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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Usagi Drop

Looks like grandpa has got it going on, but not for long...

Rin and Daikichi
And not for long because he's dead. Usagi Drop is an 11-episode, slice of life series done by the studio, Production I.G., which is known for high-quality animation, and has produced work such as GIST (Ghost in the Shell). It starts off with the funeral of Daikichi's grandpa, where we find out that his grandpa had an illegitimate love child (who is 6 at the time of his death). The child, who's name is Rin, was kept a secret to everyone up until now. Daikichi's family and relatives try to figure out what to do with her when someone suggests to send her to an orphanage. This is when Daikichi steps up, and chooses to raise Rin himself.

Daikichi is just a plain 30 years old bachelor, who works as a typical Japanese salaryman. When he actualy experiences what it takes to raise a child, he quickly understands the sacrifices and efforts needed. The series pretty much follows Daikichi and the development of Rin while Daikichi finds out more about parenting, especially from others, such as single moms.

I actually first started watching this series after hearing a podcast review of this. The reviewer is an American, who currently lives in Japan with his wife and they both admire this series for accurately portraying how life is for salarymen and housewives when they have children (as Japan has more defined gender roles).

The series thus far (I'm on episode 8) is very lighthearted and heartwarming. All the animation and choice of colour gives off a "warm" feeling. Production I.G also includes about a 1 minute intro at the beginning of each episode where the animation is in a totally different style, almost like a "roughly coloured-manga" feel (Yes, I just made that up). Bleh, I can't describe it, so just see the image below.


I've heard from others that the series will leap to Rin when she is older, so I'm pretty exicited to see how it goes as there are only a few episodes remaining.

I do not own or take credit for all of the above images, if you would like them to be taken down, please message me.
  What are your favourite slice of life shows? For those that have seen this, how do you think this portrays life with children?

13 comments:

My 2 Pesos said...

I don't have favorites, but I have to watch this! Look interesting. :D

Timothy Bowen said...

Looks like another cool show, that I have not seen. I really like slice of life shows though.
Will check it out

Shockgrubz said...

If they did GIST, I'm down for a view or three. I really like your disclaimer as well. Gotta cover the bum.

Ting Kubby said...

I loved their work on Stand alone complex, will definitely check this out.

Damon said...

looks interesting :P
nice post

Shaw said...

This plot is so incredibly japanese

mjunta said...

good post

Gizmo said...

Plot sounds good, I might check it out!

Electric Addict said...

the artwork style is a lot different

A said...

Looks fun, I might check it out.

DWei said...

Zetsubou Sensei apparently is labeled as slice of life so it would be my favorite.

Adam said...

Never heard of this show, I'll keep it in mind.

Ferdinand said...

Haven't actually been watching anime much recently. To me, Slice of life anime are usually great, but I absolutely hated Azumanga Daioh.

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