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Book 1 of 7 in the Bunny Drop Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Bunny Drop (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759531226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759531222
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thirty-year-old Daikichi wasn't expecting to be a father. After his grandfather dies, he learns he has a six-year-old aunt, the daughter of his recently deceased grandfather and an unknown woman. The family quibbles on who will take care of Rin, and when it becomes clear that no one wants her, Daikichi offers himself. Some think that Rin's a slow girl because she's shy and doesn't talk much, but Daikichi senses something deeper. While at first quite lost on the matter of child rearing, he finds his way with the help of research and Rin herself as the two gradually become a family. The arrival of Rin's biological mother may change this, but for now aunt and nephew show how a unique family can make it work if love is involved. This sweet-natured manga shows the joys, frustrations, and quirks of family life; and while it is aimed at teens, it would also be more than welcome in the hands of adult readers. Grades 8-12. --Danica Davidson

About the Author

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.

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The relationship between Daikichi and Rin is really sweet.
Ellen W.
There won't be much to say in this review because this manga was so good that I can't stand to spoil any of it!
The art is also very good; there are no "frantic craziness" moments that many comedy manga have.
Elias B.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ellen W. VINE VOICE on March 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Daikichi is a 30-something businessman living as a bachelor. He's perfectly content with his life and doesn't expect things to change anytime soon. But when he's summoned home upon the death of his grandfather, Daikichi (and the rest of the family, for that matter) is in for a big surprise. Turns out Gramps was a bit of a ladies' man, and he's left behind a young daughter. No one knows where or even who the mother is, and none of the family is ready to take in a small child on such short notice. Daikichi feels sorry for his young aunt and decides to take her in, despite the fact that he has practically no experience with children. So begins Daikichi and Rin's new life as a family.

I love this little manga. To begin with, the characters are great. Daikichi is a regular guy with a big heart, willing to change his life to take Rin in. And Rin is adorable. She's precocious and shy, and she sometimes seems wise beyond her years (and I don't mean in that phony Hollywood way, where annoying brats talk like smart-allecky adults). Both are realistic characters, and I especially appreciate this with Rin. There's a tendency in these kinds of stories to make kids cutesy and precious. I like them enough, but I can tell there's something ingenuine about them. Rin isn't like that at all, and she's all the more lovable for it. I got the feeling that the manga-ka had experience with children.

The relationship between Daikichi and Rin is really sweet. Again, these kinds of awkward parent-child relationships are usually cutsied up, but that's not the case here. The chemistry between them is very natural. Daikichi doesn't know how to relate to Rin at first, but he tries hard to understand her and see things from her point of view.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elias B. on April 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
For the first time since I picked up the starting volume of "Honey and Clover", I feel as if a manga has touched upon
the core emotions that make us human: happiness, sadness... all that jazz. All of this, contained within the first
volume of a manga that has an admittedly ludicrous premise. But this tale of a thirty year-old slacker who suddenly
becomes a father thanks to his playboy of a late grandfather is one which is truly heartfelt, and not laden with the
perverted dreck a lesser manga-ka would've undoubtedly turned this concept into.

"Bunny Drop" is supposed to be a josei (woman's) manga, but, much like "Honey and Clover", it can be read and enjoyed
thoroughly by the opposite sex. In this volume, we are introduced to Daikichi, a thirty year-old man who acts somewhat
like an overgrown teenager. He's not the type one would expect to be "father" material. But alas, a father is exactly
what he has to become when it's discovered at his grandfather's funeral that the old man had a secret lover. The lovechild
that sprang from that affair is at the funeral, sans her mother. This curious little girl, named Rin, is a six year-old
who is very quiet and barely speaks to any of her "relatives." Daikichi's family, unwilling to take the girl in because
she's "creepy" and quiet, decide that best option would be to put the girl into an adoption facility. Disgusted with his
family, Daikichi takes the little girl by himself. And thus begins the hilarious, yet heartwarming, plot of this
excellent manga. Throughout the course of this volume, Daikichi discovers all of the nuances of raising a child
(bed-wetting, questions about death, and first crushes), while simultaneously learning more about himself as a person.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Thirty-year old Daikichi has found himself in a peculiar circumstance. One day, he is living the normal lifestyle of a bachelor, going to work, hanging out at home and generally being a slacker. The next day, he has a six-year old girl in his house that he needs to clothe, feed, get to school on time and generally take care of. This six-year old girl also happens to be his aunt.

That is the basic set up for "Bunny Drop" (a direct translation of the Japanese title "Usagi Drop"), which plays a twist on the "Single Father with Young Daughter" -type of manga seen recently in popular series like Yotsuba&!, Vol. 1. But whereas "Yotsuba&!" plays it for laughs, "Bunny Drop" is the type of story known in Japanese as "hono bono," meaning "heartwarming.

The story begins when Daikichi returns to his family home for the funeral of his Grandfather. At the home, Daikichi is surprised to see a young girl in a black funeral dress that he has never seen before. He soon finds out that this little girl, Rin, is the illegitimate child of the dead Grandfather, who had an affair with a young woman despite his seventy-nine years of age. Through an odd twist of fate this six-year old girl is actually Daikichi's mother's little sister, and his aunt.

Rin's mother is nowhere to be found, and none of Daikichi's family wants anything to do with her. While the family argues in front of Rin about who will be stuck with her, in a burst of anger and sympathy Daikichi volunteers to take care of the poor girl. From there the adventure begins, as the two of them find an awkward balance of family and love together.
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