30-year-old Daikichi has no experience parenting that is until he finds a girl named Rin in his garden who claims to be his grandfather’s illegitimate daughter. Unsure of who the mother is and unable to find a suitable family to take care of her, Daikichi takes it upon himself to adopt her.
Two Volumes in and Daikichi feels as though he is finally getting the hang of parenting, having somewhat mastered the art of cooking and nursery, he now finds himself tasked with finding a good school for Rin. His continued efforts to be a dependable dad, though usually outshown by his bumbling, do payoff for him as he begins to get a hang of the learning curve.
The volume also sees Rin settling in nicely after the tragic circumstances of the previous volume. While Daikichi works out the complexities of adulthood, Rin undergoes her own trials, having to deal with peer pressure, cliques, and everything else associated with being a kid.
The volume picks up when the pair find Rin’s mom, whose less than desirable attitude makes her candidate for worst mother of the year. To suggest that she and Daikichi have contrasting views is an understatement given the extreme differences of opinion they share. She doesn’t stick around for all that long but given the series is ongoing, chances she’ll show up again sooner rather than later. In the brief moments that we do get a glimpse of her, one can get the feeling that if nothing else, she will probably wind up as the primary antagonist later on down the road.
Being that this was first published in a monthly magazine, the plot can feel a bit on the slow side. Yen Press’ release schedule also isn’t doing the pacing any favors though that probably figures into sales numbers. Those who prefer their series to move at a breakneck pace should probably steer clear. Readers looking for a more down to earth manga with more touching sensibilities and real world issues will find Bunny Drop offers plenty of tender moments to warm the heart.