Bunny Drop : v. 1 Paperback
by Yumi Unita
Returning to his family's estate for his grandfather's funeral, thirty-something bachelor Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a much younger lover!
Needless to say, the rest of the family is shocked and embarrassed by this turn of events, and not one of them wants anything to do with the little girl, who refuses to say a word.
In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to adopt her!
But is living with an overgrown teenager who can barely take care of himself the key to making Rin come out of her shell?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages, Integrated: 180, b/w drawings
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
- Publication Date: 23/03/2010
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9780759531222
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Review by keristars
There is something about Yumi Unita's art style that really appeals to me. I can't quite place my finger on what it is, though does do facial expressions and emotions very well, and I love the way she draws hands (it's a little bit quirky). In <i>Bunny Drop</i>, the drawings are clean with strong lines and hardly any usage of screentone except to add texture or shading. This is not a shoujo manga with sparkles or flowers or delicate, fussy lines all over the place.The way Unita crafts the story is also something that I like, though I'm not sure I can say what it is that appeals to me. The pacing doesn't seem too rushed or too slow for the slice-of-life genre, and she makes good use of the panels. There is just enough humor to keep the story somewhat light-hearted, though the subject matter could easily make it fall flat.Ultimately, the combination of artwork and story make <i>Bunny Drop</i> a warm, sweet story that doesn't lose its charm on repeated readings.<b>The Story:</b>The <i>Bunny Drop</i> series is all about the relationship of Daikichi Kawachi and Rin Kaga, and it is about how each of them are growing up.It begins at Daikichi's grandfather's funeral. None of the family had ever seen six-year-old Rin before, but there she is, plainly Sou Kaga's daughter (and thus Daikichi's aunt), and with no mother or home to go to now that he has died. Most likely because of his resemblance to Sou and the fact that he is kinder to her than the other adults, she attaches herself to Daikichi. When no one else is willing to take care of her, Daikichi decides to bring her home with him.Daikichi is thirty years old, single, and not very good with women or children. He is successful at work, where he has a job in sales, but fairly awkward in other aspects of his life. The decision to take care of Rin is impulsive and surprises everyone, even himself: there is no way he is prepared to care for a child.Bringing Rin home means many little changes to his life and some big ones - from quitting smoking and keeping the house clean, to having to change his job. But he also has to learn to become a parent, which means learning to think of Rin and becoming less selfish - these two things might cause him the most trouble, as it isn't as simple to change one's behavior as it is to change one's house.This first volume is almost entirely about the disruption to Daikichi's life, the way it sorts out, and the way he and Rin adjust to living together. Towards the end of the volume, he starts to worry about the fact that no one has heard from Rin's mom in the two months since the funeral, and he decides to investigate when they go back to his parents' house for New Years. Where many manga volumes tend to plan arcs so that they don't end with major cliffhangers, this is not one. The cliffhanger isn't one with a lot of suspense, because that's not how the story is, but the final pages do have an increase of tension that is not resolved until the next volume. If you don't like this kind of thing, I don't recommend reading <i>Bunny Drop</i> volume 1 without already having volume 2 at hand.
Review by edenjean
Bunny Drop is a slice-of-life manga like no other. 30 year-old bachelor Daikichi goes back home to attend his grandfather’s funeral and returns with an adopted 6 year-old child. Daikichi’s attempts to do his best to raise an adopted child are funny and sweet. Unita’s deceptively simple drawing style immediately grabs the reader’s attention with intimately expressive scenes illustrating the dynamic relationship between Rin and Daikichi. Rin’s clever smile and her rapid character development, along with Daikichi’s subtly changing appearance throughout the volume combine to create a graphic novel that you just can’t put down..The unexpected yet sweet friendship between Rin and Daikichi will keep readers coming back for more in Volume 2. Reading level: Teen to Adult