KINMOZA! Pretty Days

Alt title: Kiniro Mosaic: Pretty Days

OVA (1 ep x 50 min)
3.695 out of 5 from 423 votes
Rank #2,780

The school festival is on the horizon and something is off with Shinobu. She says she's been very sleepy in the mornings lately, and it seems she has pushed herself too hard working on the scripts and costumes for their class play. Alice and Youko, who are in another class, notice her circumstances.

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After the second season of KINMOZA!  (Hello! KM) Studio Gokumi produced two movies centering on the five girls of the series, Thank You!! coming out this year, and this OVA Pretty Days, one year after the second season (2016). The action takes place during the weeks of preparation leading up to the School Festival in the second year of the girls' high school experience.  But, in actuality, the movie is a set of three flashbacks, memories of the adventures of the three Japanese schoolgirls of Kiniro Mosaic, Shino, Yuko, and Aya.  And these three reminiscences have come from Aya, who is moodier than most in this presentation.  But she has reasons and discovering them is the goal of this OVA. The first flashback takes us to the girls’ first meeting in the first year of middle school.  Actually, it is Aya's introduction to the class.  While Yuko and Shino get to know Aya, Aya is miffed that Shino and Yuko are childhood friends, and somehow this makes Aya less of a friend to Shino.  And this is the thought that plagues her throughout the movie. The second flashback is Yuko's memory how the three girls got into high school.  As Yuko relates this to Alice and Karen, Aya drifts into memory of her selecting a prestigious girls' academy, but she takes time to coach her two friends in study skills to pass the entrance examination for the local public school.  Aya does succeed in passing the exam to the academy, but she also decides to take the local high school exam.  All three girls pass, and Aya decides at the last minute not to risk her friendships to Shino and Yuko and attends the same school. The last flashback is that of a few hours and this on the day of the School Festival.  Aya, Shino and Karen's class is putting on Shino's play for the School Festival.  Aya would gladly work behind the scenes, but a last-minute sickness places her in the class play ... in the key role.  Aya struggles to do her best, but Karen gets stage fright and suddenly forgets all her lines.  But with typical English stiff upper lip, she decides to totally improvise her lines.  Watching from the audience, Yuko, Alice, and Karasuma-sensei decide to break into the play and bring the nonsense play into some semblance of order.  But it is Shino in blonde wig whose mastery of stagecraft makes the 'gone off the rails' performance a success. In the end, Shino thanks Aya for her help in the play and … for not attending the girls' academy.  Aya then learns that, while Yuko and Shino are childhood friends, meeting Shino four years prior created just as durable a bond. OVA's do something to the series they are based upon.  In Pretty Days, the animation technique was more polished, far more integrated and colorful, as if apologizing for the two lightly hued seasons.  The plot was far more solid than those which seemed to be as set of strip manga cut and pasted together.  And centering the movie on Aya, not Shino, gave us a glimpse into the shy, intelligent girl whose crush on Yuko is still in denial, but now we know we have a tsundere in meltdown mode. It will be interesting to see how the most recent feature, Thank You!! will advance the story.

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