Daikichi Kawachi is a 30-year-old bachelor working a respectable job but otherwise wandering aimlessly through life. When his grandfather suddenly passes away, he returns to the family home to pay his respects. Upon arriving at the house, he meets a mysterious young girl named Rin who, to Daikichi’s astonishment, is his grandfather’s illegitimate daughter!
The shy and unapproachable girl is deemed an embarrassment to the family, and finds herself ostracized by her father’s relatives, all of them refusing to take care of her in the wake of his death. Daikichi, angered by their coldness towards Rin, announces that he will take her in—despite the fact that he is a young, single man with no prior childcare experience.
Usagi Drop is the story of Daikichi’s journey through fatherhood as he raises Rin with his gentle and affectionate nature, as well as an exploration of the warmth and interdependence that are at the heart of a happy, close-knit family. – My Anime List
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Bunny Drop is an incredibly charming, fun and cute little show that can easily be taken on its own. And seeing as the show is now released on a DVD/Bluray combo — including the four shorts made after the main show — you should definitely prepare some space in your shelf for this quiet, understated gem.
The Anime Review
I can think of only a handful of shows that are as much a pleasure to watch as Bunny Drop. I’m looking forward to showing it to my wife soon just to get the chance to spend some more time with these two. If there’s a “can’t miss show” of the last decade, this is it.
Overall, Usagi Drop is an incredibly charming, fun and cute little show that can easily be taken on its own. This anime depicts some of the most mundane aspects of life, and never really comes to a real conclusion. Yet, it is precisely because of this that it is simultaneously a most accurate and heartwarming portrayal of real life, one which might well strike a chord in people going through a similar stage. Simply put, Usagi Drop manages to balance the seriousness of many of the situations being depicted with a deft light-heartedness that makes me want to throw away my natural cynicism and be optimistic about the world. If you don’t like unhurried, down-to-earth anime that showcase the best of human interaction and parent/child relationships, you should certainly look somewhere else. Otherwise? I’m claiming Usagi Drop to be the best Josei title, one you just owe yourself to watch as an anime fan!
The Otaku’s Study
I already mentioned at the beginning of this review that I enjoyed this series, and I hope that if you decide to pick it up that you do as well. While it may not appeal to all demographics of anime fans, if this sounds up your alley, there is a considerable chance you would enjoy it…. and personally I give it two thumbs up. While I wouldn’t have minded them making it longer and straying a bit from the plot of the manga, it was a simple concepted and very well implemented series that does justice to the original manga and one that I will no doubt be coming back to watch again and again.
The Danish Guy – Owned Core
This is terribly cute, and I hear it is much better than the manga, for once, since it stops at a very nice time, while the manga journeys into territory a lot of people disagree with.
At eleven episodes, you really don’t have an excuse to not watch this series. Usagi Drop will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and it will make you believe that there are beautiful things in this world and help you hope for a better tomorrow for all those who are shoved to the margins by society. I can’t give this series a high enough recommendation, but it should suffice to say that you need to watch this show and hope that more studios are willing to break the mold in the future.
Anime News Network
Usagi Drop will always be a tough sell. There’s no fighting, no senseless fan-service and no silly comedy. In fact I’m even amazed the series pulled a PG rating from the classification board in the first place. If you do get a chance to see this series at some stage, please don’t pass it up. A show like this is a rarity amongst the anime of today. Usagi Drop will make you want to be a better person, it will inspire you to do better. And that alone should be a reason not to miss it.
The Nihon Review
Usagi Drop depicts some of the most mundane aspects of life, and never really comes to a real conclusion. Yet, it is precisely because of this that it is simultaneously a most accurate and heartwarming portrayal of real life, one which might well strike a chord in those going through a similar life stage. For a defining series in what is already a strong year, Production I.G. deserves a pat on the back.
Lilac Anime Reviews
There’s a reason why a lot of people I’ve talked to love Usagi Drop. It’s simple, it’s charming, and it has a story that has the trials of parenthood in mind. This is one of those series that I just can’t not recommend because of all the sweet little things it has. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a beautifully charming series, and I am very happy to have finally sat down and watched Usagi Drop. If you are looking for a simple slice of life series that somehow manages to bring your paternal instincts out, along with some laughs, then give Usagi Drop a go! I honestly think everyone should!…. Though I’m still not going to read the manga…. That’ll just ruin it for me.
A sumptuous and heartfelt treat in every fashion.
The show may seem slow throughout the course, but it’s a steady character driven piece that delivers consistently. Normally I’d pass up shows like this but I am always anxiously waiting for an episode every week. Usagi Drop manages to cement itself as one of the best slice of life shows around. It manages to transcend anime in the fact that I think the story is one that can be enjoyed by both anime and non-anime viewers alike. The story is very heart warming and provides many uplifting emotions throughout its run. It is a show I would recommend to almost anyone, and it is definitely deserving of much accolades.
Still, I have to say that I loved this series very much. The characters were excellently portrayed, the concept was realistic, yet interesting, and the relationships were engaging and fun. Overall, I now regard this as one of my favourite series, and I like to pretend that the ending in the manga is just some gross fan-fiction.
Overall, a really great anime and one will certainly bear repeated viewing. (I know Jitendar is watching his set again in honour of this UK release). And having raised two daughters of my own you can have it on some authority that it really does reflect some of the universal realities that go with that. Despite it being a bit niche, and not at all populist, it’s a very worthwhile addition to anyone’s collection and thoroughly recommended.
All in all, this was another good noitaminA show, following in the footsteps of Hourou Musuko and Ano Hana.
Bunny Drop is a gentle, extremely lovable look at parenting and family. It’s not a grand or complex or particularly thought-provoking story, nor is it the peak of what slice of life anime can achieve, but it is sincere from start to finish, with hardly single beat that rings false in the entire show. Lack of a dub notwithstanding I think this is something even non-anime fans can enjoy. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Watch it, enjoy it, maybe you’ll get more out of it than I did.
My Anime List
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.
If you want a break from fighting robots, the supernatural, excess fan-service and high school comedies then this may be the anime for you! The animation has a slightly naive style that gives it a delightfully child like quality even though this isn’t really aimed at children… while there is nothing offensive in the series its themes are not likely to appeal to younger viewers. The themes are dealt with is a realistic way but that doesn’t mean there is no humour in the story; the brattish Kouki provides plenty of laughs and the series as a whole had me smiling from start to finish.
So is it a good show? Well it definitely is an uncommon one, and I say this in a positive way. It is getting really hard to see something out of the ordinary in most recent anime and Usagi Drop succeeds by being about REAL life and not some wannabe “mature” story. At the same time, I doubt it would be so famous if it weren’t for “that event” in the end of the manga (which was deliberately left out in the anime version).
Ink Black Analysis
Bunny Drop is a gentle, extremely lovable look at parenting and family. It’s not a grand or complex or particularly thought-provoking story, nor is it the peak of what slice of life anime can achieve, but it is sincere from start to finish, with hardly single beat that rings false in the entire show. Lack of a dub notwithstanding I think this is something even non-anime fans can enjoy. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Watch it, enjoy it, maybe you’ll get more out of it than I did. Next week, I’m shifting gears from sweet and innocent to dark and seductive. Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is at my doorstep. I’ll try to keep it classy.
The Visual Medium
I went into this series with high expectations for the drama, but it remained quite light-hearted throughout. More than anything else, this is a show about Daikichi discovering what it takes to be a father. Sometimes it’s sad and brooding, and other times its light and fun. If you like slice-of-life shows, I highly recommend Usagi Drop. Just don’t go in expecting drama or closure.