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From 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?!

Note: Was adapted into a live-action movie in 2011.

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Associated Names
うさぎドロップ
うさぎドロップ 番外編
白兔玩偶
白兔糖
토끼 드롭스
A Funny Father
Bunny Drop
Rabbit Drop
Un drôle de père (French)
Usagi Drop: Bangai-hen
Usagi Drop: Bangaihen

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14BiQ-Scans
Dredshi
J-SiS
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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.5-6 (end) by Random Fan & Marshmallow Scans (814d ago)
v.10 c.5 by Little Black Butterflies (817d ago)
v.10 c.4 by Random Fan & Marshmallow Scans (824d 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

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5 topics, 82 posts
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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (1223 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.16 / 10.0
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April 3rd 2015, 5:17pm 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)

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Weekly Pos #402 increased(+123)
Monthly Pos #661 increased(+145)
3 Month Pos #715 decreased(-61)
6 Month Pos #682 decreased(-10)

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Forum Posts
Ending discussion 115 days, 3 hours, 17 minutes ago
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Bunny Drop/Usagi Drop Manga to End in Japan in April 1502 days, 20 hours, 36 minutes ago
Anime Adaption to Come July 2011!!?! 1554 days, 4 hours, 42 minutes ago
Bunny Drop Manga Gets Live-Action Film Green-Lit 1749 days, 8 hours, 14 minutes ago

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cute & fun   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mrs_choco
June 22nd, 2008, 12:07pm
A cute and fun series for both male and female audience. It does have common grounds with Aishiteruze Baby and Akachan to Boku (Baby & Me), but is rendered differently. A must-read among the heart whelming stories.
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Prepare yourself ...   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by ELX
September 15th, 2011, 12:02pm
For some major letdown, I literally made an account JUST to comment on this manga which I was HEAD OVER HEELS in love with until about Vol.7 ... I'm actually such a fan of the first half that I can't bring myself NOT to recommend it even now. It was beautifully written, complex, bitter sweet at times, and wholly engaging. I can't recall the last time I read a manga that managed to pull at my emotions AND keep me on the edge of my seat ... but then ... there was the time skip *headdesk* and everything after that is just a jumbled cluster*uck of shock value and ploys to grab attention. Which this manga in no way needed to do.

I'm not even touching on the whole incestuous thing here because, well the managaka has lamely clarified that through some mystical loophole this is not incest in the end right? *rolls eyes*

Anyway, what I wanna talk about is the COMPLETE IMPLAUSIBILITY OF THIS ENDING EVER HAPPENING BASED ON THE HISTORY WE WERE PROVIDED WITH IN THE MANGA.
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Point 1: The Daikichi whom I fell in love with for being the awesomeness that he is lol, is clearly (and has been since volume TWO) in love with Nitani-san (Kouki's mom). Who I might add quite clearly returns his feelings. But of course post timeskip and for reasons which are NEVER explained, mangaka marries her off to some random dude in order to accommodate the ridiculous ending. I could've swallowed the theory that they "sacrificed themselves" for Kouki and Rin ... but wait due to Rin's spoiled selfishness they were never an item so errr ... am I missing something here? Nitani-san can't marry Daikichi but she CAN marry some random dude?

Point 2: In every sense aside from blood, Rin is Daikichi's daughter ... Anyone reading this story can understand that within the first few chapters. The managaka made it so clear that he treasures and protects Rin as a parent with every ounce of his being ... and you're telling me this same hardworking, practical and protective father, turns around twelve years later and is suddenly able to view the seventeen year old CHILD he's raised in a sexual sense and MARRY HER? Are you F'N kidding me?

Point 3: Rin & Kouki ... this was so poorly done it was incredible, like watching a train wreck I swear. The managaka used the FLIMSIEST logic in the world to excuse how in the span of like a week Rin went from loving Kouki who she's had a crush on since they were SEVEN, to suddenly being steadfastly in love with Daikichi. Apparently for Kouki, despite being blatantly and almost RIDICULOUSLY devoted to Rin and telling her every five seconds that he likes her, having a nasty conniving ex-girlfriend is reason enough to just decide to never give him a chance.

You know there's just so much that doesn't add up, I'd be here all day listing them all ... And THAT'S my biggest problem with the ending. Not the quasi incestuousness, but the fact that I invested myself into nine VOLUMES, only to find that SIX of them (the BEST 6 btw) had absolutely nothing to do with where the story ended up. Sad, sad, SAD!

... Last updated on September 15th, 2011, 5:25pm
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Disturbing ending nevertheless...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Msag
August 18th, 2012, 2:32pm
This really is a great manga. I'm not gonna discuss the first half of this series (which everybody should DEFINITELY read/watch). Yes its heartwarming. Yes Rin is the most adorable thing ever. Yes you're rooting for Daikichi every step of the way. But given all the hype about the ending, I'll just say this. Whatever was your first guess as regards the ending, the guess you made off the top of your head thinking "it could be this eh but its only the worst case scenario I'm sure the mangaka didn't go THAT far" is...

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TRUE! Or at least in my case it was... Rin and Daikichi DO get married. Ugh... but as mind-blowingly disturbing this is, I'll first state the positives and emphasise that, before the ending, the time skip half of the manga is not a complete train wreck!

Positives:
1. Everybodys characters are believable grown up. Rin is mature and smart as expected, Reina sweet and a bit on the thoughtless side, Kouki (although his character design took a bit of getting used to at first) is also believable. Daikichi coud definitely have used more screen time but the parts where he shows up are the highlights of the chapter imo (plus, his involvement in Kouki's life serves to show how much of a surrogate father he becomes to Kouki too).
2. Yes, another "high-school" manga *groan*... BUT it surprisingly didnt hold the endless Festival-Christmas-Valentines Day madness as shoujo mangas normally thrive on. Instead, the kids actually spend most of their time studying! Lol, can it be more realistic? :P
3. The way the romances for Daikichi/Kouki's mom and Rin/Kouki was dealt with. I think its safe to say that everybody was rooting for both these pairings (the former more than the latter maybe; Kouki's feelings for Rin felt more like puppy love to me). I was really sad when both pairings decided they couldn't be together, but I felt it was dealt with in a very mature way. Daikichi and Kouki's mom agreed to put their kids before themselves, reminding one that in reality all romances hardly ever get their happy endings, and in Rin/Kouki's case, it serves to show their strong trust in each other when they manage to easily fall back into their sibling-like relationship, and that for them its always friendship first, love second.
4. More on Masako and whats happened with her recently which proves really interesting.
5. Despite the *cringe* feelings that Rin starts to develop for Daikichi, I really empathised for her. Definitely confused, torn with herself, had not the ending been executed as poorly as it was I might have forgave her her state of affairs considering she realized the implications of it fully and didn't even want Daikichi to find out in the first place.

And now... to the negatives (in order of negative-ness!):
1. Kouki's mom remarries. WHAT?! After saying that she felt too old for marriage and too taken up with Kouki to even consider it, WHY would she remarry anyway? No sufficient reason is given for it and I feel that its just unfairly put forth by the mangaka to give her character's relationship with Daikichi some sense of closure so he can "move on" to Rin.
2. Kouki actually encourages the relationship between Rin and Daikichi. This was really horrifying to me, especially the line he gives to Daikichi, "Better you than Yunohara (orwhateverhisnameis)". HOW CAN IT BE BETTER THAN THE OTHER GUY?? Daikichi is as much a surrogate father to Kouki as he is to Rin, so this pretty much killed the character of Kouki for me somehow...
3. The ending. Sigh, well the closest I've come to this sort of a relationship in any other manga is in Inuyasha, with Sesshomaru and Rin. Now that I've read the ending to this manga, I can *now* totally understand why some fans of Inuyasha hated the idea of the two becoming romantically involved with each other when Rin grew up (I was all for it :P). But given the quality of execution in Inuyasha, I feel its safe to say that I'd have loved if Takahashi showed them ending up together anyway, and I'll tell you why. Sesshomaru, no matter how kind he becomes towards Rin, never REALLY is the father figure missing in her life the way Daikichi is towards this Rin (lol I just realized I've been talking about 2 Rins all along here, sorry for the confusion ^^;). So yeah, Daikichi, even when its proven that their blood relation doesn't exist (where did that come from all of a sudden? O_o), and despite the fact that I don't have much of a problem with age gaps in relationships (hey if you could stomach the Souichi/Masako relationship way in the beginning, you could stomach this too), is still for all intents and purposes Rin's FATHER! And then Daikichi's response towards Rin... ugh totally killed his character for me too. Where's the resistance? Why this sudden caving in and whats your reason for loving Rin that way now *two years gap be damned*??? People say they should have shown more romantic gestures towards each other like kissing and holding hands to justify their new relationship, but I disagree. Given the talk abt pregnancy in the last chapter, I was disturbed enough about it without adding a kiss or two between the couple.


Sigh, well I hope that was helpful! biggrin If it wasn't I'm sorry, but I actually wrote this review more because I had to get these thoughts outta my system into words more than anything else. If such an ending does happen in real life, and it does fall into the "mature" genre of josei somehow, I respect your opinion. maybe I'd even agree with it if it was executed better and made more believable. Sorry the first half was far more convincing to me than the second.

I can now proceed to move on and pretend that the time skip half of the manga didn't exist...

... Last updated on August 18th, 2012, 4:57pm
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Good read and good ending plus response to critics   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ranga
April 22nd, 2011, 6:46pm
I highly reccomend this manga, the relationship between Daikichi and Rin is quite adorable, and their interactions are quite realistic. While I liked the story more before the timeskip, I understand that it was neccesary for how the author wanted the story to end, and I in all honesty think that the timeskip was done well. I disagree with people who say that the quality of the plot took a dramatic downturn, because while it is true that the direction of the story and tone of the plot do change quite drastically, this is something that the author felt that they needed to do, and I feel that it was executed well. The manga finished its run in Japan this april, so I already know how the story ends, and I must say, I am quite pleased with how everything turned out.

Major spolier warning-

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Rin soon confesses that she has always had feelings for Daikichi and while Daikichi freaks out for a bit, after Rin graduates from high school, and it becomes apparent that she is adament about staying with Daikichi and taking care of him for the rest of his life, they end up getting married. This is also why I see the need for the time-skip, as it would have been too abrupt and not a little bit akward if the manga went from the pre-time skip phase to an ending with Rin confessing and them getting married with no lead-up.

As I said before, I am quite pleased with how things turned out. While some readers might feel that this development came out of the blue, and that Rin should have gotten together with her childhood friend, I feel that the only one who ever truly cared about Rin and loved her no matter what was Daikichi, and that he is a better match for Rin that anybody else. He took her in when no one else would, and raised and cared for her, even though he knew that it would make his life much more difficult.

Rin's friend(I forget his name at the moment- Kouki or something) also felt very one-dimensonal in his love for Rin, and didn't quite seem like he fit. There is also the most important factor, the fact that person Rin loved was in fact Daikichi and no one else, that made them a good match.

For people complaining about the age difference, while it is admittedly quite large, around 22 years, I don't really think it makes that much o f adifference if they really care about eachother.

And of course, to the inevitable droves of people who will soon be squealing about incest(i'm looking at you bimbosilly and others), its not like they are brother and sister or actually father and daughter. She's his grandfathers daughter with a different mother than his own grandmother, which makes her only 1/8 related blood-wise. Honestly I wouldn't really care if they were brother and sister; I've never had a problem with incest appearing in manga or any other work of fiction, or in reality for that matter either, as long as both parties consent. If they love each other, why should it matter to anyone? And don't even get started on "birth defects" and all of that. But that is a whole different topic.

I think over all the ending was quite sweet and probably the best ending that honestly could have occured.


Overall a very good read, I give it a 10/10.

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2011, 7:15pm
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Just Stop at chapter 25   
Rating: N/A
by chibit_tan013
September 22nd, 2011, 7:17pm
It's is an adorably cute manga about an average guy being thrown into the perils of parenthood. Especially funny if you're a parent yourself.

BUT, I highly, highly recommend stopping after the time skip. It will ruin everything you loved about the story and the high hopes you had for the ending. Trust me.
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Better than what I anticipated   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Kamelot
June 13th, 2011, 7:43am
Knowing that the anime will soon air, I frankly couldn't hold my curiosity much longer and decided to give it a shot but at first I did not want to dig in too deep so I won't ruin the anime. But the premise was so promising that I couldn't resist so I ended up reading up to date. The first part of the manga was the sweetest part. Seeing Rin as a child and Daikichi acting like a father was something really cute at the beginning. I liked this manga because it remained realistic until the end and it did not neglect the nature of humans.

The ending did not destroy anything, infact I was anticipating it. It was like 1 out of like 50 types of possible endings but in my opinion, the most likely to be happenning. How so?
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The words "3rd grade relative" were actually mentioned just in the 2nd half of the manga but that was already obvious from the beginning. If the mangaka wished to end this one in another way then he might've chose another type of setting having Rin as an even closer relative. Technicaly I don't see any iregularity. They are two different people, connected just by their deceased grandfather, so teoretically they are not sharing the same genes, just a few of them, genetically speaking this is not something malicious. What I want to point to the ignorant people that kept saying the ending is disappointing is that you guys do not have any life experience at all. Of course Daikichi seemed like a father in the beginning because he had to take care of Rin since he assumed the responsabillity. But as time changes people change as well and feelings change too. That's why I say, that you people take the nature of humans pretty lightly. The ending might seem a little bit odd but lets not forget that this is slice of life, and stuff like this happen in real life as well.


All in all, a splendid work. I hope that the anime will do justice towards the manga.

... Last updated on June 13th, 2011, 7:44am
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Worth it.   
Rating: 8.1 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
January 15th, 2009, 7:43pm
Usagi Drop is one of my favorite familial stories. It takes a little girl with a memorable personality, and shoves her together with a somewhat inept, but good-hearted single parent, as is the cliche in the genre. What makes Usagi Drop so interesting is the writing- the author approaches the situation in interesting ways with unique little bits of humor and drama thrown in. Of course, the height is reading about Rin and her antics, but all of the characters that have been thus introduced are compelling on some level. People who like slice of life will enjoy this, anyone just looking for a lot of melodrama should probably continue searching though.
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How shall I say it...?   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PaterFrog
July 27th, 2011, 6:35pm
The manga is very high quality all around. The art may be simple, but it has character and is quite attractive, too. I think I won't forget this style for a long time, it's probably even going to affect my own drawing style a bit.

The story is very nice too, it's not typical, but still "normal" enough to easily identify yourself and your life with it. It has depth without being complicated or hard to understand, yet it can very easily convey complicated situations and emotions.

Now, as for the slightly weird ending, here is my opinion. Don't read if you don't want to know the ending before having read it yourself:
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The daughter role falls in love with the father/guardian role. Quite complicated there and the manga shows that very well.
Right up to the last chapter. That one is kind of a flop, there should've been another volume in between, showing how the father role works out his own stance and evolves it over the two years.

What really made the ending acceptable for me though, was the fact that the author treated the whole situation very carefully and with respect, that is to say, no smut or anything else that one might perceive as not as innocent and pure as the rest of the manga. It wasn't just a way to increase sales, so to say.
The ending was hurried for what ever reasons, but I could still feel the wish to make the ending enjoyable, and not just because it has the face of a scandal. It's not as simple as calling it a scandal and being unhappy with the ending, it's a very complicated situation that has taken years to grow and the manga really shows that. That's the reason I can accept the ending without any complaints except one: It's a bit too early, some more development right in front of the last chapter would've been good, so that we can understand just how Daikichi overcame his "moral horror" and why we arrived where we did.

That's the biggest minus in the whole story, the reason I'm going to give this manga an 8 out of 10, instead of full marks as the rest of the story deserves. We don't really know how Daikichi comes to his decision. "It's impossible for me to refuse Rin[...]" isn't enough, it just isn't. That's not what a (surrogate) father would say, so we need to know how he arrived there from his position as a father.


Now, I'm quite damn tired since I read the manga in one go and I suppose it shows in the wall of text, but I definitely had to write down my thoughts before going to sleep, as I wouldn't be able to do so accurately tomorrow after dreaming about it. I'll go over it once I'm rested. ~ Edited it a bit now. I hope you can understand what I'm talking about. biggrin

... Last updated on July 28th, 2011, 7:05am
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Not a typical josei   
Rating: N/A
by she-chan
July 25th, 2011, 3:19pm
I enjoyed the entire series throughout. The art is simple as most josei's manga go but it is also very pretty and well drawn. The story is that of the complicated relationship between Rin and Daikchi.
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It does involve an ending that for most people would believe is nothing more than a fetish's dream however I think that it cheapens the rather serious approach that the artist chose to approach the dilemma. Had this actually been a fetish's dream then you would have seen much more perversion from the get go: panty shots, awkward moments where somehow Rin ends up over Daikchi etc. If anything the artist actually tries to respect the fragility, unusual and complications that stem from Rin's feelings. She never makes them perverse but shows the struggle, heartbreak and panic that Rin has as she begins to try and understand the dynamics of human relationships. Yes the ending is one that might feel too liberal for most people but the artist made sure to have both Rin and Daikchi treat it as seriously as possible and deal with the earnest love that Rin has for Daikchi. The problem is that it's not a simple "I am your parent" because Daikchi never actually adopted Rin, they always considered grandfather of being her father, of them seeing each other in a different light. It's the fact that the artist treated it as respectfully as possible is why I did not mind the ending.


The irony of most of this is that this ending is not cliche for a josei manga at all.
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The cliche thing would have been for Daikchi to have ended up with Koukai's mom.
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Slow paced, but still wonderful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shoujo22
July 23rd, 2009, 7:03am
Usag Drop is indeed very slow paced, but it's also very earnest and entertaining. I usually don't read slice of life series', but I made an exception for this one as a result of bordem and curiosity...and I couldn't be happier that I did. I've already read the latest Japanese volume, which is just as good as the mini-Rin portion thus far. I can't wait to read it in English as well.

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2009, 7:03am
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