OP: 「天空カフェテリア」 (Tenkuu Cafeteria) by Petit Rabbit’s (Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase, Risa Taneda, Satomi Sato, Maaya Uchida)
「にっこりカフェの魔法使い」 (Nikkori Kafye no Mahoutsukai)
“The Magician at the Cafe of Smiles”
While I’ve become less interested in moe blob slice of life anime over the years, which is to say there was a period of time where I was absolutely fixated by them, Gochiusa never fails to bring that magical dose of soothing and soul-healing through the power of moe.
Despite the series changing production hands once again, from White Fox to Kinema Citrus to what is now Encourage Films, the town where GochiUsa is set looks as familiar, vibrant and gorgeous as ever. Which really makes it feel as if five years haven’t gone by since the last episode of Season 2 aired. The cast are as cute as ever – with the air-headed Cocoa, coolly collected Rize and shy yet willful Chino continuing their work together as floor staff at the Rabbit House. A most wondrous coffee shop where the hopes and dreams of GochiUsa fans are brewed. And of course, who can forget Tippy? Who for me, is the real star of the show. Who doesn’t want a big, floof ball with the gentle temparament of a wholesome grandfather as their pet?
Although they aren’t directly involved at Rabbit House, the interactions between a motherly Chiya, the precocious Syaro and the rest of our characters felt heartwarming to see as well. Whenever the going gets rough and the Rabbit House trio are at their wit’s end, you can always count on Chiya and Syaro to help out – as we saw with the fabric shop and the flea market. The dynamic between the entire cast is truly wonderful – which elevates GochiUsa to another level as opposed to being a run of the mill, generic CGDCT show.
I’m running out of things to say. Which is fine. With these kind of shows, there’s less to talk about and a necessity to absorb this cute experience through sights and sounds. So it’s unlikely I will provide any type of further coverage, although I will probably continue following GochiUsa S3 in my own time.