Bunny Drop is a great series. It touches a lot of emotions and really hits home for a lot of people. However, it then completely changes into something entirely different.
Bunny Drop is a josei series written and illustrated by Yumi Unita, published first in Feel Young magazine. Being a josei series, the story is targeted to adult women, although the story can be enjoyed by all ages, with a caveat.
I’m not going to go into spoilers, but the story does take a turn that may upset people in many ways. The first half of the series, volumes 1 through 4, is great for everyone. The second half of the series is great too, except the ending is, well, complicated. Not everyone is going to like it. Taking that into regard, the series itself is fantastic. The story is a bit sad at points, but it is just cute and bright the rest of the time. It is a very realistic take on parenthood, and what it means to be a single parent.
The main character, Daikichi, a 30-year-old office worker, goes to his grandfather’s funeral and encounters a surprise. Before his death, his grandfather had an affair with some woman and the woman had a baby girl, now six years old and named Rin. Daikichi’s family is neither welcoming nor understanding toward Rin, believing the illegitimate child to be a burden. Daikichi, in a spur of emotion, decides to take Rin in as her ward. From there, the story becomes one about the realization of the difficulties in raising a child, and the experience of parenthood and growing up.
It is very heartwarming at times, as the reader experiences the trials that Daikichi goes through raising Rin. From figuring out how to best get her to and from school, to taking care of her when she has a cold. Daikichi learns what it means to be a parent, and the sacrifices that come with the job. His life is forever changed with Rin’s appearance – for the better. Daikichi grows in a way, becoming an adult that Rin can look up to, that his family is proud of. All the while he is enjoying being a father to the now orphaned Rin.
Family is not what you are born into – it is what you make with the people close to you. This driving message is what Bunny Drop is about. Until we get to part two of the story. Part two is a completely radical shift. It is not a bad change – in a sense it is refreshing and provides new thematic developments and characters – however, it never lives up to the first half of the story. Lump the change of tone and pace in with the out-of-nowhere ending, and one can understand why many readers were upset. All in all, Bunny Drop is a great read that really warms the heart. For the first part at least.
Speaking to the technical side of the series, the art is good, nothing fantastic but pleasing to the eye and clean. The story is well-paced and gripping. Reading about the daily life of Daikichi and Rin is very pleasant. There are twists and turns in the story, times where one is worried for the characters and anxious that everything will turn out alright. That is how one can tell they are reading a good story. Definitely read Bunny Drop. Just skip the second half of the story if you don’t want the headache.