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I was wondering what was the meaning of the tile Usagi drop: literally it means "Bunny drop", but how is it related to the story? Is there some reference to somethings or is there some pun involved?

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    I think it's a slightly changed phrase meaning a child that has been abandoned by its parents, with the "child" replaced with "bunny". Coz she's cute.
    – Hakase
    Mar 8, 2015 at 10:49
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    @Hakase As far as I'm aware, there isn't any Japanese phrase/idiom that uses the word "drop" (in the context of abandonment or otherwise).
    – senshin
    Mar 8, 2015 at 20:53
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    According to some guy on Chiebukuro in 2011, the author has never commented on the origin of the name.
    – senshin
    Mar 8, 2015 at 20:56

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As senshin has mentioned in his comment, the author has never commented on the origin of the name. Thus, there are only fans' interpretation...

According to Japanese fans (on Japanese Yahoo! Answers: 1, 2), the one that seems to make sense is:

Usagi Drop → Usagi's drop → rabbit's (falling) teardrop

The first link explains more in detail that in the last volume of the manga,

Daikichi confessed to Rin why he took her over.

Rin: Daikichi... you haven't met me before, but why you...
Daikichi: Your face... your crying face when you parted with grandpa... somehow...

The next panel shows Rin's crying face. Thus, Usagi = Rin.
The conclusion is, the title is about Daikichi's determination to take Rin over when he saw her crying face.

Also, the anime's OP show a teardrop just before the title appears.

The second link explains it in short, that the title is a wordplay.

"Usagi" means lonely, and "Drop" means teardrop.
Combining the words, the title means Rin, a lonely crybaby.
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Further reading: in Japan, there's a popular term "lonely rabbit" because it's believed that "a rabbit can die if it's left alone". Extending that, there's also "rabbit-type girl" which is described as "a girl who often feels lonely".

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I believe this question is similar to

  1. 'Where is the sniper?' in this 2008 video 'CIA Entrance Exam'

The answer is

'You are the sniper.' You're seeing the POV of the sniper, but you're led to believe that from your POV, you'll see the sniper somewhere else.

  1. 'Where/What/Who are the rabbits in Deceit?' for the game Deceit. Deceit features a lot of rabbits (oh rabbit / bunny like bunny drop) in the logo or posters or whatever, but you don't really see rabbits running around. So where are the rabbits in the deceit?

The rabbits are the innocent who run away from the infected who are like lions or whatever.

  1. Consider this image of Nino Nakano from The Quintessential Quintuplets

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We see 4 out of 5 cards needed for a royal straight flush. Where is the Ace of Diamonds?

It's not the diamonds on Nino's socks. Nino is the ace of diamonds.

Finally

So here, I haven't seen Bunny Drop / Usagi Drop, but after reading the plot preview, I immediately thought that the 'Bunny' is

Rin, which is the same as Aki Tanaka♦'s answer.

What is this trope?

I think it's like Maybe The Real Treasure Was the Friends We Made Along the Way or the real treasure is the friends we made along the way. On tv tropes:

  1. Worthless Treasure Twist

  2. It's the Journey That Counts

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