Here is everything you need to know about the anime to watch if you love My Dress-Up Darling.
Kimi Ni Todoke: From Me To You
A timid girl who unfortunately looks like the ghost from Ringu, Sawako Kuronuma has led a high school life. On the other hand, Shouta Kazehaya is the guy every girl wants to be with. Naturally, the two start to get close, and a camaraderie inspires Sawako to open up.
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me To You is arguably the standard-bearer for anime about an outcast and popular student falling in love. The show does resist making Sawako and Shouta an official couple for far too long.
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Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku explores that concept to a certain extent. They have known each other for a long time and are both interested in otaku culture. The outgoing Narumi Momose never saw herself dating the socially awkward Hirotaka Nifuji.
It is more of a comedy than a pure romance. That said, the anime has its share of heart-pounding scenes that should satisfy romantics. Narumi and Hirotaka gradually grow closer, their relationship is naturally slow-moving.
Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro
Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro managed to survive its rough first episode. The quiet Naoto unwittingly catches the attention of Hayase, a younger girl who finds that she loves to tease her senpai. Initially, her mockery borders on bullying territory, but she quickly realizes she has taken things too far and tones down her antics.
By season 2, Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro has totally left behind its aggressive origins and transitioned into a wholesome romance about two teenagers who are shy about expressing their feelings. It is cute, funny, and sweet.
ReLIFE revolves around an experiment that de-ages people so they can get a second chance at high school. The project’s goal is to rehabilitate people who have become outcasts, to provide them with a chance to grow so they can eventually contribute to society as adults.
It is initially a slice of life that explores Arata Kaizaki’s struggles to reintegrate into school, both academically and socially. While romance is not a significant factor, the anime does explore this avenue in its final few episodes and the ReLIFE: Kanketsu-hen special series.
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Insomniacs After School
In Insomniacs After School, Isaki and Ganta’s relationship is built upon a shared plight. Both teenagers have spent years suffering from insomnia in silence. Causing them to believe they cannot talk to anyone about their issues. However, one day, Ganta stumbles upon a sleeping Isaki in their school’s observatory. It sparks an adorable friendship that steadily ventures into romance territory.
In order to retain access to the observatory, Isaki and Ganta decide to restart the Astronomy club. It causes them to explore a field they are not particularly interested in. While the romance is the show’s selling point, it is also a blast to see the protagonists slowly become more passionate about astronomy.