What a way to end this beautiful series – a quick capture on how Daikichi met Rin and the things that had happened during that one year. The start at grandpa’s funeral and the end at a gathering for grandpa’s one year death anniversary.
Rin and her friends were participating in a rope competition and were practicing rope jumping at the park. It’s great to see Daikichi mingling with other parents and learning from them their experience and thoughts at the same time. Even if it’s just a short while, he must’ve learned something valuable about life being a parent or a guardian. As for Rin, she looks super cute when she lose AND won the rope competition. Can you jump rope backwards?
It’s even better to see Rin so attached to Daikichi’s family already. I know her relationship with them has greatly improved but she’s getting really cozy with them and Kazumi noticed that. She’s getting married soon and worried about her capabilities of being a mother. And I’m thinking her expression (besides being surprised at how much Rin has grown) when she met Rin again was the expression of “Can I do this?”. Although I’m not a parent or anything and I’ve never raise a kid, but I think it should be a fulfilling experience based on the stories I listen to from my friends and colleagues as well as the perspectives of the parents in Usagi Drop. So don’t worry too much, Kazumi. You may think you cannot give up your wonderful I-can-do-whatever-I-want-life, but if Daikichi can do it, you can too.
Also, how can I not mention anything about all the teeth drama?! I know I was laughing at Kōki’s reaction when his tooth came out at the supermarket. Funny boy. And then I was laughing even harder at Daikichi’s family reaction when Rin’s tooth came out. I kinda expect that sort of reaction would come from adults. It’s another one of those situations whereby adults and kids would react differently. By the way, do any of you have your baby teeth as keepsake? You know, every now and then I learn something by watching Usagi Drop. Like the tree way back in episode six and now this – baby teeth as keepsake.
I know I wanted a second season cuz I know the story hasn’t end. But I thought the ending here was wonderfully done. I can always see Usagi Drop as an anime that follows Daikichi’s decision of raising Rin instead of their lives together over the years. With that, this series has certainly shown whether Daikcihi has found the closure he needed from the decision he made at the very beginning of this anime series. He knew he made the right choice. He no longer dwells on whether or not his sacrifice is worth it cuz he knows it is. It is the right decision to become Rin’s legal guardian and raise her as if she’s his own child. So, this could very well be the end of Usagi Drop. Anime version.