The episode is set during a school festival where Shinobu is assigned to write a script and make outfits for her class play. Youko and Alice notice that Shinobu is sleepy every morning and are worried that she might be getting tired of all the work. Will Shinobu be able to successfully complete all her tasks in time?
After 2 seasons of these lovely group of friends and their daily lives in high school, full of fun and happy moments that made the viewers smile to no end, now we reach this short movie that continues the story and fleshes out some of the main characters of this simple, yet heartwarming story.
While there is a school festival moving the plot, this movie focuses in Aya(ya) and her memories with Shinobu and Youko when they were still in middle school, putting focus on how the three friends spent their days together preparing for the entrance exam for highschool.
Even though Karen and Alice took a
minor role in this movie compared to the screentimes they got in the main series, they were still as loveable as always and had their shining moments, Not to mention, the way how the backstory of Aya was executed definitely compensated for the lack of the two blondies.
The art of the movie was similar to the main series, focusing like always in putting a lot of focus in showing the various expressions of the girls, in the sound department, like most slice of life shows, this movie provides solid background songs that add to the emotions of the different scenes, but in the end tend to not be that memorable, something that happens here as well, the opening and ending themes kept the happy and sweet feelings that the ones from the main series had.
As a Kiniro Mosaic fan, this movie was as good as I hoped it to be and I couldn't be more satisfied with the experience. I can't recommend it enough to any viewer that enjoyed the previous two seasons of this lovable series.
What is perfection? The condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects, the action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible. Many believe that true perfection is impossible, that no matter how much effort you put into creating something someone, somewhere "will" always find a flaw in it. Well, I think true perfection IS possible, and I also think that it may already be among us, closer than we may realise. Today we will be talking about Kiniro Mosaic Pretty days, an anime that may possibly be the
answer to the long lasting question "Is it possible to achieve true perfection?"
Now, Kiniro Mosaic Pretty days is a movie that takes place after the events of Hello!Kiniro Mosaic, the second Season of the illustrious KINMOZA anime series, so quick warning for anyone planning on watching this: It probably goes without saying but i'll say it anyway, Watch the first 2 seasons first, then watch this movie, as you'll be more invested in the characters and whatnot. Now, with all that out of the way, let's quickly go over why Kiniro Mosaic Pretty days is such a good movie shall we?
In this movie our group of main characters Shinobu, Alice, Karen, Youko, and Aya are back at it again with their moe induced antics and silly ways.
Now, while the plot involves our main girls setting up a play for the annual school festival, the real meat of the story centers around Aya, and her friendship with Shino and Youko. We see a sweet and heartwarming backstory on how the 3 girls were friends back in middle school and we see them preparing for the entrance exam for the highschool they want to attend.
There isn't much to say about the art. The style is extremely cute, and the animation is very fluid. The character designs in particular are moe enough to give you a heart attack. Kiniro Mosaic has always been a series that's just been very pleasant to look at, it's like candy for your eyes.
The sound design is as great as ever. The opening and ending themes are really catchy as hell. And the voice acting is near perfect. KINMOZA is just really fun to listen to, the OST is cute/catchy, and the voice acting is really does the characters justice, they sound just how they shold be. Karen is particular having a voice that's like hard crack for your ears.
Now we're getting to the good stuff. What makes KINMOZA such a spectacle to behold, the characters. If you watched the first 2 seasons you should know why they're so great, and they're just as amazing as ever in this movie. The way they act, the interactions they have with eachother, everything they do is nothing less than pure perfection in its rawest form.
This movie is enjoyable. If you're a fan of the series you'll love this movie. Not once while watching this movie did I feel like I was watching something with any flaws, no, while watching this movie I found myself being reminded of why I gave season 1 a perfect 10 in the first place. I'm just happy to be alive right now because if I wasn't, I wouldn't be able to experience such greatness.
In the end: this movie may not be perfect, but it may as well be the closest thing we got to it. Yes, this movie might have flaws (God knows I couldn't find any though), but that doesn't do a thing to stop it from being a 10/10. The story is sweet and heartwarming, the sound direction is spectacular, and the characters are as close to a perfect main cast as you can get.
We may never find something that is truly perfect, everyone has different tastes (while some worse than others), and it's impossible to find something that everyone will 100% agree on. But right here, right now in my little real life headcanon we have found perfection, and it comes in the form of an anime movie that goes by the name of "Kiniro Mosaic Pretty days" thank you for your time.
Do you need more Ayayas in your life? Have you been suffering from "Desu!" abstinence for the last two years? Would you like to charge up your blondie power meter? Then the solution is simple.
I will keep this brief since you should already know all about this show from the first two seasons of it. Pretty Days is essentially a 50-minute movie of Kiniro Mosaic taking place during a school festival. The film is divided into two parts: one which covers the events of the festival itself where Shino is tasked with scriptwriting and providing costumes for a stage play, and one which tells a
lengthy backstory of how Aya, Youko and Shino managed to get into high school to begin with (I.E: before Alice and Karen came to Japan).
The backstory is definitely the highlight of the movie. For most of the TV-series' runtime, Karen has been the one taking the center stage of the show, but this time it is Aya who gets the main spotlight. Here, we get to see how she helps her two friends with less than stellar grades pass their entrance exams together, and also the conflicting emotions starting to take place within Aya herself regarding whether she should go to a better high school (as her grades are much better than Youko's and Shino's), or if she should pick the same one as her friends in order to be able to remain with them for a while longer. Naturally, we already know the outcome of this from the start, but the way it is presented is quite heartwarming and charming to see.
Regarding the school festival, it is perhaps a bit less impressive, but still enjoyable. It is more along the lines of what a typical episode of Kiniro Mosaic might look like in the TV-series. The girls have some light-hearted fun together whilst preparing for the stage play, and then we get to see the results of it at the end, and unsurprisingly things quickly turn chaotic and silly but all in good fun.
The art is perhaps a little bit underwhelming considering that movies generally have better visuals than TV-series do, but in this case it basically looks the same as I recall the last season doing. Of course that has always been more than enough for the show, but maybe it could have been a little bit more still this time around.
Overall, this is another one of those cases where if you have seen and liked the first two seasons of the TV-series, there is essentially no reason whatsoever not to watch Pretty Days too. If you liked one, you are basically guaranteed to like the other. While it may be considered unfortunate that Karen and Alice are largely irrelevant for large portions of the film, I also think it was about time the other girls got some more focus instead of the blondies for once. As a result, Pretty Days manages to be more than just cute and funny (though it still does that too of course), but momentarily also quite touching. And for what after all is nothing more than a simplistic moe comedy at heart, that is about all you could ever ask for.
Although the story doesn't provide us with much story progress after the ending of Hello! Kiniro Mosaic, it is still a highly impressive story. If you remembered the impression of Kiniro Mosaic 1st episode where Shino travels to England to meet Alice's family, the story in this anime film left us a similarly strong impression. It's about friendship, a deep one. But focuses more between Shino, Youko, and Aya. We'll go flashback on their middle school life during the time they prepared themselves to enter Moegi High School.
The animation looks very good. The character design is still the same which is good. The background is
artistic just like the usual style of Kiniro Mosaic. It's like painting and they keep the style consistent. The color is a bit off.
One of the strongest side of Kiniro Mosaic is it's excellent music, both the Background Musics and Theme Songs. This time, I'd say the music is on masterpiece level. It fits on every scene beautifully, making impression on each scene deeper. This level of work is more or less on par with Hibike Euphonium although Kiniro Mosaic doesn't involve music on its story. There are 3 theme songs in the film. The opening theme Happy★Pretty★Clover, the insert song during the festival is Shining Star, and the ending theme is Starring!!. All of them are performed by Rhodanthe* which is consists of Nishi Asuka, Tanaka Manami, Uchiyama Yumi, Taneda Risa, and Touyama Nao who also voiced the main characters.
This time, we see another side of the main characters. Aya's role in the anime is actually bigger than we knew. Shino and Youko are already have quite a lot of story proportion. Alice and Karen are kinda left out in the story focus this time but they already plenty of story on the TV series, so I think it is acceptable.
For those who haven't followed Kiniro Mosaic, it's hard to recommend this anime film. For the fans, this is certainly something you mustn't miss. Although this is just a 50 minutes anime film, this is the best work of Kiniro Mosaic and the only one I rate as Masterpiece.