Anime Synopsi: Usagi Drop

Tuesday, 20 September 2011, 8:00 | Author : Ludovico
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When it comes to awkward family reunions, 30-year-old single Daikichi has everybody beat.  A memorial service for his deceased grandfather is complicated by the old man’s embarrassing surprise legacy – a six year old daughter nobody expected.  With a dead father, missing mother and hostile relatives, little Rin’s prospects are looking bad.  Disturbed by the condescending way that his family is treating the little girl, Daikichi takes the bold step everyone else refuses to take and offers a home to his stray young aunt.

‘Bachelor cares for abandoned girl’ is not a new concept, but it is one that works well for a more adult slice of life show.  The paternal role isn’t one that comes easily to a man used to living alone, and the series makes a good show of Daikichi attempting to remain aloof from the problem but finally rising to the occasion to be a better man than the others around him.   Rin, for her part, is an intelligent, quiet girl, who is very starkly contrasted against her noisy bratty niece of the same age.  She’s facing severe isolation with her father dead and her relatives’ resentment, but manages to maintain her own quiet dignity throughout it all.  The story could really go anywhere from here, but it’s a good start to a potentially charming tale.

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