Usagi Drop, episode 9: The forgotten son

Usagi Drop hasn’t put too much focus on Kouki so far. I actually was pretty ok with this, because I thought Kouki comes off more bratty than mischievous in the manga. And while he’s still a bit of a ragamuffin, the anime does a lot better job at giving him more depth and making him more likeable.

Dont let the door hit you on the way out!

Kouki finds himself in a tough situation. Rin may not have her mother (or father, for that matter), at least Daikichi has been very attentive to her. While Kouki’s mom means well, she’s struggling a bit more than Daikichi in achieving a good work/life balance. In response, Kouki’s developed a bit of a devilish streak (although to be fair, I’m not pinning the blame completely on his parents, it’s probably also how he’s wired), getting trouble at school and whatnot. But we also see some of his more quieter moments – whether he’s solemnly gazing out the window as the last child left in daycare, or whether he returns to drawing after getting chided by Rin.

Puddles. A child's best friend next to boxes

Gotta say I really loved this scene. Loved the playfulness, loved the background music. It had a whimsical kids being kids feel, in a Ghibli sort of a way. And maybe it was extra enjoyable seeing Rin abandoning her mature side to join in on the fun too.

A rare nuclear family scene

The nuclear family isn’t something we’ve seen too much of in Usagi Drop (could we consider UD progressive for challenging the “typical” model of family that’s so prevalent and valued in Asian countries? I’ll leave it to the eloquent SnippetTee to investigate that), so the family scene with Daikichi, Rin, Kouki and his mom was a sweet scene. Doubtful that anything comes of Daikichi and Kouki’s mom considering we only have two episodes left, but the mix of Daikichi’s schoolchild-like crush on Kouki’s mom, and her constant state of mom-damsel-in-distress is a nice little combo.

3 Replies to “Usagi Drop, episode 9: The forgotten son”

  1. Kouki’s behaviour also intrigues me however I really haven’t thought of him deeply. I also haven’t read the manga that’s why I didn’t know that Nitani is having much harder time earning than Daikichi. So thanks for these ideas. ^^

    I think UD challenges not just the Asian countries regarding about the conventional views about nuclear family, but all cultures. In one of my replies I said, as we can see, Daikichi isn’t a parent (he doesn’t even have a girlfriend), he’s male, and Rin won’t even acknowledge him as a dad. I believe these what made UD really unique and progressive in terms of defining what “family” and how to nurture a child. The picture that it portrays (male and a child) is the exact opposite of “Mother-Child” symbolism of nurturance.

    1. hmm, i would argue that daikichi actually is a parent. even though legally he may not be, and maybe even rin doesn’t even verbally acknowledge him as a parent, but all the roles he fills, nurturing, caring, protecting, teaching are the roles that you do expect to see from parents (whether mother or father)

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