Is the Order a Rabbit?, or Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?, is a comedy anime based on the 4-panel manga series by Koi. The anime itself was adapted by White Fox.
Is the Order a Rabbit? focuses on a girl named Cocoa Hoto who moves into a new town. She moves in with Chino Kafuu at her family’s Rabbit House café, working as a waitress to pay for her accommodation.
As is the case with most slice-of-life anime, the plot is unimportant in the grand scheme of things. The main draw here is the interaction between characters, and Is the Order a Rabbit? very much fits in the ‘cute girls doing cute things’ category of anime that you are bound to see at least one of every season.
All the characters names are based on hot drinks, which fits with the whole theme of them working in a café. Obviously Cocoa Hoto comes from hot cocoa. Not too long after joining Rabbit House, Cocoa considers Chino to be her little sister.
Chino Kafuu is named after cappuccino. She is the granddaughter of the Rabbit House’s owner. She is annoyed at Cocoa’s insistence on calling her little sister, though she does warm up to her during the course of the series.
The other waitress at Rabbit House is Rize Tedeza. She is named after Thé des Alizés. As the daughter of a soldier, Rize is very disciplined and even carries a gun. Despite that, she does possess a strong feminine side.
Serving as a mascot for Rabbit House is Tippy; best described as a ball of fluff. Tippy is Chino’s grandfather, or possesses his spirit – his circumstances aren’t exactly made clear, though it is hinted that Cocoa is somehow involved.
There are other characters as well, outside of the Rabbit House. Cocoa’s classmate Chiya Ujimatsu (named after uji matcha tea) works in Ama Usa An. Syaro Kirima (named after Kilimanjaro tea) is Chiya’s friend, and has a crush on Rize.
Chino has two middle school classmates who make regular appearances as well: Maya Jouga (named after Jogmaya) and Megumi Natsu (named after nutmeg).
One other character who makes frequent appearances is Aoyama Blue Mountain (named after Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee). She is a novelist who admired Chino’s grandfather.
As is evident, there is a fairly large and varied cast of characters. Syaro’s crush on Rize receive less focus as the anime continues on. However, there is plenty more subtext for yuri fans in there. The last episode plays this up particularly well.
There are a few moments of fanservice in this anime; Rize’s introduction is the first to spring to mind. However, they are few and far between. Besides, it isn’t like they do anything to detract from the show itself.
There are a few funny moments to be found in Is the Order a Rabbit?, but compared to gems such as Kiniro Mosaic and Non Non Biyori, this anime feels as though it is lacking. It just doesn’t seem to possess that spark that made the aforementioned series so enjoyable.
Is the Order a Rabbit? is by no means bad, but those who have seen other, superior slice-of-life anime might not find this standing out as one of the best. Of course, it all comes down to personal opinion in the end.
It’s a ‘cute girls doing cute things’ anime that doesn’t really stand out compared to what has come before. This series is certainly enjoyable enough to warrant watching at least once, however.