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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Manga Review: Usagi Drop

 Still don’t get why it’s titled Bunny Drop though

Title: Usagi Drop
Author: Unita Yumi
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Josei, Slice of Life, Comedy
Art: B
Originality: A
Story: A
Characters: S
Humor: A
Action: B

Impression: This series is the story of a 30 year old man and his newfound 6 year old aunt whom he takes into his care upon the death of his grandfather as her other relatives aren’t quite as welcoming as he is. The man’s grandfather recently died at the ripe old age of 79 and much to the surprise of his family, the old man still had it in him to knock up someone less than a third of his age, raise an illegitimate daughter for six years in complete secrecy without having leaving a single inkling in all that time for his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids to find. My immediate thoughts on this old man? You are one awesome old dude old timer! Well, in all seriousness to me this manga is a breath of fresh air that I managed to take in amongst all the other foul odors that I’ve run into lately. It’s funny, has a unique premise, incredibly likeable leads and many a moment that will catch you off your guard and inject warmth and happiness directly into your hearts. It really does scare me how good the author is at doing that, almost seems sinister in a way if you ask me. The story so far is split into two parts, the first holding a great deal of the best stuff during the first year of their life together and the second which takes place a decade later when that little girl is now a teen. While the second half still makes for a pretty good read, I do hope that the upcoming anime series only animates the first half since that was the part of the story that was, in my eye, absolutely exceptional as well as the main draw and point of the series. The second half wouldn’t work without the first half and frankly, I wasn’t anywhere near done with reading about their early days when the time skip came. The first four volumes alone are definitely worth reading as you’ll absolutely be compelled to read the ones after once you're done with them.

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  1. I do think the first half should be done. Bunny Drop's appeal is that it talks about parenting. Hell, it focused on a single father. The series put single fathers in a good light.

    I did take a look at the series and how it looks at the nature of men and parenting, which you can read at:

    The live-action should also only focus on the first four volumes. I wonder why the time-skip....

  2. Maybe it was a decision on the editors' part or maybe the mangaka felt that two years of serialization was enough time to explore the whole single parent theme and moved onto exploring Rin's character as teenager and induce new drama. Either way, the first arc ended on somewhat conclusive note so I don't see why they wouldn't stop there other than the fact that there's further source material.


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