by Yumi Unita
published by Yen Press; $13.99 US
I really liked the early volumes of Bunny Drop, when it was about raising an adorable child. By this book, Rin is firmly a teenager, trying to make her own decisions in life. Unfortunately, I don’t find her motives plausible or all that interesting to read.
As this book opens, Rin has been visiting her birth mother and her husband (a meeting begun in Book 7). Rin’s adoptive father Daikichi is concerned that seeing the mother with a new baby, one that she’s keeping this time, might upset Rin, but Rin (as usual) is unflappable, which almost reads as cold.
That’s the biggest problem with the character Rin has turned into. She’s so good, so quiet, so remote that there’s little to relate to. As a result, I don’t care that she’s beginning to develop feelings for her guardian. Which is good, since otherwise, this would be too creepy. As it is, she’s so cardboard that it doesn’t matter to me. This series was better when it was more about Daikichi, well-meaning but struggling single dad, less about Rin the perfect fantasy figure. (I’m assuming that the original audience for this book has remained young men, who might adore the idea of raising a beautiful young woman who just wants to take care of them in their old age.)
The mistargeting continues with a small subplot, where Rin’s friend Kouki is upset by his mother getting married. We don’t see the mother at all, which is odd, since she and Daikichi used to be good friends — in fact, he was attracted to her at one point. You’d think that would mean he would have some reaction, but all we’re shown is the kids calling him old. That plot would have meant so much more if more had been done with it, instead of the author using it as just another reason to show Rin mothering both guys. (The publisher provided a review copy.)