Bunny Drop

Bunny Drop

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Graphic Novel - 2012 | 1st Yen Press ed.
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Ten years have flown by since that fateful day when Daikichi first met Rin at his grandfather's funeral. While Daikichi may be still much the same-though perhaps a bit balder and a few pounds heavier-the wise-beyond-her-years Rin has blossomed into a smart, capable, and well-adjusted teenager. But as the trials and tribulations of high school and adolescence descend in full force upon the pair's cozy household, confusion plagues Rin as her relationship with her childhood friend Kouki begins to change into something different. Will Daikichi, who put his own love life on hold to take care of Rin, actually be able to provide her with the guidance she needs?!
Publisher: New York : Yen Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st Yen Press ed.
ISBN: 9780316210331
0316210331
Branch Call Number: FIC UNITA
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Inoue, Kaori

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Redheaded_Reader
Dec 28, 2017

I've already posted my thoughts on the first four issues of this manga on the catalog entry for Bunny Drop 1. You can check it out there, if you want.

Book 5 starts 10 years after the previous volume. While the first four volumes focus on the character development of Daikichi and how he matures while caring for Rin, the focus switches to Rin in book 5. From there, it becomes kind of soap-opera/teenage-angst-y, which isn't quite as fun as the original four. However, the characters are well-developed by this stage, so it's still a good read, if only to see what happens to them.

Where it may get a bit strange for western audiences, however, is book 8. <WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD> At that point, 16-year-old Rin starts falling in love with 40-year-old Daikichi. This has the potential to get really weird, but the author handles it well. First, in a surprise reveal (that's not too surprising for savvy manga fans), it turns out that Rin is NOT blood-related to Daikichi at all, so their relationship is okay on that front. Secondly, not once does Daikichi pursue Rin in that way (which would just have been creepy). Even when she confesses her feelings, he does not immediately accept it: he says if she'd come home with a 40-year-old boyfriend, he would have opposed it, and in his mind, this is the same thing. He also insists she wait until she has graduated before they even think about talking seriously about marriage. Naturally, it all works out in the end.

Believable? Not really. Enjoyable? Yes. I suppose it's not nearly so weird for me, because I am married to a significantly older man myself (not QUITE as big an age difference as Daikichi and Rin, but he is closer in age to my parents than to me). Relationships like that CAN work, and work well. What's more, kudos to Rin for being more interested in a dependable, kind man than she is in the hot-but-troubled guy who sleeps around! That, more than anything, demonstrates her beyond-her-years maturity.

So, yeah, the storyline is a bit... unconventional, but it's a good read, and I liked it a lot.

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