Usagi Drop Ep. 9: Typhoon Irene-chan

Hm, earlier this week, rain forced Okabe and Kurisu to close the distance between them, leading to confessions of love. In Usagi Drop, it is, again, a catalyst in bringing people together. Hell, a storm got Shion and Nezumi to meet in No.6 too. There’s just something romantic about rain, isn’t there?

Did we see potential lovers come together in Usagi Drop this week? While I am crossing my fingers for Daikichi and Yukari, who knows how the anime adaptation will play out. At the very least, however, Daikichi got a chance to feel what it would be like to have a family. The same could be said for Rin too, who doesn’t seem to skip a beat around a maternal role model like Yukari.

Everyone just seems so pleased with this arrangement that one must naturally wonder, then, why not make it a reality? This is where you value a child’s frankness: Rin outright suggests that Yukari and Kouki stay over for the night. Unfortunately, thoughts of impropriety probably prevents the adults from taking the step their hearts are yearning for desperately. You can see it in Daikichi’s eyes whenever he gazes at Yukari. Too bad he’s a little too shy on the romantic front to do anything about it.

Kouki, the jester
I like Kouki. I really do. He’s so full of energy and life, but most importantly, he feels like a kid. He’s running, jumping — he has the missing jouissance that Rin lacks. Rin sits quietly by Daikichi and brushes her teeth while Kouki’s running around the house screaming about poop — you gotta love that. But Rin’s reaction? “Jeez.” I’m not saying she’s not a happy child, but she just seems so uptight.

Sometimes, Usagi Drop can feel a little too serious — a little too stuffy. Ah, here’s the perfect father-daughter pair! Bask in the warmth of parenting! It’s like, c’mon, loosen up a little. Bring a ruler for the big turd I just made in the toilet! Is Kouki immature? Of course he is, but he adds a bit of the carnivalesque to the show. Kouki’s the jester; he brings the sunshine to an anime that can be a little cloying at times.

It’s just a little sad when nature is knocking right on everyone’s door, but all the teachers and Rin can do is stick to protocol. Blah blah, your morning glory looks so pretty. Why don’t you sketch it! Yawn.

I dunno, there’s just something a little depressing about this scene. Maybe it’s because I grew up in southern California so I would have killed as a kid to experience a rainstorm. Maybe I just don’t think kids this young should worry so much about drawing time and whatnot. They’re at an age when the world seems most lively. Why hold their fun back? It’s only on the way home that Rin finally joins Kouki in screwing around like little kids should.

What’s wrong with a little strangeness?

Life insurance
I guess with parenting, the thought of mortality also enters the picture. It’s rare for people without kids to start thinking about life insurance, but when you have someone else depending on you, you start to wonder, “Gosh, what are they gonna do if something happens to me?” These thoughts play out in Daikichi’s head amidst an impending typhoon. The anime barely lingers on the topic, however, so we’re not sure if Daikichi will follow suit and get the various insurances for himself and Rin’s sake.

“…bitching and moaning…”
Daikichi muses that other dads are always complaining about their lives even though they seem perfectly content. Isn’t that just the easiest way to relate to other people though? Maybe I’ve been hanging around the wrong crowd, but most people usually don’t get together to wax poetically about their awesome lives. We connect to each other more easily through a jovial deconstruction of our issues.

That’s an awesome-looking kid.

This jocularity about the downsides of life just seems to diffuse the seriousness of our actual problems. After all, if you’re saying to yourself, “What am I working for?” you’ll come across a little bitter. But if you’re just relaxing with some friends during a break, and you’re saying, “Ah man, I don’t know what I’m working for!” with a smile, the problem doesn’t really seem real anymore. It’s just rhetorical.

Everything else
• I wish they taught us how to draw kanji like this when I tried to learn it. The circles seem like they would really help:

Instead, it was “Here’s some paper, now try to mimic me–… no, you’re not mimicking well enough!”

• There’s educational insurance? What on earth are we insuring against?

• Man, what a dad: “Even though I kinda doubt he’ll be college material, being my kid…”

• Aha, even contract employers get a welfare pension program and health insurance in Japan. Sometimes, I don’t know what my own country’s trying to accomplish in screwing over its workers.

• There’s just something about the way Rin suddenly sticks herself into this scene that makes me laugh.

It’s Looney Tunes-esque. Daikichi looks a little smug here.

13 thoughts on “Usagi Drop Ep. 9: Typhoon Irene-chan

  1. Mere

    I would love for Yukari and Daikichi to get together, but the way she stiffened up and averted her eyes when Daikichi walked them to the car didn’t look to good for Daikichi’s chances.

    And man, that is an awesome looking kid. I didn’t even notice it while I was watching the episode cause the mom next to him was so cute.

    1. E Minor Post author

      I dunno, maybe there’s some embarrassment there. This is an Asian culture, after all. You don’t immediately start dating, especially when you’re a recent divorcee.

        1. E Minor Post author

          Well, y’know, most divorces aren’t amicable. Most people think they’ve married their true love, then it all comes crashing down. Nothing beats a squabble over who owns what at a meeting with bloodthirsty lawyers. As a result, I can understand why Yukari might be apprehensive about starting a new relationship. When you especially consider just how perfect Daikichi seems on the surface (discounting that creepy manga ending), it’s almost unreal. They always say, “Watch out — he (or she) is a little too good. There’s gotta be something in the closet.”

  2. sadalmelek

    “Did we see potential lovers come together in Usagi Drop this week? While I am crossing my fingers for Daikichi and Yukari, who knows how the anime adaptation will play out. ”

    What about Kouki and Rin as potential lovers? Don’t know but they do get along too…

    And remember that one common anime cliché are the childhood friends that become lovers as they mature…

  3. Son Gohan

    I disagree with you on Kouki’s behaviour at school. There is a time for playing and a time for studying. Even if the lesson is boring, you are not entitled to skip it and just play with your friends while the other kids listen. Fortunately Rin reprimanded him. At this point he seems very fond of Rin and will never do anything that displeases her.

    1. E Minor Post author

      Even if the lesson is boring, you are not entitled to skip it and just play with your friends while the other kids listen.

      Dude, they’re like six or seven. They’re not learning about life or logic. They were just drawing.

      1. Marow

        We also had to follow class… but well, if we did screw around, at least the teachers didn’t RAGE, but instead try to make something fun out of it. They understood why we did it, because, well, we’re kids.
        Ugh, I don’t like people being strict and following rules “just because”.

        Well well. Rain is awesome by the way. You gotta love it. Rain, snow and wind. Great stuff.

        1. E Minor Post author

          I just feel that whenever the show feels like introducing an “antagonist” (in a very loose sense of the word), it does so without any subtlety whatsoever. The obasan pretty much seemed like she was going to pop a vein over some kids playing during the precious drawing time.

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