Bunny Drop … is this what they mean?
I didn’t really know what to expect from Bunny Drop. I heard that it was a light and heartwarming series and, after treading through the entirety of True Tears, Clannad and Kanon in a single month, I figured it was time for a small change in drama selection. It isn’t quite up to par with my expectations; it really is one heck of a hyped series. But I will say that it’s an enjoyable depiction of single parenting.
For starters, the art is wonderful, almost like animated pastel. I could really feel the manga roots, particularly in the backdrops and environments. Kudos to the production for that.
Bunny Drop follows the story of Kawachi Daikichi, whose grandfather has recently passed away. It turns out that his grandpa had an illegitimate daughter, Rin, that is shunned by the rest of the family. With Rin‘s mother missing and after seeing how indifferently the child is treated, Daikichi decides to take her home and care for her. The short series (11 episodes) details Daikichi’s challenges as he tries to balance his work, love life and personal issues while caring for Rin and growing accustomed to the life of parenting.
The relationship between Daikichi and Rin is immeasurably adorable, and I am thoroughly impressed with young Matsuura Ayu‘s performance as Rin. Matsura is only 10 years old at the moment, but I really thought that her voice work was splendid and brimming with emotion. I was also pleased that Ueda Kana (Sakuya from Hayate no Gotoku) made a few prominent appearances doing the voice for Daikichi’s cousin, Haruko.
Where the series falters is the lack of true conflict. Daikichi has issues to juggle, but his surroundings are always unrealistically accepting of his situation (resigns his position at work, is always late picking Rin up from school) and little really occurs to put the pressure on Daikichi other than his own conscience nagging at him for disappointing Rin. Consequently, the ending is rather unremarkable. If I didn’t know that it was actually the last episode, I would’ve definitely expected another one afterward. Fortunately, the manga series still has more content that a second season could explore and, given the popularity, I’d be very surprised if Bunny Drop didn’t show up in next year’s anime lineup.
Speaking of which, what the heck is Bunny Drop supposed to mean? I think it might have to do with this:
Drop … ? Loose tooth? I mean, she kinda looks like a bunny here, right? With the two prominent teeth … but aren’t bunnies usually depicted with the teeth that she’s actually missing? Man, I don’t get it at all.
Bunny Drop – Character Ranking
- Maeda Haruko
- Kaga Rin
- Kawachi Daikichi
- Nitani Yukari
- Yoshii Masako