||[Sep. 22nd, 2012|10:11 pm]
Anime In Your Face
Going home from his grandfather's funeral, thirty-year-old Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover. The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin Kaga. In a fit of anger, Daikichi decides to take her in himself. As Daikichi nurtures Rin, he started to understand the struggle while at the same time the joy of parenting.
What a wonderful show. Just everything about it is done so well. It is very realistic in its presentation. A story for adults about the process of single parenthood and adoption. I think Daikichi is one of the most likable protagonists I've ever seen (some might argue he's almost TOO good of a person). I like that the show presents him in a way where he's basically just trying his best to be a good dad without having had any prior experience whatsoever. He makes mistakes, but for the most part, he's really a stellar dad. It's very gratifying watching him slowly adjust his life as he starts to really care for this little girl in his life.
And Rin herself is seriously the cutest kid in the universe. Every kid in the show is voiced by a real, actual kid, and it makes such a big difference. The reactions and the interactions are so genuine.
And that's the biggest strength about this show. How genuine and real it feels. There is no over the top obnoxious anime "comedy." It is simply a story about a guy trying to raise a kid in the best way he can. It turns the simplest stories into really heartwarming moments. And quite honestly, it inspires me personally. When I become a dad, I can only hope to do as good a job as Daikichi does.
The art for the show is unique. Nothing is super shiny or flashy. I really love the character designs, especially for Daikichi. He's not portrayed as super handsome or anything; in fact, he looks a little old. It's a true representation of a 30 year old man, not some idealized version. There are some nice moments where the show adapts a sort of pastel look to it that doesn't distract from it. It's just a very pleasant show.
I mentioned it on Tumblr, but it's basically like Yotsuba but for adults. It's definitely told from the adult perspective, as Daikichi has to tangle with a lot of adult problems like work and family. It's just an extremely mature and well-told story. I was extremely pleased with it.
I also think it was an extremely wise decision by the director of the show to only adapt the first half of the manga. From what I've heard/seen from the second half, it's really just kinda HORRIBLE. (DON'T LOOK IT UP, TRUST ME, IT IS BAD, JUST WATCH THE ANIME AND BE HAPPY and the art is really bad in the manga anyway) I was astounded at how someone could ruin a series that badly in one completely inept fell swoop. In an interview I read, the director of Bunny Drop was essentially like, "yeeeeaaaaah we were only ever going to adapt the first half." Good call, because this anime is basically perfect.