The 9th Day of Christmas Anime: Usagi Drop

Usagi Drop
Episode 3.5: “To Santa”

Usagi Drop is one of my very favorite series, but my last taste of it was the conclusion to the manga, which I found lacking (to put it mildly).  So it was refreshing to watch this Christmas episode, a six-minute piece that was part of one of the DVD releases.

Bunny Drop Rin

In the short, Daikichi prepares for Christmas by explaining the ins and outs of Santa Claus.  I was surprised at how the legend has translated to Japan – chimneys, letters, cookies, reindeer, and all.  Some of these traditions are European in origin and others North American.  Rin’s carrot for the reindeer, I’ve discovered, is actually a tradition from English-speaking countries.

More closely to home, though, the episode reminded me of how I’m raising my children.  Before kids, I was pretty vehemently against telling them about Santa.  I didn’t like the idea of lying to them, and I remember how hurt I was when I found out the truth about the big man.  But once I had children, my attitude did a 180, and it became a no-brainer to continue the lie tale.

There’s certainly a warmth to Santa that perhaps starts with the toys, but expands beyond that.  He is grandfatherly and kind, and store Santas do a wonderful job of propagating this aura.  For instance, the Santa we took our kids to see held their hands and was patient in listening to their mumbled requests (Legos for him; Squinkies and a dog for her).

It’s true that he overshadows Jesus as a whole during the holidays, but your Christmas is what you make it, and you can add that sense of solemness and remembrance to your family’s celebration.  And in these troubled times (I just simply can’t get Sandy Hook off my mind), a fat man in a red suit brings a sense of warm security – in the eyes of the hurting, the orphaned, and so many others, including our own.

P.S. The Usagi Drop DVD collection looks wonderful and would make a great present…for me.  Hint hint. 😉

TWWK

Husband. Dad. Occasionally Korean. Enjoys Star Wars, ASOIAF, and Meg Ryan movies. Tweets before proofreading. Ghibli. Oregairuuuuu. Jesus is King.

10 thoughts on “The 9th Day of Christmas Anime: Usagi Drop

  1. The Australian release of Usagi Drop was wonderful, my only real complaints were not having the AmiYumi video for the opening & pulling the extra episodes out of sequence.

    I adore this show, Rin-chan is the Cute Event Horizon: any cuter and the universe would collapse into itself. 🙂

  2. “P.S. The Usagi Drop DVD collection looks wonderful and would make a great present…for me. Hint hint. ”

    Heh! I wish! I just bought “Deadman Wonderland” Complete Collection for around about that same price! No thanks–I’ll stick to the Crunchy for the time being!

  3. P.S. The Usagi Drop DVD collection looks wonderful and would make a great present…for me. Hint hint

    *stares at the Bunny Drop set lying on his shelf* Sorry, I think Santa delivered that to me 😀

  4. Awww! Yeah, I’ve seen how it is to struggle between telling the story and not. I have a friend who’s trying for a family, and has already determined that she’ll tell them that Santa is people being kind and wonderful and will have them help donate to charities at that time of year.

    We’ll see how it works out.

      1. I’m trying to get out of the “collecting” spirit, but I feel I failed this season – I bought a couple of DVD sets that I may barely watch. 😛

    1. Yeah…it’s a tough decision. My wife got harangued at church by someone who was insistent that we were lying to our kids (technically true).

      It’s almost a no-win. Santa = loving and happy times; Santa = lies and commercialism. 😛

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