Here we are again back at Rabbit House. Sure, we got two super special episodes but it was great seeing the coffee bunnies get a proper third season after a 5 year wait. Had they not lost a step or did they spill coffee somewhere along the way? Let us find out as we take a look at “Is the Order a Rabbit? Bloom”, aka Coffee Bunnies Season 3.
Check out my reviews of S1 and S2 HERE.
Alternate Title: Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu-ka? Bloom (Japanese), GochiUsa S3
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Yuri
Number of Episodes: 12
The following is another case of me not having much to add that I have not already in past G-Views of the series. Not to say there was nothing new this season but I could start and end the review with “more of the same” and call it a day.
Everything that made the past two seasons excellent remain intact in Bloom. The moe is still very powerful, the jokes are on point, the coffee bunnies and side-characters are the same as ever and the yuri “flip-flopping” (unfortunately for me) is still there. This being the third season and 5 years later the animation obviously is the best it has ever been while the soundtrack remains unchanged in a good way. Although the sexiness was toned down. Most likely for a similar reason as Strike Witches 3. Fans were blessed by the bunnies’ lovely figures throughout past seasons there was little need to show off their goodness as often this time around.
While the core of the series remained relatively the same the narrative was what really changed. This time the main theme was “looking to the future” as our heroines thought about graduating and what it would mean for their friendships and relationships. ChiMaMe were going to high school and Rize’s college bound. What would that mean for their time together with everyone and what did they want to do with their lives in the future? Such questions circled inside all our heroines’ minds. Naturally we learned more about our heroines’ secret traits and got some neat flashbacks.
Alongside the change in theme there was a change in setting too. A lot of the show did not take place in the coffee shops but at the older girls’ schools and in town. Thanks to that we were introduced to their classmates who of course were as entertaining as our heroines.
Fans of flip-flopping would have a field day this season, meaning any and all ships among our heroines got their time in the spotlight. While yuri shippers were blessed this season confirmed to me once and for all that I am not much of a “flip-flop” fan. It is why I do not revere Yuru Yuri as much as most yuri fans. At least Rin X Aoyama Blue Mountain remained unaffected by the flip-flop. In fact they grew stronger this season.
Overall GochiUsa S3 is “more of the same” in terms of humor, cuteness and gayness but thematically our heroines experience their biggest development yet. They haven’t lost a step. Great stuff. Highly recommended to fans of the series.