Bunny Drop Blu-ray Review
begins its story on a solemn note.
The opening episode takes place at a funeral. An elder man in his 80's
away and the family had gathered to say goodbye to him as every person
family seems to show up for the funeral. Yet no one is expecting to
a new development he had had in his life prior to passing on.
out he had a lover who had ended up giving birth to a child; a child
taken care of by "Grandpa" before he passed away. Now no
one is aware of who the mother is and no one knows what to do
with the child who is all alone at the funeral and without a family to
The general sentiment from all of the adults seems to be a universal
statement of "Should we make an effort to take care of
this young girl?" and yet no one at the funeral steps up to raise
one makes an effort to keep her in the family. Except
a young man named Daikichi.
main character is Daikichi. As
a 30 year old bachelor he isn't
the kind of person you may normally expect to find becoming an adoptive
Somehow, though... that is exactly what happens. He becomes a parent to
child that no one wants to acknowledge and who I imagine would have
gone off to
foster care were it not for Daikichi
stepping in. He wanted to help raise her: a
child who had just lost her parent and who was otherwise all alone. So
exactly what he sets out to do.
course, Daikichi doesn't know much about parenting as someone who has no kids and no current relationship so
the series spends most of its efforts
focusing on the escapes and many challenges that Daikichi faces while
how to become a good parent to the young girl, Rin.
is six years old and she is already in school. Daikichi has to figure
out how to
juggle taking care of her in several ways: by buying her clothes and
getting her to school at a daycare which is far away from the
he lives in and far from his workplace too. Rin is an incredibly
child who seems to instantly connect to Daikichi. It isn't that long of
until a clear father-daughter dynamic exists.
is Daikichi ready for the responsibility of being a parent? This is a
the series asks repeatedly until the very end of the show. But if you
mind spoilers: let's just say that he manages to tackle parenting with
sincerity and seriousness. Daikichi cares about Rin as much as any
care for a son or daughter. He even
faces the hardship of meeting Rin's mother to find out more about what
between her and his grandfather and to attempt to understand why she
left her child.
of the joy of watching a series as surprisingly thoughtful as Bunny Drop comes from seeing the
development of Daikichi as a character and that is one of the ways it
something that truly excels and stands outside of normal anime
show focuses on the growing family relationship between Daikichi and
well another newfound relationship: that of Rin's friendship with a
named Kouki and Kouki's mother, Yukari.
is a single mother and Daikichi develops a crush on her while the two
through Rin and Kouki's friendship. This is another aspect of the
is intriguing: seeing the newly developed relationship between Daikichi
Yukari. Though the series never directly does manage a romantic course
address the growing friendship between the two adults of Bunny
Drop and the series suggests a possible relationship in the
future. It is heartwarming. Absolutely. Heartwarming and charming are
best words to describe this anime gem.
storytelling is reasonably simplistic and yet this show is about as far
from being a simplistic series as you can get. It just serves as a
sometimes the simple series, stories, and moments are the ones worth
and ambitious animation from the acclaimed animation studio Production
well-paced and downright meaningful direction by Hiroyuki Tanaka, and
screenplays from director/co-writer Hiroyuki Tanaka and co-writer Tamio
Ultimately, Bunny Drop is one of the most unique,
inspired, and worthwhile anime series that I have seen all year. The
one that entirely satisfies every
area of the series in that you
feel the show and character development could
continue on if they had been able to keep this an ongoing show, but
still one of the most wonderful anime series of the year. If you like
of anime series that makes you think and feel and that isn't a routine
type of series this is a quality production that is well worth seeking
isn't as visually stunning as
some of the previously released NIS America sets that I have covered
but it isn't a fault of the transfer and work done on the release
animation seems to have been done in a style that is softer and that aspect seems to be just inherent to
the source material itself. The bitrates for the transfers and overall
of the release seems pleasant but I would hesitate to classify this
presentation as being a great one. It just isn't quite the stunner you
hope for and yet it isn't exactly disappointing. I wasn't a fan of the
style but it suited the show's low-key charm well enough and it didn't
from my enjoyment. The bottom line is that this is still an excellent
encoded HD transfer and it is one that will be pleasant for fans of
Uncompressed PCM 2.0 audio is crystal clear and does an excellent job
the dialogue and music. It isn't the fanciest lossless audio
have encountered on Blu-ray, but it's extremely pleasant in terms of
and this is of the upmost importance on these types of home media
release has excellent audio quality that works well alongside the
worthwhile video quality.
is only presented with the Japanese dub. English
subtitles can be turned on and off
through the main menu.
America does not usually include much in terms of supplemental video
on DVD and Blu-ray. This release is no different. The main inclusion is
series of mini-episodes (which play out almost as if they were a
short films or mere deleted scenes).
I enjoyed these shorts and found them cute, entertaining, and
worthwhile but I
still found these inclusions to feel somewhat minimal. I still
fact that these were included on the release.
supplement was found with the limited edition collector's packaging
(which is beautiful):
an artbook is included inside of the release packaging and that also
translated interviews with some of the creative team responsible for
making Bunny Drop. It certainly is quality
packaging and the book is pretty neat too. Anime fans won't feel
a presentation as impressive as what is found on this release.
one of the
most unique anime series I have had the opportunity to see. It reminded
something that might be found broadcast on PBS, besides the fact that
it is definitely
an "anime series"; a genre that PBS doesn't produce. This would be an
series to watch with family members of any age. The story is
and here is a series which is capable of being something different from
anime TV series. It is a show for the entire family and that certainly
an interesting experience. Bunny Drop
is a quality television program worth seeking out and purchasing
because of NIS
America's excellent release.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.