No. 6 & Usagi Drop Episode 3 – Buttsex, It’s Sudden

Usagi Drop Rin Daikichi Manga Anime Episode Review 3 AniPhiles Tomphile Blog Top List Best Recommend No. 6 Noitamina Shion Sion Nezumi Rat Safu

Man...this really is BL

I underestimated this show, No. 6 is totally a BL anime. ^ Just look at that picture above? Still convinced that Nezumi’s not boning little Shion in the rear after this? Hm? You don’t believe me? Why, that’s jus- correct. While there hasn’t been any clear indications that Shion is going to wind up with Nezumi, I think it’s fairly obvious to everyone at this point what’s bound to happen…lest the fan girls scream their heads off. Oh, and with a 60% majority, Aniphiles will remain a single author blog for now – let’s see what happens in two years though.

Usagi Drop Rin Daikichi Manga Anime Episode Review 3 AniPhiles Tomphile Blog Top List Best Recommend No. 6 Noitamina Shion Sion Nezumi Rat Safu

Bumps kid's head: best father in the world

Though I’m nowhere near becoming a father yet, I do have an appreciation for a show like Usagi Drop. It’s much mellower than its companions in the animu world and gets by just fine without inserting an abnormally large rack or a few guns, or BL, or yuri, or fanservice…you get the point. Rin is slowly coming into her own as she’s becoming more vocal about her feelings.

Usagi Drop Rin Daikichi Manga Anime Episode Review 3 AniPhiles Tomphile Blog Top List Best Recommend No. 6 Noitamina Shion Sion Nezumi Rat Safu

That's a nasty hickey

Usagi Drop Rin Daikichi Manga Anime Episode Review 3 AniPhiles Tomphile Blog Top List Best Recommend No. 6 Noitamina Shion Sion Nezumi Rat Safu

"...I slept with a dude"

Joking aside, Nezumi and Shion finally made it out of No. 6 and venture out into what Nezumi calls “the real world”. In this world of his, Nezumi brings Shion to his hideout which is stacked from top to bottom with classical literature. Shion starts to read some of these fine works but immediately falls into a state of panic when his “hickey” (That wasp bite) acts up. Nezumi notices the mark and tears it out of him. Shion’s hair turns white and he develops lesions on his skin, but he’s very much alive. (Nezumi might very well have the same kind of markings on him, if you notice his back)

Usagi Drop Rin Daikichi Manga Anime Episode Review 3 AniPhiles Tomphile Blog Top List Best Recommend No. 6 Noitamina Shion Sion Nezumi Rat Safu

Usagi Drop Rin Daikichi Manga Anime Episode Review 3 AniPhiles Tomphile Blog Top List Best Recommend No. 6 Noitamina Shion Sion Nezumi Rat Safu

Oh god, no

After that ordeal, Shion wakes up three days later. Nezumi snaps him out of his guilt trip and brings him to an abandoned building. Therein lies a group of deadly dogs, only, they’re not deadly. A man/girl known only as the Dog Keeper rears them in and seems to know Nezumi. As it turns out, s/he is Nezumi’s informant and gives him tidbits of information for a price. The group discover that Shion’s mother has replied to Nezumi’s letter. Upon learning of an avenue of communication, Shion dreams up grandiose fantasies about saving No. 6 using the “supposed” antibodies in his body and the wasp sample extracted from his body. Nezumi turns on him and only tells him to stop. A deadly warning…

Like many of the protagonists of anime these days, Shion is overly idealistic and bright-eyed. He doesn’t see the world for what it is, or rather, he’s unable to. From birth he’s been conditioned to obey rules despite how smart he is. Perhaps it’s because of his book-smarts; perhaps that’s the reason he doesn’t have an ounce of common sense in him. He wants to save the city? That just turned on him and attempted to kill him? I’m flabbergasted at his ignorance and his refusal to believe that the city he lived in has a bad side to it.

He’s a smart kid, and I know where he’s coming from; I know where the loyalty springs from. It’s just that he’s not going to learn the reality of the situation in an easy-to-digest form. It’s going to hard-hitting and it’s going to drive the point home that life isn’t all that it’s cut out to be. The world isn’t as pristine and serene as you might think, not to say there aren’t good things in it, but when you get down to it, No. 6 is corrupt. There’s no two ways about it. I have an idea that the people in No. 6 are a human/social/genetic experiment of sorts, a conditioning program designed to develop an ideal person, or drone.

Nezumi’s in the wrong as well as his one-sided hatred for No. 6 is strong, but let’s save Nezumi for next time.

Usagi Drop

Usagi Drop Rin Daikichi Manga Anime Episode Review 3 AniPhiles Tomphile Blog Top List Best Recommend No. 6 Noitamina Shion Sion Nezumi Rat Safu

SLDKJFSLD NO! No twintails for you

Usagi Drop Rin Daikichi Manga Anime Episode Review 3 AniPhiles Tomphile Blog Top List Best Recommend No. 6 Noitamina Shion Sion Nezumi Rat SafuDaikichi is slowly becoming a more, and more reliable parent. It’s surprising, really, when you consider the fact that he was but a bachelor only a measly ten days or so ago. His transformation into a sort of uber-dad is something unheard of in the animu world. Usually they go through a trial period before everyone winds up happy. Then again, I guess it’s Usagi Drop’s strength of presenting a telling tale without all the vestiges of shonen anime that is its most appealing.

So, we see Daikichi sacrificing his career in order to spend more time with Rin; he asks for a demotion. What’s more, he brings Rin to his parents’ house and gets her to open up to not only them, but also to the idea of accepting other people. Besides that…there is no plot.

Usagi Drop Rin Daikichi Manga Anime Episode Review 3 AniPhiles Tomphile Blog Top List Best Recommend No. 6 Noitamina Shion Sion Nezumi Rat SafuI may complain and whine about Usagi Drop quite a bit for being what it is, but I still love it to bits. It’s entertaining to say the least and I don’t have a problem (Yeah, right) with it in terms of its story or execution. Right now, the biggest problem for Daikichi and Rin to face is Rin’s mother. To make it even more interesting, the mangaka decided to make Rin hate her mother, her father’s maid, it seems.

I can see why the mother would hate Rin. She was most likely the love child of Daikichi’s grandfather and that made named Masako (Or something or other). She probably never intended to have her as a child, which makes me wonder why she didn’t get an abortion. Is it illegal in Japan?

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Posted on July 23, 2011, in Anime, Episode Reviews, No. 6, Usagi Drop and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. “Besides that…there is no plot.”

    I’m somewhat dissatisfied with the anime too. The reason behind what made you feel that there is no plot is that while the first two episodes told the story of roughly about the first two chapters of the manga, now suddenly episode three covers a whole volume of it and even in that the order of different events are messed up.

    • I caught a little sneak peek of one of the later chapter and I have to say that the time skip shtick is horrible. Thank god I closed that before I got anything else spoiled for me.

  2. Usagi Drop is a pretty realistic slice-of-life story (well… at least the first half of it). And as a “pretty realistic slice-of-life story”, the “plot” you’re looking for is presented to you at face-value already– for this case, the plot is the result of Daikichi’s decision to adopt Rin. If you follow the manga though (which has ended in Japan already… I’m still waiting for the last chapter to be scanlated though), you would know that something else will happen…(Of course, we can only watch so much of someone else’s life. XD)

  3. @grouther: “The reason behind what made you feel that there is no plot is that while the first two episodes told the story of roughly about the first two chapters of the manga, now suddenly episode three covers a whole volume of it and even in that the order of different events are messed up.”

    That’s always irritating. :( But then again there is an art to adapting manga/light novels (kinda like how there is an art to adapting books to the theater), so it’s safe to say that the warping of the chronological order and the expanding of the time frame of each story are artistic discretion the anime director wanted to take. I’m honestly not too excited about this anime (partly because I personally don’t think a 12-episode anime can surpass the epicness of the manga) but I’ve been wrong many times before.

    • I’m glad that there is an anime of Usagi drop, otherwise I would have not met this story and hell knows if I’d have heard of it ever in the future without the anime adaptation. Right now what annoys me is that I have bumped into the end of the 55th chapter and the very last is not scanlated yet. :(

      • Ditto. :( I seriously wish I can read and write Japanese so that I can help scanlate.

      • And yeah, I guess even crappy anime adaptations serve that [good] purpose of letting us know of anime we might never discover had we not seen the anime. XD

        • That happens a lot for me. I don’t like to actively scour the net for great stories to read, so having anime adaptions, even if they are partial, help me a lot. I eventually marathoning the source material. Hayate no Gotoku and Kami Nomi being no exception.. :3

  4. When Nezumi puts that knife in Shion’s neck:

    Me: Ow. Ow!

    Also, Usagi’s Drop’s plot was kind of established in Ep 1–now it’s how do the main characters grow up given the circumstances?

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