An adorable and endearing anime about a lonely bachelor raising his grandfather’s illegitimate daughter, Usagi Drop (or Bunny Drop) explores a Daikichi Suchiro’s transition into parenthood as he deals with his six year old aunt, Rin.
Along with its endearing two main characters, Usagi Drop features a solid group of side characters including a hyper-active young boy from the neighborhood, his mother, runaway cousins, a single mother from Daikichi’s workplace, and many more.
This series does a pretty good job of sticking to its main plot while including a couple fun sub-plots including Daikichi’s slight romantic relationship with the single mother who lives down the street. However, probably one of the sub-plots that separates this from similar stories is Daikichi’s determination to discuss Rin’s future with her mother who ran away when she was very young. The fact that it becomes apparent that Rin and her mother are very similar just drives the feelings of that even more home. However despite all of these heartfelt moments one cannot say that this show is a tearjerker. This is probably due to the upbeat and warm-fuzzy nature of the comedy in this show. Though I admit Kouki Rin’s friend did put me in a very apprehensive mood with his trouble making. So two thumbs up for that.
Although the whole show is sweet beyond all belief, the happy go lucky nature of this show never gets old, supporting Daikichi’s point in the end that parents shouldn’t feel regret over having children. And like his point about parents to kids, I most certainly didn’t regret spending the few hours which it took to go through this show.
As for score I’m going to have to give Usagi Drop a 7 out of 10. The art at times can seem a bit too childish and it wasn’t the world’s most interesting show. However, the show definitely accomplished what the creators were going for and so kudos to them. I enjoyed its sweet and funny, but I’m probably not really going to remember much about it in a few weeks.
This was my initial review and now, over a year after my first encounter with the show, I will have to revise my closing statements. I’m bumping the score up to an 8. Why? Because I have gone back and watched the show over five times now. And I also read the manga.
I do not suggest reading the manga unless you want to have your perception on and morality life ripped away from you. The first few novels are almost exactly the same as the show, but then there is a leap forward to when Rin and Kouki are 15-16, then things start to get a bit weird. Still good to read though. If you were okay with the end of Honey and Clover you will probably be okay with the direction of Usagi Drop.
Great memorable show with great memorable characters! Watch it!
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