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My Dress-Up Darling, Volume 2: 08/19/22

My Dress-Up Darling, Volume 2

My Dress-Up Darling, Volume 2 by Shinichi Fukuda is the chapters leading up to Marin's first cosplay event. For Gojou that means long hours of work and little sleep.

Much of this volume is focused on Gojou and how desperately he wants to meet Marin's deadline and do her proud. He's faced though with the added worry of living alone while his grandfather recovers after a fainting spell.

What this volume firmly establishes is that Marin and Gojou need to work on their communication skills. She doesn't expect him to be ready in time but doesn't tell him. He doesn't know her well enough to push back when the deadline is clearly unreasonable.

The back half of volume two is the cosplay event. Here we see that Gojou does excellent work but has little experience in making costumes vs. actual clothing. He does learn though from this first event and the trouble Marin has with heat near the end of the day.

Finally this volume establishes that Gojou and Marin have excellent chemistry. They are clearly on the road to being more than friends.

The back of book includes information on the research the mangaka did before writing the cosplay event chapters. There's also an explanation as to what was changed to make the chapters more dramatic.

I have volume three on hand and will read it soon.

Five stars

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