by Yumi Unita
Daikichi continues to navigate life as a new parent- of a preschooler. Just as he\’s getting settled into the preschool routine, it\’s suddenly time to make preparations for elementary school- which throws him off base. Other parents are confused and sometimes angered at his lack of understanding what\’s expected of him- but a single mother he slowly befriends because their kids hang out together, she gets it. She points out to him that everyone assumes he is Rin\’s father and has raised her since birth, as they have such an obvious rapport and Rin totally trusts him. Daikichi teaches Rin some cooking skills and struggles with things like managing to do her hair up in pigtails for her. Meanwhile he\’s also dealing with issues at work, getting to know coworkers in his new department (a step down), and on a completely different note, following up some clues to figure out the identity of Rin\’s birth mother. When he actually meets her, it is a total shock- for this reader as well! Seeing Rin\’s mother face-to-face clears up a few questions, and raises many more.
Rating: 3/5 208 pages, 2007