As an impromptu dad to Rin, his late grandfather's illegitimate child, Daikichi Kawachi has experienced his share of firsts while caring for his little aunt (?). Now it's Daikichi's turn to battle the initial wave of separation anxiety as Rin leaves the nest...for her first day of elementary school! Rin's elementary school isn't the only place with new faces, either. Daikichi's office is also inundated with first-timers, some of whom have their eyes on their gangly new coworker! And while father and daughter are experiencing (coping with?) all these firsts left and right, the first anniversary of Gramps's death also sneaks up on the pair... as does the first anniversary of their paths crossing...(goodreads.com)
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Rin is continuing to grow up before our eyes and she's starting Kindergarten and she seems to be trying to figure out who she is as a person (in small ways). She wonders about the tree that should have been planted for her when she was born, and she learns the rules from safety as she slowly becomes more independent (well sort of). It's been almost a year since Daikichi agreed to care for Rin and he's beginning to wonder what it means for his life in the long term. When Daikichi's "propositioned" by a woman at work, he learns that her intentions were rather malicious but he begins to wonder if it'll ever be possible to find romance with a young child. It's at that point that we think about Kouki's mom (Kouki is a boy who went to Rin's preschool and goes to the same Kindergarten as her. They're essentially BFF's). Although there has never been any real chemistry between Daikichi and Kouki's mom, we're constantly thinking about it, they're in similar situations being single parents trying to balance work and raising a child. My heart goes out to both of them.
We also learn a little more about Rin's mom. She finally agrees to see Rin (although Rin doesn't realize it) and now I think part of the reason she was so standoffish about Rin, and does nothing but work, might be to drown out the guilt of giving up her child. We still don't know why she chose to give Rin up, but I starting to think she feels about about it.
Although this manga isn't action packed or anything, but I think it's amazing watching to people who have been placed in an unconventional situation learn and grow. Daikichi can even put Rin's hair in pigtails now :)