I can’t believe I made it to 100 anime reviews! If you would have told me when I started this whole thing that I’d still be doing it almost two years later, I would have called you crazy! I know I wouldn’t still be writing these anime reviews without help from others, so I want to throw out a few thanks. Thanks to my geeky sisters, Brittany and Lindsay, for making anime something that runs in the family. They have provided many helpful suggestions for anime to review and I can’t imagine presenting all the panels without them. Thanks to all the family members and friends that have been so helpful with all the panel stuff as well. Thanks to my fellow members of SLC Anime, our local anime meetup group, for helping create a group that I look forward to meeting with every month. Thanks to everybody that has come out to our anime panels at the various conventions. Thanks to everyone that has checked out the Fragglepuss website, hopefully it’s provided some useful and entertaining info for you. Last but not least, special thanks to my wonderful wife, Breanne Evans, for her constant support. Since the beginning Breanne has been the best geeky support a guy could ask for. She shares a love for anime, she helps present panels, and she has helped write several anime reviews. She’s a big part of why I’m still writing anime reviews. I’m so glad I’ve reached 100 reviews, here’s to 100 more!
Bunny Drop / Usagi Drop
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, Comedy, Unusual Family Situation
First Aired: Summer 2011, 11 episodes
Summary: Daikichi is a thirty year old that has a good life. He’s a bachelor working for a good company where he is quickly moving up. While attending his estranged grandfather’s funeral, Daikichi and his family are surprised to discover that his grandfather left behind a six year old child with a mother that is nowhere to be found. Nobody in the family wants to take on the responsibility of the silent little girl, Rin. Upon learning that Rin will be sent to an orphanage, Daikichi decides to adopt her himself. His world is turned upside down as Daikichi is suddenly a single father with a completely different set of responsibilities in his life.
Usagi Drop is a quick watch with only 11 episodes. The characters are enjoyable, despite there only being two major characters in the series. The rest of Daikichi’s family and some neighbors play small parts in various episodes, but for the most part it is just the Daikichi and Rin show. It makes it more believable and true to the slice of life aspect of the anime, showing that the lives of these two people revolve completely around one another.
The animation is decent for the series, but is nothing extraordinary. There was one noticeable aspect of the animation, which was at the beginning of each episode, before the opening intro. The animation in each opening scene was colored in what appeared to be some sort of watercolor. I enjoyed it, as it provided some variance and uniqueness to parts of the anime.
The story was wonderful, showcasing an unusual family situation and showing a believable slice of life version of what could happen. Some of the episodes felt episodic while others progressed the story, but every episode provided a mix of tender and sad moments. The drama and comedy is also delivered in a healthy mixture, which adds to the truthfulness of the series.
You might enjoy this if: You are a Slice of Life fan, through and through. Usagi Drop contains no fantasy or supernatural elements, it’s all down to earth in this series.
You might not like it if: You demand action and transformation sequences. There is a lot of running in Usagi Drop, but that’s about as much action as it gets.
Note to the Viewer: If you want more Usagi Drop, there are four bonus episodes: 2.5, 3.5, 6.5, and 8.5. One of the episodes even has Daikichi and Rin preparing for Christmas!
AMV – Ivy Bridge by Shin – Pixel Blended Studios
(This AMV is what made me want to watch the series, so I think it’s pretty good)