Traumatized by a childhood incident with a friend who took exception to his love of traditional dolls, doll-artisan hopeful Wakana Gojou passes his days as a loner, finding solace in the home ec room at his high school. To Wakana, people like beautiful Marin Kitagawa, a trendy girl who’s always surrounded by a throng of friends, is practically an alien from another world. But when cheerful Marin—never one to be shy—spots Wakana sewing away one day after school, she barges in with the aim of roping her quiet classmate into her secret hobby: cosplay! Will Wakana’s wounded heart be able to handle the invasion from this sexy alien?!
So what are my first impressions of Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru? The first thing I’ll say is that this feels like a very fan service-oriented anime, even if it’s unintentional. Four episodes in and I feel like I’ve witnessed enough fan service to last the year and to be completely honest, I’m not sure whether or not l like that. I’m not going to get into it again, just know that for me, the fan service was a negative for me. I understand the whole point of the anime is for Gojou to dress-up Marin, so there’s always bound to be a little something here and there. However, there’s always an alternative to things and I’ll leave it at that.
The dynamic between Gojou and Marin isn’t something out of the ordinary. It’s something I’ve seen before and is one that has taken various forms. The only separating factor, of course, is the premise. You will always have that one popular, attractive, and extroverted character paired with someone who is the complete opposite that is always a given and you know what? To me, it’s a theme that is starting to lose its flair. I’m not sure if flair is the right word, maybe it’s uniqueness or something along those lines. The bottom line is it’s something that has become way too common and is now losing its impact ever so slightly.
So what is the pull for me? What is the one thing about this anime that’s keeping me interested? Gojou. Whenever we have a pair that are complete opposites of one another, it’s always interesting to see how the more shut-in character reacts to all these new experiences that they find themselves in. More often than not, these more introverted characters are the ones who experience the most development and if you’re someone who has followed me for a while, then you know that character development means a lot to me. Gojou interests me a lot because given how the past four episodes have gone, you can tell that he’s only doing it to make Marin happy, even if that means disregarding his physical health in order to fulfill Marin’s dream. Gojou is someone who is the embodiment of the phrase “everything I do, I do it for you.” (Lyric from an old song!).
I wonder when it will click with Marin. When will she realize that Gojou is primarily doing this for her to be happy? I’m sure she understands this to some degree, but it’s something she cannot fully comprehend just yet because there hasn’t been that one singular moment where it clicked for her. Once that moment happens how will the relationship between Gojou and Marin change? This is what keeps me wanting to watch Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru because those eureka moments happen, those moments where each character finally understands each other and their feelings. Those are the moments in anime that I live for and I hope is something that’ll in this anime.
Overall, I’d say my first impressions of the anime were good. I am definitely going to continue watching.