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Gochuumon Wa Usagi Desu Ka? The return of girls named after drinks.

Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka was a really enjoyable slice of life series with fun characters and strong comedic moments. I think that we’re probably going to see a pretty comparable level of work with White Fox’s second series of it, but first, let’s briefly talk about the first series. Cocoa moved into a new area where she’s staying at the Rabbit House Café and using sister to describe Chino, the younger girl who runs Rabbit House. The two of them have friends from two competitors and a friend who works with them and the five of them engage in hijinks. There’s also a rabbit that houses the soul of Chino’s grandfather and talks…. because. So, let’s see if the second series provides new and improved hijinks for us.

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Story:

Like the first series, there’s no over-arcing story here. Cocoa has been at Rabbit House with Chino and their other friends for a year. They play around, get their work done and shenanigans happen. The comedic value is largely derived from our major characters, their quirks and their interactions with one another. Taken as a whole, it works really well. The situations they find themselves in readily lend themselves to comedic possibilities and most of the jokes that you get are amusing. About the worst you can say about the comedy is that some of the jokes are kind of obvious and that does weaken their impact.

Characters:

The cast in GochiUsa is still not the deepest or most complex. However, they are incredibly endearing and entertaining. They’re varied enough that they can play off of one another really strongly for comedic purposes and there are some really good non-comedic interactions too. This series does more with Megu & Maya than the first did. It also brings in Cocoa’s sister, which leads to some very funny moments and Aoyama’s editor. She barely appears but both the scenes that feature her are really hilarious.

Art:

The strongest aspect of the artwork is definitely the background details. White Fox does a superb job of making the buildings, plants and various other background objects detailed and vibrant. The characters look decent, but they’re also pretty standard for a moe style.

Sound:

The performances in this are really well done. We’ve got Sakura Ayane, Minase Inori, Uchida Maaya, Taneda Risa, Sato Satomi, Hayami Saori, Tokui Sora, & Murakawa Rie in prominent roles and all of them give really strong performances. The music is also really well done.

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Ho-yay:

This series builds on the first, including developing the relationship with Sharo and Rize which outright involves romantic feelings on Sharo’s part. Cocoa really has a thing about getting younger girls to call her sister and I remain convinced that she’s thinking of it in the shoujo-ai trope way. This series also gives us Mocha, Cocoa’s actual sister. Basically Mocha’s interactions with all of the girls save Cocoa read as a bit yuri. Chiya also gets involved in a fair bit of les-yay in this series. It’s all very cutesy and somewhat subdued because the series doesn’t want to go full canon with it, but it’s certainly there.

Final Thoughts:

Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka series two is a thoroughly enjoyable series with endearing characters, strong comedic elements, and superb acting. If the moe type of slice of life series isn’t your thing, it’s not likely to change your mind but if you enjoy that type of series sometimes, you might want to give both series a watch. Which brings me to the final score. Overall, the second series builds off of the first and provides a somewhat improved experience. Which is what a good sequel should do. As such, my final rating is going to be a 9/10. Next week, I’ll talk about yet another sequel to a series I’ve reviewed with Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan series 2.

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Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka: Did that rabbit talk?

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Was a series of 4-panel manga written by Koi and published in Manga Time Kirara Max. From April to June of last year, it got a twelve episode anime adaptation from White Fox Studio. You may remember them from their work on Jormungand, Steins;Gate and their one fail that I’ve seen, Katanagatari. How does this one hold up? Let’s find out. This is GochiUsa.

Story:

Our tale begins with our main character, Cocoa (she’s Cocoa but she’s not quite loco), moving to a new area. There’s just one problem, she can’t find the family she’s supposed to be staying with. She stops at a cafe called Rabbit House to ask for directions where she meets young Chino. Luckily for her, Rabbit House turns out to be the place she was looking for. What a fortunate coincidence. While working part time in exchange for room and board, Cocoa meets several other girls, Rize, Chiya and Sharo. Rize works at Rabbit house with her and Chino while Chiya and Sharo work for two other cafes. Various hijinks ensue since this is a comedic work and the story is minimal.

With that in mind, let’s talk about the comedy. GochiUsa has a style of humour that’s a lot like K-on’s. You’ve got a cutesy and zany group of girls working their hardest at tasks related to a specific thing and the humour is largely derived from their interactions with one another and their various quirks. The big differences are that they usually aren’t working together in this and they introduce some really bizarre supernatural elements. The series does somewhat take advantage of the comedic possibilities presented by them working for competing businesses, although it really doesn’t do a lot with it, preferring to keep their relationships cutesy and amicable while downplaying any conflicts that may have been brought up. It also makes some jokes about the supernatural elements, but they’re easily the weakest part of the series. Honestly, a lot of it is just repeating the same ventriloquism joke with slight variations. I will say, to the series’ credit, most of the humour does work really well. I will also give GochiUsa credit for having some really well done cute moments throughout the series.

Characters:

The characters are pretty simple. In all fairness, they are a bit better developed than a lot of slice of life comedic casts and they do have a good mix of characters who can play off of each other really well. I will also give the series a lot of credit for having a lot of really strong character interactions that extend beyond just comedic bits. There are some strong touching and heartfelt moments.

Art:

There are some real positive aspects to the art. The backgrounds are nicely detailed and the animation really flows well. The series is also really good at drawing rabbits, when they don’t get lazy with it. The character designs are kind of standard too. They don’t look bad by any means, they just aren’t anything special.

Sound:

The vocal cast does well. Sakura Ayane, Minase Inori, Uchida Maaya, Taneda Risa & Sato Satomi all give fine performances. It is a little strange hearing Hayami Show play a perfectly nice, normal guy when I usually hear him voice complete villains like Tenzen, Aizen, Zarbon and Muraki. Don’t get me wrong, he’s good in this, but it is a little weird. I like the music too, it really suits the series.

Ho-yay:

There’s certainly some les-yay. Sharo has a crush on Rize, and that’s actually stated in the series itself. There are also two different pairs of girls who can communicate psychically with each other, I’m guessing by the same mechanism that allows Akari and Kris to speak with each other while competing in the semi-finals during Battle Athletes. Cocoa is also really intent on having Chino call her “sister.” It would be suspect even without a younger girl referring to an older girl as “sister” being a fairly common shoujo-ai trope. Don’t ask me why it’s common, I don’t really understand it either. The ho-yay factor is going to be a 6/10.

Final Thoughts:

GochiUsa is a funny, entertaining, cutesy and really endearing series. It’s not a complex series, nor is it the most original series out there, but If you want something light and fluffy for a quick laugh, it would be a really good choice since most of the jokes do work well and it has some really good character interactions. For myself, I give it an 8/10. It knows what it is and it does it really well, although not perfectly. Next week I’ll look at the second series of Natsu no Arashi.