Is the Order a Rabbit?: Episode 01 Review
Also known as: GochiUsa, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka
Streaming Allegiance: Crunchyroll
Reconnaissance Report by: Jessica Craven
Progress: Episode 01
Cocoa Hoto has just moved into a new town, and she enters the Rabbit House Cafe in a wonder-filled daze. Inside she meets Chino Kafuu, the granddaughter of the cafe’s owner, and they eventually realize that Cocoa has previously made arrangements to be living there – but little did she know that her residence doubled as such a cute cafe! Hoto quickly begins her part-time work at the cafe with Chino and another waitress named Rize. Contrary to Cocoa’s initial belief that the cafe would be filled with rabbits, only one rabbit resides in the there. It’s not just any ordinary rabbit, though – it can talk! Chino and her family are taking good care to keep the strange bunny quiet around Cocoa, but the cafe’s secrets are already being hinted at…
Of course, the first episode primarily serves as an exposition to the series. Even though a character starting a new life in a new place is a common introductory scenario, I already get a sense of real personality and uniqueness from the characters, especially Rize. She’s a soldier’s daughter who often puts up a serious and slightly cold front towards her friends, even though she really admires them.
The series is extremely moe, but I have a weakness for cuteness, so I view this as a positive. It is quite refreshing and watching it made me extremely happy. The episodes are even called “bunnisodes!” I do think that the series shows potential for gaining depth, which moe series sometimes fail to do, much to my chagrin. The apparent secret behind the talking bunny has especially piqued my interest. I am hopeful that GochiUsa will end up being a solid series, and possibly one of my favorites.