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A middle-aged bachelor adopts a little girl when she is rejected by the rest of his family.
Yumi Unita debuted professionally in Hakusensha's YOUNG ANIMAL magazine in 1998 and has enjoyed a long and successful career working in various genres. Her series BUNNY DROP was serialized in Shodensha's FEEL YOUNG magazine from October 2005 to April 2011.
At the funeral for Daikichi's grandfather, a surprise guest turns up: Rin, Grandpop's six-year-old lovechild by an unknown woman. The embarrassed family hems and haws until a disgusted Daikichi, who admires Grandfather's spunk, invites the silent and stoic little girl to come home with him. Alas, this thirty-something bachelor can barely relate to either women or kids, and now he's getting a sudden crash course in both. In Volume 2, he manages to track down the mystery mother, who is way more immature than he or even Rin. Gradually, Daikichi grows into a surprisingly competent parent, forming a part friendly, part yearning, part embarrassed relationship with another single parent. Perhaps love will bloom between them or perhaps Rin's mom will mature into wanting a relationship with her child and adoptive father. Targeted to twenty-something women, the series is up to seven volumes in Japan. VERDICT The story manages to be realistic, touching, and funny in all the right spots, with Daikichi an all-too-human role model for a newbie father. The art is slightly awkward in an appropriate way. Strongly recommended for teen and adult collections and for women who have never read manga.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.