This was the title I was going to be most interested in this season, after all, the Usagi Drop manga series won my “New Manga Series of the Year 2010” and to date, remains one of my favourite manga series and might even take the cake as one of my favourite anime series ever. Whilst I am saving the full review until the Siren Visual simulcast comes out, I will say a few comments on the first episode and my impressions of everything. First of all, the episode covers the first chapter of the manga where Rin and Daikichi meet for the first time at “Grandpa’s” Funeral. It feels weird a series starting off with a funeral, however it is a beautifully done storyline (Even better then the source manga) with a slightly-simplistic but still beautiful and realistic-like design. The music was slightly lacking and the voice acting with just above average, but they worked well with the setting of the series.
For those who haven’t read my previous million articles on this series, here is a blurb on it:
Daikichi returns home for his grandfather’s funeral, and to his surprise he meets a little girl in the garden. Daikichi soon finds out that the girl (Rin) is the illegitimate daughter of his grandfather. None of her relatives want to adopt her because they are embarrassed. Feeling sorry for the girl, Daikichi decides to take care of her. However, Daikichi is a bachelor and has no experiance with kids. Rin and Daikichi begin their life together….
I think I may do a first episode summary and a half-way point review of this series once the Siren Visual simulcast begins, however I will save the full series review for when the series comes out on DVD, which Siren Visual has already indicated that it will happen at some point.
The one appeal to the manga series was that it had some more basic-er art deisgn so as not to draw attention too far away from the storyline, but why does the anime design, which remains similar to the manga look so freaking adorable?