Two months ago, 10-year-old Takuya’s mother was tragically killed, leaving the boy, his baby brother Minoru, and his father behind. With his father working to support the family, raising Minoru becomes Takuya’s responsibility, even though the boy is just a child himself. And with having to clean, do laundry, pick up Minoru from daycare and to try constantly to stop his sibling from crying, Takuya constantly changes between loving his relative and resenting him. Still, he’ll try his best to be a caring big brother to Minoru, as his mother would have wanted it that way.
Whenever Kippei is at school, he has one thing on his mind: girls. From skipping class to cheesy lines, he'll do anything it takes to reel the ladies in, though he never seems to find the right person. But the bachelor lifestyle is soon to change when young Yuzuyu enters the picture. This five-year-old cutie has been abandoned by her mother, and is to be taken care of by none other than Kippei! Unfortunately for the both of them, Kippei has no experience raising a child, so the learning curve will be quite steep...
When I finished watching Aishiteruze Baby, I loved it so much I dearly wanted to watch something similar. I wished I had discovered Aka-chan to Boku at that time. These two anime share the idea of an older boy taking care of a young child. Aishiteruze Baby is a little more mature with characters in high school, while Aka-chan to Boku deal with younger characters, but the warmth, growth and tears of both shows are unmistakeable. Yuzu and Minoru show us that children are not as simple and happy-go-lucky as we think they are. On the brighter side, their love for their guardian is adorable!
Aka-chan to Boku is lesser known but I'd highly recommend watching both of these shows. Very heartwarming!
Both titles focus on a school boy who finds himself as an unlikely (and in a way, uninterested) parent to a baby. Aishiteruze is way more focused on comedy, while Aka-chan, imo, is more focused on drama and in a way, psychological elements of how hard it is for a child to raise a child. Still, it's a fairly unique type of plot and one that will appeal to fans of either.
When Daikichi's grandfather dies he leaves behind a young daughter named Rin. However, as most of the family is embarrassed at the idea of a 79-year-old man having a six-year-old child, they can't seem to figure out what to do with her. Disgusted by this behavior, Daikichi decides to take care of her himself, but he's a bachelor, has no idea how to raise a child, and isn't even all that comfortable with kids! Now, Daikichi must do the normal things a parent does such as enroll her in school, buy her clothing and teach her about the life and world around her. But more importantly, he must also help her deal with her father's death and decide whether or not she should try to find her mother. Together, the two begin their unlikely relationship as father and daughter, navigating each of life's bumps along the way.
Admittedly these deal with different age groups (the new/ill-equipped 'parent' as a child versus adult, and the new ward as a baby versus a young child). But both have a similar theme - someone who is very much not a parent, suddenly being in charge of a young one, having to deal with the struggles and joys along the way.