Adapted from a 4-koma manga, Kiniro Mosaic is a cute comedy of a high school girl, her classmates, and the transfer student from England that she met during a homestay.
RECAP: The majority of this episode sets up the backstory behind the primary friendship of Shinobu and Alice. At first the two are divided by the culture barrier and Alice’s shy hesitation to become friends with Shinobu. After finally becoming good friends, Shinobu’s homestay time in England comes to an end. Several years later, Shinobu receives a letter from Alice. Unable to read the written English, Shinobu unexpectedly finds out that same day that her good friend has transferred to study in Japan.
Our first episode of this new slice-of-life comedy does a very good job setting up a preface to everything that is to come. What many will automatically find strange is the crazy amount of “Engrish” used since our little Shinobu is visiting England. However, the essence of visiting England and the countryside is elegantly captured in a few shots as Shinobu and Alice learn to understand each other.
It is quite obvious, and this applies to anyone, that a language barrier will be harsh. However, this doesn’t mean that it is a wall that cannot be climbed. Despite their complete lack of understanding each other’s language, Shinobu and Alice are still able to become good friends within a short time. If there is anything to learn from this part of the series, it is that anyone and everyone can get along.
And so, several years later Alice has come to Japan so that she can further her studies with Shinobu. If only reality were more like this; such dedication. Alice studied the Japanese language and mannerisms all for the sake of being able to travel to Japan and be with Shinobu. Ah, the beauty of friendship. Now that all the pre-story is over, I hope this series continues well with its light-hearted comedy.
Shinobu has some strange jokes.