Monday, October 25, 2010

This looks interesting: Bunny Drop

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Description from the publisher (Yen Press):
Going home for his grandfather’s funeral, thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover! The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin. In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to take her in himself! But will living with this overgrown teenager of a man help Rin come out of her shell? And hang on, won’t this turn of events spell doom for Daikichi’s love life?!

See what some reviewers have to say about this series:
Deb Aoki at About.com
Upon taking Rin in, Daikichi finds himself dealing with the kind of mundane but very real problems that single parents struggle with every day, [...] To Unita's credit, she illustrates these challenges with just the right mix of realism and slice-of-life comedy. The reader is never asked to pity Daikichi, and he never acts like a martyr either - he accepts Rin as she is, and accepts that her presence in his life is sometimes a burden, but is also often a blessing.

Lori Henderson at Manga Xanadu
The characters and story are rendered realistically, making the whole title believable. There’s nothing weird or disturbing about the way the situation is presented. The changes in the characters occur gradually, naturally. Watching Daikichi’s adjustments from bachelor to “Dad” are both amusing and touching. It’s hard to put into words, but the whole volume just felt good to read.

Julie at Manga Maniac Cafe
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.

Johanna Draper Carlson at Manga Worth Reading
Daikichi’s still a bit of a child himself, pointed out beautifully in the scene where Rin makes him hold her hand when walking down the street, instead of the other way around. I love all of his goofy faces as he copes with the many changes he’s going through. He’s growing up.

David Welsh at The Manga Curmudgeon
Unita’s art is unglamorous in just the right way. It fits the slice-of-life style of the story. Daikichi is supposed to be kind of ugly, and he is, in fact, kind of ugly. Rin’s body language is telling. When other characters discuss her mood, you can see it on the page in her facial expressions and posture. Settings are sufficiently detailed to create those familiar landscapes – home, work, school, the train. The pages don’t exactly dazzle, but they serve the story’s style very well.

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