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Usagi Drop Review

September 21, 2011 By: Nopy Category: Anime

Usagi Drop is an interesting anime in that it has no action, no magic, no mechas, no schoolgirls, no butlers, no cute critters as mascots, and so much more. Seemingly devoid of the elements that many people associate with anime, it has somehow become a hit with the general anime fan. The plot is summarized by MyAnimeList below:

While attending his grandfather’s funeral, thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi is surprised to discover that his grandfather had an illegitimate child with an unknown mother! The rest of his family, fearing the obligation and embarrassment, want nothing to do with the silent little girl, Rin. Sensing her imminent abandonment and outraged by his complacent family members, Daikichi decides to adopt her himself! …yet he may have underestimated the difficulty of balancing his work, family, and love life with his role as her guardian.

So what is it about a 30-year-old man and 6-year-old girl that makes the series so enjoyable? My take on it is that it’s just super happy, and who doesn’t like feeling happy? Take, for example, the first episode where the family was trying to decide on what to do with Rin. With no one wanting to take her in, it seemed inevitable that she would be abandoned at an orphanage or in a foster home. This is when Daikichi steps up to the plate and comes to the rescue by taking Rin in, and I’m sure everyone watching was glad that Rin wasn’t left to the wild.

While it doesn’t sound like a large feat, Daikichi essentially becomes a hero that many people can associate with. Usagi Drop glorifies the act of parenting so that everyone can appreciate what parents do for their children. With that said, it does lead to a problem with the series: it is overly plain. Things like a child wetting the bed and watching a tree grow just don’t come across as things that would grab your attention. This was offset with the mystery surrounding Rin’s mother and her reasons for leaving, but that was left unresolved, making the series feel empty. Sadly, the only other element that could’ve led to a more appealing story, the relationship between Daikichi and Yukari, is also left unresolved.

The animation is very detailed and of high quality, exactly what you would expect from Production I.G, but the style is not what you would find in most anime. It uses light colours and feels like a mixture of a children’s educational show and something out of a watercolour class for seniors. I can see people being split over the style, and it’s really up to you whether you like it or not.

Usagi Drop isn’t for everyone. It makes for a cute “feel good” series and I would definitely watch more of it, but a serious lack of substance lowers your expectations for any sort of conflict or a real ending. If you’re looking for a slice-of-life series to enjoy one afternoon, then Usagi Drop would be the perfect anime to watch. On the other hand, it’s best to avoid it if you want some jaw-dropping action or drama.

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11 Comments to “Usagi Drop Review”

  1. Yay, you reviewed it, and before me! I have to review this one soon because I really loved it. I’m totally biased, probably because I’m a parent myself. I think all those more boring things were actually quite touching and made it that much better for me. I do wish the series had lasted longer, and wished to see Daikichi get into a relationship, and watch Rin grow older over time. Looking forward to the live action now, and I might just pick up the manga if I see it in the store.
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  2. I guess you can cherish this show more when you have smaller children in your closer family, Im an uncle for example ^^ and loved Usagi Drop.

    The show takes a different route than other animes, it appears so mature, heartwarming albeit realistic. I liked how the show portrayed the life of a single parent like family, and hove Daikichi has to combine his job and the responsibility torwards Rin.

    I guess there will be a second season of it, since the manga goes farther than the anime.
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  3. I definitely enjoyed Usagi Drop very much. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so entertaining.
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  4. Sorry, I didn’t read your review. I’m currently reading the manga as it’s released in the US and I want to be cautious of spoilers. Well anyway I love Bunny Drop/Usagi Drop, I think this series is wonderful.
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  5. I like this show and manga, it’s one of those things that make me feel warm on the inside. Such a shame the anime stops short of the more interesting bits or resolving anything apparently.
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  6. “the relationship between Daikichi and Yukari, is also left unresolved.”
    Yeah, there’s a reason for that…just ask the manga. -disturbed-

    But OHMIGOD it was so freaking cuuuuuuute.

  7. I like this anime because it’s so unique. Unlike usual anime, character growth isn’t just experience by young character but also by the mature one. It’s also refreshing to watch something without schoolgirls, mechas and bishies, but just family.
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  8. @Persocom:
    I guess if I were a parent too, then I would probably have appreciated it more. It’s one of those things that you have to be able to relate to in order to really grasp it all.

    One day when I have kids, I’ll definitly consider taking another look at this series. The focus on parent and child was superb in Usagi Drop.

    I think that by getting rid of all the fluff, they were just left with what was good.

    Ah, that’s ok. I tried not to say too much that would give anything away, but I think I do spoil some things up to episode 5.

    I’ve ben hearing that there are a lot of serious developments further on, it’s too bad that the anime was too short to show any of them.

    @Arianna Sterling:
    I think I’ll wait for the next season, I’m a slow reader so manga usually takes me longer to get through than anime.

    The unique perspective in Usagi Drop does add to its appeal. It’s refreshing to get something different like this once in a while.

  9. Like what you said, I also like this anime because it’s so unique and it’s that something new to hear with. Yeah! Unlike usual anime, character growth isn’t just experience by young character but also by the mature one. While watching on these animes, it relaxes me and a refreshing to watch just like my kids who are laughing always everytime she watched.
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  10. The things I’ve read on the continuation of the story aren’t the most “promising” and I’m now becoming quite happy it end in this heartwarming note…:P
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  11. @Lizbeth:
    Indeed, it’s rare to find an older character go through so much growth, just another thing that made this anime unique.

    I’ve actually read around a bit and I find the later parts of the story rather intriguing, though they do turn away from the sweet and innocent feel of the anime.


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