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 Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? volume 1 by Hōbunsha featuring the characters Cocoa (center), Rize (left) and Chino (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 5
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
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, TVA, AT-X, BS11
Original run April 10, 2014June 26, 2014
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Is the Order a Rabbit??
Directed by Hiroyuki Hashimoto
Produced by Gaku Iwasa
Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Mitsutoshi Ogura
Written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music by Ruka Kawada
Studio Kinema Citrus, White Fox
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, BS11
Original run October 10, 2015December 26, 2015
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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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.

Plot[edit]

In a fictional town of wood-frame houses and cobblestone streets, inspired mainly by the real life location of Colmar, France, Cocoa arrives at the cafe Rabbit House, assuming there are rabbits to be cuddled. What Cocoa actually found were her boarding house for her new high school and a small shy girl named Chino with an angora rabbit on her head. She quickly befriends Chino with full intentions of becoming her older sister. From there she would begin her new life and befriend many others, including the soldier-like Rize, the spacey Chiya, and the dignified Syaro.

Characters[edit]

Cocoa Hoto (保登 心愛?, Hoto Kokoa, usually written ココア)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura[2]
A young girl who moves into the Kafū residence and helps out at the Rabbit House to pay for her accommodation. She is quite keen on cute things, considering Chino as a little sister to her, and is skilled in baking bread. She is also talented in mathematics, something which she is unaware of. Cocoa's outlook was once compared to Chino's late mother by Tippy, though the former rejected it as such. Named after hot cocoa.
Chino Kafū (香風 智乃?, Kafū Chino, usually written チノ)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[2]
The granddaughter of the Rabbit House's owner. A quiet and soft spoken girl who slowly warms up to Cocoa, though is often annoyed by her insistence on being called 'big sister'. 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 due to her mother's clumsiness. Named after cappuccino.
Rize Tedeza (天々座 理世?, Tedeza Rize, usually written リゼ)
Voiced by: Risa Taneda[2]
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. She's pretty close to Sharo. Named after Thé des Alizés tea.
Chiya Ujimatsu (宇治松 千夜?, Ujimatsu Chiya)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō[2]
Cocoa's classmate 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. Her grandmother was once the main rival of Rabbit House's original owner, Chino's grandfather and initially rough towards Chino before she gradually accepted her. Named after uji matcha tea.
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. She also has a slight fear of rabbits and becomes increasingly hyper after drinking coffee, her emotions differing depending on the blend. She is in love with Rize. 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. Named after Kilimanjaro coffee.
Maya Jōga (条河 麻耶?, Jōga Maya, usually written マヤ)
Voiced by: Sora Tokui[2]
Chino's classmate in middle school. She's very energetic and harbors admiration for Rize, partly due to her military-like attitude. Named after Jogmaya tea.
Megumi Natsu (奈津 恵?, Natsu Megumi, usually written メグ)
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa[2]
Chino's classmate 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. Named after nutmeg.
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. Named after Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.
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, who runs the Rabbit House.
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.
Mocha Hoto (保登 モカ?, Hoto Moka)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano
Cocoa's older sister. Named after caffè mocha. She is very similar to Cocoa, besides the fact that Mocha is known for being a more dependable older sister and is very good at cuddling people.

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

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 (Inori 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 being 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]

In May 2016, a production of an additional special episode has been announced.[11]

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.[12]

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 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? Wonderful Party! announced for PS Vita". Gematsu. 

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