Title: Bunny Drop Vol 1
Author: Yumi Unita
Publisher: Yen Press
May Contain Spoilers
Returning to his family’s estate for his grandfather’s funeral, thirty-something bachelor Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a much younger lover! Needless to say, the rest of the family is shocked and embarrassed by this turn of events, and not one of them wants anything to do with the little girl, who refuses to say a word. In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to adopt her! But is living with an overgrown teenager who can barely take care of himself the key to making Rin come out of her shell?
This was such a good book! I was surprised that I liked it as well as I did, because the first time I flipped through it, I wasn’t exactly overwhelmed by the artwork. Imagine my surprise when it slowly grew on me, much like the characters. The simple yet expressive illustrations give the protagonists so much personality and charm, and capture Daikichi’s frazzled state of being after taking in six year old Rin, his grandfather’s illegitimate child.
Daikichi is totally unprepared for the major upheaval that his life is about to undergo, but he gamely tries to tackle the challenges of raising a young child by himself. I give Daikichi, and author Yumi Unita, props for drawing the reader into the sudden chaos of his life. Each new obstacle is met with compassion, as the 30 year old bachelor tries to gamely be a caring and responsible caregiver to a venerable and emotionally confused child. After everyone else in his family turns their back on Rin, Daikichi is disgusted with their attitude and refuses to abandon her. Instead, he steps up and takes her in, over the objections of his relatives. They all think he’s nuts and is setting himself up for failure, and because of their reactions, he is even more determined to make things work out.
Daikichi isn’t exactly a go-getter when it comes to relationships, so Rin’s presence in his life takes some getting used to. He tries to avoid women and kids, and Rin is both! Daikichi’s clumsy attempts to give the girl a stable and emotionally secure home are endearing, and as he overcomes each challenge thrown before him, like juggling Rin’s day care with his hectic work schedule, he learns more about himself, too.
Bunny Drop is a feel-good book about two emotionally starved individuals who need each other. I am looking forward to the next volume!
Review copy provided by Yen Press