Live-Action Usagi Drop's School Play Scene Streamed
posted on by Egan Loo
Kadokawa Shoten's MovieWalker site began streaming a new 102-second scene from the live-action Usagi Drop (Bunny Drop) film on its YouTube channel on Sunday. Sabu directed lead actor Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City, Gantz) and lead actress Mana Ashida (Magic Tree House) in this film which opened in Japan on Saturday.
In Yumi Unita's original "human drama" manga, 30-year-old bachelor Daikichi (Matsuyama) discovers a little girl named Rin (Ashida) in his grandfather's garden while at his grandfather's funeral. Rin is the unwanted 6-year-old child of Daikichi's grandfather, and Daikichi decides to take her in when no one in the family accepts the responsibility.
The streaming scene is from the later half of the film, in which Rin dances in a school play of Kamakiri Ōji (The Praying Mantis Prince) as Daikichi looks on. (The part of the prince in the play is played by Rin's friend Kōki — who is played in real life by Ruiki Satō.)
Yen Press is publishing the original manga in North America. A separate television anime adaptation had premiered in Japan last month, and Crunchyroll is streaming it outside Japan as it airs.