Every so often, I'll try a manga. As the young adult librarian, I feel like that's something I should do. I'll hear from teen patrons that they love a title more than life itself and give it a try. Then, often, I'll miss whatever it was that made the manga so great--it's okay, I'm at a different place in life than the teens I work with, but I'd prefer to relate to them through shared love of a story.
That's why I'm hoping they'll enjoy Bunny Drop. It's a series we recently began collecting by Yumi Unita about a young professional named Daikichi who impulsively takes custody of his recently deceased grandfather's lovechild, Rin. Daikichi is single and inexperienced at parenting, not to mention the responsibilities of adulthood. Still, he manages to care for her and it's fun to watch their relationship evolve. The story's touching and funny, though occasionally marred by clumsy translation. It's compelling enough that I powered through those instances to see what happens next. Does Daikichi learn to care for a child? Does he put her above his career? Will he ever find out who her mother is? Will his family accept Rin? Can Rin learn to open up to others?
Really, this manga isn't just for teens. The concept is similar to About a Boy, except Daikichi isn't rich and he's actually related to Rin. If you enjoyed the sweetness and humor of that book/movie, and you don't mind reading a comic book from back to front, give Bunny Drop a whirl.
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