Oh yes, after a long time of waiting it is finally time for the highly anticipated second season of Kiniro Mosaic.
I'm not going to bother making a super in-depth analysis of the anime because I really don't think it's necessary. Kiniro Mosaic is an intentionally simplistic show which requires very little explanation. If you've seen the first season of the anime (which you should have if you're reading this), then you'll know just what to expect. And you'll get it, because season two is pretty much just more of the same as the first one. Aya is still one of cutest tsunderes ever, Karen's English is still hilariously broken and Shino still has an unhealthy obsession with blondes. And that's all that Kiniro Mosaic really needs to be, because it's enough for it to successfully maintain its position as one of the best slice of life comedies in the anime industry.
One new addition to the franchise though is Kuzehashi Akari: a new homeroom teacher at the school and one of the more prevalent characters of this second season of Kiniro Mosaic. She has a complex about her popularity, as she wants nothing more than to be liked and respected by the students in her class. However for various reasons... she is not very good at this, and more often than not ends up scaring them off instead.
Some of the side characters also get more screen time than in the first season. There is the tennis club member Honoka who ends up joining Shino as her fellow sister-in-arms in the fanclub for blondes, Shino's absent-minded yet caring older sister Isami, and also Youko's younger siblings who reveal themselves to be some of the most hilarious trolls I've ever seen. As far as the main quintet goes however, they're exactly the same as they always were, and I don't think anyone could possibly feel bad about that.
The animation looks just as crisp and clean as the first season, with a heavy emphasis on moe artwork, and it feels perfectly suited to the tone of the show itself. The opening theme, "Yumiero Parade", is extremely catchy and fun to listen to, and it also has some variation to it as different characters sing a slightly altered version of it every week. There's also the one-time opening theme called "Kirameki-iro Summer Rainbow" used only in episode 10, which is quite frankly one of the best OPs I have ever heard in anime, and I'm still desperately trying to find a full version of it somewhere. The ED theme "My Best Friends" is less impressive but certainly passable as well.
But all-in-all, Kiniro Mosaic is simply a show which never fails to entertain during even its most mundane moments, solely due to the friendly atmosphere and how enjoyable the characters are. They're adorable, energetic and charismatic all at the same time, and they always manage to make you smile when watching the anime. Kiniro Mosaic might very well be the epitome of the "Cute Girls Doing Cute Things" genre, and this second season makes a very strong showcasing as to why.
Do you want to escape the harsh realities of life? You sick of your anime list full of action, supernatural and mainstream shows with tons of fanservice? Are you tired of harem battles and complex story lines that lead to never ending episodes that go until to end of time? Do you want something new? Well you just found the right place. Ah.. Slice of Life. What better way to start your day by watching cute girls go to school and have fun along the way. Kiniro Mosaic has been one of my favorite cute-girls-doing-cute-things kind of show, and as a fan of the first season this show has made me love the Slice of Life genre more than before. So lets go on the review..
As for the story line is concerned, there is basically no such thing, but it offers us the main heroines of the story living their high school lives, enjoying each others company and making enjoyable memories that they will remember instead. The thing with Kiniro Mosaic or basically every Slice of Life show is that it doesn't need complex story lines or plot twists to make it enjoyable. You don't need to use a lot of your brain cells to know about how the MC will become a Hok*ge or how will Mr. Fantastic find the 1 piece, but instead all you need to do is click on one episode and let the show speak for itself.
As a fan of cute girls, this show has one of the most loveable and adorable characters in the Slice of Life genre in my opinion. Art has improved compared to the previous season, the settings and backgrounds became more vivid, colorful and brighter, making you enjoy the colorful happiness of this show. Life in the school and places in England has been displayed well in each episode. The art helps enhance the mood in specific situations thus making it one good colorful show.
But wait, there's more. No Kiniro Mosaic review will be complete if you don't mention how the characters speak in english, wait pardon me but I believe the correct term for this is Engrish. This is what happens when the seiyuus try to speak a language different from their native tounge. But does this make the show bad, horrible or dropped material? No. Engrish makes the show complete and more fun to watch. And everytime you remember Karen speaking engrish or basically all of them speak engrish becomes like an addictive drug, I found myself spending my hours watching them just speak english in youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1YSEDT-ZPc), my heart is not ready, it hurts, the moe is real. But kidding aside the engrish in this season took a major leap compared to the previous one, perhaps the seiyuus practiced hard for each english part in the script and I salute you for that.
OP and ED is one of my new favorite op and ed's in this season. The ED "My Best Friends" by Rhodanthe is one of my most played songs in my phone as of now, because it has this "English kind of tune" that is rare to hear in this era.
Overall Kiniro Mosaic Season 2 is a great slice of life show, like the previous season you wont get tired of the cliche comedy and friendly quarrels of every character. And even if you don't follow the chronological order of the episodes you still get to enjoy each and every one of it. If you like cute-girls-doing-cute-things kind of shows with a good sense of comedy. I definitely recommend this to all. read more
Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic is a light and enjoyable slice of life about a group of friends. The story focuses around the contrast between two different cultures that the group faces, since two of the girl's are English.
This anime will keep you engaged with it's comedy, fanservice and obviously, the strong bound that the girls share.
I was quite pleased when the second season came out and watched every episode in the day of its release. I found the first season OK, so I didn't want to have high expectations for the 2nd season.
Well, let's get started with the ratings
I have to give a low score in this category because since we are talking about a second season we have to take into account the previous seasons, and in fact, Kiniro Mosaic has a more complex storyline than Hello! Kiniro Mosaic because we have the growth of the relationship between Shino and Alice and Alice's arrival to Japan and her fitting in with this new culture and by result, with Japanese people. The second season is basically Shino and Alice's bound getting stronger along with their other friends and other than that there's nothing new into it from season one to two.
Anyway, even tho the story didn't had any progress there's a continuous line that does not go down but also doesn't go up. There is always something new in every episode and it does not fail to contrast two different cultures and countries, being that the main goal since this anime started.
Altogether I think this category deserves a 6 out of 10 because although Kiniro has a captivating story, there is no progress and leaves a bit to be desired.
Kiniro has a good art, nothing innovating or unusual since the first season, except perhaps the change of area beyond the typical school which I was already getting tired of.
There is a greater diversity of places in this second season, which undoubtedly is a plus in my opinion.
The characters are well designed according to their personalities and stereotypes, like we already known from the first season.
The environment in which the characters are part of is light and colorful as in every slice of life involving school, and like already said above, I liked the change of space that occurs throughout the anime.
I evaluate 7 of 10 in this category because although having a nice art that appeals the observer I can’t simply give more to something that isn’t innovating facing other Slice of life anime of this type.
Well then, regarding the sound, I can say it was good.
The opening and ending are enjoyable to listen to, I even heard them a few times but I ended up passing them forward since they weren’t that catchy (no opening beats yuri yuri, sorry).
Despite this, I can say that both the OP and the ED are suitable for the anime and captures perfectly the purpose, that it, the strong bond between the characters.
The voice actors were properly chosen for the characters even though Alice’s voice still annoyed me a little. I can only applaud to Karen’s voice actor that did an exceptional job with her accent even tho she is Japanese, each time I heard her voice I could not help but smile or even a laugh, it just fits that character really well.
Regarding the sound I give 7 out of 10, because although the characters mostly have a voice actor suitable for them, the music we hear throughout the anime did not have any connective role, the only times I noticed some kind of sound was when showing images to summarize a day they spend together, for example. There was nothing great that would capture the senses of the viewer but it was not that bad either.
Oh wow, the characters… this is going to be complicated since they are so unique!
Let’s start for the bad part… Shino and Alice were the main-main characters in season one, but in Hello Kiniro Mosaic I couldn’t be much happier that they let the other characters prove themselves out. I was really happy for that since I love Karen and Ayaya so much!
In my opinion there’s nothing intriguing in Alice and Shinobu. As I said before, Alice’s voice and personality are irritating and Shino and the other tennis girl are really scary, they take their love for blonde hair to a new level… I couldn’t find that funny at all. SCARY. Shinobu and Alice are the typical cute-looking airheads, I can’t even ship them.
In other hand, I couldn’t help finding Aya and Youko so cute together, who doesn’t like the tsun girl trying to voice her feelings correctly cute? And Youko is the typical boyish girl that has a soft heart for her little twin brothers that are a good add to this season.
Karen was my favorite indeed! Who didn’t like Karen? She is upbeat and fun to hang around with, I would love a Karin in my life, even tho she is rich and spoiled she still is humble and a good friend, for me, the best character in the whole anime.
I really like Karen-chan messing around with Kuzehashi sensei, another character that I wanted to hear more about, her reactions are really cute and show how an adult can be dorky and insecure like high schoolers.
The characters in general were good. Some of them are very good and some a bit boring so I'll stick with a 7 out of 10 because I like Karen, Ayaya and the new teacher a lot.
Since I watched one episode per week I didn’t had time to get tired of it or even miss the anime.
I watched every Sunday each episode in its release thinking of my favorite characters, since I wanted to laugh a bit and there’s nothing better to do in a Sunday, so why not watch a single episode of Kiniro?
It’s enjoyable if you watch it from time to time, but it would be boring if it was watched in a row. That’s why I will give it 7 out of 10.
Overall, I liked this season much better than the last one because my favorite characters were more active and it’s much better in terms of FANSERVICE and also COMEDY.
For the ones that are thinking of watching, first watch the first season and if you already did then proceed with this one cause you won’t regret it, but remember to not to watch this all in once, since it can may get a bit boring since it lacks of action. My advice is to watch one episode per day or even vary a bit on anime with other genres.
Hope my review is helpful, thanks for reading. read more
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