So first of all, let’s begin with the synopsis:
Going home for his grandfather’s funeral, thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover! The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin. In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to take her in himself! But will living with this overgrown teenager of man help Rin come out of her shell? And hang on, won’t this turn of events spell doom for Daikichi’s love life?!
That and the movie preview is what got me interested in the series. So let’s break it down.
The story revolves around Daikichi who apparently thinks that the opposite sex is his enemy. Who works in a 9-5 job with lots and lots of overtime. Who has been carefree and lacks responsibility (which of course is hinted by his family members). And who, as volume one progresses, begins to slowly become an adult. But truth be told, I just think he’s misunderstood.
Rin is the oddball; the six-year-old that is to tall for her age and too shy to speak. Well that’s how the family sees her. But as she begins to live with Daikichi, not only he, but us, were able to see that she is a lot more responsible then Daikichi is. In a way, she balances him. I guess she is the adult and Daikichi is the little kid. A role reversal.
There isn’t much at the moment. I know, he’s dead, but I feel like there might be more… like if he is surrounded by mystery, so definitely something to look forward to!
I don’t want to go on detail about them (for now), but Daikichi’s family is definitely in the loop. At the beginning of the novel, you can’t help but feel annoyed by them, but by the end, they are, kind of, okay…
The story is amazing and truly touching. The fact that Yumi Unita touches on topics about death, divorce, parenthood, and responsibility in a serious manner while throwing some silliness at the side is amazing! (and I used amazing twice here).
Definitely something worth buying. Its refreshing while touching familiar topics. The art style is very different from other mangas I’ve read, which would explain why this is a lot taller then most of my mangas. And the fact that we see how a child, who acts as an adult, and an adult who acts like a child begin take their respected roles; makes us ask for more.
So, thank you Yen Press for bringing this to the U.S.
Till next time