KINMOZA!

Alt title: Kiniro Mosaic

TV (12 eps)
3.598 out of 5 from 3,170 votes
Rank #3,805

Shinobu Oomiya is a 15-year old Japanese school girl who did a homestay in the UK when she was in junior high. One day, as she is missing her time abroad, a letter arrives for her from the daughter of her UK host family, Alice Cartelet, announcing that she is coming to Japan! With Shinobu’s classmates Aya Komachi and Yoko Inokuma, as well as Alice’s childhood friend and rival from the UK, Karen Kujo, the lives of the five girls sparkle like a mosaic, and an airy and sweet school comedy starring Japanese and British schoolgirls is about to start!

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RoyalOss
6.3

Kin-Iro Mosaic is a slice-of-life / school life show so don't expect a story. This show revolves around Shino and Alice and their daily lives. But this is not a bad thing; shows without any story can be just as entertaining as show with a story. However this show does not stand out above any other regular slice-of-live / school life comedy shows. The only exceptional feature is the cuteness, so expect a lot of those. But for me personally that isn't enough. The biggest issue I have with this show are the main leads, Shino and Alice. They are the least interesting and very bland characters. The side characters Aya, Yoko and Karen are a lot more entertaining. A short intro on the characters: Alice is a British girl who flew over to Japan to live with her best childhood friend Shino. Alice is small, cute and British and not much more. Shino is the Japanese childhood friend of Alice and she is obsessed with blonde English girls. Note that she really obsessed about blonde English girls, pervert obsessed. Aya & Yoko, Aya is a shy girl who always sticks close to Yoko who is a tomboy and pretty dense. These two were the most interesting characters in this show, their reactions towards the others and their interaction were the best. But Aya seemed to have some weird Shoujo-ai feelings for Yoko. For those who don't know what Shoujo-ai is, Shoujo-ai is the love between two women, or in this particularly case, the love between two girls. This gave some funny and cute scenes but it felt really out of place, like this was added to improve the shows sales. Karen is another British blonde girl who transferred towards Japan. Karen is very....unique, Karen is Karen. She was a funny character but if she would have a bigger part in this show it would have become annoying very quickly, probably. So it is good she remained a side character. Overall this is good show to watch if you want to see cuteness. But if that isn't your taste this is a forgettable one in a million comedy show, a show to watch for a few grins if you got nothing else to watch at the moment. Note: the musical at the very end of the last episode was nice to watch.

iforinsignificant
6.5

A bit of a mixed bag, this one. The cringe was pretty strong because of the Engrish which I didn't really find cute. Surely studios can find one or two foreigners willing to say a few lines in proper English but that is a minor point. The major problem with this show is the lead characters who are not interesting and their chemistry is also quite lacking. The side characters easily stole the show, especially Yoko and Aya. Their chemistry was off the charts compared to everyone else and they were consistently the most entertaining parts of the show. It seems to be a bit of a trend with anime where we have the most interesting characters be relegated to the side while focusing on bland and boring protagonists. I would have loved to see more of the magical chemistry between Aya and Yoko but it was in short supply. If they could have also tweaked the main characters to make them as interesting as these two, it could have been a great show. But as it stands it's a serviceable slice of life show with cute characters some of which work much better than others which is actually a bit of a shame. A missed opportunity really. The story aspect is pretty much absent which is standard for these sorts of shows but what little there is, doesn't really work. I'm not sure if I'd recommend this to be honest but the relationship between Aya and Yoko is most definitely worth experiencing. I wish they'd been featured more, it would be an easy recommendation then. They are the reason for the generous overall score I have given here. Still, give it a go if SOL is your thing and get through the first couple of episodes, it does get better later.

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