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——————————CONTAINS SPOILERS (Very small spoilers since there isn’t a thick plot, but you’ve been warned!)————————-
Hoto Cocoa has just transferred to a new school in a new town.
She accidentally gets lost while trying to find the place she will be staying in and stumbles across a cafe called ‘Rabbit House’. Excitedly, she enters thinking inside she will get to cuddle many furry rabbits. However, upon entering ‘Rabbit House’ she discovers it is also the Kafuu residence where she is to stay for the duration of her studies.
Cocoa’s contract says that while staying in the Kafuu residence she is to help out around the home, so she in turn, begins working alongside the granddaughter of the cafe owner, Kafuu Chino, in ‘Rabbit House’.
This series follows Cocoa, Chino, and Rize working in the ‘Rabbit House’ as well as two more characters, Kirima Syaro (Sharo) who works at a cafe called ‘Fleur de Lapin’ and Ujimatsu Chiya who works in her family’s cafe called ‘Ama Usa An’ which used to be a direct competitor to ‘Rabbit House’.
Being a slice of life anime, there isn’t an extremely deep plot here. It’s super simple and easy to follow the girls in their lives working in their respective cafes and spending time together, even helping each other once in awhile in each other’s cafes.
Cocoa and Chiya attend the same high school. Chino attends middle school with her friends Megumi Natsu and Midori Aoyama. Syaro, however, coming from a poor family was able to get a scholarship to a more prestigious school, the same one that Rize attends.
Syaro lives in a small house right next to ‘Ama Usa An’ and is best friends with Chiya. However, because Syaro seems to have a crush on Rize, she does not want Rize to know that she is poor and asks Chiya to keep it a secret.
Eventually, Rize and the rest of Syaro’s friends find out her situation and even though Syaro was so worried about what they would think, they didn’t mind at all.
All Cocoa wants is to be Chino’s big sister. She longs so much for Chino to acknowledge her as such. She wants to know that, in some way, Chino can look up to her and that she can be a good role model for her.
Overall, it’s a very simple and easy to follow anime. There isn’t much out of the ordinary except Tippy, Chino’s talking rabbit who seems to have once been her grandfather.
I very much enjoyed the adorableness of this anime. I’m such a sucker for moe themes, slice of life and super simple plots (oh and maid outfits!), yet it also has those unnecessary (not unwanted though) overly dramatic moments.
One of my favorite things, though, is that most of the character names are puns. Hoto Cocoa (Hot Cocoa or Hot chocolate), Kafuu Chino (Cappuccino), Rize Tedeza (Te de Zarize which means The des Alizes, a brand of green tea), Ujimatsu Chiya (Uji Matcha, being green tea from the Kyoto Uji region), and Kirima Syaro (don’t laugh at me, I thought this was supposed to be Sour Cream! but upon further research, it’s actually from the word Kirimanjaro which means Kilimanjaro, referring to Kilimanjaro tea)
(Source for name translation information: http://gochiusa.wikia.com/wiki/Is_the_Order_a_Rabbit%3F_Wiki )
The music and background sounds are very much what you would expect in a slice of life anime. Simple, cute, and sweet. As for the art style, I would compare it to what you would see in Kyoto Animation’s works.
There is also a season 2 that has finished airing. I have not gotten to see season 2 yet, but I am sure I will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed this one. If you decide to watch it, I really hope you enjoy it!
The information for the anime is as follows:
Directed by: Hiroyuki Hashimoto
Produced by: Gaku Iwasa, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Mitsutoshi Ogura
Written by: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music by: Ruka Kawada
Studio: White Fox (Known for other anime such as: Steins;Gate, The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, and SoniAni: Super Sonico The Animation)
Licensed by: Sentai Filmworks (North America)
————All photos in this post were taken as screenshots by me———–