Synonyms: Kinmosa, Golden Mosaic
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 6, 2013 to Sep 21, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe story begins with Oomiya Shinobu, a 15-year-old, seemingly pure Japanese girl who actually did a homestay in Great Britain. Even after coming back to Japan, she still misses her time overseas. One day, an airmail letter arrives from Alice, the girl in Shinobu's host family in Great Britain. The letter reads: Shinobu, I'm coming to Japan! The Japanese/British girls' mixed comedy follows the lives of Shinobu, Alice, and other girls from both Japan and Great Britain.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Kiniro Mosaic
Sequel: Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic
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It is known for a while that the cute x (girls + things) formula can either be the salvation or the damnation of an anime. While some Slice of Life shows tend to emphasize the characters and leaving out every other elements, ending up failing their purpose of entertaining, other shows manage to use the right dosage of cute elements and comedy to bring out the best of the Slice of Life genre.
As heartwarming as they come, Kiniro Mosaic (Golden Mosaic in english) was a surprise in the 2013 summer anime line up. Sometimes being simple is the best way to bring entertainment and relaxation to the viewers and Kiniro Mosaic did just that and ended up being a heartwarming, funny and yet entertaining and relaxing show that anyone can enjoy. Forget fanservice and complex storylines, you will not find any of that here.
As I watched episode 1 I wasn't really sure what to think when I see 90% of the characters speaking english (Also known as Engrish which is the result produced by most seiyuu when trying to speak fluent english, still not as bad as some I've seen though) I started thinking the entire show would be about the protagonist Shinobu, living in England with her newly made friend Alice, which honestly would be an extremly painful thing to witness as one would have to endure to poor english through out the entire show. Don't be frightened by this though since it will not be the formula the show goes by.
After the first episode it became clear that the main focus of the anime is gag comedy. The type of humor that relies mostly on the character's comeback to certain puns or just out of the blue questions or sentences. It follows through the ordinary lives of 3 japanese high school girls and 2 english transfer students and their quarrels. With no other elements besides comedy and somewhat cute main characters this show could have failed miserably. However by focusing on the simple comedy and leaving out unecessary elements and utilizing great artwork, Kiniro Mosaic manages to be entertaining for most part.
As far as an actual storyline goes this show does not posess one but I do not think it'd fit with what the show's intention is. Even each episode is divided into sections and each section focuses on either one character's point of view or just a certain gag, although each episode itself is indeed linear which is something well done, the connection between each episode is not that present. But the viewer can still enjoy each episode seperately and I personally don't think it needs a linear storyline as this is a show one can watch and feel relaxed while doing so.
The characters are very interactive and unique, some might even give out a certain Shoujo Ai aura similar to shows like A-channel or Yuru Yuri, although this is never really emphasized so if you think such things are inappropriate I don't believe Kiniro Mosaic will bother you. The comedy mostly revolves around Shinobu being obsessed with foreigners and blonde girls, thus leading her to want to hog Alice all to herself, Aya being the tsundere type of character around her best friend Youko, and Karen who with her broken japanese and eccentric personality manages to cause either hilarious or extremely awkward situations. And so the show goes on with these 5 friends and their everyday lives filled with humurous situations.
Something else that is captivating for me was the art, in particular the character designs, for someone who is a fan of cute girls doing cute things and slice of life, this show has the perfect share of adorable and loveable characters, with bright colors everywhere, each episode manages to bring a cheerful aura and bring out the cuteness of each character which is a plus for any slice of life lover, the artwork is similar to Yuru Yuri with short almost middle schooler like characters but there's still some really great images, especially in the opening and ending sequences with the ending in particular, depicting the 5 girls in several different situations with a variety of scenarios all beautifully designed and bright. The opening and ending themes on their own aren't anything out of this world but I still enjoy seeing the opening and ending sequences with such cheerful art.
Overall Kiniro Mosaic is for me a gem for Slice of Life lovers, it was an unexpected anime for the 2013 Summer but it fullfilled its role in my opinion, bringing out the best of the cute x (girls + things) formula and making me relax while enjoying the humurous and yet heartwarming tale of these 5 high schoolers and their quarrels. If you my dear reader enjoy Slice of Life, Kiniro Mosaic is a show I definitely recommend as for me it was an enjoyable experience through out and was one of my favorites for this summer's line up. It was great to know that the Slice of Life genre is not slowly dying out and shows like these are still being produced. read more
-Charming, amusing characters, rendered with delightful art and voices
-Tried-and-true premise with a peripherally novel twist
-Missing that special spark of excellence
Kiniro Mosiac is another take on the boundlessly popular “cute schoolgirls” genre.
The first episode engagingly presents the main twist on the formula, mostly through an extended flashback—the two main characters are ethnically contrasting childhood friends who reunite when the British national transfers to a Japanese high school.
The fish-out-of-water antics of the foreigner, and her fellow countryman who eventually joins her, make for some enjoyable incidents as the featured group of friends navigate the everyday situations that are common to young students. The diverse, but very familiar temperaments of these friends will likely evince a feeling of deja vu in you depending on how familiar you are with anime of this nature—and will play a great role in determining whether or not you will be entertained.
Superficially secondary, but not to be ignored are the inter-group relationships that augment the cute and amusing occurrences that make up the “plot” of the show. Rivalry for affection, innocent envy, childhood friendship and more are explored in various engaging segments, along with typical targets like studying, body issues, common sense, and others.
Kiniro Mosiac is a thoroughly entertaining show, which I mention in the hope of diminishing my main criticism: most of the positive aspects mentioned could apply to a heaping number of similar works.
There is no single magical element that lifts it to the annals of anime legend.
That said, it is a rather generic criticism that could be leveled against an endless number of movies, games, ancient mythologies, and nearly any other form of art or entertainment that can be categorized.
A lack of distinctness should not prevent you from enjoying this otherwise lovely show.
Colorfully imagined, cleanly drawn and well animated, the art is excellent. The voice actors do an admirable job of portraying the assorted personalities, including some amusing spoken English from the “native” speakers of the group.
My personal enjoyment of the show warranted an “8” rating, though I must mention, barely so. Some of you may find this slightly inflated. Regardless, if you are a fan of the genre, you will likely find it to be one of the better offerings, one that you'd be hard pressed not to find some level of pleasure from.
If you enjoy the genre and temper your expectations, you will likely be captivated by this sweet, charming show. read more
Overall, not a bad show, but not a fantastic one either. Let's get into it!
~Art & Sound~
VERY cute/moe/sparkle-y art. Nothing breathtaking, but no real problems. Has some cute moments in alternate art styles.
OP and ED were pretty good, but nothing really special. Not much to comment on. However, it is worth noting that sometimes, the ED would randomly play, like, 8 minutes into the episode. Then there'd be ~13 more minutes of content after it, and THEN the episode would end. It was weird. Why did they do this? WHO KNOWS.
Both Art and Sound - 8/10.
~Characters & Plot~
The characters are supposed to be the shining, glorious star of slice of life. This show didn't really have that. The characters weren't BAD, but for a slice of life show, the characters have to be SUPERB. Why were they not superb in this show? Well, that ties in with the plot.
The plot was by far the biggest problem for me. This is because, well, there was ALMOST ENTIRELY ZERO PLOT. Of course, this is slice of life, so that's sort of the point, but this show seemed to deliberately avoid/defuse any situation that could have lead to development.
This show (like many other slice of life shows with cute girls), hinted at yuri pretty often. But this show did it A LOT. Almost every episode there's a romantic moment that could easily end in some sort of loving embrace, but instead ends with someone (normally Alice) smiling with twinkling eyes, and saying "okay!". And then 2 minutes later they pretend like it never happened.
Most slice of life shows use tiny touches of yuri implications for comedic purposes. However, in this show, the feelings felt a lot more real and grounded. Yet, nothing ever goes anywhere. Obviously, Alice likes Shino. DOUBLE OBVIOUSLY, Aya likes Yoko.
"You've shown up in my dreams a lot lately." .~*sparkle-y image of yoko, and blush*~.
-Aya, to Yoko
REALLY? That's full romance. Don't bullshit me. Don't worry though, this isn't really a spoiler, because all the feelings are pretty evident early on- even from the first episode. I mean, I'm not asking for another freaking Sakura Trick here, but come on, give me SOMETHING. You could literally watch the first episode, and then watch the last episode, and you wouldn't even know that all those little romantic moments happened.
It's pretty clear why things were done like this. This way, the creators of the show can say "well, teecchnniicallllyy, there's no yuri in the show", and that makes the show less weird, and therefore more easily accepted by the general public. Yaaaayy. By staying in the gray area, sure, that problem is solved, but the show feels a little bland as a result. Now, I see there's going to be a second season, but I'm fairly certain nothing will actually come to fruition in that, either.
There's always the comedy though, right? Sort of. The comedy isn't all that great either. The humor is pretty repetitive, and it was very rare for a funny moment to actually be genuinely laugh-able.
Character - 7/10
Plot - 5/10
The romantic set-ups got my hopes up and then went nowhere. I was always waiting for that MOMENT of feeling realization that never came. I knew it wouldn't come, since this is slice of life, but I COULDN'T HELP IT OKAY I LIKE ROMANCE AND IT WAS TEASING ME. The relatively lackluster comedy that often defused the romantic moments probably added to the frustration a bit. Of course there were quite a few entertaining portions, but certainly not enough.
Enjoyment - 6/10
Cute art, good-ish comedy, half-baked romance, and a partridge in a pear tree. If you want something cute and easy to watch, without too many crazy laughs, check this one out. Just don't get too hooked into the implied yuri moments (like me), or you'll be disappointed. It's certainly a passable slice of life show, but in my opinion, it's not much more than that.
Overal - 6.5/10
After surviving the last 2 episodes of the disappointment that is called Boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai NEXT, i needed a new anime to make me smile and forget that disappointment. Then i saw this: God! I was so happy that I started watching this when it was finished.
Story = 7 - The plot of the 1st episode was Language Barriers, but when it progressed, it just turned into 2 British girls living and adapting in Japan, hearing Engrish and broken Japanese made my day even more! The story isn't complex and deep.
Art = 7 - I don't really care about the art, but the artist did what they can to make this show light and fluffy. So kudos to them.
Sound = 8 - As for sound, the seiyuus who provided the voice here are part of a group, they sung the OP and ED, both were catchy and cute, it can give you a heart-attack if your not careful. They even managed to squeeze a musical, w/c made the OSTs much better.
Character = 8 - before i start writing this, after watching lots of all-girls/SoL animes, I can classify the main cast into categories:
Boke = idiot,
Tsukkomi = straight-man,
Airhead = always spaces out or in their own world,
Ms.Perfect = has good grades and good at sports or has good grades but bad at sports, vice-versa, normally Ms.Perfect characters has a weakness or secret,
Ojou-sama character = the insanely rich characters and;
Moe characters = Cute characters that can give you heart-attacks with a simple glance.
Shino = Airhead/Boke - she looks like a Japanese doll, she's extremely fascinated with foreigners especially blonde girls, it is unknown if she likes blonde boys anyway, Shino is basically an Airhead, she need someone to look after her, if not, she can pretty much be in trouble. There are even hints that Shino is a ninja/assassin. She wants to be an interpreter.
Alice = Moe - a blonde loli, that clearly likes Shino. Alice is a very interesting character, there are times she acts a Tsukkomi, but during those time Shino's the Boke, she can speak good English, in the 2nd episode (according to Youtube), she even had a"Cockney Accent", when she said: "Ms. Karasuma, your English is a little awkward!". I had to pause at that part to laugh for 3 mins.
Yoko = Boke/Tsukkomi - the show classified her a the main Tsukkomi, but IMO, Ayaya was the one playing Tsukkomi always. Energetic and loud, the big-sis of the main cast, because she really is a big-sis in real life. She's dependable, and according to Karen: "Yoko is like a convenience store.", that's how dependable she is.
Ayaya = Ms.Perfect/Tsukkomi/Moe - at first i could believe Risa Taneda voiced her, because Ayaya doesn't say "Sempai", but whenever Ayaya gets flustered she sounds like Mirai Kuriyama, so yeah, Risa Taneda voiced her alright. Anyway, Ayaya is like Mio of K-on, strict, serious, and unexpectadly moe, she plays Tsukkomi when Yoko, Shino and Karen play Boke. I loathe tsunderes with a passion, but Ayaya is okay.
Karen = Ojou-sama character/Boke - when i first saw Karen, i thought: she was gonna be spoiled bitch, but, thank god i was wrong! When Karen arrived, this show even got more louder! Her Boke-ness is beyond Shino and Yoko combined, w/c is a surprise for me. Karen gives this show a lasting memory, because of her broken Japanese.
Enjoyment = 9 - Hearing Engrish and broken Japanese in the same show is a new experience for me! This show was really fun to the point that I re-watch it a lot of times.
Overall = 8 - With the basic formula of all-girls/SoL, add in some good random Engrish sentences, broken Japanese, blonde girl fetish, one-sided yuri love, closet Siscon and fluffyness with a side of a light and relaxed atmosphere, you get Kiniro Mosaic. read more
- Both are cute little slice of life anime.
- Both revolve around a MC who transfers to a new school in a different place.
- Both have shoujo ai undertones but nothing too big, just fanservice.
- Both have an Ayaya- I mean, similar looking characters
- The girls' personalities are similar yet different.
A treat esp. for the slice of life fans or "cute girls doing cute things' lovers.
They may be simple slice of life stories but the small yet adorable character cast will bring out the dynamics of both shows. In essence, both series follows episodic slice of life scenarios where everyday brings forth something new. The main girls share a special bond between one another, each with their own personalities. There's plenty of comedy present in both series with well similar artwork. If you're into a slice of life show with cute girls doing cute things that also highlights characters' interactions, then give both a try.
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? is so much like Kiniro Mosaic it's almost scary. The character designs are very similar, and several characters share the same personality, mainly Cocoa (Gochuumon) being a carbon copy of Shino and Rize being a more badass version of Ayaya. They both give off that fluffy atsmosphere with Kiniro doing a better job of it, but they're both still worth a watch if you're a slice-of-life fan.
Both are cute girls doing cute things anime
A few VA's voice characters in both anime
The OST of both anime are by the same composer
Both anime have a very similar vibe and feel to them
Both are just ridiculously cute to watch
I don't know at which point TragicRomance wrote that recommendation, but the yuri in both series is pretty heavy. The same level as the rest of Kirara manga. I'd never call it fanservice, definitely is not this. The yuri is an esential part of the characters in these series.
Both cute healing anime, similar cast of characters.
• Both are MOEE.
• Same vibe.
• All you can drool lolicons.
• Involves around cute gurls.
• Some are the same voice actors.
Both revolve around girls living their daily lifes where friendship is the only thing possible in a super duper all happy world - which is absolutely splendid.
You can't really have enough of those kind of anime, since they are both super relaxing and just fun to watch. You will most definitely leave every episode with a warm feeling in your heart.
Similar comedy which involve short gags since both are 4komas. Both shows have 5 girls who have typical moe anime characters personality and a fangirl heroine.
As Kiniro Mosaic is about Shino's fandom about London or England in general in a realistic setting, Gochuumon Usagi goes with a setting reminiscent to the old days of England--in a fantasy-esque setting that is.
Both anime are slice-of-life with diabetes-inducing moeness, moe characters, and both having Risa Taneda voicing very similar characters: Ayaya (KiniroMosaic) and Rize (Gochuumon).
Both of this anime series have the same atmosphere. They also have some Shoujo Ai moments and female characters with exactly similar personalities. This two series have some light hearted scenes and funny jokes you will like. They also have great character design and animation!
Both are Slice of Life anime about cute girls and their experiences.
The manga from both series are from sister publications, so before Kiniro aired, Yuyushiki did small references in magazines and art referencing it. Now that Yuyushiki has ended and Kiniro is airing, Kiniro makes small references to the other in the show!
Same genre. In the 6th episode of KM you'll see a Yuyushiki reference.
Yuyushiki and Kiniro Mosaic are two series involving cute girls doing cute things at school. Not only that but there's also a lot of humor thrown around with funny dialogues. There's English dialogues in Kiniro Mosaic while in Yuyushiki, there are sometimes statements that makes little sense but are memorable.
They also follow a slice of life format with no definite storyline.
they are both slice of life anime and both have a group of girls doing normal things together at school. Although, Kiniro Mosaic is more cutesy and moe.
-Both are about a group of friends and their experiences.
-Both have "boke/tsukkomi" moments.
-Both are bright and happy and fluffy animes. <3
Both shows are super cute
Involve a close group of school friends
they make adorable faces all the time
both slice of life ^-^
similar style comedy
For Yuru Yuri and Kiniro Mosaic, the word "cute" comes to mind when describing each other. There is an all-female cast for both series that consists of cute girls doing cute things. They also follow a slice-of-life format rather than any direct storyline. It chronicles the girls' lives and what they do at home, school, and anywhere else.
In Kiniro Mosaic though, there's a diversity of nationalities while in Yuru Yuri, there's more of a sense of diversity in personalities. Nonetheless, both series are something to grab as they inspire smiles and joy.
Relaxing Slice of Life Comedy, Very Likable Characters, Very Cute Characters, Cute voices.
Slice of Life lovers and Moe Lovers will love it!
Besides being slice-of-life anime with more shoujo-ai overtones than your typical one, the characters and the sense of humor in both of these anime is rather similiar.
Cute female characters doing cute things.
Slice of Life.
Possibly some undertoned Shoujo Ai. (Not undertoned in Yuru Yuri)
The characters have very similar personalities, particularly Alice and Chinatsu and Youko and Kyouko (even the names).
Both have subtle hints of Yuri in them, and aren't ever all that intense. However, Kiniro Mosaic mostly just hints at it, while Yuru Yuri makes it more obvious. Both adorable and well worth a watch, especially if you're new to Yuri and want a few relaxed shows to watch.
Both have a cast of cute schoolgirls and "implied" romance between the girls, though this is more so in Yuru Yuri. Both are lighthearted comedy, SoL anime without a plot.
It's both slice of life and they have the same kind of feeling to it. It has some cute elements in it, and both have a blonde foreign main girl. I bet that if you liked one, you'll like the other as well.
- Both are slice of life anime
- Both are "cute girls doing cute things", though Hanayamata is a bit more serious with its dance theme
- Both have very bright colors and great art.
- Both involve a foreign transfer student; one from Britian, other from America
- Both are very relaxing
If you liked Kiniro Mosaic then you should try out Hanayamata, high chances are you will like it.
Both shows are developed involving a western girl and her love for Japanese culture. The two main characters, Hana and Naru in Hanayamata and Alice and Shino in Kiniro Mosaic create a big bond between them. Cute girls doing cute things done right. Also, both shows have sweet and heart warming situations.
♢ 5 bishoujo
♢ A young girl foreigner that loves Japanese Culture
♢ The foreigner girl catches an interest with the other main heroine (Alice and Shino - Kiniro Mosaic & Hana and Naru - Hanayamata )
Both are about a foreign western girl that has a love for Japanese culture.
They form a bond with an average Japanese girl and all of her friends.
The art is very colorful and vibrant in both.
Many funny Engrish moments and observations of the differences in culture.
Cute girls bring the feels.
Each anime has young cute girls, doing cute things. They both have a foreigner from England, and the other characters are interested by her foreign-ness. Kiniro Masaic has more of a schooling setting than Ichigo Mashimaro.
Cute girls living daily lives. Both of these series has a blonde-haired girl from England, and the other characters are interested by her foreign-ness.
-cute girls doing cute things (Moe!)
-a blonde foreign girl from England (Alice and Ana)
-a girl who loves blonde hair, and obsesses over the other character (Shino and Nobue)
-foreign girl is very good at Japanese (Alice and Ana)
-both occasionally wear cute lolita outfits *o*
There is also the cute common theme of jealousy between friends, which is very common with girls. But it is always done in a more cute way then serious. ^^
Basically, they are very similar. Ichigo Mashimaro came out first, and while watching Kiniro Mosaic I kept thinking back to Ichigo Mashimaro.
Both are slice-of-life animes with pretty much no plot. They are both centered around cute girls doing cute things.
- All main characters are lolis
- Soothing/Harmonic setting
- No plot
A girl goes to another country. She learns their way of life, language and culture. There are characters who are interest about other countries lifestyles too.
The main character quite resemble each other and both have to do with going to foreign countries and learning their culture.
Japanese girl living in a home in a foreign country to learn about the culture.
The story is very similar to each other, both are about culture and culture shocks. They both are easy and fun to watch, with cute characters. The main difference is where the story takes place, Ikoku Meiro ni Croisée takes place in 19th century France
Opening Theme"Jumping!!" by Rhodanthe*
Ending Theme"Your Voice" by Rhodanthe*