Bunny Drop Volume One is a manga by Yumi Unita, and it was published in North America by Yen Press in 2010. I don’t see a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Bunny Drop to manga readers who are 13 or 14 years of age and older.
Daikichi is a single 30-year-old man who has never been terribly fond of kids. At the beginning of the volume, Daikichi’s grandfather has passed away; when he arrives at his grandfather’s house, there’s a little girl he’s never seen before. Daikichi’s mother informs him that the little girl appears to be his grandfather’s love child with a younger woman, and that her mother doesn’t seem to be in the picture.
None of Daikichi’s relatives really want anything to do with Rin. In an angry outburst, Daikichi proclaims that he will take Rin in and raise her. Suddenly, this single man who’s never been fond of children is raising a little girl and discovering how much work it really is to be a single parent. He suddenly finds himself having to feed and clothe Rin, making daycare arrangements for her while he’s at work, and dealing with a bedwetting issue. As the volume goes on, Daikichi begins finding help and advice in places that he never would have thought of looking. And in the midst of all this, Daikichi also decides that he’s going to try to find out where Rin’s mother is.
The first volume of Bunny Drop tells a very touching story. As a parent, I can relate a lot to what Daikichi finds himself going through after taking in Rin. As a character, his heart does seem to be in the right place, and I found myself rooting for Daikichi and Rin. Unita’s depiction of Daikichi and Rin make them likable characters for the reader. I was so interested in what I was reading, I really had a hard time putting down this volume of Bunny Drop.
My 15-year-old daughter also read this manga volume, and she commented to me that it touched on some deep issues. I have to say that I agree with her assessment. While manga and anime stories about single fathers raising kids alone tend to be more in a comedic vein, such as Yotsuba&!, Bunny Drop takes this subject matter in a more serious direction. That’s not to say that there isn’t any humor in Bunny Drop, but this manga series doesn’t rely on the humor to drive the story.
The art in Bunny Drop is a little on the simple side, but I think it works for the story that Unita is trying to tell. The simple style also seems to work well for Rin’s character design; part of her cuteness comes from the simplicity of her design.
Unita has created a very touching, yet compelling, story about trying to be a single parent. By the time I finished Volume One, I really wanted to read Volume Two to find out what happens next. I would definitely recommend Bunny Drop to manga readers who enjoy slice-of-life stories.