OP: 「Daydream cafe」 by Petit Rabbit’s (Sakura Ayane, Minase Inori, Taneda Risa, Satou Satomi, & Uchida Maaya)
「ひと目で、尋常でないもふもふだと見抜いたよ」 (Hitome de, Jinjoudenai mo Fumo Fuda to Minuita yo)
“I Knew at First Glance, That It Was No Ordinary Fluffball”
A light-hearted and fuwa-fuwa slice of life for the coffee lover in you.
Cute Girls Doing Coffee Things
This show is exactly what it seems, and exactly what it was billed to be – a cute girls doing cute things anime, this time in a cafe. To say it’s not groundbreaking is an understatement, so if you can’t abide by a show that doesn’t ooze with originality, run for the hills now. Whatever your feelings for the show, original it is not.
On the plus side, the girls are indeed cute. Hoto Cocoa (Sakura Ayane), a pun on “hot cocoa”) started off being a little much to me – I felt like Sakura Ayane had gone too kawaiiko with her voice – but she warmed on me just as she warmed on the others. Kafuu Chino (Minase Inori), from “cappucino”) I liked from the beginning, whereas Tadeza Lize (Taneda Risa), from “Thé des Alizés” tea) is an adorable tsundere, even if she is a little…well, unusual. You don’t get to say you’re a regular high school girl if you point guns at people in your underwear, Lize.
Comedy or Atmosphere?
This whole time I kept trying to decide if this show was a comedy or focused on atmosphere. Of my four facets of slice-of-life, those seemed the most likely to carry this show since they’re not going for the hyper-cute angle and the characters just aren’t there yet. The problem is that the comedy is only okay. I laughed a little bit, but nothing major, so if they’re trying to sell the show on comedy, it’s going to sink.
So is it atmosphere? At first I wasn’t feeling that either, and was worried. The first episode was slow, but not slow because we’re still introducing everything, it was just slow. The atmosphere did improve by the end though, when Cocoa befriended Chino enough to get the coveted “Cocoa-oneechan” and sharing-a-bath-together time. Maybe the atmosphere will be what sells it, though it might be the characters as well. I’m not sure yet, because though the premiere started getting somewhere by the end, none of the four major facets called out to me yet.
A Bunch of Lonely Rabbits
The one thing I really liked were the insinuations that Lize and Chino are lonely, or get lonely. That’s what made me really get behind Cocoa as a character, because while she might be a bit too dense – her math skills aside – if she’s going to be good friends with Chino, that’s a very sweet thing. And Lize is just adorable when she’s talking to her stuffed animal. Keep them company Cocoa, these lonely little rabbits already need you, ufufu~
That Thing’s Her Grandfather!?
That thing is Chino’s grandfather!? I…what! I feel like we have the second coming of Dera here, only fluffier and not nearly so gentlemanly. Also, what the hell why is the nightmare of a grown man being trapped in the body of a fluffy creature in a fuwa-fuwa slice of life anime?! I’ll admit that if anything has me interested about this show, this is it, but mostly it just has me confused. Tippy (Kiyokawa Motomu) is scary.
Looking Ahead – Kawaii Onnanokos
What you see is what you get, and I have a feeling we’ll see more of the same as the series goes on. I’m not planning on following this any further, but I’ll probably watch it, so check in with me on twitter if you want to chat. Until next time!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Cute girls doing cafe things. It lacks something so far, but the end showed promise #gochiusa 01
- Bonus: The city is beautiful. It has a little Ikoku Meiro no Croisee feel to it. Just a little.
- Am I the only one who wants to see more of when Rabbit House turns into a bar at night? That’s my kind of slice of life!
- Aya, is that you?
Check out my blog about storytelling and the novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: Useful lies; Missing the point; You don’t get credit for the words you don’t write; and Right, not best.
ED: 「ぽっぴんジャンプ♪」 (Pobbin Jump) by Chimame-tai (Minase Inori, Tokui Sora, & Murakawa Rie)