You Dropped 6 Rabbits in My Soup [First Impressions of Some Shows]
I’m positively in love with the artistic stylings of the new anime, Usagi Drop. While I initially cast off the rather strange artwork as being a byproduct of a lack of skill, I can see that’s not the case. This isn’t one of your moe-blob shows, so don’t expect anything along the lines of K-ON or Baka to Test.
I’ll be the first to say that this sort of development is really far-fetched. What 70 year-old goes off and has a child behind his family’s back? But I digress, it’s a work of fiction and so, my suspension of belief will have to hold for now. Once you look past the odd set-up, you’ll be able to appreciate Usagi Drop for what it is, a touching tale of bonding between the black sheep of the family. (PS. No. 6 is also in this post.)
Daikichi’s grandfather (or is it his father?) passes away peacefully in his sleep. The next day, the whole family is brought together in order to mourn his passing. Daikichi is obviously the awkward member of the family and the one who’s the most behind in life as most of his fellow family members have already gotten married or have already bore children. Still, the funeral goes on without a hitch until some of the people take notice of a blonde-haired girl hiding behind the wall. One of the members informs the rest of them that the child is their grandfather’s and that his lover had run away. Frantic about what to do with the girl, the family starts bickering. It’s not until Daikichi takes her in that they stop. And so begins their beautiful relationship.
I have a soft spot for anime like Usagi Drop so it won’t catch me by surprise if this is the show to take home my heart. I can only expect good things from this show so I urge all of you to watch it as well.
Number 6 (No. 6) is the polar opposite of Usagi Drop in that it’s a science fiction anime with a dark edge to it. Shion is a boy with a remarkably high IQ level and has been accepted into an accelerated program of sorts. He lives in a world where computers dominate the classroom and where science has enveloped the world. In contrast to Shion’s high-life, Nezumi (Rat) is a convict, on the run from the city itself, aptly called No. 6. He’s around the same age as Shion and barges into Shion’s house when he accidentally leaves the window open. Though Nezumi is quick to attack him, Shion responds with surprise at his appearance. He’s hopelessly naive and even offers to treat Nezumi’s wounds, which he grudgingly accepts. The two quickly form an awkward friendship, with Shion being the benefactor, and Nezumi being the reluctant receiver. When Shion learns of Nezumi’s escape, he doesn’t turn him in, but instead asks him questions about what he’s on the run from. Nezumi responds by saying that some things are better left unknown.
This seems to be a prologue since the official art and the opening sequence itself shows the two characters, Nezumi and Shion, growing up. I have a feeling that Shion is going to be the catalyst for some sort of event and that he’ll wind up forever a changed man. After all, why else would his hair color change, and why else would there be a time skip? That portion of the plot looks much more interesting since there’ll be a more mature edge to it all.
Posted on July 10, 2011, in Mayo Chiki!, No. 6, Usagi Drop and tagged Anime, Daikichi, Episode, manga, Nezumi, No. 6, Rat, Review, rin, Shion, Summer 2011, Usagi Drop. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.