NIS America License Bunny Drop Anime For U.S. Release This August

By Ishaan . April 29, 2012 . 10:33am

NIS America have announced another anime license for North American release—Bunny Drop (Usagi Drop in Japan), scheduled for release on August 7th on Blu-ray and DVD. Like NISA’s other premium anime sets, it will come with a hard cover art book.


Bunny Drop is the story of Daikichi and Rin. When Daikichi attends his grandfather’s funeral, he learns of the existence of Rin, who is his grandfather’s illegitimate child with an unknown woman. Considered an embarrassment to the family, Rin is treated by an outcast by their relatives, after which Daikichi takes it upon himself to be her guardian.


In North America, the Usagi Drop manga is licensed by Yen Press and is an ongoing publication. Along with House of Five Leaves and 20th Century Boys, the series was nominated for an Eisner Award last year.

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  • That’s great, NIS.  Now give me my Black Rock Shooter game.

  • That’s nice and all, but NISA just keeps licensing stuff and we’re lucky if we ever see them. Where’s my English Black Rock Shooter: The Game?

    • aoihana

      I’m not familiar with NISA and their past projects, but I can understand where you’re coming from. 

      It can be a bit frustrating, but in the case of Black Rock Shooter: The Game, or any game for that matter, the localization is a monumental task. 

      This reminds me of XSEED and their work on Grand Knights History, which fans are(or were, I haven’t checked) in obscurity about.

      NISA must be overwhelmed at the moment, so, please understand.

      Bringing over a typical anime is on a much smaller scale, and Bunny Drop’s release date is already listed, so I wouldn’t worry about it. (◕‿◕✿)

      • From what recall hearing at their panel last year, the anime division shouldn’t impact their game localization at all.
        Although, that makes me all the more concerned about BRS.. But, I know patience is virtue, and NISA will probably announce some progress at some point!

      • Ryan Baer

        Well Black Rock Shooter is nothing like Grand Knights History… its an action game with minimal text, and they’re not even gonna dub it.

        Theres really no excuse for there not to be at least a release date for it.

        • aoihana

          Although it may not compare in dialogue or text to Grand Knights History, there is still quite a bit localization to do. It’s not just the interface, you know.

          As for not disclosing a release date, I believe they’re not because they don’t know themselves when it will be done.

          Or would you rather have NISA give you a date or estimate and be disappointed like with XSEED?

          Like I said, I don’t know much about NISA, or XSEED for that matter, but my point was to be patient, and we don’t know what they may, or may not have their hands full with.

        • cj_iwakura

          Consider that NISA don’t have programmers on staff, like most niche localization teams. They’re limited to the developer’s schedule. So they can’t commit to a date until Imageepoch does. 

    • KyoyaHibari

      They are doing fairly well on releasing their anime licenses, and there have been a few recent games they put out relatively quickly to their acquisitions. But I wish they would dub their animes. ~.~ Dip into the profit from the game division and fund some dubs NISA, or better yet, have these art books, CDs and other incentives in a limited edition or on the side so if we want the artbooks and such, we can get them later but we can have our animes actually dubbed in our native language. Just my 2 cents.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Nice pick up following Anohana. Now we just need dates for Brave 10 and Daily Lives of High School Boys. 

    I wonder when they will branch out to dubbing as well as different genres? As well as what Spring 2012 Anime they will get?

  • Well, this’ll be the first set I’m buying from NISA. I love Usagi drop, and I will always  think of the anime ending as the canon ending.

    • I never saw the anime…I only read the manga which had a fairly odd ending.  Is there a way to not spoil the anime to tell the difference between the two?

      • Basically, the anime stops before it goes into the awkward territory.

        •  Then I might just have to check this out then…

          • If you’ve already read the manga, don’t bother. It’s pretty faithful, except again, it stops right before the whole “funny” business.

        • The ending left a somewhat bad taste in my mouth.

          • The manga ending? It made me almost angry. We went from a heartwarming story about a single dad’s struggle and adventures to raise a girl by himself. Then we got THAT for an ending.

          • I asked some friends about that and they were all on the same page, “NO THAT’S JUST WRONG”

            it was a real heart warming story but yeah then we got THAT ending…

            I’m wondering why she wrote it like that… 

        • puchinri

          Does it stop before the timeskip? Or after, but just before that specific part starts settling in?

          • It stops right before the timeskip.

          • puchinri

            Ahhh, I see. Thanks~.

        • PoweredByHentai

          It might be awkward for you, but if you have read 100 Years of Solitude, it isn’t terribly awkward.

          I’ve never found it to be awkward, then again, I do have elder relatives who were in a similar situation.  Confusing, yes; awkward, no.

  • aoihana

    I like how lower profile anime is now being licensed a lot faster nowadays. I remember there was a time that a series like this either never saw an overseas release, or came very late. 

    Please, if you’re a fan, be sure to support NISA, or any other company to ensure you keep getting awesome series like this! (◕‿◕✿)

    • darkraiders

      I think with Crunchyroll they were able to show that anime was also popular outside of japan and people were willing to pay to watch anime.

    • PoweredByHentai
      • aoihana

        Yeah, that, and I think companies are now taking risks, because even if licences are cheap, I think they didn’t see that such anime’s can have a fanbase that can keep them afloat, too.

        Like @darkraiders:disqus , I think Crunchyroll had a lot of influence over that. I think it really put the spot light on anime, aside from the more popular and mainstream titles, anyway.

        • PoweredByHentai

          Not necessarily risks.  Taking a “risk” would be licensing something that is expensive without knowing whether it would do well here in the US.  There were many such titles, Kurau is one of them.

          I agree that CrunchyRoll had a great deal of influence in making shows easily accessible, even the less popular ones.  Good example is Shinryaku Ika-musume.  It was a pretty decent manga series and the anime was definitely popular in Japan.  But if it weren’t for Crunchyroll’s squiddingly awesome interpretations, people would not have been inklined to stick with the show.

    • Heidenroslein

       Just curious, but why would you classify Usagi Drop as a lower profile anime?

      (If you mean in contrast with shows like Fairy Tail and Blue Exorcist I can see what you mean)

      • PoweredByHentai

        Budget, genre, and advertising involved.

        Usagi Drop caters to the josei (ladies) demographic which is late teens to adults.  Even its magazine serialization doesn’t even compare with Shounen Jump.  

        • Heidenroslein

          I wouldn’t say Usagi Drop had a really low budget either, the anime was by Production I.G., which is by no means a cheap animation studio.

          It also aired on noitamina, which I can’t imagine has the same advertising as anime that air at 4:00am.

          The only reason I asked was because I’ve never heard of a noitamina show being called ‘lower profile’. Shows that air on that block have a high chance of being picked up for North American release. Even Funimation has had in the past (I’m not sure if it’s still in effect) simulcasts of all of their shows. (And when Funimation stopped simulcasting them, Crunchyroll took over)

          But yes, when compared with big name shows like Bleach and Naruto it’s a lot less known.

          • PoweredByHentai

            Production I.G. may be a famous animation studio, but it doesn’t change the fact that they do contract work.  The animation quality is definitely on the high side of things but that doesn’t automatically translate to a high budget.  How many action (combat) scenes are there in Usagi Drop?  None.  Usagi Drop isn’t an action series in any way.  It is a slice of life drama.  It seems weird that there’s a difference in budget between action shows and non-action shows but there is.

            Being on noitamina means nothing.  A lot of people still get their anime news announcements through magazine outlets first before the anime trailers even begin to pop up.  Heck, a good chunk of shows on noitamina still haven’t been licensed for the US.

            Lower profile in the anime industry equates to name/brand recognition.  Most people have heard of Bleach or Naruto, barely anyone has heard of or even know of Usagi Drop.  Even though Usagi Drop got animated and was regarded very favorably, it still isn’t anywhere near the popularity of other shows.  As a cult favorite, yes.  As a mainstream favorite, no.

      • aoihana

        Yeah, that’s excactly what I meant by lower, not to be confused with low.

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      A lot faster? Lots of anime is licensed fast now, even some before they even had a second episode air. I think what is more shocking with this is they licensed it just three or so months before releasing it unlike their other new acquisitions not named Ano hana.

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      A lot faster? Lots of anime is licensed fast now, even some before they even had a second episode air. I think what is more shocking with this is they licensed it just three or so months before releasing it unlike their other new acquisitions not named Ano hana.

      • aoihana

        Like I said:

        I like how lower profile anime is now being licensed a lot faster nowadays.

        Yes, a lot of anime is licensed fast now, or nowadays, but a few years ago, that was not usually the case.

        For example, Code Geass was licensed by Bandai and released in April 2008, while it aired October 2006 in Japan.

        A most recent example is Rosario + Vampire, which was licensed by Funimation and released in December of 2011, while it aired January of 2008 in Japan.

        With recent anime, even the less popular series, are being licensed a lot faster now, which was my point.

        • XYZ_JolteonZ980

          I think your wording is confusing. I mean there are some anime licensed fast now but we still have to wait inordinante amounts of time for them to be released, like guilty crown, brave 10, or lots of series funimation and sentai have that are still sitting unreleased. 

          And Code Geass wasnt exactly “lower profile”.

          • aoihana

            Sorry, my English is not great, so I understand the confusion.

            By licenses, I meant the distribution licenses.

            When you mentioned that a lot of anime gets licensed by the second episode, well that’s true, but much of the time those are strictly streaming licenses, where companies are permitted to simulcast or stream episodes from Japan.

            For example, Crunchyroll had the simulcast or streaming license for Ika Musume, so yeah, it was licensed, but it didn’t see distribution until Media Blasters licensed it last year, about a year after it was streamed.

            I was referring to the distribution license, and how lower profile anime didn’t use to get or got very late.

            I brought Code Geass up because it’s a popular anime which didn’t see distribution for over a year and a half. I just wanted to prove my point for how bad it was a few years ago, when even a very popular anime like Code Geass took a while to release.

  • Me and my dad watched this together.
    I really wish there was a 2nd season!

    • AlteisenX

       If only you knew… The manga’s “second” part is horrendous compared to the first based on what the first set up. It also made me cringe at some of the surprises awaiting you…

      • xXDGFXx

        annndddd i am now very curious… 

        • ThatBlackGuy

          well be prepared for a huge heap of disappointment. 

    • KyoyaHibari

      Yeah…you don’t want that second season…trust me, the ending for the anime will suffice.

    • Don’t let them get to you. And for god’s sake don’t spoil it for yourself. People can’t seem to shut up about the ending.

  • CrimsonalCore

    I never watch or read the manga it so I might as well to buy it. 

  • Hope NISA starts dubbing their releases sometime soon.

  • Awesome. This has got to be one of the most heartwarming shows I’ve ever seen.

  • papuruka

    Looks like I’m the only one who was okay with how the time skip part ended in the manga.

    • PoweredByHentai

      You’re not alone.  I’m perfectly fine with the way the manga ended.

  • Göran Isacson

    Ha ha oh Bunny Drop (note, I’ve only read the manga). You thawed my frozen heart, made so cold by various dreck-like manga that’s all about fanservice and shallow stories in favor of moe-additions and made it beat as soft as a spring breeze… then the ending happened and it was like nature skipped over summer and autumn and just went straight into blistering Winter again.

    What I’m saying is that your ending was horribly awkward, didn’t fit the tone of the story thus far and the author should feel as bad for writing it as I felt for reading it.

    • Oh you poor thing, you definitely should’ve watched the anime instead, it ends way before any terribleness happens

  • Azure_Blue

    One of my favorites animations picked by one of my favorites companies? I couldn’t be more happy.

    I truly enjoyed this anime and I´m glad it ended where it ended.

  • YamiWhoo

    I’d be more excited for this if NIS would simply…release their anime on DVD/BluRay.  Instead they only release these gigantic and expensive “premium editions” which, yanno, I’m glad for you if you can justify spending the money on them, but I certainly can’t.

    It’s just annoying, I guess. I’m sure they have their reasons, but I just want to own the series they pick up without all the flower-y extras and without paying with my limbs :/

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      I think they do it since people may not feel like paying 29-39.99 just for a disc with subs, if you consider that the people buying already saw these anime before… illegitimately.

      • I only saw a few episodes of it, will pick it up regardless.

      • The anime has been streaming on Crunchyroll.

    • D K

      They *do* do standard editions, just not initially.  Wait a few months if that’s what you want.

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