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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Score: 7.501 (scored by 7414 users)
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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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: 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
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 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.
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.
-Both are about a group of friends and their experiences.
-Both have "boke/tsukkomi" moments.
-Both are bright and happy and fluffy animes. <3
Opening Theme"Jumping!!" by Rhodanthe*
Ending Theme"Your Voice" by Rhodanthe*
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