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.
HELLO!! GENKI-DESU? YUNIVERSAL DESU! And I am back for the review of the sequel to the highly acclaimed Engrish: The Animation. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Hello!! Engrish: The Animation!
Karen, Alice, Shino, Aya, and Youko are back with more engrish, more moe, more yuri overtones, more moe, more nonsensical humor, and even more moe! This season is almost the exact same as its prequel, except with more characters and, of course, more moe! This season introduces the new character Kusshi-sensei, who I gotta admit is actually one of the most moe adult characters I've ever witnessed! Other than that, nothing as changed whatsoever.
Literally nothing. The gang is the exact same, and although they aren't in the same class anymore, they still hang out so much that you slowly begin to realize your own lack of friends to hang out with (or at least, that's what happened to me.)
- Still a prime example of lighthearted Slice of Life cute(girls + things)!
- Adorable characters are back in action!
- Karen truly shines this season, which is awesome cause she is best girl!
- Even some side characters join in on the spotlight, such as the two senseis, Youko's little brother and sister, and Honoka!
- Even catchier theme songs than the 1st season imo!
- Joke quality has increased!
- Still a lack of Engrish ;-; there were many times where Alice and Karen were talking alone, but they were talking in Japanese! Why Karen Why!!!
- Still a lack of overall story, cause after all, it's slice of life! If you are bothered by this, rip.
- Some jokes are still hit or miss, cause it still dives into the difference between Eastern and Western culture!
Just a continuation of the everyday adventures of the main characters! However, instead of focusing mostly on school, Hello!! Engrish: The Animation shifts its focus to the girls' life outside of school! We follow on their fun adventures while they go shopping, hangout at the mall, or even go out for vacation! It's just the same story in a different environment!
The same as last season, with the emphasis on incredibly moe character designs! The characters are still diabetes inducingly cute, and the amount of jokes included in this season really allowed their moeness to shine! Other than that, it's the most basic art and animation there is.
The OP and ED are basic as hell. The OST is simple but sets up the lighthearted mood really well, and the seiyuus still nail their characters' characteristics!
Ah, these characters. They are exactly the same as last season, but that's why they are still so good! Karen especially really received a lot more of my love because not only is her carefree and energetic nature so endearing, as well as her hilariously broken Japanese and Engrish, her knack of unintentionally helping people to get through their struggles both directly and indirectly really made her a good and lovable character! The new character, Kusshi sensei, at first appears to be very stereotypically cold teacher, but she's actually just a complete dandere and has no clue how to act in front of people, which also made her a really lovable character! Her "kyaa"s are also 10/10 ;)
Another new character that is explored more in this season is Honoka, the shy and adorable classmate of Shino who is also a blonde-worshipper! She joins in on Shino's lust for blonde hair, which allows Shino to go through her day without Alice in her class! She's also a tennis player, and is someone who Karen also helps get over her struggles.
I really can't wait for season 3 (if that ever happens), and I thoroughly enjoyed this moeblob show :D I laughed and had my heart skip a beat at the adorable misadventures on the screen!
This show is a decent example of a moe slice of life! It's jokes are unique and diverse, and the characters aren't just moe, they fit roles and fit them well! If you like Slice of Life, the Engrish: The Animation series ain't half bad!
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