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.