“Is your heart ready to hop? Even if I pretend to be lost in thought, come a little closer! I won’t let you know too easily; it’s a secret that I like you this much!” —Daydream Cafe, Petit Rabbits
Early in November, rumours that there would be a second season of Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka? began circulating on Twitter, complete with images and what appeared to be official media supporting this claim. At present, nothing official has been announced yet, and as such, whether or not there will be another installation of Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka? will remain as something for the future. This anime originally aired during Spring 2014, and was centered around Cocoa Hoto’s transfer into a classical town resembling modern-day Colmar, France. As is common to the moé subgenre, Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka? is characterised by a lack of story, and an emphasis on how there can be joy in even the most mundane aspects of everyday life, whether it be baking bread, making coffee cream art, a day at the pool, helping a writer out of a slump or Christmas shopping. This trend was perpetuated back when K-On! was released, and while the more vehement viewers cite moé as the single detrimental aspect of the industry, the fact remains that such anime continue to be released season after season because they represent a break of sorts from the more focused anime a season may offer, helping people relax after a long day’s work. A second season has been announced, and while the airing dates are not known, that raises the question of what a second season will entail.
- Contrasting the previous preview for Non Non Biyori, this one only has ten images because of the slightly more limited discussion I have to offer. The second season has been confirmed, although the precise season this will air in remains unknown at present.
- The unique architecture in Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka? was one of the show’s main selling points, and it’s good to have an anime with a unique setting without the associated philosophical or societal aspects that often accompany what critics consider to be “intellectually stimulating” anime. I deal with “intellectually stimulating” constantly and would prefer anime that are about relaxing.
- As with the previous ‘second season preview’, the actual speculations based on the manga’s contents are buffered by the ten images. Credit-free opening sequences allow one to fully enjoy the kind of animation quality within: perhaps I’ve got a bit of a bias, but I find that the opening songs and sequences to most Western animation are often underwhelming, contrasting the sheer diversity and detail in anime opening segments.
- Curiously enough, at the last anime convention I attended, there was a screening of several episodes from Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka?. The room hosting this screening was empty save for two other people, while the other rooms were packed. There were no cosplayers attending as anyone from this anime, either. It is clear that interest in this anime is quite limited in my AO.
- Consequently, it is not too much of a stretch that I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert on Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka? and other moé anime in my AO, as I’ve watched a sufficiently large number of them to be able to satisfactorily account for why they are appealing. Of course, the critics can say all they want, but at the end of the day, it’s what the individual likes, rather than what they say, that makes the difference.
- The opening song, “Daydream Cafe”, is actually one of my favourite anime opening songs of all time for its upbeat mood. Quite similarly, Poppin’ Jump is an excellent song (and I especially love the Chino version of it): I frequently drive to campus with this playing on the radio.
- This does lead to the question of the extent of my anime-related hobbies, and admittedly, while I do blog about it and have a non-trivial collection of anime merchandise, I nonetheless consider myself to be a moderate anime fan, having heard horror stories of some anime fans who’ve taken things too far and wound up isolating themselves from their friends. While these stories should be regarded with a grain of salt, they are not implausible.
- In my experiences, the most extreme of anime fans are the individuals who somehow manage to keep up with more than ten shows every season (such as some folks from the anime forums at good ol’ tango victor tango). Quite personally, I’m not sure how this really works, especially since I end up falling behind every season. I joke frequently to my friends that even if I’m behind on anime by an average of eight weeks, I am immensely thankful I am not eight weeks behind on the things that matter.
- While these preview posts are fun to write and think about, they aren’t really meant to be taken seriously as guideposts for what any continuations will bring. With all of the false-positives springing up on social media, I find it’s easiest to not worry too much about what’s being said on social media, and instead, simply watch shows as they occur. The biggest anime I am looking forwards to in the future are The Disappearance of Nagatp Yuki-chan and the Girls und Panzer movie: with limited information, speculation is not a particularly useful exercise.
- I’ve made some minor modifications to the release schedule: Infinite Stratos²: World Purge Hen is still upcoming, but the next post will deal with the Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka? soundtrack. We’ve got some concrete information on it, and I do look forwards to hearing the music that adds so much to the atmosphere in Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka?.
The manga is presently up to volume four, and it appears that Gochuumon wa usagi desu ka?‘s first season spans the first three volumes. These are estimates, but given that the events in the fourth volume and later do not appear in the TV series, it is quite reasonable to speculate that any sort of second season will begin here. Events will include Cocoa and Chino visiting Rize after the latter sprains her ankle. In visiting Rize’s home, the girls roleplay as maids and manage to have a good old time. Aoyama later encounters troubles with her writing, and attempts to write a story with Cocoa and her friends as protagonists. While everyone competes to be the main lead, their activities eventually inspire Aoyama to begin writing. Depending on pacing, there’s enough material her for around one to two episodes. Cocoa’s sister (a hitherto unintroduced character) also is set to make an appearance, prompting Cocoa to take on a more serious demeanor to show her sister that she’s matured. While waiting for Cocoa’s sister to show up, an unexpected character makes an appearance. After some mishaps and more comedy, it turns out this unexpected guest is Cocoa’s sister, who had disguised herself to make a more dramatic appearance and decides to stay for a few days. Because this spans a few volumes, this arc could cover anywhere from three to four episodes, and should it ever take an animated form, I would probably melt from the volume of adorable moments that is condensed into this space. The last chapter in volume four deals with back-to-school stuff, with Chiya feeling disappointed that Cocoa won’t be lonely even if they were in different classes, and after Rize, Chino and Sharyo go shopping for pencils, they run into Chiya, who recieved an ominous text from Cocoa. However, when Cocoa arrives, she makes up with Chiya on the spot, and everyone resumes their school year (this is at most one more episode). With the volume exhausted, the speculation ends here, and these predictions amount to around seven episodes at most. From a personal perspective, a second season will probably become a reality once the manga progresses forward a little more, but for the present, it’s still fun to guess at what future installments could hold: just from reading the manga, I would be quite happy to see an animated adaptation of these adventures.