うさぎドロップ 9 - Yumi Unita, 宇仁田ゆみ This is my review for the whole series. It ends at volume 10, but that is just filled with short back stories explaining certain questions that were not answered during the original run.

I want to say first of me and manga have been going up and down this year. The manga I pick always start out with a FANTASTIC premise---and slowly start to unraveling. This book would have been completely amazing if not for the last half of the books. Before I delve into that---let's just talk about basic first 4-5 volumes.

The plot was adorable. I just loved how "slice of life" this novel presented itself. The situation, events, and every day life Unita created was realistic that you could almost picture it happening to anyone---anywhere. The characters were well fleshed out even though I could never really understand why Daikichi was never liked by Kouki's mother. The series started to be appealing because there was not any filler material. The story went smoothly along as the character development started to unfold. I did not even mind the jump 10 years because I was wondering how many little kid stories would we have to deal with before it was not cute anymore.

So my initial feelings were MORE! Pretty please more stories!

so cute

After they skipped forward ten years, I still liked the story. Rin had grown a little bit more to explore her feelings with Kouki (which was to be expected) and you were able to see Reina develop her feelings and deal with her parents aftermath. I was still along for the ride. Even AFTER the whole showdown with Rin and Kouki---and I'm going okay----they might not end up happily ever after, but she'll be going to college soon...case closed.

THE BOMB DROPS. THE BIG FREAKING---The back of my mind alerted me to that conversation when she was younger about not wanting to take Daikichi's surname...and I realize that feelings could blossom in that relationship. Yet, I expected Daikichi to shut it down. SHUT. IT. DOWN.

I mean he was clueless about her feelings HE STILL SAW HER AS A LITTLE GIRL---and the famous line where he contemplates "having to start seeing her as 'not his daughter...' and almost make himself acknowledge her as a woman...

The few conversations he would have openly with himself and watching him battle out father/man feelings was indeed hilarious due to his tortured monologues... FURTHERMORE, I wanted to find excuses to like the end pairing... I figured early on that his grandpa was NOT the father---but in the case the book revealed otherwise--- I was thinking "like mother like daughter..." I could somehow warm up to it, right?! WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.

So here I am when it's all over thinking to myself:

what



WHY?!



When you do a really good job of bringing a guardian and child relationship together---especially one that was so unpredictable as that storyline...the feelings just took away from it at the end. It started off like a cute mix of Aishiteruze Baby and Yotsuba&! child-like quality and morphed into a Jane Eyre ending finale!

I mean---I'm happy Daikichi will not end up alone---and may have a future child in the works...but I'm still freaked out.

seriously