In an age where the role of children in anime is often limited to servicing the needs of fans of “disturbingly sexualised young girls,” single father anime Usagi Drop seems to have triumphantly bucked the trend – fans cannot stop praising it, with many commenting that it has awakened their own paternal instincts.

Some scenes from the anime:


The online reaction says it all:

“Usagi Drop is so good.”

“Best anime this season.”

“It has won the season.”

“It’s even better than Tiger & Bunny and Ano Hana.”

“Rin-chan is just too cute!”

“It feels good to watch it before you go to bed.”

“You lot really love Usagi Drop, don’t you? This year we seem to be seeing a lot of realistic drama anime…”

“It really stirs your paternal instincts. It really stirred mine.”

“I kept crying like never before at times. I thought I wasn’t a lolicon, but it seems I am. It really stirred some kind of protective instinct.”

“That’s not lolicon, it’s paternity!”

“This anime will open the eyes of lolicon to their fatherly instincts. It may help correct their thinking.”

“The protagonist tends to invite comparisons to yourself, if you are near that age.”

“This anime really makes you think about your attitude to work and family.”

“It’ll lower the birth rate even further after people see how impossible raising a kid is.”

“It’s OK. Parents and children grow together.”

“When I watch this, I feel something has awakened inside me… orz”

“That’s what we call maternal or paternal love.”

Usagi drop is great, but I think only people in their late twenties and on can appreciate it – young punks in school aren’t going to like it, it’s too bound up with children.”

“I want a daughter.”

“I too want a daughter, although not a wife.”

“Looking at this thread it seems it enjoys a lot of popularity amongst old men and women in their thirties. The way it depicts children as both childish and cute is certainly skilful.”

“I’m a single in male in his thirties. I can’t stand it! It’s awakened my paternal instincts!”

“It’s fun and cute, everyday but heart-warming. A great work I’m happy to have met.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 29/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    BUT 15 years later, it will stir our incestuous instincts

    Comment by Anonymous

    its not incest though....oops another spoiler

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 12/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Incest is not limited to the blood relationship. It is a solemn vow of the soul!
    The second arc of Usagi Drop is fucked up.
    But worry not, they are making an "Usagi Drop: Bangaiden" which might fix that fucked up ending

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would argue it is... since he took it upon himself to act as her parent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 31/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No, it's only incest if you adopt your grandparent's little child and raise her only to maker her your wife when she gets older.

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    Comment by tyciol
    08:44 31/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not sure how adopting a child is incest bro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh man, I found this post hilarious. Thank god I already finished the manga otherwise I'd RAEG.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 31/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I RAEGed. But then I got curious and read the entire manga. Then I un-RAEGed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I first heard on another board that people were not happy with the manga ending, and it involved a time doesn't take much after that to reason why a 'time skip' leads to a 'bad ending'. Some may consider that spoilers, some may not.

    But as always, with work based on completed manga such as this, you can never escape the manga elitists and assholes that insist on comparing the 2 and spoilering it for everyone.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Rin's father is not daikichi's grandpa, duh! that's the spoiler.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 16/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    it may not be incest, but hell, the way that Daikichi can accept marrying the girl he raised for 12 years, and when he's basically 42, is just kind of a weird ending IMO...

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    Comment by Baronight
    13:10 29/07/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    yeah this show is awesome...
    definitely one of the top summer anime together with Croisee, Dantalion and Memochou

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    16:57 29/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The show is awesome ndeed,... unfortunately real children are not like that in real life.

    This is the irony that makes raising real kids problematic for potential parents.

    Getting through the "baby" years is enough to make most parents insane.

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    Comment by karloz
    01:05 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    indeed this anime is great and as i said before Daikichii should get the "Man of the year" award but dont get too carried away he just like Tomoya got it "easy" picking her up after the "baby phaze"...

    ...anyway I want a daughter too

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    given that there's not enough babies being born in japan, this might just reverse that, with all the people wanting daughters now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I came

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:54 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then there's still the risk of your kid becoming a druggie, alcoholic or a smoker at the age of 14, no matter how much care you put into raising him.

    Sad stuff. All my primary school and junior high classmates are either alcoholics or smokers or both, EVEN the girls. Don't get me started on high school, me and some dude noone liked were pretty much the only two who didn't smoke and the only two who knew when to stop drinking. Others just drank until they covered the floor with puke and passed out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope! They change because they want to change too. You can be a good parent and do all sorts of good things and your kids can come out rotten as hell still!

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    15:51 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A parent's maximum influence on a child is absolute. A bad parent breeds 'bad' children; a good parent breeds 'good' children. There's no risk.

    People have a tendency to misunderstand pretty much everything, including how to be a 'good' parent. They make enormous mistakes without noticing it, and when confronted about it they might say "I wasn't wrong" "People aren't perfect" or "I have my own life you know" or some other worthless bullshit. A parent has the obligation to give their life to their child, and this includes getting educated on EVERYTHING that can be seen as relevant.

    Being a good parent takes much more intelligence, wisdom and willpower than what most people of all ages have. I trust the dreaded "environment" MUCH more than any parent---in very lucky cases, the environment is THE good parent.

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    Comment by Andices
    11:39 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's the growing up environment that make them change.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh yeah, i don't have children myself, but my cousin has an 11yo girl and my niece is 8yo.

    sometimes they are cute, but most of the time they are just annoying.

    but you have to endure the bad times to treasure the good times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, i think it's just a thing of luck (with the genes). My parents said my 2 siblings were chaos on earth, but when i came along, they didn't have to worry at all, myth has it i was quiet, and only spoke when i had something interesting to say, i would listen quietly and i helped everytime i could. Sadly, things change when one grows up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:12 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree this show is awesome I read the manga so I knew it was something I wanted to watch this season right off the bat

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    Comment by theandysan
    13:18 04/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had just about given up on this whole season of anime, until Usagi Drop came along! Definitely a keeper!!

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    18:25 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lots of anime nowadays that concentrate on having legitimate loli heroines this past year. Maybe it's the perfect storm of a lot of novels and manga following some pattern.

    This show has the best paternal/maternal aspect I've seen in anime since Hanamaru Youchien.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:31 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But in the end Rin want to pregnant with Daikichi's child.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No it's true. Read the ending of the manga. =__=

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    go away, troll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your funny...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 31/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rin was adopted, what means that isn't incest.

    The funny thing is that she became "Kawachi Rin" in the end

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    Comment by zackrosario
    05:15 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    he's right,he aint trolling here.Rin DID want to bear a child with the manga,chapter 56.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:28 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, he's not... read the manga you tards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rin is Daichiki's aunt (his grandfather's daughter and his mom's sister)

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    Comment by jabman025
    13:10 29/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    best anime show I have seen come out in a while, big thumbs up

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    17:07 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Been awhile I've seen such a touching show.
    Best shit to watch before going to bed, indeed....

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah its good. i read the manga too and i know the ending. If it ends like the manga there might be some trouble^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol. True.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 29/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I love lolis so much

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    Comment by Homu Improvement
    13:13 29/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That's right!

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    Comment by ichitaka05
    13:07 29/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Usagi Drop is awesome show! Director, please don't go into Rin's older age stuff. That's when UD became crappy! Keep it in Elementary School.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 29/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Thanks for the spoiler asshole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't really see the spoiler in this. We just know she's gonna get older and it's gonna suck when she does. Big deal.

    Comment by Anonymous

    This is why anime fans are idiots..
    While manga readers are far better than them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't feed it, 18:58.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why you don't talk trash about anime in general, it still doesn't make you look any better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:59 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But is pointless if it doesn't finish the entire manga and only section of it. The only thing left is either an open ending(which might resume someday) or alternate ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    its only good because rin is such a good kid imo but nonetheless its a damn good show

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    Comment by Actar
    14:08 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another case of growing up = becoming crappy? Just like with StrikerS, it seems that these time-skip things are hard to do right...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, you know

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you are right ^Y^

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    how dare you say that about strikerS

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    15:31 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a poor comparison, since Nanoha's aging process in the series is:
    9->15->19->25->Gundam lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, not that the timeskip is bad, but not everyone was happy about the unexpected ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    srsly, i'm going to be so annoyed if they animate into the shoujoshit years and the disappointing ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:41 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ahah prepare to be disappointed!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want the ending you're not wanting. >:C

    Director, do it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Wincest (only they aren't blood related, did you really think the old guy could get it up?)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:05 30/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not in komodo no jinkan...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What was the ending?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well,SPOILER ALERT: Girl grows up, falls in love with the guy taking care of her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:44 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Read manga "Bunny drops"

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    Comment by DmonHiro
    18:41 29/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh really... yeah nobody saw that coming....

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 10/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too late I see a hag coming up in future episodes!


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