Yen Bunny Drop Vol 7-9 – Review

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by Whitney Grace

Contributing Writer

Bunny Drop 9Bunny Drop is a manga that could easily be converted into an American dramaedy.  The mixed family dynamics are more bizarre and creative than the average show on television as well as josei manga.  Besides the atypical plot Bunny Drop amazes with a different art style that is easy on the eyes and enhances the story’s quality.  It is a simple sophisticated style that perfectly compliments the slice-of-life situations.  Unlike other josei manga or the “younger” shojo counterparts it does not try to copy or pay homage to anyone.  The characters have “real life” quality to them from Rin’s turned up lip to Daikichi’s bad posture. 

The manga tells the story of Daikichi Kawachi and his aunt Rin Kaga, is several decades his junior.  Daikichi’s grandfather fathered an illegimitate daughter late in life and when he died, his entire family shunned the child, Rin. Daikichi was the only one who emphasized with Rin’s plight and he decided to raise her as his own, despite being single, thirty, and never having a child before.  The trials of single parenthood are not easy. When she was a little girl it was a tad easier for Daikichi to solve all her problems, but as Rin has gotten older her problems have gotten more complicated from romance to her complex family issues, not to mention high school. In these novels, Rin finally meets her birth mother and forms an awkward relationship with her, goes on her first date, settles her feelings for childhood friend Kouki, and realizes that she has fallen in love with Daikichi. Daikichi, though, has his own problems: a long time potential romance goes nowhere and Rin might not want to live with him anymore.  He is thrown for a loop when Rin admits she wants a serious relationship with Daikichi.  How can a father figure love a daughter like a wife?

I have been enjoying the manga for years, mostly for the character interactions.  I never researched Bunny Drop on Wikipedia for fear of spoilers, so I never knew how many novels were in the complete series and predicted it would see a run of at least twenty books.   When I realized that number nine was the last volume, I was shocked because the story ha potential for so many more chapters without falling into the long-drawn out josei pitfalls.   Each book has a fresh new plotline that enhances the story and made me eager to read the next installment. Things were really starting to get interesting as Rin was developing new relationships and feeling comfortable in her high school sophmore year–even the addition of falling in love with Daikichi, as weird as it was, added a new interesting layer.  All of sudden at the end of volume nine, I see a box that says “two years later” and Rin has graduated high school and on her way to being Daikichi’s wife.  Sorry about the spoilers, but it was an abrupt end to well-written manga. 

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