*Bunny Drop Book 1 — Best of 2010

Daikichi finds a surprise at his grandfather’s funeral: The old man had a six-year-old daughter no one knew existed! The rest of the family wants to pack her off and forget her, but Daikichi, out of impulsive, unexpected motivation, since he’s a 30-year-old bachelor, takes his new aunt Rin home to watch over her.

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The two form an unusual, heart-warming relationship. There’s humor, of course, as Daikichi realizes how little he knows about children, especially little girls, but underneath it is deep feeling, as he helps Rin acknowledge her grief and fears of abandonment. It truly seems as though he cares about Rin and wants to be a good father to her, no matter how much he has to learn or change his life to do it.

And it is quite a change — he doesn’t realize he’ll need to find decent child care, and change his work schedule, and buy clothes suitable for Rin. The devil’s in the details, and careful attention to them make this story something memorable, while the plain talk kept things feeling down-to-earth. I truly felt like I was peering in on the daily life of a single Japanese father, complete with work and home concerns. Daikichi’s still a bit of a child himself, pointed out beautifully in the scene where Rin makes him hold her hand when walking down the street, instead of the other way around. I love all of his goofy faces as he copes with the many changes he’s going through. He’s growing up.

The focus on the emotional reactions of simple-line faces reminded me somewhat of the work of Fumi Yoshinaga, but with more backgrounds to establish setting. It’s perfectly suited to the story. Rin doesn’t talk much, but her feelings are clear through her expressions and attitudes. She made me want to take her hand and tell her everything would be ok. The two begin to develop friendships, Daikichi with another working parent, Rin with a hilariously overblown cousin her age and a boy at day care, another child of a single parent.

Fans of With the Light and Yotsuba&! will find much to enjoy about this series as well. It’s a wonderful, satisfying read, with plenty of mental meat to chew on. The question of the missing mother runs underneath the incidents covered here and provides a hint towards possible future stories.

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18 Comments

  1. An awesome review for an awesome manga. I second the opinion that if you like Yotsuba you’ll most likely enjoy Bunny Drop. Be warned though Bunny Drop is far more serious in tone that Yotsuba probably ever will be.

  2. Good point. I should emphasize that — the content is rewarding in similar ways, but the approaches hit different emotional points. (And thanks for the compliment!)

  3. “I second the opinion that if you like Yotsuba you’ll most likely enjoy Bunny Drop. Be warned though Bunny Drop is far more serious in tone that Yotsuba probably ever will be.”

    Agreed about the comparison to Yotsuba. I was really happy with Bunny Drop volume 1, and I look forward to volume 2.

  4. Oh, me too! It’s going to be a long wait until September 28.

  5. I really love this series mostly because the father reminds me of myself. when i took care of people or was in a relationship, i learned more about myself and kinda learned about responsibility.

  6. $econd 2 none

    Hmmm doesn’t sound too bad, but is it shojo? based on the front cover it looks girly :-S…well I wont be reading this for a while anyway, im still reading 20th century boys (great book & I t hink you made it a reccomendation.)
    Mike :-)

  7. I think the cover is remarkably restrained. I believe it’s josei, but anyone could read and enjoy this. Glad you’re enjoying 20CB!

  8. I love Bunny Drop. It’s sweet and the premise is different. Bunny Drop puts me in a reflective mood, and seeing Daikichi develop his parenting is heart-warming. There are very sad elements to this story too. I can’t wait until september.

  9. This really was a fantastic read. The character moments, particularly Daikichi reflecting on how much his mother might have sacrificed of her youth to raise her own children now that he finds himself in a similar situation, were very well-handled — somber, a little uncertain, but not melodramatic. Thanks for the review and the recommendation — the second volume is on pre-order.

  10. Thanks for the review. I just sent the link to a friend who might enjoy it. I wouldn’t say the series is shojo or shounen. It’s more “slice of life” leaning on the serious side.

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  15. I thought it was good until she grew up.

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