Anime of Tomorrow
Usagi Drop Ep 2
Final impression – predictable
Daikichi has his hands full raising his late grandfather’s young daughter, Rin. There are new clothes, a new futon, larger dinners, nursery school, his job and sleep to all maintain in harmonious rhythm. Keeping his promises to Rin is Daikichi’s main goal, because no matter what hardships he’s enduring, Rin is the one who is counting on him to be her last hope. Despite his enthusiasm, he wonders how long he can keep this up before everything breaks down.
Usagi Drop certainly gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling when you watch it. But I have to say it’s just not particularly entertaining. Compared to this season’s other feel-good anime, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, Usagi Drop is really predictable. Daikichi’s problems feel natural, but not particularly refreshing; especially considering the solutions are pretty straightforward. It’s like watching someone else’s slightly problematic life story unfold, which might appeal to people who can better relate to the subject material. Normally I’m a sucker for these kinds of simple, slice-of-life anime, and Rin and Daikichi do an excellent job acting as each other’s foil. But I don’t feel inclined to continue watching an anime that doesn’t hold my attention.