Manga / Is the Order a Rabbit?
aka: Gochuumon Wa Usagi Desu Ka

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What will your order be today?

Is the Order a Rabbit? (Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? and abbreviated as GochiUsa), is a 4Koma manga by Koi that has been serialised in Manga Time Kirara Max since March 2011. White Fox produced an anime adaptation that aired during Spring 2014 Anime, and a second season aired as part of the Fall 2015 Anime line-up. In addition, Crunchyroll is streaming the anime, so the anime can be watched hereNote 

The story is centred around Cocoa Hoto, a high school girl who moves to a new town to attend high school. While wandering around town looking for the café she's supposed to be working at to pay for her accommodations, she stumbles across a café called Rabbit House. Under the impression that it's a place where patrons can cuddle rabbits, she happily enters and meets Chino Kafū, an on-duty waitress who arrives to take her order. Despite being surprised by the absence of Rabbits, Chino reluctantly informs Cocoa that she can cuddle the rabbit sitting on her head once for each cup of coffee she orders.

It turns out that Rabbit House happens to be the same café that Cocoa was looking for: she learns that Rabbit House is where she'll be working during the period of her studies. Meeting the disciplined Rize Tedeza, refined but air-headed Chiya Ujimatsu and dignified Syaro Kirima, Cocoa settles into life as a waitress at Rabbit House, balancing her time between serving the café's patrons, helping out with the chores around the Kafū residence, studying for exams and spending time with her new friends. With her ever-cheerful and energetic personality, Cocoa brightens up the world around her, finding joy in everyday activities as the seasons pass. Despite finding herself annoyed at Cocoa's day-to-day antics, Chino gradually comes to care deeply for her in spite of the former's insistence on being addressed as "big sister".

Is the Order a Rabbit? provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Season two gives a lot of focus to the secondary characters such as Megu and Maya, who also get much more screen time compared to the first season.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • On April Fool's Day in 2015, the official website "revealed" that there would be a Spin-Off titled Is the Order a Magical Girl? starring Chino as a Magical Girl. While the announcement was fake, the idea was well-received and there was some official merchandise that was released later that year.
    • For April Fool's 2016, a spin-off starring Syaro in The Phantom Thief Lapin was announced.
  • Animal Theme Naming: All the cafés the girls work at have "Rabbit" in their name:
    • English: Rabbit House
    • Japanese: Ama Usa An
    • French: Fleur De Lapin
  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Rize does not appear to observe trigger discipline.
  • Badass Adorable: On the basis of appearances, there is a rabbit with a badass cross-shaped scar and glowing red eyes, who is always seen chewing on a straw. It's the same rabbit Rize saved Syaro from when they first met, and Rize later names him "Wild Geese".
  • Battle Aura: In episode five of the first season, a glow surrounds Chino while she attempts a badminton serve that Rize had taught her earlier.
  • Big "NO!": Tippy shouts out in frustration when Cocoa is cuddling him too aggressively. At first, Cocoa becomes confused by it, but Chino tries to pass it off as ventriloquism. Tippy is later revealed to be able to talk.
  • Blank White Eyes: The girls' eyes take this form in response to something outrageous or shocking.
  • Blue with Shock: Cocoa and Syaro turn blue in episode five of the first season after receiving a surprisingly forceful volleyball serve from Chiya.
  • Brown Bag Mask: Because of her fear of rabbits, Cocoa uses one to cover Syaro's face in episode seven of the first season while they're visiting Chiya. Surprisingly, Anko doesn't chase after Syaro until after she takes off the bag.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: This is Exaggerated; in some cases, this is the Central Theme of this series.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Chino and Rize preempt their badminton serves by shouting "Patriot Serve!" in the fifth episode of the first season.
  • Camping Episode: In the second season's penultimate episode, where the girls spend a weekend out in a wooded area owned by Rize's father.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: The plot in the second half of episode seven of the second season involves Cocoa and Chino getting drunk off alcohol-filled chocolates.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • While walking to the park for badminton practice in episode five of the first season, Chino tells Rize that when Tippy is on her head, she has twice her normal strength. She claims she's not lying about it, but because Rize merely smiles, Chino stresses that she's not lying.
    • When Mocha, Cocoa's older sister, first visits, she spends a little time with Aoyama. They discuss the latter's book and movie adaptation, and when Aoyama says Actually, I Am Him, Mocha doesn't believe her, thinking Aoyama is trying to fool her. It doesn't help that Aoyama just moments earlier said for her to wear a disguise to surprise Cocoa.
  • Cheated Angle: Chino's X-shaped Hair Decorations are almost always visible, even if logically they would have to move around on her hair strands. Similarly, Tippy's face is almost always visible, even when it logically shouldn't.
  • Childhood Friends: Chiya and Syaro live right next to each other and state that have known one another since they were younger.
  • Childish Pillow Fight: Cocoa and Chino have one in episode twelve of season two. Chino's father and Tippy comment on the noise they're making, with the latter commenting on how much livelier it seems.
  • Christmas Episode: The eleventh episode of the first season illustrates the girls and the side characters working at Rabbit House to serve customers during this Christmas, before partaking in Christmas festivities themselves. Cocoa also secretly gives Chino a present while she's sleeping, but then falls asleep next to her, though Chino appreciates the thoughts behind the gift.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • In episode three of the first season, Syaro says she would like to make Chino her little sister. Cocoa immediately gets jealous, and proclaims that Chino is her little sister.
    • Syaro doesn't take it too well when Chiya emails her in episode six of the first season about Rize having a "new little sister" in Maya, one of Chino's school friends.
    • Chino does this in episode seven of the first season, though it turns out to be an Imagine Spot by Cocoa.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each of the main cast frequently dresses in a particular color scheme; Cocoa usually wears pink and red clothes, Chino's clothes usually have blue on them, Rize mostly has purples, Chiya dresses in green a lot, and Syaro frequently wears yellow.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In the manga, Chino remarks that a bylaw requires buildings to be coloured to denote the occupant's occupations. For instance, fishermen will need to paint their houses blue, and bakeries are pink.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • At the beginning of episode seven of the first season, Syaro wishes she could be as cool and confident as Rize. She then has an Imagine Spot of having the same confidence as Rize: as she walks through a store holding a pistol, all of the other customers are understandably scared.
    • Near the end of episode seven of the first season, Cocoa, Rize, and Chino ask Chiya where Syaro lives because they wanted to give her some bread. Syaro then comes out of the dilapidated house next door. While Chino tries to apologize for assuming she was Secretly Wealthy, Cocoa instead asks Syaro where she lives. Syaro ends up having to point to that house she just came out of.
  • Cool Big Sis: The eldest in the Hoto family, Mocha fulfils this role for Cocoa and the latter's older brothers. When she is introduced in the manga, she is also seen as such by the rest of the girls.
  • Cool Guns: Rize owns a model Glock that she frequently carries around.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In episode ten of the first season, when Chino tells Megu and Maya that she only has a chessboard, so only two players could participate, her father then shows up by her door and gives them a board game to play.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • Cocoa's heart melts she first meets and cuddles Tippy. Several other characters are similarly drawn to him, such as a group of random girls at the pool in episode eight after Chino leaves him alone in a small washtub.
    • Thanks to Cocoa's influence, Chino gets afflicted by this in episode ten of the first season, when she notices some rabbits while she's headed towards the bathhouse with Rize, Megu, and Maya.
    • Mocha enjoys cuddling with everyone.
  • Dancing Theme: The second season's credits has Chino, Megumi, and Maya dance to the theme.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The novelist that Cocoa meets in episode six of the first season says her pen name is "Aoyama Blue Mountain". Aoyama in Japanese means "Blue mountain".
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • In episode three of the first season, Rize says she'll call for a cab to take Syaro home after the rain begins to intensify. Chiya, remembering Syaro exclaiming she didn't want Rize to know where she lives, instead volunteers to take her. However, she attempts to carry her home, and collapses a short distance from the Rabbit House.
    • In episode seven of the first season, the girls work on a large jigsaw puzzle. As they get closer to finishing it, Rize asks where they're going to place it. The girls are then stumped because they didn't consider what to do with it when they were done. Ultimately, they have Chino's father put it up in the coffee shop to replace an older picture of a rabbit.
    • In episode four of season two, Cocoa and Chiya start discussing the difference between the theory of relativity, and the special theory of relativity, in an attempt to sound more grown up to Chino, Megu, and Maya. The three girls then later ask her what the difference was, but both girls just have a blank look on their faces. Rize mentions that's what they get for talking about something they had no clue about.
    • Chino gets stuck in a sandbar and is unable to get back during the second season's eleventh episode. She waves at Maya and Rize, both of whom think she went out there on her own. Rize then assumes Chino is waving at her to join her, and dives into the river to swim towards her. She later realizes she jumped in without thinking about it while wearing regular clothes instead of swimming gear, and that she didn't realize Chino was stuck there accidentally.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The openings for both seasons are sung by the voice actresses for Cocoa, Chino, Chiya, Rize, and Syaro, while Chino, Maya and Megu's respective voice actors perform the ending songs.
  • Drowning My Sorrows:
    • A milder variant occurs in episode eight of the first season, when Chiya brought Syaro to three coffee houses in a row to drown away the latter's sorrow of being found to be a very poor Scholarship Student and that she was lying about being rich (Syaro has very low tolerance on caffeine).
    • A second equally censored example appeared in episode six of the second season, when Mocha got a mug of milk from Chino's father when Rabbit House is operating as a bar. The reason? Cocoa was apparently being "cold" toward her during her stay at the town. (It's more because Cocoa wants to assert herself as "Chino's Cool Big Sis.")
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Done by several of the girls from time to time, though Chino uses it the most, usually after disapproving of something Cocoa says or did.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the anime's first season's opening, Aoyama makes an appearance at the 00:51 mark, well before she's formally introduced in the sixth episode of the first season.
  • Edible Theme Naming: All of the characters are named after a beverage of some sort, with their personalities being inspired by their namesake's attributes.
    • Cocoa's cheerful, bubbly personality mirrors hot cocoa's sweet taste and familiarity.
    • Chino is mature and slow to warm up to people, much like how cappucino is bitter and takes a bit of skill to properly prepare.
    • Rize's dual interests in cute and military themes is reflected in the Thé des Alizés tea's incorporation of a down-to-earth green tea with fruit to yield an interesting flavour combination.
    • Chiya is a Yamato Nadeshiko representing the beauty and simplicity of the Uji Matcha tea.
    • Syaro's personality is inspired by the complex flavours in Kilimanjaro coffee.
    • Maya is quite boisterious, and named after Jogmaya tea, a variant of Darjeeling tea, which has a light and floral flavour.
    • Megu's friendship helps Chino become more open; she's named after nutmeg, which is commonly added to various beverages to enhance their flavours.
    • Aoyama is mysterious, refined but also childish at times. She's named after Jamaica's Blue Mountain coffee, which has a mild, nutty flavour that also lacks the bitterness of other coffees.
    • Mocha, being Cocoa's older sister, shares a similar personality but is visibly more mature. Caffè mocha is essentially cocoa with a shot of espresso, retaining all of the sweetness of cocoa, but with added bite.
  • Embarrassing First Name:
    • Aoyoma's actual first name is Midori. It's sufficiently embarrassing such that it's enough to motivate her when one of the juniors from her literature club, now an editor, threatens to refer to Aoyoma by this name should the latter fails to submit her manuscript for review.
  • Epic Fail:
    • In the fifth episode of the first season, Cocoa completely misses the shuttlecock in episode five when Chino serves it to her, despite maintaining an air of confidence.
    • Later in the same episode, Chino attempts to use a badminton move Rize taught her. It looks cool and she develops a Battle Aura, but ultimately hits the shuttlecock into the net, where it becomes it stuck. Chino subsequently passes out from expending all of her energy.
    • One of Cocoa's attempt to flip a pancake in the air in episode seven of the first season ends with said pancake landing on. In the same episode, she misspells "Rabbit House" on a flyer as "Rabbit Horse".
  • Episode Title Card: The anime uses them, but there's no consistent time in which they show up. It could be right after the opening, at the halfway point, or right before the credits.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Two instances occur during the second season's eleventh episode.
    • The first time Megu spins around in the river in an attempt to make a water tornado. She instead just causes water to splash on all of the girls instead.
    • The girls do this later at night around their campfire, speeding up gradually. Once they become a blur, Maya suggests they immediately stop. Though Chiya manages to somewhat land far away, all of the other girls fall down, except for Megu, who utilizes her ballerina skills to continue spinning on her own.
  • Evolving Credits:
    • The cards seen in the ending vary slightly: more girls as they are introduced in the show.
    • In episodes eight and nine of the first season, it switches from blue to red cards about halfway through, with multiple cards being shown at once instead of one at a time. Additionally, at the end of episode eight of the first season, instead of Chino's father and Tippy at the end, it's Aoyama and Tippy. He doesn't say anything, and instead just turns around and notices it's not his son.
    • In episode ten of the first season, it reverts back to the original ending, though it doesn't always shows face cards initially. A couple of cards then drop on top of it until one of the correct cards is seen, then the rotation begins again until a set of Royal Straight Flushes with two Jokers (containing all girls) is completed. Chino also pops up at the next episode preview, when Tippy mentions wanting a quiet Christmas to announce they were throwing a Christmas party next episode.
    • During episode eleven of the first season's ending, the red and blue cards are shown simultaneously, along with the face of the cards on a third deck. After a short while only one card is seen, and it rotates between the face cards with the various girls on them. Additionally the background is Christmas-themed and switches images occasionally.
    • Chino, Maya and Megu individually play a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors with the viewers at the close to the ending sequence in the second season.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Whenever Tippy speaks with anyone other than Chino or her father, this is Played for Laughs, as the other characters assume Chino is using ventriloquism.
    • Chino and Cocoa fail to recognise "Rose" as Rize (with her hair down wearing normal girl's clothing) on two separate occasions; the first instance is in episode six of the first season while the latter was simply walking down the street, and later in Chiya's tea shop in episode six. Rize does not bother to correct them on either occasion.
    • This is Played for Laughs in episode ten of the first season: after Chino and Maya both put on twintails and stand next to Rize, Megu claims she can't tell who the real "Rize" is. The latter remarks that she doesn't have to play dumb.
  • Fanservice with a Smile: The cast originally imagine Fleur de Lapin to be a seedy place partly because of that café's seemingly risque uniforms based on the flier's portrayal, but later learn that the uniforms are maid outfits with lop bunny ears added to the headdress.
  • Feud Episode:
    • Cocoa and Chino become even more non-communicative than usual when Cocoa finished a puzzle Chino was slowly working on and a piece goes missing. They eventually make up.
    • Subverted with Chiya and Cocoa, when Chiya became distressed when Cocoa seemed unconcerned about the possibility of the two being split up in the new year. As it turns out, Chiya asked the question in an extremely indirect manner, and Cocoa wasn't even aware the two fought.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: Tippy is Chino's grandfather.
  • Flash Back:
    • The beginning of episode nine shows Chino's grandfather when he still alive, sitting on a park bench with his pet rabbit Tippy. He then sees a young Cocoa who sits next to him while hugging Tippy, and her older sister can be seen as she leaves the bench a short while later.
    • Megu and Maya tell Cocoa how they met Chino at school in episode twelve of season two, and how they took her along with one of their treasure hunts. Though they spent a lot of time looking, they didn't find anything. However, Cocoa wonders if the two girls purposely took a long time because they wanted to get to know Chino some more. Chino has a revelation after that.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In episode nine, after Syaro snaps out of her depression in Chiya's tea shop, Anko, the latter's pet rabbit, starts to fall off Syaro's head and clings onto her shoulder/arm. It then grabs hold of her hand and starts to nibble on it while she's talking to Rize and Chiya. The comedic factor is compounded by the fact that Syaro normally fears rabbits, but completely ignores it during this scene.
    • When Syaro disappoints Rize after failing to give any useful information after Rize's questioning, she hits herself on the head with her serving tray until she becomes dazed, emitting a high-pitched sound. Syaro continues to do so in the background after the others have moved on to another person to question.
  • Ghost Story: Two are shared in episode three. The first by Chino, but for Rize and Cocoa, it's obvious she's referring to Tippy. Chiya shares one too, but the scene cuts from the beginning of it to the very end, and audiences only see the Thousand-Yard Stare on the girls' faces.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Chiya's story appears to have traumatised Cocoa and Syaro. Rize is later shown to have been just as affected. Conversely, Chiya is a subversion in that she appears to enjoy scary stories, regarding them as one would a love story.
  • Girls Love:
    • Syaro towards Rize.
    • Chino towards Cocoa, beginning at the first season's tenth episode
  • Got Volunteered: Megu and Maya do this to Chino when they first met at school in a Flash Back shown in episode twelve of season two. They even raise her arms in unison and claim that they obtained another member, as if they were playing a roleplaying game.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • Cocoa uses the term "sister complex" in episode two without fully understanding what the term entails
    • Chino says "Simple is best" when Cocoa comments that the mugs they use for the coffee shop is really ordinary looking.
    • In episode ten, Syaro tries to help Cocoa and Chiya study for an English test. She wonders why they goof up on words such as "like", especially when Cocoa shows that she can say "coffee" just fine, while Chiya does the same with "green tea."
    • In episode twelve of the second season, Cocoa says "me?" at two different points when someone points out that the pictures she's holding is of her. Mocha additionally doesn't recognize Cocoa in a picture, and after it's pointed out by their mother, she says "My sister?"
  • Gratuitous German: Numerous shops in the town feature German names, and while said names might not be syntactically correct, this might arise as a result of the town incorporating elements from France, Germany and Italy.
  • Head Pet:
    • Cocoa does this briefly with Anko in episode four. He also sits on Syaro's head as well when Cocoa and Chiya visit her tea shop.
    • During the first season's sixth episode, while visiting Chiya's tea shop, Chino puts Anko, the former's pet rabbit, on her head while talking about being lonely.
    • Anko uses Syaro's head briefly in episode nine after she goes through a brief Heroic B.S.O.D..
  • Handguns: Rize appears to be able to practise concealed carry with her Glock despite being under-aged, but later episodes suggest that this is a model gun.
  • Head Butt Thermometer: Chino does this to Cocoa in episode twelve, and learns that she's got a fever.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Cocoa suffers one right before her sister comes to visit her working at Rabbit House.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Both Cocoa and Rize display this in episode two.
  • Hoist By Their Own Petard:
    • After everyone worked hard on laundry, Chiya prepares green tea as refreshments. However, she added a glass of vegetable juice into the mix for fun. She ends up with the vegetable juice.
    • After Cocoa notices Chino, Megu, and Maya observing them in episode four of season two, she and Chiya attempt to discuss "grown up topics", such as the theory of relativity, and the special theory of relativity in an attempt to appear smarter. Later, the three girls ask them what those terms mean, prompting blank stares from Chiya and Cocoa. Rize immediately mentions that they deserved that.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: Rize thinks this happens in episode eleven of season two. She was planning on taking the girls out to have some fun out in the woods. Unfortunately things don't go very well for her, as her father didn't pack any food for them in a container that was clearly labeled food. They also don't have enough beds in the cabin, but mysteriously enough, some sleeping tents and sleeping bags, prompting the girls to camp outdoors for the night. Despite this, the girls improvised and had a lot of fun anyway, such as fishing and foraging for the food, and watching the stars at night.
  • Hostage Situation: This is Played for Laughs in episode ten when Aoyama holds up Tippy, with the water gun Megu gave her, during their water gun fight at the pool.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Episode eight doubles as a Beach Episode, with the girls visit a hot springs that also has a swimming pool.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • When Cocoa first meets Rize, the latter points a gun at her. She then thinks Cocoa isn't really a high school student and is up to no good. Cocoa, for her part, wonders who's really the more dangerous threat at the moment.
    • Cocoa comments that Rize and Chino both have cool talents, and wishes she had something like that. She then looks at Chino's homework, and tells her the answers. Rize then asks her a rather difficult math question, and she answers it instantly. Then Cocoa goes back to lamenting about not having any talents whatsoever.
    • In episode twelve, Cocoa and Chiya run into Rize and Syaro at the market despite there being a large crowd. Chiya jokes she found Syaro due to smelling the herbs from the shop she works at. Syaro then immediately starts to sniff herself, and Rize tells her not to take it so seriously. Cocoa then mentions being able to smell gunpowder on Rize, causing her to also sniff herself. Cocoa then also mentions she was joking.
    • Syaro expresses surprise that Cocoa and Chino became drunk after eating chocolates with alcohol in them. Rize counters that Syaro gets drunk off of caffeine.
    • Mocha, Cocoa's older sister, shows up to Rabbit House wearing a paper mask and dark shades. Later, Cocoa comes back wearing the same exact disguise, prompting her sister to comment at how silly said disguise looks. She is called out on it immediately by Rize, who says she was using the same exact disguise just moments earlier.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: In episode three, Syaro suggests a certain tea for Cocoa. She then brings out some cookies, but Cocoa says they aren't sweet. Syaro then tells her that the tea she drank temporarily numbs the type-1 (sweet) receptors on the tongue.
  • Ignoring by Singing: When Aoyama's editor tracks her down and chastises her for missing her deadline, Aoyama covers her ears and says "Ahhhhhhhh~" to drown her editor out.
  • Imagine Spot: The characters have a propensity to imagine things in response to something another character said.
    • A couple happen in the first episode, such as when Cocoa thought Rabbit House was literally a place to play with rabbits, and Rize imagining herself wearing a Playboy Bunny outfit.
    • Rize does this in episode three, imagining herself in a Playboy Bunny costume, except this time with a floppy-eared headband like the one worn by Syaro. She decides that it works equally well.
  • Improbably Female Cast: There are only two male characters of any importance, Chino's father and grandfather. Her father isn't seen too often, and Tippy is mostly silent, serving more as a mascot than an actual character.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: In episode three, Syaro jokingly suggests taking Chino home with her and making her a little sister. Cocoa doesn't take that too well, and claims Chino is her little sister.
  • The Infiltration: Treated like Serious Business in episode three, after Chiya shows an advertisement flyer to the other girls of where Syaro works, and thinks it's a seedy place. They all attempt to peek in the café to see what kind of illegitimate business dealings go on in there, only for them to find out it's a regular tea café, and Syaro spots them peeking through the window immediately.
  • Instant Bandages: Cocoa sports one after she bumps into a cabinet in episode three while shopping for mugs.
  • Intoxication Ensues: The plot in the second half of episode seven of the second season involves Cocoa and Chino getting drunk off alcohol-filled chocolates.
  • It's All My Fault: Cocoa bops Chino on the head in episode eleven of season two, after the latter got stuck in a sandbar island while attempting to retrieve Cocoa's hat which flew off her head, which she also managed to catch a fish in the process. Though Chino is a little upset that she made Cocoa worry instead of the other way around, she then sees Cocoa repeatedly hitting herself over the head for leaving Chino out of her sights.
  • Iyashikei: The girls' experiences in their everyday lives are peaceful and soothing. Sentai Filmworks' synopsis for this series accentuates this point:
    Tea time has never been cuter or furrier! Get ready for a triple shot of adorable, and join Cocoa and her high school friends for a hopping good time as they embark on new exploits, living the good life and hanging out at their neighborhood joint - a quaint café called Rabbit House. This slice of life, teenage girl comedy is just the mid-day “pick-me-up” you ordered. Time spent with friends is great, but hanging out beside a bundle of bouncing and beguiling bunnies makes it all the merrier!
  • Japanese Ranguage: In a Flashback during episode twelve of season two, Megu and Maya tell Cocoa bout how they first met Chino. She introduces herself, then says she wants to be a barista. Maya asks Megu what that is, and Megu assumed Chino said "ballista", as in the siege weapon. Even Cocoa thinks that until Chino clears up the confusion and says she wants to serve coffee, not destroy the world as Megu thought.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: During, Rize makes a wish on a shooting star that whoever screwed up her plans for the camping trip, such as not packing any food in a container clearly labeled "food", gets some karmic backlash. The scene immediately cuts to a drink her father was having at Rabbit House suddenly spilling completely on it's own. Chino's father mentions this probably happened because someone wished for it, prompting Rize's father to say sometimes it's better if things don't go as planned, indicating he purposely sabotaged her plans for the camping trip. Fortunately for Rize, the girls tell her they had a lot of fun despite the supposed setbacks.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Cocoa's mother is seen in the last episode of season two after Chino sends pictures of the camping trip from episode eleven to Mocha.
  • Late for School: Cocoa at first thinks she's going to be late, but Chiya points out that their school doesn't start until the next day. She turns red from embarrassment after finding out.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: The background music fades out when a touching moment is ruined by a mistimed or misinterpreted event.
  • Lighter and Softer: Some minor examples with Rize. In the first season opening, she can be seen holding a gun at times, and at one point even aims it at the viewer. However, in season two, although she has a handgun in one scene, she then swaps it out for a latte and offers it to the viewer. And although still very much a gun nut, it's downplayed a lot during season two, compared to her pointing it at Cocoa during their very first meeting at the beginning.
  • Luminescent Blush: The normally straitlaced Chino blushes bright red after she spends a segment acting like a little sister around the others.
  • Long Title: Episode eleven has the title The Girl Dons a Red Coat and Drives a Team of Rabbits Across the Christmas Eve Evening Sky.
  • Male Gaze: The camera is conveniently placed to show off the girls in their swimsuits during the eighth episode. And it seems to focus heavily on the lower half of Syaro's maid outfit from time to time.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • While teaching Cocoa how to make latte art, Rize flips the milk and coffee with grand gestures, then stirring as she's making the art.
    • The girls hilariously turn a simple outing of practicing for a sports event in episode five into a life-and-death event.
  • Mutual Envy: The main dynamic between Rize and Syaro. Rize envies Syaro's ojou mannerisms as Rize wants to be more girly, while Syaro envies Rize's coolness.
  • Naked First Impression: Cocoa first meets Rize when the latter is wearing only her underwear.
  • Never Bareheaded: Chino is rarely seen without Tippy on her head.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Rize hits a badminton shuttlecock so hard in episode five that the racket slips out of her hand, deflects off a tree, and smashes through a nearby window in her house then breaks one of her father's prized wine bottles.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: In episode six during season one, when Cocoa learnt about Aoyama, she fancies herself as being "the neighbourhood international barista lawyer who bake pastries while pursuing the path of a novelist." This also serves as a Continuity Nod, as she's imagined as being everything sans the novelist point in episode three.
  • Noodle Incident: After Chino tries asking Cocoa her how school day went in the second episode, the latter keeps changing the subject, but then eventually just tells her to stop asking in light of Chino's persistence.
  • Not So Above It All: In episode three, after Cocoa dons Chino's school uniform, Syaro sees Rize wearing it as well. Out of embarrassment, Rize hides behind the curtains and claims that she lost at Rock-Paper-Scissors.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In episode seven, two girls enter Chiya's café. One of them has a Brown Bag Mask, while the other is openly wielding a pistol. She immediately assumes she's being robbed until Cocoa, who was holding the pistol, reveals why they had those things on them.
  • Oh Crap!: Chino has this look on her face when she, Rize, and Cocoa find out Syaro lives next door to Chiya's shop in episode seven.
  • One Size Fits All: Despite having fairly different body sizes, Cocoa's work uniform fits both the larger Aoyama and smaller Megu reasonably well when they're seen wearing it. This also occurs when Maya wears Rize's outfit.
  • Only Sane Man: Chino frequently remarks on the ridiculousness of some of the things that her friends say or do.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Rize claims she's ordinary, but fails to convince Cocoa, who just moments prior had a "loaded handgun" pointed at her.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: During a practice volleyball match, Rize plays with enough enthusiasm such that her partner, Chiya, begins to feel like The Load, and simply cheers for her as she plays, leaving Rize to wonder what happened.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: In episode ten, Chiya asks Syaro to hit her and Cocoa with one should either of them become distracted from studying. Though they do end up not studying much, Syaro never uses it, and instead just wants to go home.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • "Rose" is merely Rize with her hair down and styled, sporting a more feminine blouse and skirt. However, this is sufficient to deceive Cocoa and Chino, who nonetheless find "Rose" curiously familiar.
    • Mocha attempts this after Aoyama suggested she go into Rabbit House with a disguise. Unfortunately she just wears a breathing mask and dark shades, and Cocoa isn't in the cafe when she arrives. Instead, she just creeps out both Rize and Chino, who assume she must be a drug dealer, especially after she complains about the bread's flavor and pulls out a large bag of flour, which to the other girls looks suspiciously like cocaine.
    • Cocoa also attempts a similar disguise a few moments later using the same disguise, but is immediately recognized by Mocha.
  • Parental Abandonment: This is ultimately averted in a conversation between Cocoa and Chino when the former asks the latter where Chino's guardian is at. Chino says the store used to belong to her late grandfather, prompting the Cocoa to offer her condolences, but Chino follows up and notes that she lives with her father. He's seen at the end of the day, getting ready to run Rabbit House at night as a bar.
  • Playing a Tree: Chino says she was a tree in a play during episode nine when Cocoa asks if she's ever had a role before in a play, remarking the best part about being a tree is that they're quiet.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: In episode nine during the first season, both Chino and Cocoa worry that Rize might enjoy acting to the extent that she would quit working at the Rabbit House and join the theater club. Fortunately for them, while Rize says she enjoys it, she doesn't plan to make a career out of it.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: This is averted with Cocoa, given that one of the terms for staying at Rabbit House is to assist with household chores and help run the café. Interestingly, while she's more than willing to help and is generally competent, but Chino constantly tries to do at least the chores by herself.
  • Puni Plush: This is not particularly surprising, provided that GochiUsa is published in Kirara.
  • Questioning Title
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: While shopping for coffee mugs in episode three, Cocoa thinks Tippy sitting inside a teacup would look really cute. Rize comments that there aren't any mugs that big, but then Chino finds one. However, when they put Tippy in it, they find that the result resembles a bowl of rice.
  • Real Place Background: The locations seen in the show are inspired by Colmar, a town in the Alsace region of France. The pool that the girls visit are likewise based on Budapest’s Széchenyi thermal bath.
  • Recognition Failure: Hilariously both Cocoa and her sister Mocha fail to realize that the girl in one of the pictures Chino took at their camping trip is of her. Justified however, because Cocoa was usually doing something silly in every shot she was in, so the "normal" one of her seemed out of place by comparison.
  • Rescue Romance: Syaro's recollection is that Rize saved her from some thugs in a dark alley in episode three, but Rize explains that Syaro actualy had encountered a feral rabbit and didn't want to go near it for fear of getting bitten, and she shoos it away for her. In either case, Syaro developed a crush on Rize as a result.
  • School Sport Uniform: The school Rize and Syaro attend has its girls wear bloomers during physical activities. It's a per-school thing in the town, as in the school Chino attends, the girls wear longer shorts or pants.
  • Schoolgirl Series: This is averted, since the protagonists are rarely shown in classes and moreover, attend different schools.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Due to the way she acts and looks, Cocoa and Chino assume that Syaro is a rich girl when they first meet her in episode three. In actuality, Syaro is shown live in a dilapidated house adjacent to Chiya's café.
  • Serial Escalation: In episode eight, Rize has an Imagine Spot where she first shoots clay pigeons with a small hunting rifle. After taking a sip of coffee, then shoots down multiples in quick succession with an anti-materiel rifle.
  • Serious Business:
    • The stakes for a chess game between Chiya and Chino in episode eight escalate after the former makes a bet that if she wins, Chino has to dip Tippy in the water so she can see what he looks like wet. Chino, meanwhile, makes a bet that if she wins, Cocoa has to call her "big sister". Naturally Tippy wants Chino to win, and Cocoa wants Chiya to win, and both "encourage" their respective players so much that the two can't play very well. Ultimately, Chino wins, as Cocoa calls her "big sister" in one scene shortly after.
    • Chino and Cocoa become worried Rize might quit to pursue acting full time in episode nine, after the latter goes to Chiya's tea shop to learn how to act more womanly. Cocoa then gets jealous that Chino respects "Rose", actually just Rize with her hair down, more than her, and runs off crying, completely forgetting about Rize.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely:
    • In the first season's sixth episode, Chino and Cocoa spot Rize checking out some clothing while they're walking around town. They don't bother her, and later in the evening, they run into a girl that Chino at first assumes is Rize with her hair down instead of her usual pigtails. The girl turns around surprised, but then the two girls assume she must not be Rize, and walk away. However, Tippy realizes that it was Rize, but had chosen not to reveal herself to Chino and Cocoa.
    • Cocoa fails to recognize herself in one picture during episode twelve of season two. It's because she looks rather mature in that shot, whereas every other picture of her has her goofing off or making a silly pose. She later wonders if that version of Cocoa was the one Chino preferred, and even suffers a brief Heroic B.S.O.D. until Chino clears up the matter.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Season One:
      • In episode three, Rize mentions liking junk food and military rations. A graphical interface screen pops up resembling one from Metal Gear Solid shows up shortly afterwards, scrolling through various food items.
      • In episode six, Cocoa suggests watching The Silence of the Rabbits with Chino. In the same episode, when Chino asks Maya a kind of movie she likes, Megu shows her the pamphlet of a movie she mentioned. It is a picture of a rabbit floating in space.
      • In episode eight, Chiya jokingly asks Chino if she'll turn into a rabbit if she gets wet.
      • In episode eleven, while unsuccessfully handing out flyers in the cold on Christmas Eve and wearing a red hooded robe, Syaro begins to wonder about the kinds of food she could have on Christmas. She then immediately realises that this same thing happens in The Little Match Girl, and tries to beat those thoughts out of her head lest she ends up the same way as the girl in that story.
    • Season Two:
      • In episode one, Amausa-an, Fleur de Lapin and the Hoto family's bakery are featured in the Walker magazine, a reference to the Tokyo Walker family of urban guide magazines in Japan. The back cover of this edition contains an advertisement for Usashiki, an reference to Yuyushiki, another Kirara series adopted by Kinema Citrus.
      • In episode two, when Rize declares that she'll help Syaro with the ghost problem, symbols resembling the Ghostbusters logo appear beside her. And again, we see a copy of Walker with a Usashiki advertisement, this time located in Syaro's house.
    • In episode twelve, after Megu, Maya, and Chino crawl through a tiny hole to get to a treasure, Cocoa stays behind because she's too big to fit in. She suddenly starts referring them as "hobbits", and tells them to go on their journey.
  • Sick Episode: The season one finale has both Cocoa and Syaro becoming sick with colds. Chino and Chiya take care of them, respectively. Chino subsequently falls ill with the mumps.
  • Sleep Cute: Cocoa and Mocha both fall asleep at the side of the bed at the end of the second season's sixth episode. Chino joins them shortly after.
  • Slice of Life: GochiUsa deals with daily life in and around coffee shops.
  • Sneeze Cut: One happens in episode ten, when Chino wonders if Cocoa's absence accounts for why she's accidentally makes nothing but hot cocoa. At Ama Usa An, Cocoa then sneezes and wonders if Chino misses her.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Rize is seen as "Lize" in some translations, such as Crunchyroll's. Sentai Filmworks flip-flops between both, initially using "Lize". However, this was later revised to "Rize", but their apparent use of a search-and-replace resulted in errors such as "speciaRize" appearing in some episodes.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Aoyama does this during the tenth episode, when Chino is talking to Tippy whilst playing a game of chess. When she hears her grandfather talking in an unusually feminine voice, she wonders if his voice changed, but then sees Aoyama sitting right next to them.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Despite being depicted as having a relatively slender build, Rize is seen effortlessly carrying things that Cocoa struggles with. Because she wants to be seen as a normal girl, she tries to downplay this.
  • Sudden Video-Game Moment: In episode three when Rize reflects her liking to junk food and sample rations, icons of rations with descriptions and health bars appears on the screen.
  • Sugar Bowl: With the setting being a peaceful, tranquil, picturesque town where the wildlife consists mostly of bunnies, the atmosphere remains adorable even during the few times in this story where a character is frightened or upset. This accounts for why GochiUsa eventually became the second best-selling Kirara series after K-On!: such a setting provides better escapism than the generic Japanese towns used by many Iyashikei series.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Rize isn't a good swimmer at first in episode eight due to not having any swim classes at school. However, Syaro manages to teach her enough of the basics that she can swim somewhat in a short period of time.
  • Super Reflexes: Chiya is surprisingly nimble and dodges all the balls being tossed at her in episode five.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Syaro bumps into something while attempting to go to the bathroom at Chino's house. Initially frightened, she then sees Rize sitting on the floor, who says her candle burned out and she didn't want to move, but then claims is not what happened there.
    • When Rize asks Syaro why she's working a part time job in episode five, the latter turns red and replies it's not because she needs the money or anything.
  • Take a Third Option: There are two examples in episode seven:
    • Cocoa notices that Chiya has a hole in her tights along with a bloodied knee due to tripping. Cocoa asks if she'd rather just put a bandage on it, or color her skin black with a marker to match the tights. Chiya's response is to simply take off her tights whilst in public.
    • Chino later mentions having a problem, with both Cocoa and Rize offering to give her some advice. Moments later, she's talking to Tippy instead, leaving both Cocoa and Rize dejected.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In episode four, while having lunch with Chiya outside, Cocoa says she's really proud of the lunch she made and couldn't wait to eat it. Anko, Chiya's pet rabbit, then falls out of the sky and lands right on top of her lunch. Chiya explains that Anko occasionally gets carried off by crows to explain the unusual situation. Cocoa also drops the croquette she buys at the school caféteria moments later after saying she wanted to try it.
    • After Cocoa tells Rize about the misspelled name of the café ("Rabbit Horse" instead of "Rabbit House") in episode seven, the latter says they'll fix the flyers right away. Then a gust of wind blows and several of the flyers go up in the air.
    • In episode twelve, Cocoa worries she might pass her cold onto Chino. The latter says she's tough, having been trained by Rize. In the next scene, she's come down with a case of the mumps.
    • In episode four of season two, Cocoa has the girls draw lots to see where each of them would sit at a large table. Rize tells her she better not have rigged it so that she gets to sit by Megu, Maya, and Chino. Cocoa says it's completely impartial, only to then end up sitting at the seat furthest from them.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Chiya hums a snippet of the second season's opening in episode eleven, when she and Megumi are out gathering food.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare:
    • Chino displays them in episode seven after getting upset at Cocoa for various things she did that episode, such as attempting to give her The Glomp.
    • Syaro's eyes dull after opening the door to Chiya's tea shop, only to see a scary looking mask staring at her the moment she opens the door.
    • Cocoa shows some in episode four of season two after getting a letter from her older sister saying she was coming for a visit.
  • Training from Hell: In episode five, Chino asks if Rize could help her with sports for an upcoming sports event at her school. Rize says she'll be glad to help, and will train her very well. Chino then backs down, saying she doesn't want to be killed on the assumption training with Rize would be highly intense.
  • Treasure Hunt Episode: Episode twelve in season two has one, after Cocoa finds a hidden treasure map behind one of the pictures in the cafe. She doesn't finish the first one since she couldn't fit in the hole to get to the treasure, but Chino makes her a second map which she does finish.
  • The Triple: In episode five, Syaro says buying stuff with money one's earned makes the items more enjoyable. While she was referring to a glass cup, makeup, and a glass bottle, Rize says she knows what the former means. The items she's referring to includes a bayonet, an assault rifle and a tank.
  • Trouser Space: Given that Rize does not appear to have a hoister for her pistol, this is presumably how she carries said pistol around.
  • Tsundere: Chino.
  • Tyop on the Cover: In episode seven, Cocoa has creates fliers to advertise "Rabbit House". However, a misspelling results in the flier reading as "Rabbit Horse" instead. Chino catches it and then regrets not proofreading it first, and Rize notes she didn't even realize it until they pointed it out.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: In episode eight, Tippy seems a little startled as the girls begin discussing elements from the movie, they'd watched together that resembles the story behind how Rabbit House came to be.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Chino, despite liking how quiet it is without Cocoa around in episode ten, mixes up orders at work and even begins to miss the latter's usual Genki Girl antics. Chino later mentions to Cocoa that were it not for her, she probably never would have invited her friends Maya and Megu for a sleepover and worries that she might not be a good enough host without Cocoa around.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In episode seven, Chino goes to the bathroom and Cocoa notices she was working on a jigsaw puzzle. When she returns, she finds that the puzzle was completed by Cocoa, and is rather upset as a result. Cocoa ends up buying another jigsaw puzzle for her, but ends up buying a much larger one, so Rize, Syaro, and Chiya come over to help them with it.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The town the story is set in is supposedly located in Japan, seeing how everybody follows Japanese customs (like wearing school uniforms and kimonos, eating Japanese food, and having prices in yen). Yet the town is modeled after a town in FranceNote , and some German/French customs seem to be in place as well (like the German-styled Christmas market). In addition, the military rations shown in episode three include things like raisin walnut, marshmallow fudge, and panna cotta, things the Real Life Kaiju Defense Force is unlikely to provide.
  • Work Com: This is a comedy set in a coffee shop, featuring moe elements.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Barring Chiya, most of the characters have improbable hair colors.
  • You Keep Using That Word: In episode two, Cocoa says that a customer commented that she might have a "sister complex". She then happily states it to Rize, saying it sounds cool, but Chino feels she doesn't know what that phrase really means. It doesn't mean the customer is wrong though.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Cocoa's school uniform features it. Syaro is sometimes seen with Zettai Ryouiki when in casual clothes, and always when wearing her café's uniform.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: One occurs in the second season's eleventh episode, when Chino is awoken from her nap and is told by Megu and Maya that they were busy fighting off zombies, and that Cocoa was bitten by one in the neck during the fight. Megu then starts writhing in pain, with Maya wondering if she was a Zombie Infectee. Chino, unable to move easily due to being zipped up in a sleeping bag, then hops out of the tent as best as she can, only to see the other girls standing by a fire. She then mentions zombies, and Cocoa turns around, with a bloodied face. Chino then passes out while standing up and drops like a rock. Subverted when it was all just a practical joke they played on Chino because she took a nap earlier in the day. Chino gets back at Cocoa at the end of the episode by having several of the girls put ketchup on their face and doing the same exact thing to Cocoa, who also freaks out when she sees the girls all "zombified" and rushing at her, while also stuck in a sleeping bag.

Alternative Title(s): Gochuumon Wa Usagi Desu Ka

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