August 09, 2011

Usagi Drop

   Pulpjunkie provided me with the first episode of this show, which I had high hopes for. It met and rather exceeded those expectations.

Daikichi Kawachi, a thirtysomething Japanese bachelor attends his grandfather funeral. To his astonishment he learns that his grandfather had, 4 years prior, sired Rin, an illegitimate child...a blonde illegitimate child...who he had been raising after the mother abandoned her.

The extended family is utterly appalled by the little girls existence and want nothing to do with her. Despite there being families with kids present, everyone refuses to take the girl and the family meeting quickly becomes an excersize to determine who will get rid of the little girl as quickly as possible. 

Daikichi is sickened by the rough treatment the girl is getting and cannot abide the child being disowned and sent to an orphanage. So he adopts his aunt...thus begins the series.

This is a beautifully done show that highlights the best and worst of humanity.

Particularly jarring in the first episode is the disdain shown towards Rin, a child trying to comprehend the death of her father who she obviously loved very much. Despite this rather dark subject matter, the show manages to be both upbeat and quirky. The balance is pitch perfect. Daikichi is a bit out of his depth and hasn't quite thought this all the way through, (thus comedy) but he is a decent guy and this looks to be a really, really good show.

I highly recommend it.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 01:33 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Rumors are manga has a timeskip and an special ending that is not quite a nice boat, but a few people found it not to their liking, enough to quit watching.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tue Aug 9 16:07:06 2011 (9KseV)

2 I am judiciously avoiding spoilers on this so my only response to these rumors is going to be sticking my fingers in my ears and humming loudly.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Aug 9 17:07:48 2011 (EJaOX)

3 The Wikipedia article for the series reveals the ending twist, so don't go read it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tue Aug 9 22:19:44 2011 (+rSRq)

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