|Original Manga||Yumi Unita|
|Made By||Production I.G.|
|# of Episodes||11 (+ 4 OVA Episodes)|
Sum it up in a Sentence:
Single man adopts his six year old aunt despite having no experience with children before. Cuteness and antics occur.
30 year old single childless Daikichi meets Rin, his six year old aunt who was conceived out of wedlock by his grandfather that had recently passed away. Since no one wants to adopt the illegitimate black sheep child, Daikichi steps up to the plate and becomes her caretaker, even though he has no prior experiences with child care. Throughout the year he learns how to care for Rin properly as they both learn lessons and overcome the day to day challenges of everyday life.
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