Is The Order a Rabbit? – Season 2

Is The Order a Rabbit? – Season 2

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In a quiet, picturesque town tucked away in a quaint part of some alpine-resembling countryside is a certain cafe specialising in coffee: Rabbit House. A young girl named Cocoa is moving to the local school and is trying to find the particular cafe where she is supposed to be living for the duration. In exchange for board, Cocoa works at Rabbit House alongside her fellow colleagues small-but-cool Chino and soldierly Rize. She also makes friends with the gentle Chiyo and the sophisticated Syaro. They have lots of fun and there is lots of cuteness – with a generous helping of rabbits.

imageYippee, Is The Order a Rabbit? is back with its usual amount of colour, coffee and cuteness. By watching this, I am taken away from all the high drama and epic adventure. We say goodbye to plot and conviction as we sit back and just enjoy how quaint, adorable and undeniably cute our cast of characters and their everyday lives are.

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Quirky craziness is the name of the game, still. Cocoa has her frantic, excitable energy which occasionally puts the shy and quiet Chino on edge – but the two of them seem to have established a big/little sister rapport that seems more natural than the first season. Rize is still the wealthy, talented girl that all the underclassmen adore (and she still has that strange military streak that causes her to whip out her handgun once in a while. Chiya still works at the traditional cafe Ama Usa An with dreams of turning her family’s cafe into a chain one days and last but not least, there’s Syaro. She’s still trying to keep her head down and make ends meet whilst tamping down the fact that she’s deathly afraid of rabbits (even though she lives in a town that has more rabbits than any other small community I have ever seen).

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Is the Order a Rabbit? knows what works from the success of the first season and so supplied the viewers with more of what they want: cute girls doing cute things. And I have to admit, I was captivated from the first. It’s not just the beautiful way the characters are drawn, it’s how pastoral the surroundings and backdrops are. Looking around their down is like seeing a scene on an idyllic postcard – it makes you want to live there.White Fox (joined by Kinema citrus Co. as lead studios), continues what they did animation-wise for the first season, which was to go for bright, colourful and charming (not unlike Non Non Biyori). Throw in a generous dollop of rabbits and coffee and you’ve got a slice-of-life anime that will appeal to the masses.

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The new opening theme is a bouncy tune sung by the group Petit Rabbit’s (who are also the seiyuu for the main characters – looks like the seiyuus of Free aren’t the only ones who do this). Even more impressive and enjoyable is the new ending, which contains a fully-animated ending sequence with song again by the voice actors for Chino, Megumi and Maya. Clearly the popularity of the first season has upped the production budget this time around.

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If you’re looking for something chilled and pastoral with some cute characters, and mildly wacky humour, then I would definitely recommend Is the Order the Rabbit? It doesn’t require a lot of brain power, is generally cheery and upbeat and always brings with it a veritable feast for the eyes in terms of visuals. The workers of Rabbit House and their pals are back with more adorable mini-adventures – and they don’t disappoint.

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