OP: 「ノーポイッ！」 (no poi!) by Petit Rabbit’s (Sakura Ayane, Minase Inori, Taneda Risa, Sato Satomi, Uchida Maaya)
「笑顔とフラッシュがやかましいこれが私の自称姉です」 (Egao to furasshu ga Yakamashii Kore ga Watashi no Jishou Anedesu)
“Her Smile and Flash Are Annoying: That’s My So-Called Older Sister”
I feel rejuvenated. My exhaustion is fading away.
GochiUsa is Back
For those who didn’t see the first season, or don’t remember what went on, here’s the story up to the point. Imagine I just said story with light airquotes, because there’s not much story to go on. Hoto Cocoa (Sakura Ayane) lives and works at Rabbit House, along with the master’s daughter Kafuu Chino (Minase Inori) and their friend Tadeza Rize (Taneda Risa). Their friend Ujimatsu Chiyo (Satou Satomi) works at another café called Ama Usa An. Their other friend Kirima Syaro (Uchida Maaya) works at the herbal tea café Fleur de Lapin. Chino also has some friends in Jouga Maya (Tokui Sora) and Natsu Megumi (Murakawa Rie).
That’s it! That’s the story. In my four facets of slice-of-life matrix, I would mark this as an atmospheric/cuteness SOL. There’s certainly character moments (such as Chino’s shyness), and there’s comedy (the Chino’s friends and dragging-Rize-into-the-Manzai-trope scenes were my favorite), but it’s definitely all about the kawaii and the fuwa-fuwa. I’ll give you an example of what I mean. I spent the day at the State Fair of Texas, which, if you’ve never heard of it, is where they fry everything. (Oreos? Check. Burgers? Check. Butter? Check. Beer? Check. Don’t ask me how that works, but it’s been done.) I spent hours walking around that in the sweltering sun, and when I got back, exhausted and mildly drunk, it took only one episode of GochiUsa to rejuvenate me! It’s a miracle!
Okay, so the shower and nap probably did that. But an episode of GochiUsa helped.
Fuwa-Fuwa and Kawaii to the MAX!
Where was I? Right, the fuwa-fuwa and kawaii. I’ve covered so many premieres in the last week, so it’s nice to once again be able to say that this was a good reintroduction to the cast. Using the framing device of Cocoa sending a letter back home, we got to spend time with each character. This is pure cute-girls-doing-cute-things, and it’s all cute, all the time. I love how slow the pacing is, making it supremely relaxing. Then add in the cute character designs, which are a treat for the eye. Then finish with the beautiful friendships between the characters, which heal the heart and soothe the soul. There’s no point to GochiUsa. There’s no goal. It’s about experience. Let your spirit be healed by cute anime girls doing cute anime things! Praise be.
Looking Ahead – More of the Same
I could talk about Shino being shy, or Chiya unexpectedly mugging for the camera, or how Rabbit House is at risk of lawsuits, but it’s all right there on the screen. This episode confirms what I expected from the first season: Nothing has changed. This is the same GochiUsa as before, with no drop off in quality, and maybe a little improvement from early visits from Chino’s friends and Aoyama Midori (Hayami Saori), the “struggling novelist” who needs to get off her ass and stop complaining about not being inspired! (Must not rant self, pull yourself together.) Nothing has changed, and with GochiUsa, that’s a good thing. There’s nothing more to say.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – GochiUsa is dead. Long live GochiUsa! Nothing has changed from season one, and that’s good #gochiusa s2e1
- Nico nico nii!
- Cocoa-san wa ecchi desu.
- Even their cameras are old-school (i.e. 2005). The nostalgia is strong with this one.
- Tippy (Kiyokawa Motomu) continues to be total fridge horror (trope!). Chino’s grandfather is living a nightmare life trapped in a female “rabbit’s” body. *shivers*
- Even the adult ladies are fluffy and huggable. In a totally gentlemanly way, of course.
- New Hare Hare Yukai? Probably not, but it’s megaton-level kawaii.
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ED: 「ときめきポポロン♪」 (Tokimeki Poporon♪) by Chimame-tai (Minase Inori, Tokui Sora, Murakawa Rie)