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My Dress-Up Darling Season 2 Development Details, Rumors And More

"My Dress-Up Darling" is perhaps one of the more surprising anime hits of 2022. At the start, the introverted Wakana Gojo — whose primary hobby is crafting hina ningyo dolls — forms an unlikely bond with Marin Kitagawa, a popular girl at his school. As it turns out, Marin is interested in cosplaying some of her favorite characters, and Gojo ends up using his sewing expertise to help her design new costumes.

Viewers widely praised "My Dress-Up Darling" during its first season, to the extent that at least one "Attack on Titan" fan became angry with "My Dress-Up Darling" due to the popularity of the latter series approaching the height of the former. In fact, the author of the "My Dress-Up Darling" manga is a fan of the show, too, sharing that watching its first two episodes overwhelmed them with emotion.

Given how big of a hit the first season of "My Dress-Up Darling" became, its numerous fans have likely been hoping for news of a sequel ever since its conclusion in March 2022. The good news is that it's definitely happening, but when will it be released and what will it be about? Here's everything you need to know about "My Dress-Up Darling" Season 2.

When will My Dress-Up Darling Season 2 be released?

In September 2022, around six months after the first season of "My Dress-Up Darling" came to a close, the show's official website revealed that a follow-up was in the pipeline. The news was accompanied by an illustration by mangaka Shinichi Fukuda, which was shared on Twitter. Something that wasn't shared, however, was the proposed release date.

The first season of the show was announced in Square Enix's Young Gangan (the seinen magazine that the manga calls home) in April 2021 and it debuted as part of the Winter 2022 Season, running from January to March. If the upcoming sequel followed the same production schedule then it would be due for release before the end of 2023, but that always seemed unlikely. In a tweet about the renewal, producer Shota Umehara seemed to indicate that other projects were in front of the sequel in the production pipeline. "It's not the 2nd season that was planned at all, it's the power of support from everyone who watched the anime and bought various things," Umehara said. "It's a crazy job because it's not in my schedule, but I'll do my best as long as there are people who are happy to see it!"

Some fans expressed concern for Umehara after the announcement, noting that the producer is known to push himself when working on a project — he was reportedly hospitalized twice during the making of "Wonder Egg Priority" with apparent exhaustion. Even if the team works flat out, other engagements mean that we probably won't see "My Dress-Up Darling" Season 2 until 2024 at the earliest.

What is the plot of My Dress-Up Darling Season 2?

Like a lot of popular anime, "My Dress-Up Darling" is based on an ongoing manga series. This means that the upcoming second season will pull from existing material just as its first season did, and fans have a pretty good idea of just which storylines the new season will adapt.

First, it's worth noting, as Redditor u/Ver3232 specified in a thread about Season 2's announcement, that Season 1 adapts Chapters 1-39 of the "My Dress-Up Darling" manga. A number of users, like u/Steeldj22, have therefore proposed that Season 2 will start with Chapter 40. Meanwhile, u/TierRune pointed to the fact that the show's intro sequence includes footage of a costume from Chapter 40 of the manga, suggesting that Season 2, Episode 1 will introduce viewers to this look for the first time in the series proper.

Of course, "My Dress-Up Darling" fans interested in learning more about the plot of Season 2 can simply start reading its manga source material, beginning with Chapter 40. If it's faithful to the books, "My Dress-Up Darling" Season 2 will explore the developing and blossoming romance between Wakana Gojo and Marin Kitagawa, and how the characters became further entrenched in the world of cosplay.

Who is starring in My Dress-Up Darling Season 2?

As is customary with most major anime productions originally presented in Japanese, the U.S. release of "My Dress-Up Darling" is available in two versions, with the original language track intact and English subtitles added, and dubbed into English by an additional cast of actors. It's highly likely that the main cast members of both editions of Season 1 should return for "My Dress-Up Darling" Season 2.

In the Japanese version, Shoya Ishige portrayed lonely doll crafter and costume tailor Wakana Gojo, with Paul Date handling the character on the English dub. Popular cosplayer Marin Kitagawa was played by Hina Suguta in Japanese, and Amanda Lee in English. Another high school-age cosplayer, Sajuna Inui, was portrayed by Atsumi Tanezaki and Risa Mei in the Japanese and English cuts, respectively, while Hina Yomiya and Jad Saxton played the character's sister, Shinju Inui. Misako Tomioka is expected to return as the narrator for "My Dress-Up Darling" Season 2.

Is there a trailer for My Dress-Up Darling Season 2?

While the official Japanese-language Twitter account for "My Dress-Up Darling" shared that a sequel is indeed on its way, virtually no other information about its production is available outside of this initial confirmation. The Tweet announcing the sequel does happen to include a link to a trailer on the Japanese-language YouTube channel of the Sony-owned anime distributor Aniplex. That said, this teaser consists entirely of existing footage, so rather than hint at what's coming next, it's more of a celebration of everything that fans liked about Season 1.

It's also worth noting that the trailer's title refers to it as 続編制作決定, or zokuhen seisaku kettei, meaning something akin to a decision to continue the series. Nowhere does this video explicitly mention that the sequel will take the form of a second season, as opposed to, say, a movie. However, in his own Tweet about the news, producer Shota Umehara referred to the sequel as 2期, or niki, indicating that this is indeed a second season, adding some additional context to what is otherwise a sparse initial trailer-of-sorts.

Which studio is making My Dress-Up Darling Season 2?

The first season of "My Dress-Up Darling" was animated by the studio CloverWorks, which used to be part of A-1 pictures until it broke away and became its own company in 2018. Since then, the Tokyo-based studio has churned out over 30 anime series and films, some of which have been received very enthusiastically. The original series "Wonder Egg Priority" — the project that reportedly hospitalized producer Shota Umehara — became a big success for the studio, scoring awards nominations in the double figures in 2022. CloverWorks is also behind the hit show "Spy x Family," which was named best new series at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards in 2023.

While there's been no official confirmation that "My Dress-Up Darling" will remain at CloverWorks for Season 2, the fact that Shota Umehara has seemingly confirmed his involvement suggests that it will indeed stay with the studio. This will no doubt be music to the ears of fans, who were full of praise for the work that CloverWorks did on Season 1. "They did a great job and stayed true to the characters without ruining them or anything like that," Redditor u/Luf2222 said, while u/RedKings1028 added, "Major props to the studio for doing everything they could to create the illusion of Marin and Gojo sharing the same bed, while staying true to the original manga panel."

Where to watch My Dress-Up Darling Season 1

All 12 episodes of "My Dress-Up Darling" Season 1 are available to watch on anime streaming service Crunchyroll. The first three episodes are free to watch in either a subtitled or dubbed format, but if you want to continue watching the show in another language (dubs are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, and Arabic, as well as Latin American Spanish and Portuguese) then you'll have to pay for one of the premium packages. These range from $7.99 a month to $14.99 a month. The first season is also available to stream on Funimation, with both dubs and subs available. Membership also starts at $7.99 a month.

Meanwhile, those interested in expanding their knowledge of "My Dress-Up Darling" can purchase volumes of the manga through most major booksellers. There are 11 volumes at the time of this writing, with the most recent one released in March 2023. Currently, Square Enix Books publishes the series in English. So far, nine volumes have been officially translated. The tenth one is due to hit the virtual and physical shelves of American booksellers on October 10, 2023, but Volume 11 isn't expected to be available in English until March 2024. With any luck, the anime will be back on the air by then.