|A Story About Telling a Story|
|Animation Director||Eiichi Tominaga,Naoki Takeda|
|Japanese Air Date|
May 15, 2014
|← Cocoa and Murderous Intent Without Malice||Call Me Sister →|
While enjoying a day off from work, the girls meet a famous book author; Aoyama Blue Mountain. Later, Maya and Megumi stop by to lend a hand at Rabbit House - causing envy in Chino as they bond with Cocoa and Rize.
As the girls work, a pair of customers compliment how cute Rize's pigtails are. She tries to force herself not to pay them any mind but when Chino and Cocoa catch her checking out herself in the mirror - she is quick to try to write it off, going on to notice Tippy's ears have been reshaped into a pair of tiny pigtails. Cocoa compliments how cute he is, causing Rize to run over to the customer and ask who they actually spoke of.
The following morning, Chino decides to work on her ship in a bottle for the day. She is almost finished with it and would like to finish, but Cocoa wants them go out and suggests she finishes it out by the lake so that they can do some fishing.
Taking off, Chino shows Cocoa a large hill nearby and she is quick to start imagining how much fun it would be to ride a bike down it. Chino points out that double riding isn't really allowed, and Cocoa points out she can't ride a bike anyway. They don't linger on the topic very long when they spot Rize checking out a clothing shop. They see how happy she looks, but when they note how conflicted she looks they decide to leave her alone and continue to head out to the park. There, they sit on a bench and enjoy the shady warmth beneath the trees. After spotting a crepe stand, Cocoa gets up and runs over to it to get one for Chino - but to their surprise they find Sharo working it.
She makes the girls a crepe and they dig in, complimenting it before Cocoa offers Sharo a taste of it. She claims a single bite would be okay, and Sharo is highly tempted since she never gets to eat them; but before she can grab it, Anko suddenly falls down onto it. This shocks her as Chiya runs up to them. Once again Anko was carried off by crows, but they are more interested in the different uniform she has on. Chiya explains they have a retro-modern theme going on at Ama Usa, causing Sharo to wonder if they may one day react a racier theme than Lapin has now. As Chiya teases them a little Cocoa is quick to cover Chino's eyes.
The girls sit down again to observe the rabbits surrounding them, but when Cocoa notices that the only one paying Chino attention is Tippy, she tries to cuddle her in hopes of getting the rabbits to think she is affectionate and won't feel lonely. They are joined by Megumi and Maya, who have gone out to see a movie. They feel a bit bad because they didn't know Chino had a day off and they ask her to come join them next time. Chino asks what they saw and Megumi shows them a pamphlet from a really popular movie, the Barista who became a Rabbit. Suddenly they notice Cocoa has run off to chase a rabbit.
As she picks it up, a strange woman comments on how unusual its coloring is and invites Cocoa to sit with her. Cocoa joins the woman and asks what she's up to in the park. The woman reveals she is a novelist and was in search of ideas, then reveals her pen name to be Aoyama Blue Mountain. She mentions how a novel she wrote was recently turned into a movie, and this inspires Cocoa to add one further career to her own idea. When she hears Chino, Aoyama decides to take off.
Chino joins Cocoa and comments on how she doesn't have trouble speaking to others. She doesn't feel confident in her own talking skills, but Cocoa claims that she talks just fine with her friends. Chino claims it was only because they spoke to her first though. But Cocoa isn't entirely sure this is true.
Later on in the day, the girls walk through a street when they spot a feminine girl. They realize its Rize, but when she turns to face them they believe they got the wrong girl - noting her hair and style is wrong. However she did turn to face them when they called her, so she quickly claims her name is "Rose". They buy her excuse explain how much Rize looks like her and bring up that she works with them back at the cafe. With that Rose agrees with their request to pay the cafe a visit and quickly she runs off before they realize its a trick. Rize is relieved, although Tippy genuinely knew it was her. As they continue walking home, Chino is happy to know she was able to speak to someone so openly like this, and starts to wonder if this is influence from Cocoa.
The girls chat for a few minutes that evening in Chino's bedroom. She brings up how much talking she did that day and starts wondering why that is, but Cocoa gets up and tell her to get some sleep, since tomorrow is a school day. Chino attempts to speak to Tippy but realizes he isn't there, causing her disappointment. She knocks on Cocoa's door and comments that she cant relax just yet and would like to speak with someone for a bit longer. Cocoa agrees and offers to watch "The Silence of the Rabbits", a movie she borrowed from Rize, with Chino the next day.
At Rabbit House, Cocoa's uniform has gone missing. She finds Megumi wearing it and panics that they fired her from work. She then sees that Maya is wearing Rize's uniform, but confuses her for Rize until she really looks at her. Maya plays with Tippy on top of her head and shows the girls the gun she found in the locker as Cocoa recognizes them from the day before. Chino introduces them to Cocoa as her friends and classmates, who stopped by to lend a hand for the day. Cocoa compliments how they look in the uniforms before pointing out that with two more colors they could form the "RabiRangers" team, until Chino points out they wouldn't have anything to fight. Cocoa claims a rival business, but Chino is quick to remind her how harmful for the business it could be.
When Megumi asks Cocoa something, she is quick to take on an older sister persona and tries to be extra-cute with Chino; who gives her flak for it and doesn't cooperate at all. However, Megumi's kind words end up giving her a big head and she offers her some bread as thanks. Megumi is very taken with Cocoa as Chino points out she can only make that and nothing else. Rize then joins them and Cocoa introduces them as their little sisters. When Rize asks if they have seen any of her items, Maya pulls out her gun and hunting knife - with quick scolding from Tippy for carrying such a dangerous weapon in there. Maya quickly fawns over how cool Rize is and questions if she may be an actor, or perhaps someone affiliated with the Army. These words worry Rize until Megumi points out that Maya watches too much television, and she is quick to relax. Maya approaches Rize and comments on how much she admires her, while Megumi decides to make Cocoa her role model.
Both girls seem to enjoy the company and suddenly, Maya asks Chino which girl of the group she looks up to. She claims it to be Sharo, then Maya and Megumi ask if they can keep helping out for the day. She sees no harm in it and agrees, so they run off to make coffee while Rize and Cocoa decide to be customers to test them out. Before she sips, Cocoa quickly points out to Megumi that people really shouldn't eat raw coffee beans, but she already knows that - shocking Cocoa. Meanwhile, Rize comments that she tends to have things a bit tough from what her father taught her. As Chino watches the girls she starts to speak to Tippy, a bit confused by her new feelings.
She heads out to Ama Usa a few days later and apologizes to Chiya while holding Anko. Chiya claims not to mind however, since she's happy to see her. She asks Chino how her friends are doing. Chino explains that they have been paying Rabbit House a few visits and that they got really close to Rize and Cocoa, which bothers her a little. Chiya can tell she is jealous, but Chino doesn't even realize it, going on to explain that she feels abandoned by Megumi and Maya. Chiya suggests that Chino spend some time with her, but she is sure things would be more complicated. It's then Aoyama starts to talk and she asks if Chino is related to the original owner of Rabbit House. Chino confirms she is before Aoyama reveals she used to pay the cafe many visits in the past - but lately she hasn't felt ready to return. This confuses Chino until she brings up understanding how Chino feels. She believes it to be a good thing, because Chino is learning that she loves everyone more than she thought she did. With that Aoyama apologizes for being so forward with her, then prepares to leave. After doing so, Chiya approaches Chino again and voices her disappointment in not being able to help much. Chino claims this is untrue and suddenly, Sharo runs into the Cafe. While flustered she shows them the text Chiya sent to her.
Cocoa brings up how happy Chino looked speaking to her friends. She mentions that while she was happy to see them, she felt jealous that they could see a side to Chino she never could. Rize claims to understand, as she is the only one of the trio not to live there - but her words go unnoticed by Cocoa. As they chat, Chino happens to overhear them after she changes into her work uniform. She feels better knowing she wasn't the only one who felt confused and saddened, and they get to work.
At school, Chino is approached by Megumi an Maya. They ask if she is feeling better now and recall how she's seemed down. They had been worried, but they wished to bring it up with her. They ask her not to hold back things from them, and to try not to stress herself out. These words touch Chino and she realizes that she feels better now; much to their confusion.
As the sun is setting, Cocoa sits with Tippy on a bridge and starts to ponder various things, such as if she is a good role model for Chino, and if Rize still thinks of her as a weird girl. To her surprise, Aoyama reveals herself to have been sitting there, just next to her, and she stands up, explaining her desire to one day visit the older gentleman who helped her back when she needed care. She wishes to tell him of how popular her work has become, and how he was the one who encouraged the titular character of "The Barista who Became a Rabbit" - because he once said he would rather be one, back when the Cafe was facing financial problems. She pets Tippy while they start to joke about how humorous the man was, leaving Tippy feeling nostalgic.
- By order of appearances.
- The girls formally meet Aoyama Blue Mountain.
- Megumi and Maya help out at Rabbit House.