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.
Based on Unita Yumi’s Manga of the same name, there is something absolutely heartwarming about the premise of Usagi Drop in itself.
A single parent, and adopted child and their journey of maneuvering their life around each other. On that note, I read the manga spoilers and it disturbed me, but whatever, we’re here to talk about the anime.
To tell the truth, I never expected Usagi Drop to turn out to be as good as it did. At its heart, it’s a pretty simple slice of life, mainly revolving around the interaction between Rin and Daikichi. It works because Rin and Daikichi, both got great characters, and even the side characters had some substance to them.
Usagi doesn’t rely on heavy philosophical dialogues or cheap comedy. It’s realistic to the core. The characters’ concerns, their actions, they all make sense.
Daikichi, the protagonist through which the story is told, is a kind man. He is patient, quiet and seemed to do things at his own pace. A ten to five worker and an unmarried thirty year old. The addition of Rin to his family changes Daikichi’s life a lot, as shown by the constant adjustment he makes to incorporate Rin into his life.
Rin, on the other hand, is very much a child, precocious, innocent and a tad aloof. Rin starts out as this cautious child, and slowly changes into a more open and happy one as her interaction with Daikichi grows.
Usagi Drop does an amazing job of showing day to day life of a parent and child, the perils of being a single parent and the compromises one has to make to make sure their children have a healthy childhood. It also shows how a child can bloom under the right guidance.
The character design and art style were simple but suited the series just fine. Both the opening and ending songs were cute- that’s the word for it.
Usagi Drop, is the kind of anime anyone of any age group could enjoy and would always be on the top of my favourite animelist.