Synonyms: Kinmosa, Golden Mosaic
Jul 6, 2013 to Sep 21, 2013
24 min. per ep.
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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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Jumping!!" by Rhodanthe*
Ending Theme"Your Voice" by Rhodanthe*
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
(This has been adapted from my reddit thread)
When it comes to anime, something that it does right, or at the minimum what it does well, is cute. From characters, to story, and everything in-between, cuteness is prevalent in most modern shows, to the point that it sparks huge debates about it being supersaturated. Despite the controversy, Kiniro Mosaic steps up to the plate, bringing along a delightful little anime that is sure to make anyone smile.
Kiniro Mosaic begins with the sweet little Shinobu, visiting England to study abroad. There, she becomes best friends with Alice, who, a few years later, goes to Japan to live and attend school with Shinobu in return.
Above all else, this show does two things very nicely: humor and cuteness. The comedy for the show stems mostly from the way in which the characters react to the current situation and also heavily on the personality or character quirks of the specific characters. Often times, as an audience member, you will know exactly what is going to happen next, but this doesn't necessarily detract from the laughs. Instead, part of the fun is actually anticipating how Shinobu and Alice will act during specific situations. At the same time, the amount of adorable moments is off the charts. All of the blushing, name-calls, whimpering, happiness, and mannerisms compound to the point that its almost unfair. There isn't a time on-screen where a character isn't being as cute as humanly possible.
This being said, the comedy and cuteness isn't for everyone. To be honest, a lot of what goes on during the show can get somewhat repetitive. The same gags usually make their way into the show, such as Alice's and Karen's English, Aya's closet-yuri feelings, and Shinobu's love for all things foreign. This is an issue that is born from the character's themselves. Since there really isn't a story to be had, what we get is the characters being who they are for twelve episodes.
Speaking of story, the show is essentially a slice-of-life. It does an interesting mix of small and episodic segments that don't really flow well together. Each part within an episode may be endearing and fun to watch, but the smaller, twenty-second sections somewhat break up the "focus" that the episode was attempting to establish.
Mosaic tends to stick with a mostly plain looking art-style. In regards to the environments, the locations are generally rather typical, such as Shinobu's house or the school grounds. The world doesn't feel very "alive" because that isn't where the show focused a lot of its attention.
Rather, this attention was placed heavily on the characters. While the character designs for Alice and Karen are the only notable ones, the "minimalist" or "chibi" drawings of everyone during the show once again elevate the cuteness level to new heights. The smaller, oval eyes, their dazed expressions, and Yoko's single fang help make the entire experience that much more fun.
In regards to the shows actual animation, for the most part it is somewhat above average. The characters are generally pretty lively, always moving about one another to either participate in teasing or to react to someone's phrasing. The show also employs many different tricks to express the character's current feelings, from brooding and melancholy auras to sparkling and dazzling lights. Much of it isn't technically needed, but reiterating the point once more, it allows for the show to take one more step in the comedic and adorable direction.
While none of the characters from Kiniro Mosaic are memorable, they all perform their jobs quite admirably.
My least favorite from the bunch (which isn't saying much) is Yoko. Mature, tomboyish, and understanding, she's the first one in the group who will point out the obvious. More often than not, she won't play along with the group mentality, and instead bring everyone back down to reality. Her constant grounding and usually fourth-wall breaking humor makes her the "audience's voice" during the whole show.
Aya, or Karen's incredibly cute nickname for her, Ayaya, is smart, kind, and a romantic at heart (I can relate here). Her suppressed feelings towards Yoko are adorable and hilarious at the same time, and her inability to cope with external pressures make her a great addition to the cast. She doesn't usually say much, instead letting her actions speak for themselves.
Shinobu is technically the MC. Always optimistic, her love for anything related to English knows no bounds. Her smile is infectious, her friendship with Alice is too cute for words, and her general behavior and likability allow her to not only bring happiness to the rest of the cast but also to the audience who watch her.
Alice is "moe" incarnate. Small, blonde, and so adorable it hurts, she's the kind of character people either love to love or love to hate. Her motivations for doing anything almost always revolve around Shinobu, and her friendship towards Shinobu, likewise, is as tight as could possibly be. Alice cries at the thought of not being beside her best friend, having Shinobu taken away, or when anything even remotely trivial happens to Shinobu. Acting pretty much as a little sister, there just wouldn't be a Kiniro Mosaic without her.
Arguably the best character from the anime, Karen is also a foreign exchange student. Pretty, energetic, and jubilant, she makes it her mission to always have fun. Her broken Japanese, coupled with her springy attitude, make it nigh impossible to keep a straight face whenever she appears. She loves to joke around, hang out with her friends, and really just be herself. While she may be seen as the "fifth-wheel" for the group early on, it becomes apparent later on that she is anything but.
The OP for the show is pretty generic. While upbeat and lively as the show itself, besides the "one-two-three" beat that it incorporates at certain points during the piece, it's nothing that really strikes a chord or stands out on its own.
The ED is slightly better. They chose to go with a jazzy song, probably to be a bit more "western" due to the overall higher amount of English present in this show when compared to others. The actual song is fine, using a mix of both English and Japanese. Again, it's nothing amazing, but it does edge out the OP.
The soundtrack overall is average. If anything, my favorite "piece" was the piano transition usually heard at the half-way point that accompanied the "Kiniro Mosaic" frame.
Above all else, this one earns a rather interesting title: best English voice acting. The characters that do speak English, the most important being Alice, Karen, and Alice's Mom, all speak English very well in comparison to any other English I have heard from anime. When I first started hearing it, I was actually taken aback by how nicely it was being done.
Lastly, Karen's VA, Nao Touyama, nails it, allowing Karen's character to flourish in terms of personality and cuteness.
This show has probably one of the best first episodes for a series I have ever seen. It is almost movie-quality, with its wide-screen, great voice acting, good use of emotion, and easy-to-follow premise. And yet, it's only twenty-five or so minutes long. I was actually slightly disappointed when the rest of the show didn't follow the same trend, but I think it would have been unrealistic to have the same level of dedication throughout.
Yet, the show slightly proves me wrong with its final episode, and more specifically its final ten minutes. It tries something vastly different from the rest of the show, and oddly enough it works.
It's important to understand just how cutesy this show is. Nearly every character is a "moe-blob," some more than others. As such, the show's characters rely greatly on the audience taking a liking to them. If one is not a fan of incredibly adorable girls acting beyond cute during all predicaments, then that person will have a hard time liking the show. Thankfully, I'm quite the fan of such charming archetypes.
This anime is super sweet, funny despite its repetitiveness, and in very specific areas tries something outside of its comfort zone. If someone is looking for a show in which to sit back, relax, and smile profusely, then he/she needs to look no further than Kiniro Mosaic.
Story: Fine, funny, cute, yet repetitive
Animation: Good, mostly plain but actual animation accentuates the comedy and cuteness
Characters: Good, their personalities and quirks fit the genre quite nicely
Sound: Good, okay OP, ED, soundtrack, "Best English VA Award"
Enjoyment: Great, "moe" to the max
Final Score: 7/10 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!
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.
So you like cute girls? How about inexplicit lesbian relationships? So how about cute girls in inexplicit lesbian relationships? Well if you do then you're in luck since that's pretty much what most "cute girls life" shows boil down to. I mean, they don't really explain or delve into their semi-platonic relationship but lesbianest, it's obvious that they're passionately sprouting for one another.
These series are both fundamentally school-centric slice-of-life anime with a primary selling point being cute girls being cute and amusing. Both series also have the distinction of having some themes of romantic interest between their core cute girls, but it is to be noted that Yuru Yuri is to the point of Shoujo Ai, whereas Kiniro Mosaic has not achieved that status.
Both shows are about a group of girls who pretty much just hang out and have a good time. The characters are very similar (one hyperactive, one tsundere, etc.), and there are yuri undertones in both. They both provide plenty of comedy and are sure to make you smile.
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
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.
Like cute girls doing cute things? Look no further! A-Channel and Kiniro Mosaic are anime series you'll definitely find some similarities in with their themes involving cute girls at a school life environment. Rather than presenting a complex life story, they involve simple tales of these girls' every day life at school and what they do to have fun.
Both series continues various dialogues that are humorous along with its character interactions.
Kiniro Mosaic is very similar to A-channel ,by 'slice of life' genre and also 'friendship',it looks like the second season of A-channel but in different ways
-slice of life genre
-the art style
if you like A-channel you will surely like Kiniro Mosaic
-Both are about a group of female friends.
-Both are very fluffy comedy/slice of life animes.
-A-Channel has a much more mellow/quiet feel to it. Kinmoza is much more brighter and jumpy. Both are still very good though.
I found both of these series to be extremely similar.
- Both anime features the lives of a group of cute high school girls.
- In both anime, there's a petite girl who's attach to one of the other female character.
- The comedy between the characters are similar.
- I find the personality of Shino & Alice ( Kiniro Mosaic ) to be strikingly similar to Run & Tooru ( A Channel ), respectively.
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
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