「たいふうがきた！」 (Taifuu Ga Kita!)
“The Typhoon Came!”
Standing in for Prooof this week, I was overjoyed to get the opportunity to cover Usagi Drop. The highly coveted show that I originally wanted to cover but reluctantly gave up, I’ve yet to be disappointed by any episode thus far. Who wouldn’t want to watch more of Daikichi and Rin understand just what the meaning of a “family” is? A quick side note, I usually never read the original source material for something I’m watching. But for some reason, I felt compelled to read some of the manga, and I’m amazed with how faithful this adaption is.
This episode, Kouki finally gets the chance to have some of the spotlight thrown onto him. Besides bringing back the silly poop joke about the Shikansen, I loved how the series touched upon the loneliness kids with single parents encounter. I’m sure we all agree that Rin wouldn’t be the best example of what having a single parent is like, since Daikichi is shaping up to be a pretty darn good dad. But getting the opportunity to watch Kouki’s side of the story and experience a little bit of his hardship was enlightening. That scene where he was staring into the rain waiting for Yukari to pick him up — so sad!
But after watching Rin and Daikichi come to rescue and inviting him over to play, my heart skipped a beat. Which actually brings the second idea that’s been bouncing in my head for a while — Daikichi and Yukari (Kouki’s Mom). If things weren’t hinting at it already, it seems fairly apparent that there may be feelings growing between the two. That said, I don’t know if I feel confident saying that anything will come from these feelings. Unless we get some solid hints about Yukari’s feelings toward Daikichi, I don’t think we can forget about Masako just yet. Because even though Daikichi may hate anything involving her, you can’t forget that she is Rin’s biological mother.
At this rate, I really hope that Usagi Drop stays as strong as the manga has been. I’m only a few chapters ahead of where things are now, but it just keeps getting better!