Music Monday – Usagi Drop

For today’s Music Monday, I thought I’d talk about my favourite anime of this season: Usagi Drop. In case you haven’t seen it yet, Usagi Drop tells the story of 30-year-old Daikichi Kawachi, who chooses to take of his grandfather’s illegitimate daughter Rin when he passes away. From dealing with wet beds, buying clothes and doing Rin’s hair, Daikichi must learn to be a father figure and make sure Rin has a happy childhood, no matter the sacrifices he must make.

The opening, ‘Sweet Drops’ by PUFFY, has quickly become one of my favourite Anime openings. It’s so such a happy, hope-full song that fills your heart with a warm, fuzzy feeling – as if the series itself didn’t do that with the character of Rin. I mean just look at her, she’s so cute and smart and mature for her age, but as you watch you can tell she is, after all, still a child who above all needs the love of a caring parent.

Indeed, everything about the anime gives me such a fuzzy feeling, especially Daikichi’s efforts on doing right by Rin after all she’s gone through., no matter the cost to himself. This is even more admirable when you understand that it wasn’t his responsibility to take care of Rin – he could have easily ignore her and live his own life. Instead, when he saw no one else in his family was willing to take care of Rin, he stepped up and assumed full responsibilities of Rin’s welfare – even if he didn’t know a thing about being a parent.

The ending is slower than the opening, but by no means is it worse than it. “High High High” by Kasarinchu is a little happy tune than fits the anime quite well, and it’s also becoming one of my favourite songs.

In conclusion, if you’re not watching this anime, what are you doing reading this? GO WATCH IT.