News Bunny Drop, No. 6 Anime's Premiere Date, Casts Listed (Updated)
posted on 2011-05-10 23:28 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The official website for Production I.G's anime adaptation of Yumi Unita's Bunny Drop (Usagi Drop) manga announced the show's premiere date and the cast for the two main characters on Tuesday. In the story, 30-year-old bachelor Daikichi discovers a little girl named Rin in his grandfather's garden while at his grandfather's funeral. Rin is the 6-year-old illegitimate daughter of Daikichi's grandfather, and Daikichi decides to take her in when no one in the family accepts the responsibility.
Hiroshi Tsuchida (The Skull Man's titular character, Honey and Clover's Kazushi Yamazaki, Cars' Lightning McQueen) will play Daikichi, and Ayu Matsuura (The Bears' School's Jackie) will play Rin. The anime will premiere in Fuji TV's Noitamina time slot on Thursday, July 7 at 24:25 (effectively Friday, July 8 at 12:45 a.m.)
The site for this summer's second Noitamina anime, No. 6, also confirmed that No. 6 will premiere on Thursday, July 7 at 25:15 (effectively Friday, July 8 at 1:15 a.m.) It had already announced No. 6's main cast: Yuuki Kaji (Yozakura Quartet's Akina Hiizumi) as Shion and Yoshimasa Hosoya (Denpa teki na Kanojo's Jū Jūzawa, Katanagatari's Shichika Yasuri) as Nezumi. In Atsuko Asano's original novel series, a boy named Shion once lived in an exclusive elite area in "No. 6," a future model city in 2013. On the night of his 12th birthday, he rescued "Nezumi" ("Rat"), a boy who ran away from the city's Special Security Area. From that moment on, Shion's life was changed forever.
Unita revealed in April that she will launch a Bunny Drop spinoff manga in the July issue of Shodensha's Feel Young women's magazine in June. The main Bunny Drop manga ended in Feel Young last month. A live-action film version will open in Japan on August 20 with director Sabu, lead actor Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City, Gantz), and lead actress Mana Ashida.
Source: Comic Natalie
Update: Ayu Matsuura's spelling correced. Thanks, EmperorBrandon.
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