Free to a good home: Bunny Drop

You’ve probably already noticed this, but I can be a little scattered. This quality can result in me winding up with more than one copy of the same comic. For instance, in a burst of josei boosterism, I grabbed a copy of Yumi Unita’s Bunny Drop (Yen Press) over the weekend, completely forgetting that I’d pre-ordered it through the comic shop. But you can profit from my absent-mindedness, as I’m giving away the unread extra.

You know what I think of the book, but a second opinion is always useful, so here’s Deb (About.Com) Aoki’s take:

Bunny Drop could have been saccharine or silly – but instead, Unita gives readers a heartfelt, thoughtful and endearing slice-of-life story that will ring true for anyone who has ever loved or cared for a child.”

The last time I did one of these giveaways, I focused on fictional moms. This time around, we’ll concentrate on the father figures.

To enter, simply send me an email at DavidPWelsh at Yahoo dot Com that mentions your favorite comics father or father figure. Now, “favorite” need not necessarily mean “nice.” If there’s a perfectly dreadful father, grandfather, or male guardian that warms the cockles of your heart, he’s fair game. And by “comics,” I’m not limiting you to narrative comics from Japan. If the dad is drawn, he’s eligible, so that includes comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, and so on, from whatever country or time period you choose. If you already have a copy of Bunny Drop but still want to sing the praises of a compelling comics father figure, please feel free to do so in the comments.

Deadline for entries will be at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time Sunday, March 21, 2010. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

9 Responses to Free to a good home: Bunny Drop

  1. […] Welsh is giving away a free copy of vol. 1 of Bunny Drop to readers of Manga Curmudgeon. Don’t be put off by the name; this is a great book. I read it […]

  2. I think I’ll go with Ogami Itto. Probably not the best father, but quite possibly the awesomest.

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    You can’t go wrong with the classics.

  4. Margaret says:

    My favorite (sort of) manga father figure is Kippei Katakura in Yoko Maki’s “Aishiteruze Baby” (Viz). Kippei is a seventeen-year-old high school playboy who is suddenly saddled with the role of “Mr. Mom”-style chief caregiver when his recently-widowed aunt simply takes off, leaving her five-year-old daughter Yuzuyu behind. The Katakuras, who have apparently never met the child before, reluctantly decide to take her in, and Kippei’s bossy older sister assigns him to take care of the kid because a) “you’re sweet to girls” and b) she hopes Kippei’s having to babysit a five-year-old will have a dampening effect on his frenetic social life and tendency to attract annoying female stalkers to the house.

    This arrangement actually works out surprisingly well. Although Kippei is initially less than thrilled to be handed such a major responsibility, he likes Yuzu, and his easygoing charm enables him to bond with her almost immediately. But good intentions aren’t enough. The previously undomesticated boy quickly realizes that half-measures like hastily buying his little cousin a pre-packaged lunch at a convenience store on the way to kindergarten can have traumatic consequences in a milieu where bringing in an amateurish or non-homemade bento is perceived as a symptom of a shamefully inadequate family. Various comical and touching misadventures in lunchmaking ensue, ranging from Kippei’s well-intentioned maiden effort of a single ridiculously oversized riceball to his awkward attempt to research what little girls like to eat for lunch by consulting his secret crush Kokoro and her friends.

    Judging by your review and the other descriptions I’ve seen of “Bunny Drop,” it sounds as if it and “Aishiteruze Baby” have a lot in common, although “Bunny Drop” appears to be somewhat less goofily comedic in overall tone.

  5. davidpwelsh says:

    What a great comparison, Margaret. I enjoyed the early volumes of Aishiteruze Baby but admit that it got swept aside by the great volume of… other stuff. The two titles do have a lot in common, though, and it’s interesting to look at a shojo example next to a josei telling.

  6. […] name of your favorite manga father figure and you’ll be eligible to win a copy of Bunny Drop. Click here for contest details… Michael Pinto shares some vintage shojo spreads by Eico Hanamura… […]

  7. Shelly says:

    Dads are often absent in manga, aren’t they, other than strict distant characters opposed to people doing what they want.

    I do love Kippei in Aishiteruze Baby, but my favorite father these days has to be Yotsuba’s dad. I love his mix of bewilderment, playfulness, sternness, and above all acceptance and love of his strange daughter. I love how he encourages her to be herself, and how he eggs her on with blank-faced fabrications, and how he’s got a side of real exasperated “dad” in him that we’d all have dealing with a child like her. I think perhaps he reminds me of what I love about my dad. XD

  8. davidpwelsh says:

    Dads are also often really, really dumb in manga, though generally that’s for comic effect. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But I absolutely agree with your assessment of Yotsuba’s pop. He’s terrific.

  9. […] Congratulations to Michelle (Soliloquy in Blue) Smith on winning a copy of Yumi Unita’s Bunny Drop (Yen Press)! Michelle described her favorite fictional father figure, Captain Kondo from Kaze […]

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