Saturday, September 17, 2011

[Ended] Usagi Drop: Life, Sliced

Prior to the start of the season, if you had asked me based on the previews I saw for the season, I would never have picked this to be in the top three from this season. But as it turned out, even if other series from this season end in some dramatic fashion that makes a significantly better impression than they currently are, they'll be at best sharing the top spot with Usagi Drop. Yes, it is that good.

Having said that, however, I'd say only people that appreciates a well made slice of life story would hold same opinions as I do--I personally know people that does not enjoy any slice of life story, period. But I think those kind of people are few and far between. I think a good point of reference would be Honey x Clover. If you enjoyed Honey x Clover, you'd probably agree with me--they're quite similar, in many ways.

Another anime it reminds me of, is Aishiteruze Baby (which by the way is an anime I'm very very fond of). While the story is not quite the same, neither were their central focuses, but they both have a similar ring when it comes to how two almost unrelated persons, one old, one young, stuck together due to some inconvenient event, overcame the difficulties life threw at them and worked together to build a better tomorrow.

The story itself is actually quite simple. There are not many mysteries or difficult problem to figure out. But it's this simplicity, combine with great character development and excellent voice acting (especially Rin), fabricated this remarkable anime.

Final scoreboard:

Drama: 98 (Light, but good)
Comedy: 94 (Funny yet adorable)
Action: N/A
Art/Animation: 98 (Intriguing style)
Sound/Music: 97 (Excellent)
Character: 100 (Adorable)
Plot: 93 (Life)
Ending: 90 (Life moves on)

Re-watch value: 80 (Still adorable)

Overall: 97 - It's Life

The bottom line is, if you're fond of this type of slice of life story, then you may well be in complete agreement with me that this is the best anime of the season. However, I do personally know people that would completely dismiss any slice of life anime just because they have no desire to see anything based on the current reality they're living in. If you are one of those people, then don't bother. But you'll missing out a lot of great animes.

One last thing, before I forget, in my opinion, Usage Drop is

Anime of the season for July 2011 Season


Micky said...

Possibly my anime of the year right here. It's just too good. I wonder if they could pull off a 2nd season..

Micky said...

...annd now that I've read the manga.. I feel it would be better if they left it as is.

The Evil Cat said...

I don't know, aside from not being too comfortable with it from the moral stand point, I'm actually quite fond of the way it ended in manga. It feels....nice and warm. ^_^

Micky said...

Hard to say. It's very sweet on one hand, but kinda strange and creepy on the other.

DamonSalvatore said...

yeah, the ending is sweet and warm, but i need to force myself that they will move to other place where no one knows them.. it is the best decision i think..