Characters / Is the Order a Rabbit?
aka: Gochuumon Wa Usagi Desu Ka
The cast of Is the Order a Rabbit?
.(Name Order Confusion note: to better demonstrate this series' Edible Theme Naming, all names here are arranged surname-first.)
A young girl who moves into the Kafuu residence. As a part of a work/study program for her new school she helps out at their café Rabbit House. She is quite keen on cute things, consider Chino to be like a little sister to her, and is more talented than she thinks herself to be.
The granddaughter of the Rabbit House's owner and third generation barista. A soft spoken girl who slowly warms up to Cocoa, though is often annoyed by her insistance on being called 'big sister'. Along with her father, she is the only one who knows the secret concerning Tippy and her grandfather
- A-Cup Angst: During the girls' first trip to the hot springs pool, Chino finds herself between Chiya and Rize. As she sinks into the pool, it becomes clear that she is embarrassed by her lack of bust compared to the two girls' abundance of it.
- Camera Fiend: Does this in episode twelve of season two, after the girls notice how nice the pictures taken at the camping trip were. They initially assumed it was Cocoa who shot it, until she mentions Chino took the pictures. She then takes more pictures at the cafe with the girls, including some of Tippy.
- Dad the Veteran: Her father worked with Rize's.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Slowly warms up to Cocoa near the end of the first season, and a little more in season 2.
- Does Not Like Spam: She hates celery, but believes eating it will help her grow tall.
- Edible Theme Naming: Cappuccino.
- Green-Eyed Monster:
- Just a very subtle one, but in S1E06, Chino feels left out when her two school friends, Megu and Maya, spend a lot of time with Cocoa and Rize at the Rabbit House. When she tells Chiya about it, the latter notices the former is unaware of the feeling of loneliness when she saw all of them like that.
- Gets inverted on her in episode twelve of season two, when Maya and Megu claim they're jealous of how much Cocoa dotes on her. However, this is used in a joking and cheerful manner.
- Hair Decorations: Her X-shaped hairpins.
- Head Pet: Tippy most often, but it seems she'll consider anything a good pet if it will stay on her head.
- Little Miss Snarker: Often takes a deadpan jab at any of the characters' antics, especially towards Cocoa. Emphasis on the deadpan.
- Little Sister Heroine: Many of the characters see her as this, much to Chino's annoyance.
- Missing Mom: The anime never made this clear, but the manga stated her mom died when she was younger.
- Never Bareheaded: Is almost never seen without Tippy being on her head.
- Nice Girl: While Chino gets annoyed by Cocoa's antics from time to time, she's relatively friendly, reasonable, and polite towards her friends and patrons alike, and always speak in a soft, polite tone.
- Nice Hat: And the few times she doesn't have Tippy on her head, she's often wearing her school uniform's hat instead.
- Not So Stoic: After a alcohol-filled chocolate-induced little sister act, she becomes very embarrassed when she's knocked out of it.
- The Quiet One: Always speaks in a soft voice. Lampshaded when Rize tries to teach her to speak commandingly so as to create a presence that will make up for her lack of height, and Chino can just barely raise her voice above her usual volume.
- Rapunzel Hair: Well past her back.
- Secret Keeper: She knows the truth about Tippy.
- Security Blanket: Feels much more comfortable when she has a rabbit on her head, and especially when that rabbit is Tippy.
- Shrinking Violet: She said she dislike to initiate conversations herself.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Towards Cocoa from episode 10 onwards, to the point she miss her if she's gone because her smell makes her feel at ease.
- The Stoic: It's rare to see her with any emotion, and even when she shows it, the change is pretty subtle.
- Token Mini-Moe: She is the youngest of the main characters (13—two years younger than Cocoa), and quite a few have stated she makes a wonderful little sister.
- Tsundere: She's annoyed by Cocoa's antics, but she eventually comes to enjoy Cocoa's company.
One of the waitresses at the Rabbit House. The daughter of a soldier, she has a very disciplined, military-like personality, however she is still very kind. She even carries a Glock and combat knife hidden on her person, but she is shown to having a strong feminine side as well, such as being vulnerable to cute things, and her appearance. Syaro and her go to the same school, though Rize is in a higher grade.
- The Ace: She gets high grades and is good at most sports, making her very popular among her classmates.
- Crazy Survivalist: She carries a loaded pistol and a combat knife with her, always thinking about things in a militaristic way, and sees everything as survival training. Considering her father served in the military, it shouldn't be too surprising.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: She's in the Closet, but she really likes dressing up and has a weird fascination with bunny outfits.
- Edible Theme Naming: Thé des Alizés, a green tea-fruit blend.
- Expy: She is a purple, stronger and bustier version of Kiniro Mosaic's Aya Komichi. They even share the same voice actress!
- With her pigtails, she also bears a resemblance to Azusa Nakano from K-On!, just taller with purple hair.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: Rize seems to have a strong love for German things, with weapons and military stuff in particular, and especially things from World War II. Even her coffee art is often shown to be German tanks and apart from constantly carrying a Glock with her, an Imagine Spot had her think about a HK G-36K assault rifle.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: At least, wants to be seen as normal.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Rize, at the end of the day, hears Cocoa mentioning wanting to help Chino make dinner. She thinks to herself that it sounds fun, and later tells her toy rabbit that it's not like she's lonely or anything like that when talking about Cocoa.
- Iconic Item: Her Glock.
- Improbable Age: Assuming the setting takes place in Japan (or some fictional town in France), it is highly unlikely for anyone in Japan or France to carry a concealed firearmnote . Even in countries that do allow their citizens to own firearms or have parents from a military background, someone would at least have some common sense not to let a minor carry and use a dangerous semi-automatic pistol without any form of adult supervision. On the other hand, her gun was occasionally said to be a toy...
- Lonely Rich Kid: Hinted at in her jealousy of Chino and Cocoa living together and her near manic happiness when she is hanging out with her friends outside of work. When they visit her mansion in season two, she is initially quite happy to see them there. Then when all of them attempt to leave for various reasons, she tries begging them to stay, and ultimately points a gun at them to get them to hang out a little longer.
- Military Brat: Her father is a high-ranking military officer, which is the reason of her Crazy Survivalist tendencies.
- Ms. Fanservice: She is shown wearing nothing but her underwear in the very first scene she's in. She is also the bustiest of the cast, and her cleavage was deliberately shown twice in S 1 E 05, both when she was changing, while Male Gaze was in full force during episode 8 after she changed into her swimsuit.
- The Ojou: Comes from a rich family. Ironically she doesn't act like one, which leads to her seeing Syaro as her ideal role model.
- Older Than They Look: In-universe example: Rize is a year older, although Cocoa was initially unaware of it.
- Rapunzel Hair: Becomes pretty long when she lets it down.
- Sempai Kouhai: The Sempai to Syaro's, and the rest of the girls, Kouhai, though Syaro is the only one who refers her as sempai since they go to the same school.
- Shout-Out: There are a couple Metal Gear Solid shout outs, like when she talks about rations.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Rize has a tough, headstrong personality with strict military discipline. One the other hand, she happens to enjoy cute things as well.
- Tsurime Eyes: Fitting for the more headstrong of the main trio.
- Twin Tails: Almost always has her hair tied up in a pair.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is just as terrified of bugs as Syaro is of rabbits.
Cocoa's classmate at high school, whose family runs a Japanese sweets cafe, Ama Usa An, which has its own rabbit mascot named Anko and used to be rivals with Rabbit House. She has been friends with Syaro since they were very small. She also has a strange tendency to give really long complicated names to common snacks.
- Childhood Friends: With Syaro, the two act just like sisters for the most part.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She is basically Birds of a Feather with Cocoa, which explains their affinity.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In S 1 E 05, she seems uncoordinated when practicing with Cocoa, but shows amazing ability to dodge objects being tossed at her. She even hit a volleyball hard enough to knock out Cocoa, but passes out from exhaustion herself.
- Deadly Dodging: Seems to be a passive ability based mainly on luck, but the girl can't be hit by any thrown object.
- Edible Theme Naming: Uji matcha tea, commonly known in english as Green Tea.
- The Gadfly: Likes playing tricks on her friends, especially Syaro.
- Hidden Buxom: A more realistic example, as kimono tend to suppress the chest. Whenever Chiya changes into something more flattering she's revealed to be about as big as Rize, if not even bigger.
- The Nicknamer: Likes to name dishes more than making sweets, which often confuses customers.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Judging by how she acts when she brings it up, its quite possible scary stories turn her on.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: When it comes to more serious topics, Chiya doesn't directly speak her mind. For example, when she believes Cocoa isn't concerned about the two getting split up in different classes in the new year, her response is to puff up her cheeks and put on a pouting face. When she wants to convince Syaro to work with her, she leaves a package with a note stating as much on the top.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship:
- When Syaro is feeling down because she's all alone at an elite school for rich girls, Chiya cheers her up by saying that even though they go to different schools they can still hangout as much as they want and that they will always be friends well into adulthood.
- When Syaro gets a cold in the finale of the first season, Chiya takes care of her and refuses to leave until Syaro has fallen asleep despite Syaro's worry she catch the cold. Infact Chiya says she hopes she does get it, because there is a saying that you can get rid of a cold by giving it to someone else.
- Secret Keeper: She's the only one who knows where Syaro lives (her workplace is adjacent to Syaro's house) and what Syaro's actual social class is. And Syaro would like to keep it that way. When Syaro is finally found out in S1E07, Chiya laments that she feels a little sad, since they no longer have this shared secret.
- School Girl Lesbian: She has some pretty strong feelings for Cocoa.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Regularly wears Japanese clothing and works at a family owned Japanese Sweet café; as well as being the more subdued of her friends. Though she is not without her quirks.
Chiya's childhood friend who lives next to the Ama Usa An. She attends the same elite school as Rize, whom she is in love with, as a scholarship student, but is otherwise quite poor. She also has a slight fear of rabbits and becomes increasingly hyper after drinking coffee, her emotions differing depending on the blend. She works at the Fleur de Lapin, a herbal tea café with slightly risqué uniforms and fliers.
- A-Cup Angst: She doesn't take Chiya's bust being larger than hers very well.
- Childhood Friends: With Chiya they also form a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.
- Cosplay Café: The shop she works at is a tea-serving Maid Café and she's often seen in the uniform.
- Cuteness Overload: Seeing Rize in a middle-school uniform breaks her mind for a little bit.
- Drunk on Milk: After drinking one cup of coffee, she gets extremely hyper. She has stated that her caffeine tolerance is low, hence why she avoids coffee. Cocoa takes advantage of this in episode 5 when practicing for a sports festival.
- Edible Theme Naming: Kilimanjaro (coffee).
- Genki Girl: whenever she drinks coffee.
- Growling Gut: Happens a couple of times to her, mostly because she can't afford to buy much food and sometimes goes long stretches without eating as a result.
- Hair Decorations: Most of the time, she wears a ribbon tied in a bow on her head.
- Mock Millionaire: She actually doesn't play this trope up. However, the other girls assume she must be rich because she's very pretty and seems to have good mannerisms as one would expect someone with a privileged upbringing to show. She's too embarrassed to admit this to them however, especially towards Rize. The other girls accidentally find this out in episode 7, but despite Syaro's worries they don't think any less of her.
- The Ojou: Averted, while Cocoa and Chino think she is rich, due to her looks and way of talking, she is actually pretty poor.
- Penny Among Diamonds: Her main insecurity; especially when her crush is one of the "diamonds."
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Chiya as the two have an incredibly close relationship.
- Scholarship Student: She actually regrets it, as this caused her to socialize with peers that are not in her socioeconomic group.
- School Girl Lesbian: Has a massive crush on Rize.
- Sempai Kouhai: She goes to the same school as Rize and is a in a year below her.
- Shout-Out: When handing out Christmas fliers Syaro comments on how cold it is, when she swears she has seen this scene before, cue an Imagine Spot of The Little Match Girl much to her horror.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Weight Woe: In Episode Six of the second season, she told Mocha she get fats easily, so she avoids eating too much.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She is deathly afraid of rabbits and becomes petrified upon spotting one. Unfortunately for her, rabbits seem to love her.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She has a lot of fear towards Anko, Chiya's pet rabbit, because he bit her when she was young, but nowadays if the two are in the same room you can bet he will end up on top of her head... after chasing her around a bit.
- This also appears to happen with Wild Geese, the feral rabbit Rize saved her from when they met. Come season 2 he eventually ends up residing in her home and they gain unique bond.
- Zettai Ryouiki: She's sometimes seen wearing Grade A when in casual clothes. The Cosplay Café she works at also features it.
A female English Angora rabbit, and Rabbit House's mascot, Tippy is Chino's pet, and is usually seen sitting on top of her head. She's also
her grandfather, though how this happened is one of the series' biggest mysteries.
- Cat Smile: Perpetually. Justified as she's a rabbit.
- Cool Old Guy: He supports his granddaughter and gives her advice when she is feeling lonely. He was also the one who inspired Aoyama to become a writer.
- Deadpan Snarker: He tends to make snarky remarks from time to time, especially towards anything Cocoa says.
- Edible Theme Naming: a term in tea leaf grading.
- Expy: Some viewers find Tippy reminiscent of Dera from Tamako Market.
- Gender Bender: Tippy is a female rabbit, who is also Chino's grandfather.
- Head Pet: Spends most of his time on top of Chino's head.
- Informed Species: Tippy is supposed to be a female rabbit, and does bear a fair resemblance to the Angoran rabbit. Although even if this is the case he evidently is Chino's grandfather in a different body.
- Large Ham: While he talks normally most of the time, there are times where he does speak this way, especially towards his son.
- Overly Long Name: His full name is "Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe." For those who knows about tea grading, TGFOP.
- Talking Animal: He can speak however, everyone else thinks it's someone else who's speaking.
Natsu Megumi and Jouga Maya
Megu and Maya
Chino's classmates and best friends. The two are never seen apart and claim to be psychically linked.
Aoyama "Blue Mountain" Midori
A novelist. Some of her novels have been adapted to film. She knows and is greatly indebted to Chino's grandfather.
- The Ace: When she was in high school, she was famous for acing any club activities, a fame that carries on to Rize and Syaro's time.
- Ambiguously Gay: She is somewhat obsessed with Rabbit Houses "Master", Chino's grandfather, but she also says things like how she enjoys working in cafés because she can watch the girls and not seem suspicious, which she says while trying to look up Syaro's skirt. In the manga, she was immediately kicked out of Fleur de Lapin, and in the next comic she did the same thing with Cocoa who is relaxing in a park.
- Covert Pervert: It's implied she enjoys looking up girls skirts.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Aoyama" literally means "Blue Mountain".
- Early-Bird Cameo: She is seen walking by Cocoa in S1E01 when the latter first arrives in town.
- Embarrassing First Name: Aoyoma's actual first name is Midori. Her kouhai from her literature club days, now editor, threatens to call Aoyoma this if the former doesn't turn in her manuscript for review.
- Edible Theme Naming: Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.
- Pen Name: She writes books under the name "Aoyama Blue Mountain".
- Red Baron: The Emerald.
- Writer's Block: In S1E09, she declares to Chino that she is giving up writing. However, it turns out she hit a slump because she lost her favorite pen, which Chino and Cocoa help find later.
Cocoa's older sister, who temporarily came to visit Cocoa after a year since the start of the latter's homestay.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Can be prone to this just like Cocoa, such as getting distracted by a rabbit on her way to visit Cocoa at the Rabbit House cafe. The latter ends up looking for her, and gets sidetracked as well.
- Cool Big Sis: She is this for Cocoa and her older brothers. Her introduction has her one by one act as this for all the girls.
- Cuddle Bug: Obviously Cocoa's case of the trope comes from her.
- Cuteness Proximity: Does this to Rize and Chino when they first meet her. While Chino seems okay with it, it seems to freak out Rize, and even her attempt to pull a gun out doesn't work on Mocha.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Shows up in the 2nd volume/season 1 episode 9◊ in a flashback but will not be formerly introduced until season 2.
- Establishing Character Moment: She enters Rabbit House wearing a mask and shades in an attempt to disguise herself from Cocoa. Unfortunately it's a Paper-Thin Disguise, and just makes her look seedy, especially when she pulls a bag out later, which Rize assumes are drugs. Except it was actually flour, and Mocha offers to make some better tasting bread for them.
- Edible Theme Naming: Hot Mocha.
- Hopeless with Tech: Cocoa mentioned she's so bad with machinery that she couldn't even use the cell phone.
- Older Than She Looks: Do you believe she's around the same age as Aoyama?
- Serious Business: Bread. Justified as she's going to inherit the family bakery.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Among the Chinese. Because of the way Chinese handles Japanese namesnote , Mocha's name in China is quite contentious among Chinese speakers. This contention is partly due to the interference of Rosario + Vampire where there is a pair of sisters called Cocoa (Kokoa) and Mocha (Moka) with kanji names, and the fact that ''GochiUsa's Cocoa does have a kanji name that's the same as Kokoa's. Going so far that the largest Chinese-language wiki on anime-related material, while using the usual translation of Mocha (the drink) as her name, it's immediately followed by the disclaimer to the effect of "that's the name used by the legal live streamer in Chinanote and does not imply this wiki's endorsement of such name."
Chino's father and the current owner, barman, and Saxophone player of Rabbit House.
- Good Parents: Though he doesn't interact with Chino often, he is shown to be very caring for her, such as bringing up some board games for them to play when they needed something to do. He also allows her a surprising amount of freedom, and isn't obsessed with having Chino fill him in on where she is when she's outside the house.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Served with Rize's father in the military, as they mention having done some contests against each other in a desert battlefield in episode 11 of season 2. They then play yet another contest using blow guns, presumably playing a variation of darts, with both implying they're not going to lose, just like last time.
- Hidden Depths: If we accept Aoyama's novel as Roman à Clef, then he basically saved Rabbit House from closure.
- Informed Ability: It was said he plays saxophone to bar customers.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Allows Cocoa to live in one of his open rooms and has her cover living expenses and rent by working in Rabbit House. He also allows Mocha to stay when she visits, partly so she wouldn't have to find a hotel to stay at, and partly so Cocoa and Chino can spend some time with her.