Usagi Drop – 08
「おじいちゃんのだいじ」 (Precious to Grandpa)
“Ojii-san no Daiji”
The opening scene here confirms again how mature Rin is for her age. I mean, she wakes up early and puts clothes in laundry, washes her face, flips the calendar and waters the plants (her tree to be exact). Maybe I was just a brat, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do all that without being told when I was younger, and admittedly even now some of it still holds over as lazy habits. Given the age difference, it’s ironic comparing her with the slob that Daikichi is, though as a single working-age guy he is fairly normal in that respect. Rin has actually opened up quite a bit since Daikichi met her at the funeral, and from her responses to things, she seems to have become quite emotionally mature too. She also suddenly manages to figure out that if her father is Daikichi’s grandfather, then Daikichi’s mother would be her sister. Truly it is impossible to hide things from kids as they know more than they let off, always managing to catch exactly what you’re trying to avoid. Luckily for Daikichi, Rin doesn’t press the issue, but I’m sure similar questions will continue to rise in the future.
With the Obon festival coming up, they visit Souichi’s grave, and Daikichi realizes that Masako has been there as well. After acting like some creepy stalker, he meets with her and offers her a chance to look at Rin, adding to my belief that he really is a considerate person, often in unexpected ways. As for Rin’s mother herself, it’s undeniable being a mangaka can be hectic and stressful, and in addition Masako is a weak-willed person – often unsure of what to do and chronically nervous. She’s clearly harboring some regrets and misses Souichi as well, but like Daikichi, I’m not sure what to make of her or her boyfriend. Masako’s situation is understandably complex, and though she shouldn’t have left her child like that, judging her as a bad person just through those lens is also unfair.
Putting her drama aside, there are plenty d’aww moments involving Rin as always, making their interactions a treat to watch. I’ve said it before, but the calm, peaceful BGM adds a lot to the tranquil mood of the show and the hand-drawn feel/watercolor tone, especially in the opening scene, also adds to that feeling. We are now about two-thirds through the adaption, and signs of the oft-mentioned controversial manga ending haven’t shown up yet, but for now I’m still highly enjoying this slow-paced, light-hearted slice of life.
Side Note: If you haven’t noticed already, the OP and ED sequences have been subtly changing each episode, and this week’s ED also included some scenes from the anime.