Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Episode 1 [First Impression]
In all honesty, I didn’t think there would be a great iyashikei amongst the slice of life shows this season – but after this pilot episode, I think GochiUsa might actually make the cut, ranking alongside recent shows like Kiniro Mosaic or Non Non Biyori, both of which have recently had sequels green-lit (and for good reason). Iyashikei’s a fairly rare genre, and usually features incredibly slow pacing alongside very little conflict – which means a lot of people tend overlook it and fail to properly appreciate just how amazing it can be. It’s true that nothing really happens, but it’s really nice nonetheless – and just from the OP, you can tell that GochiUsa is the type that gives you both diabetes and a wide range of heart conditions.
I’m not sure how I would have reacted if there really were rabbits in Rabbit House – it would have probably made for a cuter exposition (and Cocoa would have been much happier) although in the long-run, things would have gotten repetitive. Cocoa’s arrived at one of those rural, quaint towns where she’ll be going to school from now on, and it turns out that Rabbit House is the place where she’s going to be both living and working, alongside her forcefully adopted imouto Chino and the dubiously manly “rabbit” Tippy (who I sort of suspected was her grandfather after Chino started looking really uncomfortable. What’s the whole deal with him being a ball of… fluff?) Part-time worker Lize reminded me a lot of Kiniro Mosaic’s Ayaya, who gets just as easily embarrassed over little things! I actually can’t decide on a best girl as of yet – I’m ever so slightly leaning towards Chino and her deadpan responses, but Cocoa and Lize are just as cute! And that onee-chan scene was especially adorable – though of course pretty much everything in this show is adorable.
While I won’t claim to be an expert at coffee-making, I was quite surprised at how fast Cocoa managed to pick up the art of being a barista, as well as the fact that she’s already able to draw some latte art. Lize was really pro at that though :D The whole thing was pretty cool! It’s nice knowing that there’ll be two main settings for GochiUsa, one being Rabbit House and the other presumably being Cocoa’s new school – it gives the show a bit of breathing space and more potential variety. Though they might have been able to stick with Rabbit House and still make things work out.
I think this is a wonderful slice of life – the amazing art and scenery helped to affirm that as well. It’s because it’s so good at what it does that I’m in two minds over blogging it. Part of me knows that its futile to try blogging anything involving cute girls doing cute things for a quarter of a year, and yet another part of me wants to try. I said the exact same thing with both Kiniro Mosaic and Non Non Biyori when they first aired, and I didn’t get anywhere with either of them, which might be telling me something. But I still want to try! Let’s see how I feel about this next week – I won’t make any promises for now.
But yeah, that OP. *relapses into heart attack*
Possibility of Watching: Guaranteed
Possibility of Blogging: It’d be nice if I could guarantee this.
Stay tuned for Omoikane’s impressions!