Usagi Drop

Alt titles: Bunny Drop

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Mawaru Penguin Drum

Mawaru Penguin Drum

Kamba and Shouma Takakura have taken care of their sickly younger sister Himari since their parents disappeared years ago - that is, until the day she died. But as the boys grieve by her hospital bed, Himari sits up, adorned with a strange penguin hat. Suddenly, the three of them are transported to a vibrant world where the hat, using Himari's body as a puppet, charges these brothers with a task: find the Penguin Drum and their sister's life will be saved! Now aided by some odd penguins they received in the mail, the duo must find this mysterious item or risk losing the sister they care for so much. However, they aren't the only ones with their sights on the Penguin Drum, for new enemies await them around every turn, all connected in ways they would have never imagined...

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skitxophrenic skitxophrenic says...

There are many differences that separate Penguindrum and Usagi Drop, so at first this may seem like a strange recommendation, but hear me out.

Penguindrum is full of beautiful imagery, metaphors and has a very distinct visual style that weaves its way into the telling of the story, which at times verges into dark territory. Usagi Drop, on the other hand, is a very straightforward tale of a man raising a child. Usagi Drop's visual style is softer, and it's story is so lighthearted and heartwarming, I guarantee you'll smile while you watch it. Penguindrum is a much more fantastical in its storytelling and themes, while Usagi Drop has nothing of the sort, instead opting for realism. Lastly, it's also important to note that Usagi Drop lacks the bizarre sense of humor Penguindrum has.

Despite these extreme differences between the two, there is one key reason I feel these two shows go together well -- the concept of family. The idea of what it means to be a family and the bonds that connect family members are important themes that resonate throughout both shows. I feel as if you liked the concept in one, you will probably enjoy the other.

Also, both Rin from Usagi Drop and Himari from Penguindrum are super adorable -- both characters' silly antics and cute facial expressions made me giggle and smile while watching. I highly, highly recommend both!

Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai! Special

Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai! Special
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athleticnerd athleticnerd says...

Both of these animes has a guy who ends up having to take in children and raise them like their own. They're both very sweet and heartwarming. If you're into slice of life, these two are one's you'll definitely love.

Honey and Clover II

Honey and Clover II

While Takemoto uncovers a path for himself, his love for Hagu is forcing him to lead a difficult college life. Takemoto, Hagu, and Morita are still trying to deal with their love triangle, and each of them must make a decision. Furthermore, Mayama must decide how to proceed with Rika, as she is leaving for Spain. The pain of love will continue to hurt many and even cause them to separate. Now, each of them must take on their chosen paths and walk towards the future.

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krukky krukky says...

Hagu and Shuuji's relationship in Honey and Clover is very similar to Daikichi and Rin's relationship in Usagi Drop. Besides both shows have a mature feel to them and yet are lively, energetic and funny with a youthful spirit.

Aka-chan to Boku

Aka-chan to Boku

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.

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sothis sothis says...

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.

Barakamon

Barakamon

The slice-of-life comedy centers around the ikemen (handsome) 23-year-old calligrapher Seishū Handa, who moves to the remote Gotō Islands off the western coast of Kyushu. Seishū grew up in the city, and the manga chronicles Seishu's interactions with the people of the island, who drive tractors on public roads and don't enter through his front door when they visit. On top of that, Seishū's house becomes a hangout for the island's children.

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Bradalee Bradalee says...

A grown man finds himself unexpectedly in the constant company of a cute young girl who makes his life both more fun, and more hectic, as well as instigating moments of genuine introspection about his life. The interactions between these two central character in each show is top notch, with Usagi Drop perhaps being more dramatic and serious in tone to the more comedic nature of Barakamons couple, but the pairings definitely overlap in all areas plenty of the time. 

If you're looking for a sickeningly cute or funny show, or one which deals with child/adult relationships then you could do a lot, lot worse than give either of these shows a whirl.