa, highlighting her self-respect and relatable shyness when it comes to matters of the heart. Fans have been inspired by Kitagawa’s character, leading to numerous cosplays that capture her spirit and signature poses.
Cosplaying as Kitagawa and Gojo’s creations within the series has also become a popular trend. One cosplayer, Sakura Kitsune, shared their version of Shizuku-tan, a character from a fictional video game in “My Dress-Up Darling” that the main characters bring to life.
“My Dress-Up Darling” has captivated fans worldwide, with Square Enix distributing the manga in North America and the anime available for streaming on Crunchyroll. A second season of the anime has been announced, heightening anticipation for further cosplay inspiration.