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4.0 out of 5 stars Yotsubato&! - the Other Side, May 22, 2011
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This review is from: Bunny Drop, Vol. 3 (Paperback)
Okay, so I've been invited to review Vol 3. I haven't reviewed V1 or 2 but the fact I've got to V3 says I like the series.

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.
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