Bunny Drop Complete Series Premium Edition

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Thursday, December 20, 2012

If I had to describe Bunny Drop in one word, I would choose adorable. The show is one of the latest that NIS America has picked to add to their eclectic anime roster, and it’s one of my new favorites. Bunny Drop tells the story of Daikichi, a 30-year old bachelor who attends his grandfather’s funeral and discovers that he had an illegitimate 6 year old daughter named Rin. Daikichi chooses to take the girl in and each episode chronicles their life as they adjust to each other and grow as individuals. It’s a fairly short anime, spanning 11 episodes and 4 shorts but it will give viewers a warm fuzzy feeling and may even warrant repeat viewings.

Part of what stood out about Bunny Drop is that despite the fact that it could be classified as a comedy/drama, it handles all of its subject matter in a very mature way. Rather than going for over the top humor like many other series, this one has humorous moments integrated into the interactions between Rin and Daikichi and they are handled in such a way that you could imagine it taking place in real life between an adult and child. It works quite well, and there is a clear progression to the characters. When the show first begins Daikichi is still living the bachelor life and working long hours as a salesperson at his job while trying to figure out how to connect with Rin, but by the time it has come to an end he has completely changed his life to support her and the two have a close bond. Emphasis is also given to Yukari Natani and her son Kouki, who develops a friendship with Rin in part because they are both being raised by a single adult. Yukari also serves as a mild love interest at points, but the creators have chosen to leave this fairly ambiguous in order to focus more on the Rin/Daikichi relationship. It works well and each episode focuses on a different element of school/home life as the two adapt to new situations. I don’t want to spoil too many of the individual moments as they are what makes this show so heartwarming and enjoyable, but Daikichi wonders at one point who is raising who and this dual-role is what stands out the most. Once the series came to an end I found myself wanting to see even more as the episodes flew by, but I must admit that it is very well paced and this might not have been the case if Production I.G. had attempted to stretch it out longer.

Some of the anime NIS America has licensed has been a few years old, but Bunny Drop came out in Japan last year and it is obvious that this is a modern show. While the animation really pops off the screen on the Blu-Ray and the colors stand out more, watching on DVD still showcases plenty of detail and it is clear a lot of detail has been put into each scene. The beginning of each episode has a scene that utilizes a more hand drawn look that mimics the manga, and these are gorgeous to look at while still fitting the overall look of the show. A lot of emphasis has been placed on the seasons and the introductions are often different colors to reflect what season an episode occurs in, plus the ending animation is often tweaked to reflect events that viewers just watched. It’s these little touches that really add a lot, as it makes it feel as though the creators really put a lot of care into what they were doing. The locales have been modeled after real locations as well, and this is one drama that often felt as though it could be real.

Voice acting is another area where Bunny Drop really excelled. Anime dramas sometimes lean towards overacting but this one takes a more realistic approach and the voice actors are able to provide performances that really sell their characters. The interaction between Rin, Daikichi, and Kouki in particular is what stands out in my mind, as the three have quite a few scenes together and the way the voice actors are able to play off of each other leaves everything feeling natural. As for the music, the background music is pleasant and fits the overall tone of the show while the opening and ending themes are a bit more upbeat and lighthearted. The tunes are suited to the overall vibe, but I must admit that they weren’t standouts that got stuck in my head (though it may not have helped that I was also watching some harem shows that had much more over the top themes at the same time).

It’s always exciting to discover what types of extra material NIS has been able to secure with each license, and each show they have brought over has had something a little bit different. The on-disc extras for Bunny Drop include four short animations that provide some fun bonus scenarios that are related to the main story, and they’re definitely worth checking out after you’ve watched the eleven episodes. There’s also the usual clean opening/ending theme as well as the original Japanese commercial, which are always standard inclusions but it’s nice to have access to them. Once again NIS has provided a hard cover box with colorful animations and an artbook/episode guide, and this particular one may be one of my favorite inclusions they’ve managed to snag. In addition to the episode guide and character bios, there are tons of sketches included that showcase the different outfits the characters wore throughout the show as well as photos of the locations that the backdrops were based on. Another inclusion is a slew of interviews, which is always one of my favorite anime extras. Unlike some of the past extras NIS has with their shows, this one doesn’t feature any interviews with the voice actors but instead manages to feature pieces with members of the production staff. This really provides an in depth look at the development of the show, and it adds to the overall package.

Bunny Drop is a standout show that sets out to explore character relationships from a guardian/child perspective. It’s the type of anime that tells a story that I could see appealing to viewers that aren’t typically interested in the medium as it avoids a lot of the stereotypes and otaku centered humor and focuses on the plot. I’m glad that NIS America decided to pick it up for North American audiences and hope they continue to offer this mixture of serious yet lighthearted character dramas and over the top fantasy series.

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