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The April issue of Shodensha's Feel Young women's magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Yumi Unita is ending her Bunny Drop (Usagi Drop) manga in the next issue on April 8. In the beginning of the manga, 30-year-old bachelor Daikichi comes home from his grandfather's funeral to discover a little girl named Rin in his garden. 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. The story of the final chapter is set a decade after the first chapter.
The manga began in 2006, and the eighth compiled book volume shipped last August. Yen Press is publishing the third manga volume in North America this month. Production I.G is producing a television anime version of the manga for Fuji TV's late-night timeslot Noitamina in July. A live-action film version with director Sabu, lead actor Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City, Gantz), and lead actress Mana Ashida will then open in Japan on August 20.
If you wish to discuss Usagi Drop, feel free to head to the discussion thread in the Shoujo & Josei manga forum.
Moribi Murano Passes Away
Manga creator and illustrator Moribi Murano passed away due to heart failure in a Tokyo hospital on Monday, March 7 at 10:00 p.m. He was 69. He had been hospitalized since January due to illness.
Murano was born in Dalian, China on September 5, 1941 under the name Mamoru Satō. He made his professional debut with Dangan Ronkii in 1958, and his manga works include Kusabue no Kisetsu, Boxer, Kakine no Majo, Osamu to Tae, and Shokunin-zuku Hyakkei. Arguably his best known work is Hoero! Bun Bun (Howl! Bun Bun) about the adventures of a puppy; the story inspired a 1980-1981 television anime and a 1987 anime film.
Murano also became an animator under the tutelage of the late pioneer Osamu Tezuka. Murano directed the Unico: To The Magic Island film and designed the characters in the Dagger of Kamui film.
A service will be held in Tokyo on the morning of March 13. Murano is survived by his wife Taeko Satō.