Your one hop stop for bunny-related needs
|Even I can’t predict which slice of life shows I’ll like since I’m so picky. Not for quality, per se, but for dumb things like “does this show have bunnies in it???”. Clearly an important priority for a connoisseur of anime. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? promises to bring you the perfect dose of bunnies with a side order of aromatic coffee.|
…Except, there are no bunnies. I cannot tell you how depressing it is to find out that this show has zero bunnies. Even the main character is depressed that a cafe named “Rabbit Cafe” is not a rabbit cafe. I guess it makes sense given that this isn’t Japan and rabbit cafes aren’t exactly commonplace, but it’s still a hard pill to swallow. Even Tippy – the rabbit mascot – is not a rabbit. He is a grandfather trapped in the body of a cottonball. It doesn’t even have rabbit ears! I will admit that it’s cute, but that can only tide me over for so long. It’s so depressing that now I look desperately for rabbits in every single scene. Thankfully, they are hidden like some sort of Where’s Waldo game just about everywhere except for the main goddamned part of the show.
THE ONLY OTHER (LIVE) BUNNY IN THE SHOW. WHAT THE HELL???
Now, onto things normal human beings actually care about – like if the show was good or not. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka is as fluffy and pointless as it gets, which is wonderful. It’s very successful at being adorable, light-hearted and fun. There’s something naturally relaxing about quiet, old-fashioned cafes where they hand-grind your coffee. It’s a humble family business with not many customers, allowing the girls to spend a lot of time playing around and chatting about this and that. It’s truly one of those shows where nothing happens.
As such, this show weighs heavily on the slice of life side of the scale. It’s based off of a 4-koma, so there’s a lot of jokes but they really don’t stand out. The comedic aspect might make your mouth twitch into some semblance of a grin at best. So no, this is not a show that you’ll be sitting there giggling at. However, it may prove me wrong and get more involved in an actual plot starting next week. By then, they’ll have gone to school and met another cast member. Also, the fact the only rabbit in the show is more akin to a possessed monstrosity is pretty darn neat. Hopefully they explain how that mind transfer process happened and if there’s an old man somewhere with the mind of a rabbit hopping around and nibbling on veggies.
Oh, and I guess there’s some fanservice too
Finally, the fact that the cafe turns into a bar at night sounds really cool. Cocoa jokes about it being a sketchy cover for some illegal information exchange business, but maybe it really is. Maybe! But then again this episode was just about drawing bunnies with latte art and taking baths together so let’s not get too excited.
All in all, you’ve got a show powered purely with moe here. The comedy is just okay, the girls aren’t all that special (or maybe it’s just that Rize is really irritating and it brings everyone else down), and the plot is nonexistent. AND THERE IS ONLY ONE BUNNY. The saving grace of the show are the adorable character designs and my love for the calming environment of a cafe. Have some time to kill? This is a harmless, totally inoffensive show to watch when you just want to melt on your coach and not think about anything. That sounds like an insult, but I’ll be continuing to watch this for that exact reason.
Is she excited to see you or did she just drink too much coffee?