Rummanah Aasi
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Description: Going home for his grandfather's funeral, thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover! The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin. In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to take her in himself! But will living with this overgrown teenager of man help Rin come out of her shell? And hang on, won't this turn of events spell doom for Daikichi's love life?!

Review: Bunny Drop is unlike any manga I've read before. The story is centered on a very strange relationship: thirty year old bachelor named Daikichi who takes responsibility of raising his six year old aunt named Rin (Yes, you read that correctly. Daikichi's grandfather had an affair and had an illegitimate daughter) after no one in his family wanted to take care of nor to be reminded of Grandpa's dirty little secret. Daikichi is completely out of his depth and has no idea of what it takes to become a parent. As a result, both Rin and Daikichi form a familial bond though they no absolutely nothing about one another. The story in this volume is really adorable, warm and funny without being saccharine. 
  The chapters in this manga are appropriately labeled episodes Daikichi and Rin overcome common obstacles facing parents today such as buying appropriate clothing and food, finding a daycare for Rin while Diakichi works, and bed wetting. I love the bond of  Daikichi and Rin which comes across more of a brother and sister relationship than father and daughter. They argue and pout but in the end begin to understand one another's quirks and get along. Rin maybe your typical six year old but she does have an aura of an old soul. Normally, these awkward types of relationships are generally depicted as overly cute and reserved for comic relief but it comes off as very natural in this story. Daikichi will faces tough questions from Rin including about it means to die and when do people die. I'm sure other tough questions about Rin finding her deadbeat mother and what to label Daikichi and Rin's relationship.
  Like the story, the artwork of Bunny Drop is very simple yet elegantly drawn. The author spends much more time and detailed in drawing the characters rather than the setting, which reflect on the character driven story. Compared to the other mangas that I've read the panels are large which is nice because the dialog and the artwork don't have to fight for room. All in all an enjoyable series starter and I definitely look forward to continuing the series.  

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: Despite the fact that Rin is Daikichi's grandfather's love child, there isn't anything else inappropriate in the story. Though you will find this manga in most libraries's adult manga/graphic novel collections, I wouldn't have any problems recommending this volume to teen readers.

If you like this book try: Bunny Drop Vol. 2 by Yumi Unita, Yotsuba&! manga series by Kiyohiko Azuma 
3 Responses
  1. Interesting raising the Grandpa's love child. I would love to see some of the artwork!

  2. DaydreamerN Says:

    I saw this at the library the other day and wanted to give it a shot but never had the chance. I think I will go back and get it again to read!
    Thanks so much for the awesome review!!

  3. Oh my gosh, this sounds exactly like the type of series I'd love. Thanks for letting me know about it. And as for your question about reviewing an entire series, I've thought about it. But that would mean many lots of work with fewer posts. I'd rather have less work and more posts :-)

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