Is your order a blog post? (I hope so)
|It’s time to let go of all the spring shows so I can really get into the summer shows. That means tying up all loose ends with the anime that have ended. So, why not say goodbye to the season of old by reviewing the delightfully adorable Gochiusa? My impressions changed so much from my original first impressions post that I couldn’t resist writing about it.|
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I had originally pegged Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka? (Is your order a rabbit?) as mindless, mediocre, moe amusement. I wasn’t too fond of the characters, the jokes were dull and the premise seemed only mildly interesting. The most sinful part of the show was that it had NO RABBITS! With a name like Is your order a rabbit? I expect those little fuckers to be hopping out of every opening imaginable. Episode 1 gave us one feral rabbit hiding in the background and a cafe mascot that was the least rabbit-looking rabbit in the entire animal kingdom. Rabbit screentime aside, Gochiusa continued to be rather average for another episode or so before suddenly grasping the secret to good comedy. It’s like they realized they didn’t have to make the same dumb jokes every other 4 koma makes, and it became a much better show once this happened. It fleshed out the characters beyond being tiresome cliches and made their wacky interactions all the more hilarious.
It’s hard to explain the shift, but I’ll try. At first, it was just jokes about Cocoa hugging everything and being ditzy while Chino responded in a very tsundere fashion. Boke-tsukkomi. Rinse and repeat. It gets old veryyyy fast. Once the other characters arrive, the formula starts to change and we get more delightfully bizarre scenarios. My favourite comedy moments are when the usually regal Chiya makes dirty jokes in a way that is somehow still in-character for her. From trying to give wine to Cocoa when she has a fever to people constantly assuming Sharo works in an exotic dancing Playboy cafe, Gochiusa takes some sharp left turns to keep you guessing. The punchlines are unpredictable as a result and the payoff is so so good.
But what really makes the show shine is the way it blends rapidfire jokes with healing elements. Gochiusa isn’t just a comedy show about cute girls doing cute things. It’s an incredibly cathartic comedy show about cute girls doing cute things. It’s light-hearted and the message at the end of the day is always sweet. They talk about fluffy issues like what it means to be a good big sister, treasuring your friendship, and teamwork. You’ll never tune in one week to hear about the failing economy or see your favourite girls covered in blood after a Red Wedding-esque episode. Each and every episode is calming and serene, with a nice dose of pretty scenery and cute rabbits every now and then to amplify the effects.
It’s hard to define what a healing anime really is, but I’d go out on a limb and say Gochiusa falls in that category. It’s mostly comedy, but I judge healing shows by how they make me feel on a consistent basis. I felt so relaxed after each episode that I would have to put it in the same category as Non Non Biyori. It’s just one of those shows that makes you unbelievably happy when you watch it. It’s unlike Madoka or Grave of Fireflies, which are very good shows but can make you want to cry until your tear glands rupture. Yes, fluffy shows have their own important purpose.
Even the animation improves each week!!!
Gochiusa became one of my favourites of the season, and I’d highly suggest any fans of good comedy or moe series to check it out. By the end of the series I was in love with all the characters. I loved all the care and time taken to show us delicious food. I loved the exponential increase of airtime given to rabbits and rabbit-theme paraphernalia after episode 1. I loved seeing Tippy with twintails. I loved Sharo’s floppy bunny ears so much I wish it was mandatory for all maids. Finally, I appreciated that it had mild fanservice but never became so skeevy that I felt alienated. All in all, Gochiusa is one of those shows that steadily gets better and better as it progresses instead of becoming a trainwreck. Now isn’t that enough of a good thing to start the healing process already?
Gochiusa: a healing show about FUCKING RABBITS UP YEAAHHHH