Daikichi learns that his recently deceased grandfather has an illegitimate daughter with an unknown mother. The girl's name is Rin and she is just 6 years old. Everybody in Daikichi's family looks at the girl as an embarrassment and wants no part of her. Daikichi, annoyed by his family's attitude, decides to raise Rin by himself. Even though Daikichi himself has no experience raising a child and is still single. The movie is based on Yumi Unita's popular manga series "Usagi Drop".
Sounds like the setup to a real corn-ball story, the sort of crappy sit-com premise you'd give to a washed-up actor whose only a couple speedballs from a psychotic break with reality. But in Yumi Unita's hands, the story doesn't become pap. Instead of going for the cheap laughs about how men have no idea how to raise kids, she instead treats the situation seriously. A good portion of this first volume revolves around Daikichi searching for a daycare center that (A) has an immediate opening, (B) is located close to his home or office, and (C) can accommodate his hours. When he can't find anything that meets all these criteria, he's faced with the prospect of getting a new job.
|BUNNY DROP Volume 1
by Yumi Unita
March 2010 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-3122-2 | $14.00 ($16.00) | 208 pages | 5.75″x 8.25″ | Teen
Going home for his grandfather’s funeral, thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover! The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin. In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to take her in himself! But will living with this overgrown teenager of man help Rin come out of her shell? And hang on, won’t this turn of events spell doom for Daikichi’s love life?!
Yumi Unita (Bunny Drop) Manga Sukimasuki has just released it’s first poster and trailer for the live action adaptation staring Keita Machida, Kokone Sasaki, Eriko Nakamura, Masayasu Yagi, and Mizuki Kusumi. Due to hit Japanese theaters 2-7-2015, Sukimasuki is directed by Kota Yoshida (The Torture Club, Onna no Ana, Usotsuki Paradox, Come As You Are)
Launched in 2005 with an adaptation of josei/young women's manga series Honey and Clover, Fuji TV's late night Noitamina (as in "animation" spelled backwards) programming block has sought to offer works that appealed to audiences beyond typical anime watchers. While it's true that manga has traditionally appealed to a spectrum of demographics and interests, anime is, not exclusively, but more often more narrow cast to young, male audiences. The anime set to continue this mission in Summer 2011 are Production I.G's adaptation of Yumi Unita's josei manga Bunny Drop and Bones' adaptation of Telepathy Girl Ran creator Atsuko Asano's light novel series No. 6.