The realities of living the life of a single parent sink in for Daikichi.
As Daikichi’s mom informs him, and as Daikichi himself finds out, parenting’s not easy – especially for a single parent. It’s a struggle for Daikichi to balance his very busy job and taking care of Rin. There’s shopping for Rin’s stuff (which Rin pretty much does), registering for nursery school (which Daikichi almost forgets… but Rin reminds him) sending her to school and picking her up (fortunately Rin wakes him up on time)… Wait, it seems like Rin’s taking care of him.
I’m pretty sure the episode was trying to imply something like that. There was a whole short little scene with Rin teaching Daikichi table manners that I found exceedingly ironic and cute. Reminds me about how when a lot of people get older, they tend to disregard or forget the stuff they learned as a child. And that’s not meant to be pretentious or anything… I’m fully aware that I’m one of those people. You won’t catch me with my elbows off the table 😀
But of course, even though raising children is hard, good things come from it. One such example is Daikichi quitting smoking so Rin wouldn’t be exposed to it. This also shows his feelings for Rin and how he’s willing to sacrifice for her sake, a very parental sort of thing. Secondhand smoke is terrible! Naturally, another great thing that Daikichi gets is Rin’s cuteness… cmon, you know it. Rin bouncing on the futon was totally adorable. If only all children were that cute…
Another quality episode of Usagi Drop. Though not as emotional as the first one, it’s twice as cute. I’m gonna repeat myself in that Usagi Drop is amazing (so far, though I expect it will continue). I had a smile on the whole time I watched this – you really can’t help but feel happy and heartwarmed watching this show.