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.
Cute, heart-warming ending for a perfect Spring 2015. And the first to be completed on my spring list. So what do i think about this sequel?
I supposed to give 5/10 but because it ended nicely, i gave the rate of the story 6/10. It doesn't really have any plot about the series, just a series about girl's everyday life and CGDCT. Though it has no plots, the story continued where season 1 ended. Entering their second year, goes to same school but this time Alice and Shino are in different class, which makes Alice feel lonely. Well though no plots, at least im happy
to see Aya's tsundere mode.
The art, doesn't change a lot since it's similar alot to season 1, fluidity of the animation is decent and background images were appealing too. So i give a rate of 7/10
The sound, they just recycled the OSTs from season 1, only changes is the OPs and the EDs, ED song are more based on Britain culture. OP song was energetic. Rate 7/10
The characters, i typically like would be Komichi Aya, since she had that tsundere trait and that "get fast blushing face" whenever she is with Youko, i just love her reaction, on other side, her maturity was really nice. Kujou Karen, who is half-Japanese and Britain but speaks japanese more than engrish, the way she speak is so similar that i can compare it to one of the Kancolle characters whom she is from Britain too. Energetic kind of person and loves to engage socially with other people. Rate 8/10
By far, i have enjoyed watching this series, it lifts my spirit up or make my depression *poof* after watching some of the feels anime for such Plastic Memories, it will make you laugh and also refresh your day if you watch in early morning, in my case 6 AM since i got school so yeah. Rate 8/10
Anyway I'm glad that they made season 2 because i was expecting a lot from them since season 1 was having a good reputation. They did a good job on season 2, hopefully they would make a season 3 or at least an ova to finish off the manga volume left, anyway perfect end for my spring list, now i have to finish off the rest of the other spring list and move on to summer list.
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