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Bunny Drop, Vol. 3 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/3/29
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As an impromptu dad to Rin, his late grandfather's illegitimate child, Daikichi Kawachi has experienced his share of firsts while caring for his little aunt (?). Now it's Daikichi's turn to battle the initial wave of separation anxiety as Rin leaves the nest...for her first day of elementary school! Rin's elementary school isn't the only place with new faces, either. Daikichi's office is also inundated with first-timers, some of whom have their eyes on their gangly new coworker! And while father and daughter are experiencing (coping with?) all these firsts left and right, the first anniversary of Gramps's death also sneaks up on the pair... as does the first anniversary of their paths crossing...
Yumi Unita debuted professionally in Hakusensha's YOUNG ANIMAL magazine in 1998 and has enjoyed a long and successful career working in various genres. Her series BUNNY DROP was serialized in Shodensha's FEEL YOUNG magazine from October 2005 to April 2011.
Yen Press have done a good job with this series using a large format paperback that allows the art some room to breathe - detail is clear and reading glasses are not a necessity! The inside cover page (yeah I know it has a proper name) is colour; most of the pages are numbered (which helps when referring to the translators notes at the end) and the signs and sound effects are translated off the frame.
Yotsubato, the Other Side? I have seen comparisons between the two series and I enjoy both. Bunny Drop is a little grittier - there are difficulties in life and this story doesn't shy away from them. Where Yotsubato is written around the world view of five year old Yotsubato, Bunny Drop is centred on Rins adoptive father Daikichi. He has had to change his work schedule to fit Rin into his life, he has to run around organising schooling and after school care etc. so issues relevent to him are the guts of the story.
Where the Yotsubato story has some flexibilty is the fact Y is not yet in school and is a free spirit, here Rin is locked into a more organised life in school so Daikichis pov is the more interesting. What is intriguing is that he is the main character and 30 years old, which shifts (or broadens) the target demographic age up somewhat. I'm 40 something and it works for me.
At this point in the story there are several threads being developed - Rins mother, Rins friends mother, his family. I would hate to see Rin herself being reduced to a simple McGuffin, but I don't think that's likely. By the end of the book the story has moved on nearly a year from V1, so I am interested to see how it progresses from here.
-Rin is a adorable, even if you don't care for kids in real life
-It's easy to relate to Daikichi due to his compassion for Rin and his humorous flaws
-This series doesn't sugar-coat or preach
-Presents events with a positive outlook, even in the face of adversity
-Each episode in this series leaves a smile on my face
-Expressive, appealing art style
-Relatively slow release schedule
I really enjoy this series and can't wait for more. As someone who isn't interested in having children, it was great to find a manga that made me fall in love a little girl. I find this series especially refreshing in a time when our media is filled with grittiness and negativity; it's great to see a slice-of-life piece that has such a positive view of the ups and downs of life.