Is the Order a Rabbit?

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Is the Order a Rabbit?
Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Is the Order a Rabbit? volume 1 by Hōbunsha featuring the characters Cocoa (center), Rize (left), Chino (right), and Tippy (center right)
ご注文はうさぎですか?
(Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?)
Genre Comedy, Slice of life[1]
Manga
Written by Koi
Published by Hōbunsha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Manga Time Kirara Max
Original run March 2011 – present
Volumes 6
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroyuki Hashimoto
Produced by Gaku Iwasa
Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Mitsutoshi Ogura
Written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music by Ruka Kawada
Studio White Fox (season 1 and 2)
Kinema Citrus (season 2)
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS, TV Aichi, AT-X, BS11
Original run April 10, 2014 – present
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Is the Order a Rabbit?? 〜Dear My Sister〜
Directed by Hiroyuki Hashimoto
Music by Ruka Kawada
Studio production doA
Released November 11, 2017
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Is the Order a Rabbit? (Japanese: ご注文はうさぎですか?, Hepburn: Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?), often abbreviated as GochiUsa (ごちうさ), is a Japanese 4-panel comedy manga series by Koi, serialized in Hōbunsha's seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Max since March 2011. It has been collected in five tankōbon volumes as of September 2016. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox aired in Japan between April and June 2014. A second season, co-produced by White Fox and Kinema Citrus, aired in Japan between October and December 2015. An original video animation by Production doA was released in November 2017. A second OVA will be released in 2019 and a third anime season is scheduled for 2020.

Plot[edit]

Cocoa Hoto enters the cafe Rabbit House, assuming there are rabbits to be cuddled. What Cocoa actually finds is her high school boarding house, staffed by the owner's daughter, Chino Kafū, a small, precocious, and somewhat shy girl with an angora rabbit on her head. She quickly befriends Chino with the full intention of becoming like her older sister, much to Chino's annoyance. From there she will experience her new life and befriend many others, including the military-influenced, yet feminine Rize Tedeza, the playful Chiya Ujimatsu who goes at her own pace, and the impoverished Syaro Kirima who commands an air of nobility and admiration despite her background. Slowly, through slices of life, often comedic, Cocoa becomes irreplaceable in her new friends' lives, with Chino at the forefront.

Characters[edit]

Cocoa Hoto (保登 心愛, Hoto Kokoa, usually written ココア)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[2]
A bubbly optimistic girl whose cheerfulness is infectious to those she meet. She moved into the Kafū residence and helps out at the Rabbit House to pay for her accommodation. She is quite keen on cute things, and considers Chino to be cute. She is also the youngest of four siblings and admires her older sister Mocha. She consider Chino to be like a little sister to her, hoping to be as reliable as a sister Mocha is to her, as she is to Chino. She is skilled in baking bread, and talented in mathematics, something she is not fully aware of. Cocoa was once compared to Chino's late mother by Tippy, though Chino rejected it as such.
Chino Kafū (香風 智乃, Kafū Chino, usually written チノ)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[2]
The granddaughter of the Rabbit House's founder. A quiet and soft spoken girl who slowly warms up to Cocoa, although she is often annoyed by her insistence on being called 'big sister'. Because she grew up surrounded by older people, she finds it difficult to be less polite and more casual. Along with her father, she is the only one who knows the secret concerning Tippy and her grandfather. Her late mother was the one who created the Rabbit House's uniforms, wanting Chino to work with her friends once she grew up. While three uniforms (red, blue and purple) existed, two other sets (green and yellow) were planned to be made but never finished. Cocoa coming into her life had a big impact on her, leading to her being more outgoing. Cocoa being there causes Chino to experience things she wouldn't experience were she to remain alone, and to meet with people she wouldn't normally meet.
Rize Tedeza (天々座 理世, Tedeza Rize, usually written リゼ)
Voiced by: Risa Taneda[2]
A part-timer at the Rabbit House. The daughter of a wealthy former soldier, she likes army-related stuff and has a very disciplined, military-like personality; however she is still very kind. She often carries a model Glock and a combat knife on her, but she is also shown to have a strong feminine side as well, such as being vulnerable to cute things, aversion to being alone, and keeping up her physical appearance. From an elite school, she excels in both academics and sport, but is still mindful of other's opinions of her — a few praises directed at her will get her riled up and blushing. She is in the same school as Syaro and is her upperclassman.
Chiya Ujimatsu (宇治松 千夜, Ujimatsu Chiya)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō[2]
Cocoa's classmate and friend at high school, whose family runs a coffee shop of their own, Ama Usa An (甘兎庵), which has its own rabbit mascot named Anko. Chiya's grandmother was once the main business rival of Chino's grandfather, but both granddaughters do no intend to continue that rivalry. While she has a knack for thinking up creative names for the restaurant menu, she is physically weak and any tedious physical activity tires her out. She gets along well with Cocoa as they share the same "wavelength", much to the other girls' dismay. She is rather playful at times, often in an nonchalantly manner.
Syaro Kirima (桐間 紗路, Kirima Sharo, usually written シャロ)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida[2]
Chiya's childhood friend who lives next door to the Ama Usa An. She attends the same elite school as Rize, as a scholarship student, but is otherwise quite poor. Because she's a scholarship student in a school full of rich ladies, she has learned how to be elegant and she's learned everything else needed to fit in, such as keeping herself updated on what is popular and being able to perform convincing fake smiles. She also has a slight fear of rabbits and becomes increasingly hyper after drinking coffee, with her emotions differing depending on the blend. She greatly admires Rize as a person and as her upperclassman, and has a crush on her. She has a wild grey rabbit named "Wild Geese" (ワイルドギース, Wairudo Gīsu), which Syaro reluctantly let stay in her house under the condition that it finds its own food. She is very hard working and performs well in academics as she want to get out of poverty.
Maya Jōga (条河 麻耶, Jōga Maya, usually written マヤ)
Voiced by: Sora Tokui[2]
Chino's classmate and friend in middle school. She's very energetic and tomboyish, claiming she will only stay put when she is dead, and harbors admiration for Rize, partly due to her military-like attitude. Despite her behavior and attitude, she does surprisingly well academically.
Megumi Natsu (奈津 恵, Natsu Megumi, usually written メグ)
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa[2]
Chino's classmate and friend in middle school, known as "Meg" (メグ, Megu) for short. Her mother is a ballet teacher so Megu is trained in ballet and is very good at it. Mature, honest, feminine and trusting, she is rather pure, and unable to detect when someone lie to her.
Midori Aoyama (青山 翠, Aoyama Midori)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[2]
A female novelist who goes under the pen name of Aoyama Blue Mountain (青山 ブルーマウンテン, Aoyama Burū Maunten). She admired Chino's grandfather (who she affectionately calls "Master" (マスター, Masutā)) and always asked his opinion about her stories. She briefly stopped writing books after she lost a pen that was given to her by Chino's grandfather, and Chino gave her a temporary job in the Rabbit House, which she would still occasional work at after finding her pen.
Tippy (ティッピー, Tippī)
Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa[2]
A female angora rabbit and the Rabbit House's mascot, who is so fluffy that she looks more like a fluffball than a rabbit. When not around Cocoa and the others, typically sat atop Chino's head, she speaks in a manly voice and helps Chino's father out at the bar. It is later revealed that through some unknown circumstances (though it is implied Cocoa was somehow involved), Tippy is possessed by the spirit of Chino's grandfather, the former owner of Rabbit House. Tippy would often speak in front of others, with Chino passing the voice off as her ventriloquism.
Takahiro Kafū (香風 タカヒロ, Kafū Takahiro)
Voiced by: Shō Hayami[2]
Chino's father, who runs the bar during the night alongside Tippy. He is a friend of Rize's father, as the two of them were former soldiers. He allows Cocoa to stay in his house, as well as Mocha, during their employment at Rabbit House. He is the current owner of Rabbit House, which he runs more successfully than Chino's grandfather, to Tippy's irritation. Tippy considers Takahiro to be a cheeky son.
Mocha Hoto (保登 モカ, Hoto Moka)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano
Cocoa's older sister. She is very similar to Cocoa, besides the fact that Mocha is known for being a far more dependable older sister, and for being very good at cuddling people. She dotes on Cocoa and become depressed if Cocoa ignores her.
Rin Mate (真手 凛, Mate Rin)
Voiced by: Juri Kimura
Midori's friend and editor, who constantly has to keep her from slacking off from her work.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 February 27, 2012[3]ISBN 978-4-8322-4119-0
2 February 27, 2013[3]ISBN 978-4-8322-4269-2
3 March 27, 2014[3]ISBN 978-4-8322-4420-7
4 September 26, 2015[3]ISBN 978-4-8322-4617-1
5 August 27, 2016[3]ISBN 978-4-8322-4734-5
6 November 09, 2017[3]ISBN 978-4-8322-4894-6
7 November 7, 2018[3]ISBN 978-4-8322-4990-5

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by White Fox aired in Japan between April 10 and June 26, 2014 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[4][5] The opening theme is "Daydream Café." by Petit Rabbit's (Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase, Risa Taneda, Satomi Satō, and Maaya Uchida), whilst the ending theme is "Poppin' Jump♪" (ぽっぴんジャンプ♪, Poppin Janpu) by Chimame-tai (Minase, Sora Tokui, and Rie Murakawa).[6] The ending theme for episode 12 is "Nichijou Decoration" (日常デコレーション, Nichijō Dekorēshon, lit. "Everyday Decoration") by Petit Rabbit's. The series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.[7]

A second season titled Is the Order a Rabbit??, which is co-produced by White Fox and Kinema Citrus, was announced in the March 2015 issue of Gakken's Megami Magazine[8] and aired in Japan between October 10 and December 26, 2015.[9][10] The opening theme is "No Poi!" (ノーポイッ!, Nōpoi!) by Petit Rabbit's while the ending theme is "Tokimeki Poporon♪" (ときめきポポロン♪) by Chimame-tai.[2]

An original video animation episode, Is the Order a Rabbit?? ~Dear My Sister~, was announced in May 2016, produced by new animation studio Production doA.[11] The OVA was screened in 40 movie theaters across Japan on November 11, 2017, and was later released on home video on May 30, 2018.[12]

On September 16, 2018, it was announced that a second OVA project will be released in 2019 and a third anime season is scheduled for release in 2020.[13]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Characters and songs from Is the Order a Rabbit? appear alongside other anime characters in the rhythm game, Miracle Girls Festival, developed by Sega for the PlayStation Vita. A visual novel developed by 5pb., titled Is the Order a Rabbit?? Wonderful party! (ご注文はうさぎですか?? Wonderful party!), was released for the PlayStation Vita in Japan on March 3, 2016.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foronda, Anthony (March 23, 2014). "Anime Spotlight Spring 2014". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Is the order a rabbit?? Sequel Anime's Promo Previews Character Song, New Character". Anime News Network. September 10, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g ご注文はうさぎですか? (in Japanese). Hōbunsha. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? 4-Panel Manga Gets Anime by White Fox". Anime News Network. November 16, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  5. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Is the Order a Rabbit?". Anime News Network. April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? Anime's Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Is the Order a Rabbit?". Anime News Network. April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "Is the order a rabbit? Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. January 26, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "Is the Order a Rabbit? Season 2 Reveals Title, October Launch, New Character". Anime News Network. June 28, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  10. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream 2nd Seasons of Testament of Sister New Devil, Is the order a rabbit??". Anime News Network.
  11. ^ "Is the Order a Rabbit?? Anime Gets New Special Episode". Anime News Network. May 8, 2016. Archived from the original on October 31, 2016.
  12. ^ "Is the Order a Rabbit?? Anime's Special Episode Previewed in Video". Anime News Network. September 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "Is the order a rabbit? Anime Gets New OVA in 2019, 3rd Season in 2020". Anime News Network. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  14. ^ "Is the Order a Rabbit? Wonderful Party! announced for PS Vita". Gematsu.

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