New Manga Releases: April 22, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for April 22, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Animal Land GN 9
Bunny Drop GN 10
Flowers of Evil GN 9
Higurashi: When They Cry Festival Accompanying Arc GN 4
Inu X Boku Secret Service GN 3
No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular GN 3

New Manga Releases: August 20, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for August 20, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

BTOOOM! GN 3
Bunny Drop GN 9
Cage of Eden GN 11
Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly GN
Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit GN 9
Judge GN 1
Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice GN 2
Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 2: Turn of the Golden Witch GN 2

New Manga Releases: April 23, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for April 23, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit GN 2
Atomcat GN
Black Butler GN 13
Bloody Monday GN 10
Bride of the Water God GN 13
Bunny Drop GN 8
Doubt GN 1
Fairy Tail GN 25
Gantz GN 27
Is This a Zombie? GN 4
Knock Me Up GN
Love Infusion GN
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya GN 15
Negima! Magister Negi Magi GN 38
Pandora Hearts GN 15

New Anime Releases: January 29, 2013

Here are the new anime releases for January 29, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

Arakawa Under the Bridge Season 1 [DVD]
Arakawa Under the Bridge Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Baka & Test: Season Two [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Bunny Drop [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Fate/Stay Night: Collection 1 [Blu-ray]
Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up [Blu-ray]
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 13 [DVD]
Shin Chan: The Complete Third Season [DVD]

Manga Review: “Bunny Drop” Volume One

Article first published as Manga Review: Bunny Drop Volume One by Yumi Unita on Blogcritics.

Bunny Drop Volume One is a manga by Yumi Unita, and it was published in North America by Yen Press in 2010. I don’t see a rating printed anywhere on this volume, but I would personally recommend Bunny Drop to manga readers who are 13 or 14 years of age and older.


Daikichi is a single 30-year-old man who has never been terribly fond of kids. At the beginning of the volume, Daikichi’s grandfather has passed away; when he arrives at his grandfather’s house, there’s a little girl he’s never seen before. Daikichi’s mother informs him that the little girl appears to be his grandfather’s love child with a younger woman, and that her mother doesn’t seem to be in the picture.

None of Daikichi’s relatives really want anything to do with Rin. In an angry outburst, Daikichi proclaims that he will take Rin in and raise her. Suddenly, this single man who’s never been fond of children is raising a little girl, and discovering how much work it really is to be a single parent. He suddenly finds himself having to feed and clothe Rin, making daycare arrangements for her while he’s at work, and dealing with a bedwetting issue. As the volume goes on, Daikichi begins finding help and advice in places that he never would have thought of looking. And in the midst of all this, Daikichi also decides that he’s going to try to find out where Rin’s mother is.

The first volume of Bunny Drop tells a very touching story. As a parent, I can relate a lot to what Daikichi finds himself going through after taking in Rin. As a character, his heart does seem to be in the right place, and I found myself rooting for Daikichi and Rin. Unita’s depiction of Daikichi and Rin make them likable characters for the reader. I was so interested in what I was reading, I really had a hard time putting down this volume of Bunny Drop.

My 15-year-old daughter also read this manga volume, and she commented to me that it touched on some deep issues. I have to say that I agree with her assessment. While manga and anime stories about single fathers raising kids alone tend to be more in a comedic vein, such as Yotsuba&!, Bunny Drop takes this subject matter in a more serious direction. That’s not to say that there isn’t any humor in Bunny Drop, but this manga series doesn’t rely on the humor to drive the story.

The art in Bunny Drop is a little on the simple side, but I think it works for the story that Unita is trying to tell. The simple style also seems to work well for Rin’s character design; part of her cuteness comes from the simplicity of her design.

Unita has created a very touching, yet compelling, story about trying to be a single parent. By the time I finished Volume One, I really wanted to read Volume Two to find out what happens next. I would definitely recommend Bunny Drop to manga readers who enjoy slice-of-life stories.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Bunny Drop Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.

New Manga Releases: November 20, 2012

Here are the new manga releases for November 20, 2012. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

Aron’s Absurd Armada Omnibus GN 1
Bokurano: Ours GN 7
Bunny Drop GN 7
Deltora Quest GN 9
Is This a Zombie? GN 3
The Limit GN 2
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan GN 6
Nabari No Ou GN 12
Omamori Himari GN 9
REAL GN 11
Sailor Moon Box Set (Vol. 1-6)
Saturn Apartments GN 6
Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro GN 3
Soul Eater GN 11
Soulless GN 2
Spice and Wolf GN 7
Thermae Romae GN 1
Trigun Maximum Omnibus GN 1
Umineko When They Cry GN 1: Legend of the Golden Witch 1
X/1999 Omnibus GN 4

New Manga Releases: August 21, 2012

Here are the new manga releases for August 21, 2012. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment on this post and let me know.

Bamboo Blade GN 14
The Betrayal Knows My Name Omnibus GN 4
Bunny Drop GN 6
Dorohedoro GN 7
Gon GN 7
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya GN 13 (Manga)
Nabari No Ou GN 11
Omamori Himari GN 8
Puella Magi Madoka Magica GN 2
Soul Eater GN 10
Tenjho Tenge GN 8

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: March 25-31, 2012

Here are the top ten selling manga series in North America for the week of March 25-31, 2012, according to the New York Times.

1. Spice and Wolf Volume 6 by Isuna Hasekura and Keito Koume
2. Pokémon Black and White Volume 6 by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto
3. Pandora Hearts Volume 9 by Jun Mochizuki
4. Is This a Zombie? Volume 1 by Shinichi Kimura and Sacchi
5. Naruto Volume 55 by Masashi Kishimoto
6. The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan Volume 5 by Nagaru Tanigawa and Puyo
7. Sailor Moon Volume 4 by Naoko Takeuchi
8. A Bride’s Story* by Kaoru Mori
9. Bunny Drop Volume 5 by Yumi Unita
10. Bamboo Blade Volume 12 by Masahiro Totsuka and Aguri Igarashi

*Note: The New York Times did not specify which volume of A Bride’s Story made the list. Yen Press released the third volume of the series on March 27, 2012.

New Manga Releases: March 27, 2012

Here are the new manga releases for March 27, 2012. If you see any errors or omissions, please feel free to leave a comment on this forum post and let me know.

13th Boy GN 11
Bamboo Blade GN 12
A Bride’s Story GN 3
Bunny Drop GN 5
Drops of God GN 3
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan GN 2
Is This a Zombie? GN 1
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service GN 12
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan GN 5
Negima! Master Negi Magi Omnibus 4
Pandora Hearts GN 9
Spice and Wolf GN 6

New Manga Releases: September 20, 2011

Here are the new manga releases for September 20, 2011. If you see any errors or omissions, please feel free to leave a comment to this blog post and let me know. Thanks!

Bad Teacher’s Equation GN 2
Bamboo Blade GN 10
Berserk GN 35
The Book of Human Insects
Border GN 2
Bunny Drop GN 4
Deltora Quest GN 2
Fullmetal Alchemist GN 26
House of Five Leaves GN 4
Kizuna Deluxe Edition GN 4
Lovephobia GN 1
My Girlfriend’s A Geek GN 4
Negima! Magister Negi Magi Vol. 31
Rabbit Man, Tiger Man GN 2
A Strange And Mystifying Story GN 3
With the Light Vol. 8
Yakuza Cafe GN
Zombie-Loan GN 12