Usagi Drop – 11 (End)

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Usagi Drop was true to itself in the end, and that’s all I can ask for.  I can see this conclusion not pleasing everyone, but for many of the same reasons it certainly pleased me.

Make no mistake, this was as open-ended as endings get.  We didn’t get any real progress on the romance front, there were no life-changing events, and the notorious time-skip of the manga was never even referenced (I thought we might see it in the prologue, but no).  This was just another episode about the joys and challenges  of learning how to be a parent – a bit more reflective, perhaps, but very much in-kind with the series as a whole.  Fortunately, that’s exactly the kind of ending I was hoping for, because this show does the everyday as well as any show this year, and tends to suffer a bit when it forces the action.  This is how I put it last week:

I don’t think a traditional finale will work well for Usagi Drop, and I hope it goes for the lighter style of the earlier eps with an open-ended conclusion. 

Obviously, it was as if I had the pipeline to Production I.G. on this one.  One thing that really struck me in watching the finale was that Daikichi is a person with extraordinarily instincts.  It was a tiny moment that brought it to mind – when he remembered to tell Yukari that the pudding and the little drink were from Rin, not himself.  But that tiny moment was important to Rin, and his instincts told Daikichi that.  As we watch him constantly being surprised by all the little things that go into being a parent – things there’s no way he could know, never having experienced it (like the little boxes for baby teeth) – we could wonder how in the world Daikichi manages it.  But it’s because he’s a smart guy who has good instincts in both senses.  They tell him what the best course of action is, and they push him towards doing the right thing.  His instincts are both practical and morally sound, and that’s what drew he and Rin to each other in the first place.

So what Kamei Kanta and I.G. gave us in this finale were some very normal slice-of-live moments directly from the manga.  Rin starting to lose her baby teeth, with Kouki having a head start.  The jump-rope contest, which gave Daikichi the chance to show off his skills and his insecurities both, as he worried about his weight.  It gave us some play dates with Yukari and the fathers he met at the school last time.  But what it also gave us that was a little more “finale-like” was Daikichi wrestling with some self-doubt.  It’s only natural that he would wonder if he’d still be as cool with totally subverting his own interests for his child’s in a few years as he was currently, as a newbie parent.  His friends had no great pearls of wisdom for him – just their resigned but contented view that living for their kids was still OK by them, even if it meant they had to steal their “me” time at work, or surrender it altogether.  And it seems as if Daikichi decided he was OK with it as well, with the realization that Rin’s smile was enough motivation to get him through the night.  Daikichi has grown up – he’s at a place now where he can calmly give Kazumi advice about her impending marriage and the question of kids, counseling patience and self-sacrifice.

Open-ended conclusion indeed – I commend I.G. and Kamei-sensei for having the guts to avoid artificial drama and give us an ending that fit the personality of both the manga and the anime perfectly.  There’s very little definite as we leave things except that Daikichi and Rin are together, Yukari and Kouki are their dear friends, and anything is possible.  The traumas of puberty and adolescence are a far-off worry, with only Rin’s startling growth rate as a gentle reminder than time is indeed passing and everyone is changing.  If there were ever a second season of Usagi Drop I’d certainly watch it gladly, but I’m quite content to leave things as they are, with a world of possibilities open and no limits except what the imagination will allow.

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  1. A

    Usagi Drop was one of the shows I really wanted to watch every week. For the most part it did a believable job with all the characters and the story. I could definitely see someone acting the same way Daikichi did. The last episode just seemed to fit in good with the show. I hope they will do a second season.

  2. Maybe an anime-original second season…

  3. s

    Great final episode!

    Can't stop laugh when Rin smile without her front teeth, especially when Daikichi take a picture of her *like Walrus*… LOL

  4. z

    The manga chapter that this episode is based on is the last chapter before the time skip. So if there is a second season then it will be a time skip in between. But I guess I wont spoil anything by saying that while there is a time skip so is life pretty much the same and the people act alike too. In the manga so does it just happen in between two chapters, there is no explanation about what happens in between as it shown rather then recapped.

  5. f

    @Guardian Enzo

    Actually…the manga has it's own ending, and it's when Rin grows up. I dont' know about Puberty, but adolescence is definitely covered in the manga.

  6. I know it has its own ending, foureyedjim – I just don't know if people want to see that ending animated!

  7. A

    Great anime! i expect to have SS2

  8. U

    @Guardian Enzo

    hmm…I guess so. They were very faithful in their adaptation so I don't think it would make sense to make a different ending. Not to mention the anime ended pretty much halfway between the manga's story.

  9. A

    I LOVED this ending. Though to be honest I guess I'm coming in the door with a bit more "baggage" because I have read the manga. Had I NOT read the manga I may have been unsatisfied with things being left off so open endedly, but let me tell you guys who might feel that way … this ending is completely, UTTERLY and INFINITELY better than the way they massacred the finale in the manga. I had hoped and prayed while watching this wonderful show that the anime wouldn't disrespect the underlying message of the story by showing the mangaka's horrible errs in judgment which ultimately ruined the series (can you tell I hate the manga ending yet, lol cause I do), so kudos for them preserving the beauty of a parent-child relationship! Daikichi is my hero! I too am REALLY hoping for a S2, an anime original version of how Usagi drop SHOULD have ended would be so nice to see!

  10. Well, I'v given in and decided to see what all the fuss is about with the manga. I'd already read a few chapters post-jump and had a theory or two as to what might have upset the fans so much. I'll make a post once I've finished it.

    Incidentally – anyone else actually like the character designs in the anime better than the manga?

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