January 20, 2013
I'd done a review of episode 1 of Usagi Drop some years ago and liked what little I'd seen at the time, so I was quite pleasantly surprised to learn recently that all 11 episodes are currently streaming on Cruchyroll.
Despite being one of the most low key shows in recent memory, this very short series ranks among the most compelling bits of television I've ever seen.
The art direction and animation are interesting. This looks VASTLY different from most Studio IG shows. Bunny Drop has very minimalist animation and often gives the impression of an animated watercolor. The detail varies with what needs to be expressed ranging from near portraits to caricatures and yet somehow the show manages to not feel at all "artsy". This is a major achievement and really conveys the moods of the story quite well.
A 30 something bachelor rescuing his 6 year old aunt and raising her could be the set-up for a wacky screwball comedy. Thankfully, it is not.
In fact, I don't think I've ever seen anything passing itself as entertainment that talked so candidly about the sacrifices required to raise a child and the social stigmas against those who make those choices.
In spite of the dark places this show ventures into, it never actually gets grim. In fact it manages to be an exceedingly upbeat show. It's not exactly funny as such, but it's cute and uplifting like few shows I've seen. It highlights some of the worst as well as the very best humanity has to offer and it does so very well.
It was all that and a bowl of grits.
I haven't watched it, so I don't have any first-person opinion. But as to the manga on which it is based, it goes full-scale squick eventually.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Jan 20 20:23:48 2013 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Jan 20 23:29:33 2013 (PiXy!)
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