With the advent of constant bashing of many anime fans being distraught by the amount of moe-blob anime taking over the majority of the seasons since 2009, its telling that the genre has long overstayed its welcome. I’m one of those people that simply does not pay attention to the trends going on and simply goes to something with an open mind no matter what tag the anime just so happens fall under. There is always this sense of surprise always lurking in every genre I come across. Of the moe-blob anime that has been on my radar for a while was Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka.
On its debut in 2014, Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka, I thought, was a good first season to start introducing the cast of girls that we would follow into their ordinary and cute daily lives. What kept me from loving it was that it seemed like a very “safe” moe-blob anime. The antics and situations from half of the episodes did not really grab me as much as how I would hold my moe-blob anime to a higher standard than most people do. Going into season 2, I was hoping that the studio developing Gochuumon, White Fox, would try to add more depth into the cuteness and maybe some subtle character depth. Now it seems my wish was definitely granted after I was finished with it.
Gochuumon is, by and large, the most sugar coated anime you could ever feast your eyes upon. The girls are about as kawaii and cuddle worthy that you might literally get asphyxiated by the amount of kawaii essence that pervades the atmosphere. This does not just include how adorable the character designs are. Right down to the voice acting talent that is on here: Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase, Maaya Uchida, Risa Taneda, Satami Sato, Kayano Ai, Sora Tokui, Rie Murakawa, and even Saori Hayami making a supporting appearance. All of them perform their roles extremely well and at their most heart inducing cutest. The cute catchphrases all the girls repeat and their unique quirks offer a wide variety of charm that captivates you to watch more of these girls say funny and cute dialogue.
As slice of life anime go, there is no plot to critique on. All you would have to go on is to analyze how the characters grow on you on an emotional level. Some of them do try to add development over the course of the show, but sometimes they keep them static, which can succeed on either side. Gochuumon fits more on the latter side, however there is some level of development. Not exactly from the individual characters, but from their relationships to each other that starts to expand on their cute and hilarious situations. The 2nd season provides more to make the relationships feel genuine from how these girls treasure each other as friends. I even felt like I was close with them as I watched their progression from all these episodes from season 1 to season 2. That kind of closeness you feel when you watch anime that center around a group of friends and you can feel attached towards, whether it be comedic or dramatic in tone, is always a great sign that you did a good job writing-wise.
For the individual characters themselves, they are just about as charming and adorable as before in season 1. There are some new things in season 2 that give our previous characters more material to increase their likability. This includes how their personalities have different edges to them that we never thought before, like Rize-chan having an adorable shyness to her when she is attempted to get cuddled by someone and Chino-chan getting more mature from the point of view of Cocoa and the others. There is a bigger emphasis on Chino-chan and her friends Megumi and Maya than in season 1 which I was appreciated to see the writers not ignoring some of the supporting cast. I would also love to mention a the newest character that really won my heart this year and that is Cocoa’s big sister, Moka-chan. Seeing her wanting to cuddle with all of the girls and visit them often was an absolute riot and adorable to see. My only wish is, if there will be a season 3 as I’m writing this, that they give her even more screen-time than before.
Moe-blob anime art is prototypical, with girls big eyes as big as their hands, colorful and shiny hair, and small figures despite their age. Sometimes I feel as though I can get high off of the cuteness of Gochuumon, that is how strong the moe can get from this show. Now, how does can this be distinctive from all other anime like it? To me, it all comes down to how well the animators can make a scene that involve a quick chibi quip with the right timing or using hilarious facial expression to make a cute moe anime charming. Gochuumon does this well from how expressive the characters emotions are that feel charming to see from most of the scenes in the show. Although I wouldn’t say the art hasn’t changed a whole lot, there certainly feels like it has more pizzazz to it, but this could just be from how long I’ve seen season 1. Nevertheless, because I’ve warmed up to these characters going into season 2, the humor and expressive art started to grow on me better.
I just wanted to mention one more thing that I think is a sentiment of what makes Gochuumon the ultimate “watch to make yourself happy” anime. While the music in the show is not super special to even remember, the OP and especially the ED are remarkable to say the least. The OP and ED both have a sugar coated J-Pop vibe to the singing and vocals that fit well with the atmosphere of the show being an adorable slice of life moe anime. The ED is probably one of my top five favorite EDs of any anime ever. With its infectious vocals, rhythm, lyrics, and absolutely adorable dancing by our three little elementary girls Chino, Megumi, and Maya, there is no song on earth that could suppress your depression for the entire day.
Though not all jokes guarantee a laugh, Gochuumon season 2 is good enough, along with season 1, to warrant the distinction of being one of those great anime that is best to watch when feeling down or to put on during bed. Most slice of life are for that purpose, but Gochuumon is one that proves to be one that can be like that but also be enjoyable at the same time. There is no way this review can sway any of the anti-moe brigade into being interested in going anywhere near Gochuumon with a ten-foot pole. Then again, nothing will.