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Usagi Drop  
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Description
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?!

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
うさぎドロップ
うさぎドロップ 番外編
Bunny Drop
Rabbit Drop
Usagi Drop: Bangai-hen
Usagi Drop: Bangaihen

Groups Scanlating
/a/ Collective Scanlation
14BiQ-Scans
Dredshi
J-SiS
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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.5-6 (end) by Random Fan & Marshmallow Scans (1697d ago)
v.10 c.5 by Little Black Butterflies (1701d ago)
v.10 c.4 by Random Fan & Marshmallow Scans (1707d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 24

User Reviews
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Forum
5 topics, 83 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (1348 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.06 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 31st 2017, 6:09am PST


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Year
2005

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Feel Young (Shodensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (10 Volumes - Completed)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #446 increased(+144)
Monthly Pos #780 increased(+93)
3 Month Pos #960 increased(+95)
6 Month Pos #1068 increased(+16)

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On 2250 reading lists
On 1251 wish lists
On 2763 completed lists
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Forum Posts
Ending discussion 869 days, 23 hours, 7 minutes ago
Extra chapter? 1962 days, 9 hours, 26 minutes ago
Bunny Drop/Usagi Drop Manga to End in Japan in April 2386 days, 5 hours, 12 minutes ago
Anime Adaption to Come July 2011!!?! 2437 days, 13 hours, 18 minutes ago
Bunny Drop Manga Gets Live-Action Film Green-Lit 2632 days, 16 hours, 51 minutes ago

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Two Halves, Two Faces   
Rating: N/A
by darkanimelight
March 29th, 2017, 11:33pm
I'm sure I'll simply be restating what many others have said, but I still want to share my piece. I really liked Usagi Drop, from start to finish - that is, I like it when I put on my splitting goggles and tell myself that it was two totally separate stories/series.

The topic, character development, story line, dang - even the writing style - was completely different between the first half and the second half. I love both stories, they each have their charm. But they should not have been in the same series. They were just two different - the shift in story type from the first half to the second was just too jarring, leaving the reader feeling disjointed and uncomfortable. I absolutely ADORED the first half - I felt it was very unique, enchanting and heart warming, and I feel I would have loved it even more if it had ended in the first half where it was - it would have made it more captivating, allowing the reader to fill in the future however they liked. The second half, well... I agree with the others; it was inferior quality and at the end of the day, not a memorable piece. But, nonetheless I enjoyed it as a time-passer.

*Sigh* I will definitely suggest this manga to others in the future, but I will urge them to read each half at least a few months apart, so that they are their own separate (and beautiful) soloists rather than attempting to dance together with two left feet each and no rhythm.

I give the first half a 9/10 and the second half a 5/10
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Is it even posible to review this series without all the silly psych evaluations in the mix? Holy sh*t, people -__-'...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by nonightshades
December 21st, 2016, 12:44pm
I don't know what I can say about this series that hasn't already been said. The first half of the series was marvelously done, the second half was a dramatic, shoujo manga mess. This would have been fine had the manga artist not teased the readers with such great pacing and development in the first half. This only lead to my disappointment at what "could have been" had the artist not jumped on the romantic love boat so desperately. It wasn't misplaced, it just suffered from a rushed and awkward transition. And it's disappointing because this thing started out as such a gem. Also, I don't care what the manga artist said she intended from the beginning, the signs were not there in the first half. Usagi drop shares some of the same day-to-day developments as Azumanga Daioh, Aishiteruze Baby, Flat (AOGIRI Natsu), Yotsubato!, My Girl (SAHARA Mizu) and so on... So either the manga artist was not being truthful or she just sucks that badly at "transition via build up," because she didn't even come close to successfully portraying or adequately building up to the ending that she'd supposedly always intended--just not at all. The only subtle hint towards anything was Rin's mother's back story, and that was also mentioned as a afterthought, so nice try Ms. Unita, but no. The only thing that made it obvious was how the main POV shifted from Daikichi in the first half to (unfortunately) Rin in the second; only then was it obvious--right when it was in the process of happening. -__- So the problem lies in the manga artist's presentation. Read Hana to Akuma; the signs were THERE, not here. The signs don't have to be obvious, they just have to exist in some form the first place.

My dislike for the second half has nothing to do with my moral values--a general accusation that is quickly becoming annoying and cliched at this point. I just recognize the second half's inferior presentation for what it is. The pacing was BAD, the time skip was implemented VERY POORLY, the teenage drama added NOTHING to the story, and the way Daikichi and Kouki's mom's situation was just GLOSSED OVER (i.e. briefly mentioned) once in a passing conversation after all that build up in the first half felt like a RIP OFF. I know that things don't always work out, but f*ck. The manga artist was the one who made a big deal out of it, so the readers are justified in their feelings of restlessness and "wtf" as a result. And, after all that "alluding to", a brief few words about it in the second half was all we got in the end? Really? *sigh* Look, I can over look lots of things when it comes to a series that I love (One Piece, I'm looking at you), but lack of quality in presentation is where I draw the line. Also (warning: small, personal rant ahead):

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If the thought of a guy ending up in a romantic relationship with a young lady that he has been raising for the last 10+ years, as his own daughter, makes you uncomfortable...then it just does. It's a pretty disorienting development, so it's a normal reaction, for crying out loud. As a matter of fact, it's as normal a reaction as liking it. It would be great if readers would actually review the friggin' manga and leave all of the psych evaluations out of the process. Good grief. What is it with people criticizing other people's opinions on this series? o__O??


Not liking this manga does not make you narrow minded; you can be open-minded and still think that the last 5 volumes suck--like I think they suck. However, accusing people of being narrow minded just because this makes them uncomfortable is (ironically) actually quite the testament to narrow mindedness. It's also quite hypocritical, so... :/

Rating for vols. 1-5: 9
Rating for volume 6-10 + doujinshi: 4

Over all score: 6.5

I finished it, but I'd only read volumes 1-5 if I ever decided to read this series again.

... Last updated on January 12th, 2017, 11:17am
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SIGH   
Rating: N/A
by xairs
October 6th, 2016, 10:59pm
I agree with most of the reviews here. The first half was great. It was entertaining, enlightening and very warm. I don't even mind all that happened after the time skip but when it got to around c45-c47. I just had to stop. I didn't want to go further and find out. Even with the subtle hints of them being not blood-related it would/should be just all kinds of awkward. I wish we had more of Daikichi's journey as a struggling father along with Nitani-san and the other parents. It was much more enjoyable, too. I wouldn't have minded if we had an ending at the parents experiencing a harrowing puberty stage then fading out into daily parental troubles. I don't even mind if all the potential ships NitanixDaikichi, KoukixRin, etc didn't work out. That's life!

But the way this one was going...that's not life >.< (I don't think...)
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Great Read.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by redeldur
September 9th, 2016, 2:51pm
I guess many of you reviewers have somehow been mislead or had delusions going into this manga. Personally, I think
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Rin's electra complex was realized fairly on and it made a lot of sense for her to develop one. I'd say the onus falls onto Daikichi to reject it as a phase, but, him being Daikichi and wanting to please Rin, gave in. I prefer it this way over Kouki though. That guy was annoying as hell.

Anyways, my biggest issue is with people saying that it's "wrong" or "immoral" and scoring it low just because of that. Yeah, you know what? It's supposed to be. I feel like they glossed over that for sure but Daikichi definitely is still having some internal conflict about the whole thing. Really, there is nothing wrong with writing a story like this, just as there is nothing wrong with writing stories like Lolita and Oedipus Rex. They are stories about humans- that's all there is to it. These were never perfect beings, and they were never meant to be.


This manga deals with family. You may be thinking of just daughter and father, but it's actually raising more questions about what family is than just that. A sweet story with wavering execution at times.

Oh, and by the way, Yumi Anita has said before that she intended it to be like this(the ending) from the beginning. If you are angry and feel that you have been blindsided by the ending, I am sorry, but, you should have realized and bowed out while you could.
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Very good read.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HaCkY
August 30th, 2016, 8:18am
This manga raised many good questions such as: What is a family, what is love, what is bond, what is role, what is life. And the mangaka deliver it pretty well but the 2nd half is a little bit rush. I think it could be better if its longer but overall I like this manga a lot. But it seems like everyone have a problem with the 2nd half and the ending of the series. When I first read this manga I already know that the ending is possible. As the story goes there're many hints that show up until to the ending. If you taking into account of the characters feelings, how they act, how they think, what is their habit, what is their reaction to the question, why they refuse/accept their own feelings, why they make that decision, etc. The ending, the conclusion is, it's make sense, very logical and clear as how and why it happened. It's a very good ending.

If you like a manga that go in depth about relationship/connection/bond/interaction between people, how people think and the like, you probably like this manga and I definitely recommend this manga. But if you are the kind of people that can't deal when people with different/same gender, age, role, that kind of things getting into relationship, always expect something to go your way, mentally weak, or/and narrow-minded, then don't read this manga it's not suit you at all but if you're open-minded person then go for it.

Don't be stupid. "I'm not into guys" is a common line in BL, isn't it? "I'm not into guys. I'm in to you!" (Who happen to be a guy) - Genshiken Nidaime
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A beautiful beginning to end horribly.   
Rating: N/A
by oathrestored
June 28th, 2016, 3:13pm
I was in child development class in college when I started reading this manga. The milestones Rin as a child was just something I can relate through my books in class about children and their developmental minds. If it was solemly about Rin and Daikichi growing up together, I can say to strongly recommend this manga after many years.
If the middle of the manga series did not went to that route of having Rin's growing adulthood, I would have said this manga was very fresh. I sincerely regret recommending this manga to my peers in college, after what happened in the ending and reminder of the horrible trend of training brides!
Look up Woody Allen, this is all I thought after reading close to the ending of the manga.

The beginning half I give it a 10/10, the middle to ending a 0/10, so a 5 is fair to place.
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Good manga, first half was better   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by plotrobert
April 24th, 2016, 7:59pm
So cards on the table, I don't think the ending is that bad. It's not the greatest sure but I have to say that it's one of the more memorable endings I've head at least. Like many say here in the reviews, the first half on the manga is the best and most well-focused part. Things get kinda choppy in the second half, mostly because that's when the romance really starts to kick in as well. Then there's the fact that some plotlines are dropped rather suddenly. The relationship between Daikichi and Kouki's mother is a great example of that, where it's built up rather well through the first half of the series and then is just swept under the rug with one quick scene.
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The worst and stupidest part about this relationship being dropped is that Kouki's mom rejects Daikichi but then pretty much admits to herself that she's probably in love with him. Wow thanks. I mean I kind of understand where she's coming from but it kind of felt like the author just wanted to make way for the Daikichi/Rin relationship


I still like this series, warts and all. But I can completely understand how the final few chapters could ruin it for others.

... Last updated on January 6th, 2017, 1:32am
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Doesn't deseve harsh critism   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kiriee
April 16th, 2016, 10:48pm
It start great but after time skip it kinda fall through it is not as bad as other said though, the author do tried their best to fix it but the stupid time skip make it hard to fix.

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Also there's a problem with Kouki mon rejecting Daikichi because she think she is old women which is weird since both of them are at same age, and then later throw many other strange reason just so Kouki Mom and Daikichi wont get together this make thing even worse the natural manga feel not so natural anymore


The ending is mixed feeling it is not as bad as other said, I still think that this manga have the feeling of the innocence and laid back. It may different from some other people, well mostly to people who can get offended to fantasy story, makes me wonder why they read in the 1st place anyway.

Usagi Drop is great manga, if you began to dislike it you can't always just Drop it smile , but for me I like it from the beginning till the end, despite the bad transition between child to teen, and the unconventional ending.

... Last updated on April 16th, 2016, 10:50pm
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Just an honest opinion   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by greenblossoms82
March 22nd, 2016, 10:12am
This is my honest opinion: Usagi Drop started off marvelously but then lost its luster in the second half and never managed to get it back.

I won't get into the big reveal because that was the least of my complaints about this series. It wasn't really even one of my complaints to begin with (considering how much I liked Hana to Akuma when I was a kid). Also, it's pointless to comment on other people's level of comfort with the way this series ended. Disliking it for whatever your reasons are does not necessarily make you narrow-minded nor do your reasons for liking it make you strange or crazy. Big reveal: opinions vary.

Anyway, my main gripe is as a someone commented earlier: the decline of the overall presentation. While I agree with cecropiamoth that the author did implement transgressive into this work, I also feel that using it as a plot device greatly contributed to the series' decrease in quality. The things that made the story what it was and made it so presentable suffered greatly for it in the second half. What do I mean by this? The series' steep decline from josei to shoujo and all that it encompasses for one thing (not a shoujo fan at all anymore); all the Kouki/Rin angst in the second half was annoying and gave off this sense of generic shallowness that I was SO not used getting from Usagi Drop. As another reviewer said, it unfortunately kind of went the soap opera route and made it almost painful to finish. The second blunder was the story's change in focus. Everything about the second half is used as a launching pad for Rin's "situation." Whereas the first half of the series builds upon character development, interactions and dynamics, the second half just throws all of that build up out of the dang window in order to make way for a cop-out time skip, some silly teenage angst and a poorly packaged epiphany. Things went from Daichi and Rin + their supporting cast to Rin, Rin, Rin, Rin and more Rin--that's it. The shift in story telling perspective was so major that it was literally like reading another series, or maybe like reading the same series in some sort of altaverse. My third gripe is that the time skip just left things all disjointed and lead to quite a few lazy explanations and gloss-overs. I have many other gripes, but those three are the most volatile, so...

The second half is very disappointing and just comes off as the mangaka having tried too hard to justify the Rin's resolve--which really didn't even need justification in the first place, so wtf?--and, in my OPINION, ended up falling flat when it was all said and done. It was like the artist just didn't even give a hoot about quality any more. If the transition from the first half to the second half didn't seem so much to me like some other artist came up with the storyboards then Usagi Drop would have been an absolute 10 for me.

In the end, Usagi Drop's second half serves as nothing more to me than a poignant reminder of loss of the earnestness and solidarity of the preceding half of this series that made it effing stellar. It has nothing to do with narrow-mindedness or Puritan feelings, I can guarantee it. The second half of this series was just not very well-executed. At all.

I read all 10 volumes and the doujin solely for the sake of completing the series, but I won't be reading it again, and I won't be purchasing the U.S. release--ever.

... Last updated on March 22nd, 2016, 12:49pm
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I loved it   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
February 27th, 2016, 7:06pm
It's a touching story of a rather introverted single man who takes on the task of being the guardian of an orphan child. There is much that is touching in this manga. The man makes very substantial sacrifices for the benefit of the little girl, and theirs becomes a very moving fill-in-father / daughter relationship.

There is a story shift at the end that I love as well. It is of a kind common in Japanese manga, where they commonly insert something a bit transgressive in the story to add interest. I have heard it said that they feel free to do this because in real life the Japanese are kept on a pretty short leash by social pressure to conform to standards of moral behavior that are all but universal in their cohesive society, and almost everyone conforms.

When manga like this comes over to the USA, however, it lands in a very different kind of society, where there are multiple and very different standards of morality in practice, but looming over them all is the ineradicable strain of Puritanism. Watch reviewers on here go into Puritan tizzies over the ending of this manga. then read it anyway. You'll be surprised at how good it is, and how much sense the ending makes, to the non-Puritan heart.

... Last updated on February 27th, 2016, 7:09pm
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