The theme of this work is about "child rearing" with the present social circumstance in Japan. this well-impressed worldview which draws a drama seriously and this heartwarming story with tears, sadness, and smiles are brilliant. This pale color animation and calm music mutch the atmosphere of this story very much. It never consists of showy animations, music, and performances but it is a great story because it draws universal values between parents and children, families, and societies.
|Title (Eng)||Bunny Drop|
Daikishi who is 30 years old and a single man meets Rin who is 6 years old and a stranger for him. He is astonished when he knows she is his grandfather’s love child. The relatives impose a responsibility of taking in her each other. Daikichi cannot stand they are talking about it any longer. therefore, he declares he takes in her. Daikichi has a strong sense of justice but he is careless and Rin is grown up than her age. Those odd partners start to live together with helping each other.
3. Character’s way of Speaking
･Kawachi Daikichi (河地 大吉, かわち だいきち)
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He is 30 years old and a company employee. He uses the way of general speaking as a Japanese man. He speaks a little rough tone, “xxxじゃねぇ”, “xxxかよ”, etc. but he doesn’t use any slang words. When you see just his tone or face, you maybe think he looks scary, but he has gentle one side, for example, he takes in Rin without relatives. There is the episode that he apologizes to her saying “はい、すんません” when she points out his meal of manners. “はい、すんません” is a loose expression, but “はい、すいません” is a more polite wording than “はい、すみません”. Therefore, you see he regards her as an adult.
･Kaga Rin (鹿賀 りん, かが りん)
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She is 6 years old and a girl of few words. Although, she is very polite. She uses short words, “あれがいい” (I want that), “くつした” (I want a pair of socks), etc. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the part of that has been abbreviated. Daikichi becomes in place of her parents, but she calls him his name “Daikichi”. In general, children call their fathers “おとうさん” even if they are fathers-in-law. Although, she calls him as a roommate since her father is the other man for her. The scene that Rin says “もう、おきないの？” (Doesn’t he wake up anymore?) to Daikichi is put her sincerely feeling. Like this, you may find so many scenes that immature and pure words of children let you heartwarming in this story.
4. Terms and Talking Contents
She talks a lot of simple words. He also uses easy words for her. Since 70% of conversations in this anime are between Rin and Daikichi, the difficulty level is very low. As mentioned above, some of her words are abbreviated but it is easy to understand the story by the actions of characters. In the first episode, there is the scene of the Japanese funnel. Some of the words, “葬式” (そうしき, funeral), “大往生” (だいおうじょう, peaceful death), etc. appear, but he explains them to her. Therefore, it will be easy to understand them. There are a lot of scenes using just facial expressions or music. It is possible to feel “間 (ま, the time of silent)”, which is valued by Japanese people.
5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)
･Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)
|2||ぼしてちょう||母子手帳||mother and child health notebook|
|3||ほいくえん||保育園||nursery school; day nursery|
･Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)
|6||いどう||異動||change personnel; transfer|
|8||るいはともをよぶ||類は友を呼ぶ||birds of a feather flock together|
|9||ももくりさんねんかきはちねん||桃栗三年柿八年||it often takes time to bear the fruit of one’s actions; planted peach and chestnut seeds take three years (to bear fruit), persimmons take eight|
6. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime
This story is about a girl who is 6 years old. Therefore, difficult terms occurrence rate is very low 0.9 terms/episode. There are scenes using difficult words and polite language for colleagues and some adults. Although there are few those scenes, it is possible to study Japanese easily by this anime. Since the conversations between Rin and Daikichi are simple and heartwarming, it is good for your training of listening. This is a great anime that it should be recommended for all of the Japanese learners and beginners.
|Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate||0.9 terms/episode||= 9 / 11|
|Difficulty Level||8th grade||= Middle School|
|Total Difficulty Score||7.2 points||= 0.9 * 8|
|Comprehensive Judgment||Very Easy||in 0 to 29.9 points|
|Recommended Japanese Learner||Beginner|