Usagi Drop 03: Sacrifices

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It takes a lot of heart to accept the sacrifices that must be made in order to take on a new responsibility, but it also takes equal strength to break down ego and ask for others’ opinions and perspectives to make that responsibility seem less daunting. Daikichi’s shuffling of advice givers this week gives him just the right amount of momentum to make some key decisions on Rin’s future, as well as his own.

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Well, that was quite the episode. I’m glad Daikichi decided to demote himself to a more manageable position that wouldn’t take up anymore overtime that would keep him apart from Rin. He seemed to be doing a great job in keeping up with his commute to and from the daycare, so the welcome addition of more personal hours in the day should brighten up his outlook on raising her.

I’d say the biggest help in his decisions this week came straight from his coworker Gotou, who is a working mother herself. It seems those meetups during their lunch break regarding her own thoughts on her sacrifices in raising her child seemed to give Daikichi some hope that even a lower position at work could net you the same happiness as long as what you’re doing is what you think is for the greater good of your loved one(s)’ well being.

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The big shocker for me was how well Rin adapted to Daikichi’s relatives when it was only two weeks ago that we saw how coldly they treated her. It really emphasized how much of those nine years of Rin’s life they ignored if Daikichi was able to point out the simple notion of her getting scared whenever the grownups around her are upset. How Rin has quite the behaved personality at nine years old as opposed to Daikichi’s hot-headed sister Kazumi is a bit beyond me. Then again, Daikichi’s grandfather was rather well-mannered himself when he and Rin shared their time together, so that helps a bit.

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Another large revelation this week tied into the main reason for Daikichi’s and Rin’s return visit to his family’s house: identifying who Rin’s real mother is. We got a name from Rin and we got a genuinely surprised look from Daikichi plus a flashback of her birth records upon hearing it, so it should be a bit obvious who it is without meeting her in the show yet. But the fact that Rin doesn’t know the familial connections and simply hates this woman isn’t a good sign that their anticipated reunion will go off without a hitch.

On the other hand, it re-emphasizes Daikichi’s grandfather’s pimpin’ genes. See, Daikichi has nothing to worry about when it comes to permanent bachelorhood.

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Ah, so that’s why this show is called “Bunny Drop.” It all makes sense now. As if it wasn’t obvious from all of the bunny print scattered about the different cloths shown on-screen.

For an episode that largely focused on sacrifices and for visuals that remain generally warm and lighthearted, it also took some interesting perspectives on what children think about life and death and being alone. Rin’s apparently been getting a speedy course on the topic ever since her father passed away, and her dichotomy of questions to Daikichi about when his time will be up versus hers were quite heavy to watch. I’m not completely certain that every child thinks about when their loved ones will pass, especially at an age like Rin’s, but it definitely makes us realize how precious we need to treat every moment in our lives in the time that we’re given (or what we give to ourselves, rather).

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Next week: actually, there was no preview. All I know is that I’d love to see more watercolor and pastel animation used in the show. You can thank Honey & Clover for helping me support this.

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