|Bunny Drop Turns Eye-Raising Premise Into Touching Story||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
"Don't you think the world is better than you expected?"
Bunny Drop, despite only posing this question in its closing credits, encompasses it throughout.
One might expect a series that opens with a funeral to be much less happy, but happy is something that Bunny Drop shouts at nearly every opportunity. Things aren't as bad as they seem, bad situations can be made into amazing experiences, and this is as much a description of the series as a summary of its plot.
Daikichi Kawachi, a 30-year-old bachelor, somehow finds himself having custody of his aunt following his grandfather's passing. That sounds odd on its face, but doesn't get much less odd when the aunt in question is a five-year-old little girl, Rin Kaga, herself the result of a late-in-life romance from old gramps with the maid.
It's a bad situation, no doubt, with the family very reluctant to accept little Rin because of the social implications of such a scandal, but Daikichi has nothing of it and takes Rin into his care.
From there, it's very much a story of Daikichi adapting to his newly-minted father figure role as Rin grows up in his care. It's an absolutely charming series made all the more endearing by marvelous acting performances and a striking visual style. Humor and drama come naturally without feeling forced as the plot moves through its paces.
It's not a formula that looks like a masterpiece going in, but with endearing characters, surprisingly relatable situations, and the production values to show that the studio cares, it all comes together.
Certainly, there's no action to get the blood going and much of the drama the series invokes is minimal. It's the anime equivalent of a harmless sitcom, with a hard status quo and just enough character development and plot to keep the series going from episode to episode. That said, it's as well executed of a sitcom as has been seen in anime in quite some time.
It's one of those series that makes you question what the medium is capable of, not focusing on hard-boiled action or wacky comedy, but focusing solely on some normal people getting used to the odd situation they've been thrown into. There are some laughs and heartwarming moments along the way, but for Bunny Drop, the journey is the fun. Like the premise, it all comes together much better than expected.