The "Colors" are three cute little girls who hang out together and protect the peace of their city. They have lots of fun together, doing stuff like playing games, solving puzzles, and going to the zoo. This anime follows their largely happy daily life.
"Grownups are so busy. We can’t count on them."
"Grownups don’t have energy. Kids have energy!"
These lines are part of the cheerful opening theme of Mitsuboshi Colors and perfectly exemplify everything this anime is about. Forget about the troubles of your everyday life; it’s time to go outside, find your own adventure and have some fun!
What I love about Mitsuboshi Colors is that it perfectly embraces everything that childhood is about. Normally in CGDCT anime you either get to see some sort of glorified moeness or some rather absurdly chilled out atmosphere, but this is different. Not that those two concepts aren’t good mind you, but
they feel very "anime" in the sense that they don’t really represent how young girls actually behave very often in real life. But Mitsuboshi Colors is the opposite. It is much more genuine and basically just showcases kids being kids. It’s blunt, silly, sometimes crude yet very relatable and charming because odds are you can look back on how you used to be yourself as a child and see yourself doing similar kinds of stupid things as the three girls in this anime are doing.
In short, Mitsuboshi Colors follows the energetic boke Sacchan who keeps wanting to go on adventures throughout the town, the smug and sadistic game-addict Kotoha, as well as the more reserverd "leader" and tsukkomi Yui. The trio have their own hideout in the form of a cabin in the forest where they hang out and try to come up with new ideas of fun things to do, which usually end up with them going on quests throughout the urban areas, either by their own volition or by pestering some of the shop owners or a local policeman they know into making them give them some fun challenge to complete (or in the case of the latter, they’re often just playing pranks on him too). The series revolves around their silly little adventures and the rather blunt interactions between the characters. It’s cute, but in a realistic sort of way rather than the moe overdose style that CGDCT anime usually tends to do. It’s childish, but oh so enjoyable.
If you want a reference point then the closest series I can think of to this would be something like the Yotsubato manga, which is generally praised for more or less the exact same reasons, or arguably even Mitsudomoe to a certain extent. Either way it’s a breath of fresh air amongst the plethora of moe shows that come out every season nowadays, and in my opinion most definitely an anime worth checking out if you’re into slice of life and/or moe series in general. It certainly stands out from the crowd quite a bit.
Do you remember the time when you were a kid? Running around having fun, playing a game with your friends. Having a secret base to hang around after school. No? Well whatever, you might want to see it anyways.
Mitsuboshi Colors is an anime about three young girls (in Elementary School) who plays together all the time at the park. They are the "Colors" which they claim to protect the peace of the city. Every episode is filled with them doing something, be it trying to solve problems given to them by people around them (Like Sacchan's Mother) or just having fun playing hide and seek.
art is bright, clean, and colorful, supported by the upbeat and light-hearted soundtrack to bring about the fun and enthusiastic mood of the girls and overall feelings of the show. They also did a great job managing when to play the soundtrack to help with joke's punchlines and such.
For the characters, we have Yui (the Leader of Colors), Sacchan, and Kotoha. Yui is the more normal one. She feels innocent and a bit shy. She is usually not the one to come up with the wacky ideas. Sacchan is the most energetic and cheerful one, always talking a lot and comes up with puns from time to time. Kotoha seems to be the quieter and smarter one, often playing on her DS and usually the one being able to solve the puzzles. What makes these three feels so wonderful to watch is how they are similar to actual children. They don't hold back on what they do or say. Always energetic and finding fun stuffs to do, sometimes bothering the adults around them, doing things you're not supposed to do like going inside a restricted area just because they are curious. Everytime they talk, it sounds just like excitement filled children having fun, making me miss how i felt when i was a kid.
The other characters who are adults usually try their best to keep up with the Colors' energy, usually just ending up confused. Some help them have fun by creating a case to solve. Except one though, the security guard Saitou which is usually bothered by the kids. The Colors do things like trying to "defeat" him because the kids make him the antagonist who is the source of all problems in the city.
This is a very fun and enjoyable anime to watch. Every episode feels fresh, bringing up your mood with the childish jokes or fun antics the Colors do. I often find myself having to pause watching it to give myself some time to laugh. It also feels different every episode so it doesn't feel repetitive and boring. The anime also doesn't bring up any fanservice, which makes it nice and not awkward to watch. It's a kind where you can just watch kids having fun and being true to their nature which you might somewhat have lost.
It's rare to find an anime that captivates you just from the voice acting. You could find an anime captivating because of the story, the art, the characters but for the first time since the original Kino no tabi, I was captivated from how great and refresh the voice acting was in this anime which is why I decided to write about it and the anime as a whole.
One of the best things about colors is how well-written the characters are,
you could feel the innocence of the children and the maturity of the adults while still keeping the anime atmosphere lively and fun, this
is probably one of the most enjoyable anime I have ever seen in a long time because of how great the characters were and how they interact with each other, the characters felt more genuine most of the other anime I have watched and you could enjoy how they change from one mode to the other, how they act and react to stuff with it all moving naturally and fluidly, it's very good to watch.
One of the many other things I liked about this anime is the diversity, For example the comedy is so good and it's not repetitive at all starting from dark humor and going through almost every other type like the dead silence awkward humor and parts when the characters themselves change the way act because they are sad or angry.
For example in episode 7 where Yui (the calm and caring girl) gets angry after Kotoha (the cool type character) pokes at how she has no friends then Yui took Kotoha's game and made fun of how bad the she is at video games by beating the game and talking down to her while defeating the bosses.
Those types of cute interactions and comedy moments that you know you could experience in your real life while knowing it would make a great memory and the fact that even though you could put each character in an overall type (cool,cute,calm) it would be doing them extreme injustice to see them as only that because of how deep and well-written they are and despite how that type describes them you could still see them acting their age which makes this an extremely enjoyable and great anime.
This anime could also pass as a Mystery detective-like anime because in most of the
episodes they try to solve a case of some kind, whether it be finding something, solving a disease or finding a culprit that did something simple like taking a small cat statue.
Now the best thing in this anime (IMO) is how great the voice actors were, their voices being new and refreshing was one of the reasons the voice acting was great but how they performed was outstanding, I said at the start that this is the 2nd time that I'm completely drawn and enjoying an anime because of how Phenomenal the voice acting was and I'm not overreacting in the slightest.
This is hands down one of the top 5 voice acting performances I have seen in an anime, the whole cast was amazing while my favorite of the bunch are Sacchan's and Yui's voice actors, they are both great and I loved listening to them talk but I think I might like Yui's voice better tbh.
Also The art is great with the characters' designs being so pretty/well-drawn and the soundtracks fit the atmosphere perfectly.
There is nothing that I disliked about the anime other than it being 12 episodes and not 1000, same thing with the length as I'd have loved to watch this for a thousand episodes with each episode being over an hour long.
The most enjoyable anime this season and probably my favorite above Both Sora Yori,Takagi-San,Saiki and Gakuen Babysitters.
Overall rating: 10/10.
Would recommend it to random strangers I see on the streets and not just my friends.
Have you ever wondered how your childhood would be like if you were like hyper-active children, going around and creating nonsense antics like doing fake cases of evil and just annoying that figure of evil (whom you perceive IS) and making the world around you a better place through endless adventures? Then this show is for you: another Winter 2018 SoL series, and one of the better ones too that I enjoy tremendously and had good laughs out of it.
Mitsuboshi Colors, based off the manga series of the same name, tells the story (WHAT story? It's a SoL!) of 3 "cute girls doing cute things":
The red-haired Leader, Yui, whose antics don't follow up to the other Colors members and gets tricked by the others a lot with her cuteness;
The yellow-haired Sat-chan, who regards everything as poop, and OMG does she have a wicked sense of sarcasm against the "enemy" Saito, a policeman who's really protecting the city but gets hampered by the Colors' attacks and ends up being savaged by them most of the time.
The blue-haired Kotoha, who always has her 3DS with her most of the time: a proclaimed video gamer whose hands don't easily attach from her ALL the time, and seriously hates losing to the point she ravages even to the Colors.
Even the other people coming into contact with the Colors (Saito the eternal enemy, Nonoka the savage learner, Daigorou the uncle who owns a rag-tag shop of stuff that the Colors always use) are really enjoyable to watch just from the interaction of the Colors alone, and the thought that the Colors just being naive, savage and their funny sense of rude humor just chuckles the mind, heart and soul.
If you have watched Non Non Biyori (by the same studio: Silver Link), expect more of the same art style here, while it's nothing special, it's clear that Silver Link didn't want the artwork as an appealing point of the series, and focuses mainly on the characters to help sell the show. To be honest, I was worried that the sub-par artwork will turn me off from the show, aside from the humorous character development, but it turns out that I was really worried for nothing, as the enjoyment factor outweighs even the biggest of flaws of the show.
The sound here might be nothing special, but in all honesty, I really enjoyed what the OST has to offer, ever more so that our main Colors helmed the OP and ED, and have become instant favorites of mine this Winter season.
Overall, a seriously underrated show that's not very fanciful, yet doesn't have much to sacrifice for, and a pleasant show to relieve all the days of childhood nostalgia. A recommended watch (as much for a series about kids) and be glad that your best days may be over but through the power of Mitsuboshi Colors, you can relieve them in the utmost funny gag-tone way possible.