Following the lead of Silver Spoon on Thursday, the second anime to pull across the finish line this season is Kiniro Mosaic, a delightful bit of moe girls doing cute things and having fun. I picked this one up late, and while it wasn’t the most-thought inspiring thing I watched over the season, it did provide a number of laughs and a generally bright, inoffensive story.
Kiniro Mosaic follows the high school adventures of Alice Cartalet, a blonde-haired English girl who comes to Japan to study with her friend Shinobu Omiya. They are joined by Shino’s classmates, Yoko and Aya, as well as Alice’s friend from England, Karen. As far as plot goes…well, I’d be hard pressed to distill an overall plot line from this compilation of 12 episodes, as each episode is really just a number of gags centering around a common theme. It’s not a bad way to do a show, especially when the main draw of the show is clearly riding on the cuteness of the characters and the overall silliness that occurs.
By way of summary, here a just a few screen shots from some of the later episodes:
Stuff like that basically sums up the entire show, in a very good way. Humor is packed into this show in all varieties: situational humor, facial expressions, puns, ditzy behavior and just random fun. As long as it is approached with the proper level of expectation, Kiniro Mosaic will entertain. The first half of episode 6 was the highlight of humor for me in the show, with pretty much every kind of hilarity you could want stuffed into twelve minutes.
The characters are fairly one-dimensional throughout the show, each having a certain dominant trait from which their personal jokes come. In other shows, this might be a disadvantage, but due the the nature of Kiniro Mosaic, the flatness of the characters actually works quite well. The writers are quite creative in spinning the same personality characteristics into different jokes, so no girl really becomes tiresome to watch. Plus, the ensemble cast approach allows different girls (or different combinations of them) to take the focus at different times. It is actually a fairly masterful balancing of characters, which is more than you might expect from this kind of show.
Genre preferences aside (and certainly there are some to whom the cute-girls-do-cute-things premise is off-putting), Kiniro Mosaic is a pleasant ride through the lives of five good friends. Offering humor and cuteness, it delivers on both fronts. Overall, it’s a an enjoyable tale, but it won’t leave you with much to think about, just a slew of hilarious screenshots. If you like the genre, you’ll like the anime. If you don’t like the genre, you won’t like the anime. Kiniro Mosaic is the perfect morning anime; a bright, laughable ride to put you in a happy mood. To see where it fell in my list of ongoing rankings, click here.
Reasons to Watch:
- Totally inoffensive, funny and smile-worthy.
- A pretty decent sense of humor throughout, all the way to the unexpected musical number at the end of the show.
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