English: Bunny Drop
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2011 to Sep 16, 2011
22 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.611 (scored by 63660 users)
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SynopsisWhile 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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Usagi Drop
Side story: Usagi Drop Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
There really isn't that much to say about Usagi Drop, it fits the genre of Jousei/Slice of Life to the dot. It's a feel-good story about a man learning how to live his life through the daughter that he is raising, there isn't anything profound in the story but it definitely is something that tweak your heart-strings and put a smile on your face. 7/10
The art-style of Usagi Drop is something that follows the original art-style from the manga extremely closely and the only thing that can be said about it is that it is unique. Its a style of art that is different to the trend of modern anime but I personally enjoyed the innocent and whimsical feel of it. Though beware if you are something who judges an anime but this aspect its hit or miss. 6/10
The Voice-Acting in this is spot-on for Rin, the voice-actor in the Japanese Dub did a fantastic job in capturing the lovable innocence whilst also not giving her that annoying vocal pitch that children tend to have in anime. The other voice-actors were decent, nothing really stood out and they did their jobs. The OP and the ED are adorable, especially that Opening; it captures that entire essence of the anime. 8/10
This is where i think the anime shines. On a technical viewpoint, Usagi Drop is not the an artistic wonder but the characters that have been created and terrific. You feel like all of these characters are real, that their personalities and actions can all be attributed to something someone in that demographic would do. Rin, in my opinion is the stand out character, she mixes in that innocent joy without the grating annoyance of anime children. She simply is a joy to watch 10/10
If you can't already tell from my review that I love this anime, then well let me state it a secondary time. I love this anime, I had a great time watching it and its one of the few that I could be bothered to a) Marathon and b) Repeat Watch. Usagi Drop is not a technical masterpiece, don't watch it for stunning animation, deep philosophical story line or jaw-dropping sound; you watch this for its fleshed out characters and for those moments of just heart-tweaking joy. 9/10
Raising a child isn't easy, and every parent or guardian knows just how taxing all of the daily tasks can be, the sacrifices that need to be made in terms of work and social life, and the almost constant stream of considerations and worries. The truth is that looking after children is one of the biggest causes of stress and grey hairs (or hair loss), amongst adults, but given that the majority of people in the world are (or will be), parents, it's a little odd that such a major topic is still a rarity in anime.
The again, who wants to watch a show about the trials and tribulations of raising children, especially when the steady diet of fanservice, explosions, brainless muscular heroes, top heavy heroines, nonsensical plots, pseudo-psychology, quantum-hokum, etc, are apparently what passes for entertainment these days. It's a sad fact that in a medium where literally any story can be told, the ones that may actually cast anime in a positive light are constantly overlooked or ignored completely.
Which is why Usagi Drop is such a rarity.
Adapted from the josei manga by Unita Yumi, the story begins with Kawachi Daikichi, a 30 year old salesman who has returned home to attend a family funeral. During his stay he finds out that his deceased grandfather had an illegitimate daughter called Kaga Rin. Nobody knows who the girl's mother is, so the family begin arguing over who will raise her until Daikichi, who has become increasingly annoyed and disgusted by their behaviour, asks Rin if she wants to live with him.
Usagi Drop is one of those uncommon adaptations where the anime has tried to stay true to the source material, and while that does place a number of limitations on it, the series also manages to retain the charm of the manga. The story develops at a measured pace that can sometimes feel a little slow, and there's a surprising lack of over the top melodrama that is so often a hallmark of shows like this. The plot takes a much more mature approach to the issue of parenting than one might initially expect, and while certain problems that Daikichi is faced with are specific to Japanese society, the overall theme is one that will resonate with anyone who has raised children.
Which is also the reason why some viewers may not enjoy this anime, but we'll get to that in a bit.
In addition to the story, the artwork also tries to stay as true as possible to the source material. The characters are depicted in a stylized form, and the rather simplistic approach to emotions is surprisingly expressive. The design is focused on showing each person as an individual not only facially, but also in their build, posture, and even their movements. The animation is fluid, if a little utilitarian at times, and it's clear that attention has been paid to each character's physical traits and personalities. In addition to this each episode is preceded and concluded by short, but rather charming scenes that are notable for the watercolour style palette that is used in them. The dichotomy between these scenes and the style and colouration used in the main body of the narrative adds a nice, almost picture book touch to proceedings.
Between these shorts and the story proper lie the opening and ending sequences, both of which are designed with children's paintings in mind. The opening theme, "Sweet Drop" by Puffy AmiYumi (yes, they of Teen Titans and Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi fame), is a surprisingly well suited J-pop song that's very much in keeping with Rin's character. In contrast to this the ending theme, "High High High" by Kasarinchu (a pop duo consisting of a beatboxer and a guitarist/singer), is more reflective of the overall atmosphere of the series.
As for the background music, Usagi Drop features a variety of tracks that are generally quite mellow or upbeat, but every so often the score is punctuated by a slow, simple piano piece to highlight the more sensitive moments of the story.
Now it's a trite thing to say that good acting can bring any type of story to life and give it the feeling of something new and different, but in this case it's actually a true statement. The simple yet natural script allows the seiyuu far more room to express themselves than one might expect, and with little in the way of manufactured melodrama, all of the cast (especially the child actors), are able to deliver some truly worthwhile performances.
The most interesting character in Usagi Drop is, without a doubt, Kawachi Daikichi. Part of the reason for this is because much of the story is told from his perspective, but he's also one of the most defined adult male leads in anime to date. From the start he is shown to be a complete individual with his own thoughts, habits and values, and rather than trying to develop him, the narrative is more focused on evolving him through his relationship with Rin, and the problems, worries and sacrifices he works through in order to be a good parent.
On the other hand Rin is very much how one would expect a child of her age to be - inquisitive, precocious, and somewhat withdrawn around people she doesn't know well. As with Daikichi, she doesn't really develop as a character, but instead what the viewer is shown is a little girl who is slowly coming to terms with her new life and coming out of her shell. Now this is surprising as it's a clear message about how resilient children actually are and how they are able to cope as long as they know they have the support of the adults who care for them.
Speaking of support, aside from the two leads there are a surprising number of well written characters in Usagi Drop, both adults and children, and it's their presence in the story that really rounds out the whole thing. The particularly strong friendship between Nitani Kouki and Rin for example, or the slightly befuddled attraction between Daikichi and Kouki's mother Yukari, all add to the overall charm of the series. In addition to this, one of the things that really stands out about Usagi Drop is the lack of angst where relationships are concerned. While there are events like the death of Daikichi's grandfather, these don't cast a pall over the narrative, and this allows for some interesting interactions and dynamics to emerge, the prime example of this being the bond that develops between the two lead characters.
Usagi Drop is a simple, straightforward and charming tale about what it means to be a parent, and while the story and characters are presented in an ideal form, this doesn't really detract from one's enjoyment of the show. It goes without saying that anyone who has experience of raising children will be able to relate more readily to a number of the themes in the show, but it should be pointed out that the plot is simple enough to allow anyone to enjoy it.
Which brings us back to why some people won't like this series.
Aside from the sometimes slow pace, the main theme of the show is one that many younger fans (and even a few older ones), may not like, especially if their penchant is for action, heavy melodrama, etc. On the surface it can seem as though Usagi Drop is nothing more than another lighthearted slice of life drama that's only different from the likes of Aishiteruze Baby because a full fledged adult is cast in the role of parent instead of a teenaged playboy, but there's more to the show than that.
The simple fact is that this anime is one of those rare titles that doesn't use the word "mature" as a marker for violence, gore, sexual content, etc, and this makes it almost unique when one considers the shows that have been released this past year. The emphasis on realism, albeit in an idealized form, may also be a factor as there are a few people out there who want pure fantasy and escapism.
Whatever your opinion or taste, one thing remains true - Usagi Drop is clearly aimed at a more mature audience than the norm. The fact that it doesn't demean the creators with pointless gore, violence or fanservice, or insult the viewer's intelligence by explaining everything that happens, are what sets it apart from many other slice of life shows out there. read more
In both series, a single male adult opts to take on the responsibility of looking after a child (children) due to a force of circumstances. Both are warm and atypical anime series. Usagi Drop has a MAL average of 8.65, which should say it all really whilst Papa etc. is let down by its dubious name, which I am sure will detract viewers away from a really lovely show. Both recommended!
When it comes to having the resbonsibility of parenthood thrown on you, the two men in both of these anime do not disappoint to provide them a heartwarming home.
Disclaimer: Papakiki has a very obnoxious, generic otaku-like character...he's a creep. Try not to let him ruin it for you :P
The main protagonist of Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai took his nieces at his apartment. While Usagi Drop is the reverse.
Both animes are about a relative who was forced to take the intiative to take in kid(s) that have lost their guardians for their happiness.
Both main characters (which is a guy) decide to raise kids that was left behind. The kids are about the same age in both animes and their all girls. Main character also has mange their love life on top of raising the kids
Both are about a man single-handling parenting/care taking children(s).
• Both involve children
• And through some unfortunate events they loose their parents.
• And now face a whole new life, and both are incredibly
• Cute, and hit close to home.
Upon reaching the second episode of "Listen to me, Girls, I'm your father!", I've come to find that this show has a similar feel to Usagi Drop--a thirty year old man who takes in an illegitimate young child when his grandfather passes away compared to a college student who takes in a group of three children, two of which are not related to him, when his sister and her husband suddenly die in a plane crash. Both shows have a warming relationship that steadily form between the adult and children. ^_^
-Both have that "heart-warming" feeling of raising children.
-Both involve kind-hearted protagonists.
-Both go through the day-to-day basis of the guardian taking care of the child/children.
taking care of young child(ren) for deceased family, overcoming struggles and obstacles in the way of raising them
Both shows deal with raising children. Usagi Drop is relatively less moe and more mature.
In these two series, similarities are present in the following:
~main protagonist taking care of someone else like a family
~comedy, drama, and also heartwarming moments
~solving problems together as a family
~dealing with life
~similar style of main protagonists
A man find's in a situacion of taking care of an un related family. And thus he grows as a person.
Both anime is about kid who lost their parents and been taking care by others but Usagi drop is a million times better than Pap no Iukoto :P
Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! is similar to usagi drop in terms of childcare, as it goes about showing how people must adapt their lifestyles when looking after children, though granted Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! is a bit more sad in comparison to Usagi drop, it is definately worth the watch.
A single male adult opts to take on the responsibility of looking after a child (children) due to a force of circumstances.
Both have the adult main character growth led by the children surrounding them. Although Usagi Drop feels more dramatic, while Barakamon is more subtle to send a message to the viewers. Both are excellent slice-of-life anime and with great character development. And the feels.
The main lead characters share an unique bond throughout both series despite their contrasting differences from the beginning. There's an initial development as they learn more about each other and what they enjoy in life. The main male protagonist shares similar personalities and at times can become frustrated at certain events. However, they often take on life as it is with smiles and joy. When it comes down to it, relationship dynamics are a key focus in both series. Recommended for any viewers interested in a charming slice of life.
We have kids, fun and a lot of cuteness and kindness! And much to learn! I think these too are amazing to watch and smile! Smell of childhood!
• Both shows have an adult male protagonist who grow through building relationships with children (just one with Usagi)
• Both are Slice of Life but with serious undertones - although Usagi is more serious
• Both have great artwork, characters and plot
• Both are extremely heartwarming
both story revolve between an adult and a child.
-Anime involving children
-Slice of life with comedy
-Children being voiced by actual children
Two beautiful animes that share something in common. Both are a Slice of Life story that deals with the interactions between an mature male character and a child who is the female lead. After a certain event, the two characters spend a lot of time together and create a lot of heart-warming and cute moments and hilarious scenes. In Usagi Drop the girl get's adopted and has a more serene atmosphere while in Barakamon the girl is a fellow neighbor and is the heart of the series.
Barakamon and Usagi Drop are about an adult with a kid hanging around with him. Barakamon is more about a carefree lifestyle while Usagi Drop is bit more seriousness in it since it is within family relationship. While Usagi Drop contain a lot of character development throughout the series, Barakamon is more towards slice of life anime around the village without any romance.
Both anime give out heartwarming feeling while watching them, you will definitely think of one another anime if you're already watching one of them.
The feel-good duo of the last few years. Both of these are both a child helping a man find a new lease on life
Both focus on the relationship of a grown man and a child.
Both have everyday life vibe to it, both are heartwarming and very relaxing. If you feel sad or tired, these two shows will make you forget it.
When I think of the genre Slice of Life, I want something light hearted, warm, and an interesting story following the lives of interesting characters. I think both shows fill this role well. Cute, heartfelt, and just a touch of drama. Both with unique overarching plots. If you like one you should definitely like the other.
-Both have adorable kawaii little kids.
-Boosts your mood when you are down or neutral.
-Both make you feel warm in the inside. xD
-You won't stop smiling until the very end.
-One of the best slice-of-life anime out there.
If you're a slice-of-life kind of individual, then don't miss these gems.
Opening Theme"Sweet Drops" by Puffy
Ending Theme"High High High" by Kasarinchu
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