Kokoa Hoto just moved to town to start a new life at a new school. While looking for the boarding house where she is supposed to live and work, she stumbles across a cafe called Rabbit House. She's excited, imagining it's filled to the brim with rabbits that she can cuddle. Instead she finds out that it is a very ordinary coffee house with only one rabbit named Tippy, who doesn't even always act or sound like a rabbit should, and a quiet girl named Chino Kafuu.
Kokoa learns that Rabbit House is actually the boarding house she was looking for. She is to be their new waitress. Now Kokoa must balance school and work life while also learning all about things like customer service, coffee art and much more from her new friends. As Chino's father says, things are going to get very lively in Rabbit House!
Alongside the frequent harem and superpower shows, anime involving cute girls (generally of the loli variety) living their daily lives has become a common sight in the industry over recent years. If you have watched even one cute slice-of-life before, you already know what kind of anime Gochiusa is going to be. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Gochiusa finds a sort of equilibrium in its plainness. It is nothing that anime veterans and newcomers will find to be anything too special, but it is not as though every anime needs to be a life-changing experience. Something that merely allows you to relax and forget the troubles of the real world is also an equally valid (though perhaps less important) source of entertainment... especially when it contains cute girls.
The set-up can be explained in just a few words: "Girl starts working for café and makes new friends over time." There is no exposition, no infodump, no profound characterisation - it is simply a light-hearted story of a young group of girls living their daily lives and joking around along the way. I suppose the setting is a bit different from the norm (just how many high-school themed anime are there, anyway... ?) as it is focused almost entirely on the café itself, but it still follows the genre's trend of 'been there, done that'. That being said, if you enjoy the genre and don't mind feeling a bit of deja vu every now and then, Gochiusa can be a surprisingly pleasant experience.
Anyone looking for a cast of cute characters to fawn and giggle over will find just what they are looking for in Gochiusa. None of them are especially fleshed-out, but that's actually OK here. Gochiusa is not concerned with climaxes and drama. It is simply comprised of a few chapters in Cocoa's and Chino's daily life. Rather than focus entirely on creating sentimental value, it instead crafts a believable (somewhat- the talking rabbit is pretty weird!) world that the audience can identify with. There are no superheroes, no end-of-the-world scenarios. And that's fine.
The main cast comprises of Cocoa, the ditzy sort of protagonist found in nearly every slice-of-life show; Chino, an adorable, quiet girl that will get your heart pounding on more than a few occasions; Sharo, the timid worker of the rival café (who also wears a maid uniform!); Chiya, the ojou-sama and the sole source of reason in the story; and Rize, the most beautiful girl this world has ever known.
Rize is by far the most interesting character in the story. She is somewhat of a military otaku (ミリオタ), obsessed with guns, combat and all things violence. Her father brought her up in such an environment and consequently she does not have a great understanding of how 'normal' girls behave. The moments where Rize misunderstands completely ordinary things as something military-related are often hilarious, and the moments where she reveals her tender side, desperate for human attention, are unbearably cute. Her military background makes her a type of character that has not really been seen in slice-of-life anime, so her presence is very much appreciated. I am just not quite sure whether she looks better with her usual twintails or her hair down. Either way, her cuteness is probably enough to immediately send any human being into cardiac arrest.
The format of the show is structured similar to Aria the Animation and its sequels. There is a subtle Italian vibe to the setting and the episodes usually succeed in putting a smile on your face by the end. There are certainly episodes that are more exciting and more boring than others, though, and the blatant fanservice during the bathhouse episode is a bit on the pandering side. For a show so innocent and so heart-warming, close-up shots of the characters' ass and titties felt quite unnecessary. It didn't need to stoop itself down to that level. It could have done without.
And where was the episode focusing on Rize's father and home situation? I was waiting, waiting for it to happen and received nothing of the sort. It could have been a great source of comedy, a way to portray Rize's military obsession as something genuine rather than a simple joke. It's nothing so severe as to lower the quality of the anime, but it definitely feels like a missed opportunity.
Gochiusa impresses with its audio. Many of the tracks evoke a sort of carnival theme, while others (again similar to Aria) are simply quiet orchestral pieces existing to create a sense of peace and tranquillity. The opening theme is lively and catchy, so catchy that it is likely to stick in your head for some days afterwards. It's one of few anime that time the opening track with appropriate visuals, rather than just pan over the protagonist's face or him/her walking for half the sequence. Seriously, what's up with that?
The artwork on the other hand is about average. Gochiusa is not a high-budget project and it shows. It's never offensive to the eye but it is never quite pleasant either. Sometimes the anatomy can get a bit wonky or the faces static and lazily drawn, but these scenes don't occur with too much frequency. Gochiusa is usually capable of hiding its modest budget.
Gochiusa isn't the kind of show that I would hold in high regard critically, but it is what keeps me entertained with the medium during the slow times where there is nothing better to occupy myself with. With all the battle shounen and harem titles dominating each season, I would much rather relax and watch a group of cute girls sipping tea and having fun with their day-to-day lives. And therein lies the appeal of Gochiusa. It is not sophisticated entertainment, but it is fine entertainment nonetheless.
Just do be prepared for more of the same. There isn't much to set Gochiusa apart from its contenders aside from the fact that it has Rize-chan. Actually, doesn't she make the show an easy sell... ?read more
When people think of the animal known as the rabbit, there are two common things that pop into mind. The first is luck and the second is cute. The latter usually applies to those who wants to own a rabbit as a pet or have seen them face to face. And it’s not anything unusual too for people to react with delightful grace because rabbits are fluffy, cute, and likeable. Similarly, there is the common trend of ‘cute girls doing cute things’. (CGDCT) Two common things may pop into mind for series with such concept. The first is appreciation and the second is…cute.
Make no mistake though, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? (Is The Order a Rabbit) doesn’t just have the cute girls but also has the luck factor when Cocoa Hoto wonders around town and happens upon this place called “Rabbit Café” by pure luck. Contrary to what she may believe, as in a place where people cuddle cute rabbits, it’s instead a café that serves delicious beverages. Well, there happens to be one rabbit, even though it seems to a rather peculiar one sitting on the top of the head of store owner, Chino Kafuu. It’s here where the story begins for a young girl and her new life with rabbits, err I mean…friends.
For most slice of life shows, there’s one configuration people should be aware of. It’s essentially devoid of plot in both arc form or linear trending. There’s no actual story that develops with its setting because it’s too simple. Take it to face value – we get a café that serves beverages and cute girls managing them. However, it should also be noticeable not to denote a show just for its lack of story because its small yet colorful cast of characters makes up the appreciation for itself.
Indeed, the character cast is the main focus with their dynamics. Gimmicky as it sounds, most of the characters are named after beverages you would find in a café. (ie. Cocoa named after hot cocoa, Chino named after cappuccino, etc) However, the gimmicks that it establishes has a beauty with our characters in terms of conversation and interaction. In essence, none of the characters are alike or parallel in one with another. They all have different backgrounds as Cocoa herself quickly discovers as she works with them on a daily basis. Taken for granted though, Cocoa is a young girl curious about everything around her but in particular cute and cuddly things such as rabbits. While we don’t get a full scope of her character, it’s easy to tell that she is able to make friends easily with others such as the soft spoken Chino. As the owner of the store, she has responsibilities and is often strict with herself. Yet behind her snowy image, Chino is a girl who wants friends. Cocoa pushes the button to her inner desires and gives her the initiative to try out new opportunities.
As the show progresses, more characters are introduced with diversity. Rize, a girl with a firm background in military, has two sides to her – one that personifies herself as a soldier while the other half an innocent girl with interest in cute things. Here we have her interact with others with different backgrounds. And with a military gimmick, you can expect her to be self-disciplined. On the other hand, we have childhood friends Chiyo and Sharo with their different view on rabbits. Nonetheless, the purpose of these characters are not to influence every aspect of the ‘cute girls do cute things’ concept but to deliver its contrivance. By doing that requires gaining the attention of the audience. Especially for shows without a progressive story, it’s important to realize the connection these girls build off of one another. Thankfully, the show achieves that with the focus on each character. All of them get their spotlights during conversations whether it can seem goofy, innocent, or just lively. It can also feel surprisingly realistic on instances when the girls talk about aspects of life whether it’d be related to work, school, or friends.
A good portion of the show also comes from the comedy. It delivers tenderness and a charming atmosphere that people can appreciate. Some of it comes from the girls’ personalities. Other parts delivers with the conversations that uses all sort of motifs, casualness, and inspiring dialogues of imaginativeness. This can come as forceful on occasions yet can be surprisingly memorable because the show’s gimmicks. But at the same time, this can come as a mixed bag for some fans. Not everyone will appreciate this show’s gimmicks nor its humor. It can feel stale, repetitive, and even cliché at various times. Some jokes also can feel hypocritical and deny logic such as Rize’s ownership of firearms at someone her age or a talking rabbit. There’s also a bit of hidden yuri tropes behind the show for those who pay attention to its ever glimmering character cast. Objective discontent also pops off on occasions such as the first episode of Rize in her underwear or unconventional fantasies courtesy of a young girls’ mind.
While the story itself doesn’t hold together with progressive moment, every episode does offer something new and even on occasions a different setting such as at school. This opens up doors for other characters to enter the story such as Chino’s classmates. The more noticeable part is that the show opens up feelings of human emotions whether it’d be jealousy, regret, fear, and even sparks of puppy love between the characters. Just don’t take it too seriously as this show is more about a fun package that should be opened up with appreciation rather than for deep value.
The artwork is generic to say the least but every character has a distinctive design with their backgrounds. Their personalities match well when it comes to these designs and gags referencing the nature of the characters. And as waitresses at a café, expect the girls to dress decoratively when at work. Their uniforms aren’t just charming but also fits the overall theme of a café such as Chino’s hat or Chiya’s maid-like dress up. The way the show also depicts its gestures with body languages is also solid to show itself colors. However, Tippy (the rabbit and mascot) can be a bit blend and strange. Take notice of his behavior as he may seem cute but acts nothing like an actual rabbit.
While the soundtrack isn’t anything explicit for its background OST, one should take more notice of its voice cast. Care is taken when the characters speaks to match consistency with their personas. In particular, I give exceptional praise to Risa Taneda for her role as Rize. She can play her character very well that shifts her mannerisms from those of a self-disciplined waitress to an innocent girl in love with cute things. But to be honest, all the characters’ voice mannerisms are delivered well when it comes to their roles in conversations and ability to draw a viewer in with their expressive responsiveness. And while not as strong as the voice acting, the OP and ED songs shines with charm in the way I expected.
With all said and done, this show is a healing series that should be at least considered. Even if you’ve never stepped into a café in your life or is unfamiliar with the CGDCT concept, it can still offer something to anyone. 12 episodes. That’s all it takes to convey the message of the Rabbit Café and its characters. Despite some contestable humor and lack of a strong story development, it makes it up with the strength of its characters. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka serves as an example of a slice of life show that is charming to the core and deliciously entrancing. read more
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka isn't a particularly standout anime among the bunch of new ones coming out this year, but it deserves a little more attention. Many compare this to K-on, and it's no surprise; they both have a large number of similarities, except for the most obvious one that K-on is set in a music club at a high school while Gochuumon is set in a cafe in a small village. But the characters are very similar. Anyway, on to the review.
There isn't really a whole lot of story in this series, as to be expected from a slice of life anime. Each episode is for the most part self-reliant, the story in each episode not connecting to the one from the previous episode; in short, there is no solid story that keeps this show going. It's rather just a show about five waitresses that work at three different cafes, and their misadventures as such. Yet Gochuumon is different from other slice of life comedy anime from start to finish. I've seen some of other recent slice of life comedy series, but honestly, they aren't that funny. Lately, this genre hasn't been received too well by anime viewers due to the decline in quality of recent slice of life shows, since they seem to be relying too much on moe over humor/quality. But Gochuumon actually provides pretty good humor and I found myself laughing in quite a few parts.
The art is very good. The style isn't too different from lots of moe anime, but it's well done. The colors are soft and nice to look at, and the animation quality is top-notch. I haven't detected any problems with anatomy or anything of the like, either, unless you count the fact that the teenagers in this show look like middle schoolers, but that too is common in moe style anime.
The opening and ending songs are very lively and appealing; aside from that the music in this series isn't anything out of this world, but it's good and helps add to the relaxed and sweet atmosphere. The voice-acting is very good; not much else to say on this subject.
The characters are for the most part your average slice of life cast, although the majority of them are developed rather well. In any case, there are some things in each character that helps them stand out from other slice of life anime characters, like Rize's obsession with guns and military combat, and Cocoa's apparent sister complex, but nothing extraordinary. There is also a talking animal companion that is normally seen on top of Chino's head, which is a fluffy little rabbit named Tippy whose real identity is, well, this could be a little spoiler for some so I won't say. This show also contains its shoujo-ai overtones; typical of this genre. It's pretty sweet, though.
I didn't expect to like this show too much. I really only started watching it because it looked cute and I was kind of bored. But it surprised me. It proved to be a very laid-back and funny show. This anime is a very good way to relax and just laugh. I honestly thought this show had a charm that lots of slice of life anime lately have been lacking. That's just me, though.
This is a very good slice of life comedy that I recommend to fans of the genre. Not much else to add. It's adorable, and has a cast of pretty good characters and great art on top of good humor and great voice-acting.read more
As you would expect, Gochuumon is a slice of life anime about cute girls doing cute things. However, the emphasis on actual humor puts it well above many others in the slice of life category.
It's a slice of life show, so there is no real story to speak of. Cocoa moves into the cafe that Chino's family owns during the first episode, and that's about it. Besides very small character development don't expect much more than this.
With a show like this you have to make cute girls, and yes, they are cute. The colors of the girls pop out and the animation rarely falters. Everyone is very detailed. I actually prefer this look in this type of anime rather than the moe blob or ultra deformed types I've seen. The outfits change often and all look nice. The backgrounds are not bad either, and the scenes change often letting you see more of the town they live in. Not much else I can say about them besides they look nice and they are obviously not in Japan.
The music in Gochuumon fits well with the show. While there was nothing extremely memorable a la Clannad or Bakemonogatari, it still felt pretty strongly tied to the show. While I can't think of a song now after finishing the show, I remember often getting songs stuck in my head while it aired. The voice acting was well done and everyone fit their characters. I don't remember a time telling myself "Wow this voice actor is amazing and playing out this role so well!" but I also never thought anyone was out of place. The voices fit the characters and there's not much else to say.
What's a good slice of life anime without good characters? Or rather, characters that are fun together? The Gochuumon cast is a tightly knit group with everyone able to play off of others situations. While Chino is a shy younger girl who has a hard time talking, Cocoa is older and is kind of a siscon. This plays throughout the show as she tries to get Chino to call her her older sister. Chiya and Sharo/Syaro have been friends for a long time often have a gag with Chiya revealing something Sharo/Syaro doesn't want to be known. Rize is the military buff of the group, but wants to be just a regular highschool girl. She is looked up to by Sharo/Syaro which results in many funny moments. There's many other situations throughout the show but the recurring jokes are nice as well. There are many situations that work for the group in the show and the characters do well to turn these situations into humor. I enjoyed the cast a lot and cannot wait to see more of them.
Gochuumon is FUNNY. I've watched quite a few slice of life shows now to know that many are cute girls doing cute things, but very few are actually funny. The emphasis is usually placed on being cute and having cute characters. Gochuumon seems to have it right seeing as they rely more on comedy than cute. Yes there are still parts there just to make you say "aw" and small bits of fan service, but there are also many parts that can make you laugh out loud (surprising to me for a slice of life besides Nichijou and Nichibros). This is a step in the right direction in my opinion. I would rather have cute girls doing funny things than cute girls doing cute things. Many shows recently have been going for cute, like Kiniro Mosaic, but not focusing on being actually funny. Gochuumon fulfills the comedy genre it's put under.
If you want a funny show about cute girls, watch this show. If you want a show that you can just relax to, watch this show. If you want a straight up comedy I would still recommend this show. I wouldn't recommend this show to people who despise the slice of life genre. While a comedy, it is still a slice of life show in which there is not much story or anything happening. Some people who dislike slice of life may enjoy simply for the humor but more cute girls are probably not going to change most people's minds.
I would highly recommend this show to most everyone. Like I said before, the only person I wouldn't recommend to would be people who dislike slice of life. Gochuumon is funny, cute and lovable.
Anyone old enough in the anime industry knows about this ongoing clash about moe. Will you join the side of the loving fans, or do the edgy haters fit you better? Take your time guys. I can do this all day.
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