First Episode Review for: Usagi Drop
Summary : A 30 year old man’s grandfather dies (aged 79) leaving behind a ~7 year old girl and the family (and more specifically the lead male) try to decide what to do with her
Animation : Subdued animation with a major attempt to go for realism, good attention to detail and pleasant on the eyes
Plot Potential: Amazing potential, and already showing its colours
Characters: good original characters, a lot of growth potential, and good bit in this first episode was the contrast between the lead little girl and the bratish spoilt child of one of the other family members, really put you on the little girl’s side.
Music: Subdued opening tune, pleasant chirpy closing theme
Reminds me of: Nothing, I cannot remember an anime that deals with such a difficult social issue (particularly tricky in Japan) without merely using it as a justification of a persons actions later in the series e.g., “he sought revenge for being abandoned”,
Overall: It may be much more serious than my normal stuff, but it was fascinating, I’m going to watch this series with great interest.
Disclaimer: These are mini reviews of anime’s that are fresh out in Japan and are not licensed in the UK, buy them once they have been licensed or at the very least buy the merchandise, remember if the anime makers make a loss, THEY WILL STOP MAKING ANIME!!