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Bunny Drop: Complete Series (Premium Edition)

NIS America, Inc. // Unrated // September 11, 2012
List Price: $69.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted September 20, 2012 | E-mail the Author


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style="">style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Bunny
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begins its story on a solemn note.
The opening episode takes place at a funeral. An elder man in his 80's
passed
away and the family had gathered to say goodbye to him as every person
in the
family seems to show up for the funeral. Yet no one is expecting to
hear about
a new development he had had in his life prior to passing on.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">It
turns
out he had a lover who had ended up giving birth to a child; a child
who was
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
turn 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
her... no
one makes an effort to keep her in the family. Except
a young man named style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Daikichi.style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
series
main character is style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Daikichistyle="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">. As
a 30 year old bachelor he isn't
the kind of person you may normally expect to find becoming an adoptive
parent.
Somehow, though... that is exactly what happens. He becomes a parent to
this
child that no one wants to acknowledge and who I imagine would have
gone off to
foster care were it not for style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Daikichi
stepping in. He wanted to help raise her: a
child who had just lost her parent and who was otherwise all alone. So
that's
exactly what he sets out to do.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Of
course, Daikichi doesn't know much about parenting as someone who hasstyle=""> 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
learning
how to become a good parent to the young girl, Rin.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">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
food to
getting her to school at a daycare which is far away from the
residential area
he lives in and far from his workplace too. Rin is an incredibly
sweet-natured
child who seems to instantly connect to Daikichi. It isn't that long of
a wait
until a clear father-daughter dynamic exists.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Yet
is Daikichi ready for the responsibility of being a parent? This is a
question
the series asks repeatedly until the very end of the show. But if you
don't
mind spoilers: let's just say that he manages to tackle parenting with
great
sincerity and seriousness. Daikichi cares about Rin as much as any
father would
care for a son or daughter.  He even
faces the hardship of meeting Rin's mother to find out more about what
happened
between her and his grandfather and to attempt to understand why she
willingly
left her child.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Part
of the joy of watching a series as surprisingly thoughtful as style="">Bunny Drop comes from seeing the
development of Daikichi as a character and that is one of the ways it
is
something that truly excels and stands outside of normal anime
territory. The
show focuses on the growing family relationship between Daikichi and
Rin as
well another newfound relationship: that of Rin's friendship with a
schoolmate
named Kouki and Kouki's mother, Yukari.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Yukari
is a single mother and Daikichi develops a crush on her while the two
meet
through Rin and Kouki's friendship. This is another aspect of the
series that
is intriguing: seeing the newly developed relationship between Daikichi
and
Yukari. Though the series never directly does manage a romantic course
it does
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
the two
best words to describe this anime gem.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
storytelling is reasonably simplistic and yet this show is about as far
away
from being a simplistic series as you can get. It just serves as a
reminder how
sometimes the simple series, stories, and moments are the ones worth
the most.


style="">style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Bunny
Dropstyle="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> has
beautiful
and ambitious animation from the acclaimed animation studio Production
I.G.,
well-paced and downright meaningful direction by Hiroyuki Tanaka, and
intelligent
screenplays from director/co-writer Hiroyuki Tanaka and co-writer Tamio
Hayashi.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Ultimately,style=""> Bunny Drop is one of the most unique,
inspired, and worthwhile anime series that I have seen all year. The
ending isn't
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
this is
still one of the most wonderful anime series of the year. If you like
the kind
of anime series that makes you think and feel and that isn't a routine
"run-of-the-mill"
type of series this is a quality production that is well worth seeking
out. 



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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
Blu-ray:
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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Video:


style="">style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Bunny
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isn't as visually stunning as
some of the previously released NIS America sets that I have covered
for DVDTalk
but it isn't a fault of the transfer and work done on the release
itself. The
animation seems to have been done in a style that is softer and style="">that aspect seems to be just inherent to
the source material itself. The bitrates for the transfers and overall
resolution
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
would
hope for and yet it isn't exactly disappointing. I wasn't a fan of the
softer
style but it suited the show's low-key charm well enough and it didn't
detract
from my enjoyment. The bottom line is that this is still an excellent
1080p AVC
encoded HD transfer and it is one that will be pleasant for fans of
this show.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Audio:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
Uncompressed PCM 2.0 audio is crystal clear and does an excellent job
of reproducing
the dialogue and music. It isn't the fanciest lossless audio
presentations I
have encountered on Blu-ray, but it's extremely pleasant in terms of
clarity
and this is of the upmost importance on these types of home media
releases. The
release has excellent audio quality that works well alongside the
comparably
worthwhile video quality.


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
series
is only presented with the Japanese dub.  English
subtitles can be turned on and off
through the main menu.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Extras:


style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">NIS
America does not usually include much in terms of supplemental video
features
on DVD and Blu-ray. This release is no different. The main inclusion is
a short
series of mini-episodes (which play out almost as if they were a
combination of
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
appreciate the
fact that these were included on the release.


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style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The
only other
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
has
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
disappointed with
a presentation as impressive as what is found on this release.  style="">



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style="">style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Final
Thoughts:


style="">style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Bunny
Dropstyle="font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> is
one of the
most unique anime series I have had the opportunity to see. It reminded
me of
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
excellent
series to watch with family members of any age. The story is
compellingly told
and here is a series which is capable of being something different from
your typical
anime TV series. It is a show for the entire family and that certainly
makes it
an interesting experience. Bunny Drop
is a quality television program worth seeking out and purchasing
because of NIS
America's excellent release.


style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Highly
Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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