Title: Bunny Drop Vol 2
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?
What a fun series! I love Daikichi and his determination to raise Rin by himself. He has matured so much in just two volumes! He is also getting valuable on-the-job training, learning how to take care of a little girl. There are no instruction manuals, he’s discovered, and everything is new for him. Even enrolling Rin in elementary school is wading into uncharted waters; for a guy with no clue about what he’s doing, Daikichi is doing a wonderful job providing a stable and emotionally supportive home to his small charge. Tackling these unexpected tasks, which Daikichi would certainly never dreamed of having to do himself, is daunting for him, but so far he is ignoring the nay-sayers in his life and staying on course.
The more I get to know Daikichi, the more I like him. He doesn’t understand how anyone could reject such a wonderful little girl, so he searches relentlessly for clues about Rin’s mother. Who is she? Why isn’t she a part of her daughter’s life? When he finally tracks her down, he is certain that he made the right decision by becoming Rin’s guardian. Her mother is barely capable of caring for herself! She has done everything in her power to distance herself from her daughter, despite Daikichi’s grandfather’s attempt to cox her into bonding with Rin. I don’t think too highly of Grandpa for getting Masako pregnant in the first place, but at least he didn’t reject Rin the way Masako seems to be.
I loved the shopping sequence, when Daikichi takes Rin to buy a desk. Her delight at getting to pick out a “big girl’s” desk is obvious, and so cute, too! Daikichi’s only had to use a little bit of psychology to convince her to buy a work area he thought would be more suitable than the desk she decided she liked. As Rin is growing more confident in her new surroundings, she is becoming more expressive, and so much more fun for Yumi Unita to draw. Like with Daikichi, there has been a big change in Rin, too. She’s starting to discover who she is, and she is starting to exert some independence. The character growth makes Bunny Drop a touching read, and I’m looking forward to reading more about Daikichi and Rin.
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