It has been a while since the second season of Gochuumon has aired. Last year, an anticipated 1-hour original video animation released in theaters in Japan. It focuses on the time where Cocoa returns home to visit Mocha and her mom.
The special starts off with Chiya and Sharo hurrying to the train station. It looks as if they are upset that Cocoa might leaving them forever. Cocoa reveals that she is only leaving for a short period of time to help her mom and Mocha out. When Cocoa arrived home thinking she can surprise her mom and Mocha, Mocha and her mom surprises her instead by trying to be like Rabbit House. While she had no reception, she was able to call Chino while in town. During her stay, she tried to help her sister and mom out. However, Mocha ultimately handled the rest of the customers.
Meanwhile, Rize have Chino and her friends clean the café and follow the schedule. Chino eventually recalls the time when she met Rize for the first time. After Rize, Megumi, Maya and Rize left, Chiya and Sharo runs into Rize. Rize feels down because Chino seems to miss Cocoa. She explains why she created a packed schedule so Chino won’t be lonely. The festival eventually came and Cocoa’s friends had fun with the festivities. They eventually head to a secret place to see fireworks. Cocoa eventually makes a surprise reappearance as the fireworks started.
As expected, there is a lot of fun moments. First off, there is Cocoa’s mom, which we don’t know her name and of course Mocha. I find it funny how Cocoa thought she can pull a surprise. Instead, Mocha and her mom pulled the surprise by making their bread shop like Rabbit House with Mocha wearing a replica of Cocoa’s uniform. I find it funny how Cocoa didn’t notice something was off until after drinking the coffee. Either way, seeing Cocoa reunite with her mother and older sister was heartwarming.
Meanwhile, Chino seems down as she can only think about Cocoa. It’s funny how she only made ice cocoa for her friends when they ordered iced coffee. Also, she had glasses of iced cocoa in front of her. It’s obvious that she is used to working with Cocoa since she is somewhat of a ditz compared to Rize who is somewhat strict.
Before Cocoa came, Rize used to be strict when she first met Chino when she pointed a gun at her. Thankfully, she mellowed out, which allows Chino to realize that she is kind. Still, it’s amazing that Rize actually made the rabbit plush she gifted to Chino. It’s already obvious with the blushing. Still it’s funny to see Megumi and Maya interrogate her to find out who made it.
Either way, Cocoa’s friends ended up making stuffed rabbits with each other. Chino plans to make a witch rabbit for Cocoa. This makes me wonder if she already knows about Cocoa’s childhood aspiration to become a witch.
As for Cocoa helping her mom and Mocha, it seems that she didn’t do much as Mocha eventually took over. It is amazing how Mocha can handle tons of customers storming in the store. Still, I find it funny how their mother fakes her wrist pain so that Cocoa and Mocha can receive some bonding time. After all, she saw Cocoa being cold towards Mocha for recalling that moment during her childhood. Yes, the moment where Cocoa literally turns Mocha into a rabbit and Mocha hid. Apparently, Cocoa loathe that memory and for a good reason. It’s pretty embarrassing.
The night before Cocoa returns to her home stay, I have to admit her dream is one of the funniest and cutest things from the special. Child Cocoa as a witch tries to turn everyone into rabbits. However, she doesn’t know how to turn them back.
Shortly after, Chino appears and decides to turn them into something else. I like how she turns into a magical girl and changes all the rabbits into English Angora Rabbits. The funny thing is that the Mahou Shoujo Chino thing was an April Fool’s joke from 2015. Still, it’s nice to see them actually animate this, even if it’s in Cocoa’s dream.
Overall, Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sisterjust like the last two seasons are very enjoyable to watch. It’s nice to see how Cocoa’s and Mocha’s mother is like along with learning how Rize was like before Cocoa came along. I also liked how Cocoa’s hometown looks like. While this episode involves a lot of bread, this special will always be 100 times better than all twelve episodes of Shining Hearts Shiawase no Pan.