We’ve gone through many firsts for Rin in Usagi Drop. Rin’s first loose tooth. Her first School Festival. And Rin’s first illness, at least with Daikichi. Yeah, can’t forget him in these situations, too, although these aren’t necessarily firsts for him. But there was a big first for him in this episode and that was worrying about Rin.
Granted, we’ve seen Daikichi panic about Rin over small stuff before, like wandering in a store, but they usually last a moment before the situation subsides and the characters return to normal. What happened in this episode featured his little girl, a lively and active child, developing an infection due to a nasty virus. It’s Daikichi’s first time having to care for a sick child and with Rin’s spiking fever and acute fatigue, it’s no surprise Daikichi began to panic. After all, Rin was reduced to resting all day in a futon and she began to act differently.
There was that genuine fear in his every action from that point until Rin overcame that virus. Everything he did was coupled with a sense of anxiety, unsure of how to handle Rin in her diseased state. He had never been in a situation like this before. Sure, he’s seen colds before and said that if it had been him, he would’ve handled it fine. But when it’s happening to someone you love and you have to watch and care for them, like what Daikichi had to experience, it’s something troubling. Especially when you consider Rin was not complying to Daikichi’s care, such as not taking the medication (I’d love to know what the doctor prescribed her) or drinking fluids when offered. It is a completely new difficulty for Daikichi, something he’s never have to deal with before. And that’s a first for him.
Fortunately for Daikichi, he has a wonderful support network to help him cope with this situation. His mother was able to discuss how to care for Rin in the beginning. His employer was understanding about him missing work to stay with Rin. And of course, you have Yukari, an experienced mother who’s knowledgeable and experienced in caring for an ill child. All these sources of assistance really helped Daikichi as he dealt with this issue. Without it, Rin would’ve gotten healthy and all would’ve been well but the support for Rin and Daikichi really helped alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that Daikichi felt.
It’s always important to have support when dealing with a first and that’s usually the role Daikichi plays in this series, always helping Rin with her firsts. He was there to help Rin with her first loose tooth. And he was there for Rin’s first School Festival, too. And of course, he was there for the first time Rin got sick under his care. So it’s nice to see Daikichi get treated in the same manner, at least in this general of a level, as he does for Rin.
Okay, look at the picture below and tell me that Daikichi and Okabe (from Steins;Gate) look sorta similar. Not perfect, but they’re close. Obviously that short, spiky black hair and stubble-beard are the most similar, but their faces and body shapes are similar, too. I’ve had this image in my head for a little while now but never thought to mention it. Well, with both shows wrapping up in less than a week (cue tears) now is one of the last chances I have to point out that similarity before it becomes trivial. But yeah, Daikichi and Okabe look pretty similar. Maybe that’s why they’re my number 1 and number 2 favorite male characters this season. Can you guess which character is on top, though?