Blu-Ray Review: Hello! Kinmoza! – The Complete Series

Alice, Shinobu, Aya, Yoko and Karen return for a second season in Hello! Kinmoza! but what can they offer us in this second outing of the cute and colourful series? Well let’s find out in our Review of Animatsu Entertainment’s Blu-Ray release of Hello! Kinmoza! – The Complete Series.

Synopsis:

Although learning different languages continues to be an interest for Shinobu and her friends, the new school year brings unexpected difficulties. Not only is there always something new and different to distract them from their studies, but Alice and Yoko also are having trouble adjusting to being in a different class from Shinobu and Aya.

Meanwhile, Karen isn’t getting along at all with her new homeroom teacher, and it doesn’t help that the teacher is having trouble figuring out how to make herself seem friendlier to her students as well. Craziness may ensue, but sometimes, all it takes is the right mutual experience to bring everyone together.

While some of those experiences may not be as well-thought-out as others (like when Alice and Aya act like juvenile delinquents to seem more grown up), the gang’s new adventures are certain to warm everyone’s heart as the fun and friendships keep growing in HELLO! KINMOZA!

Our View:

The second season of Kinmoza, otherwise known as Kin-iro Mosaic or Hello! Kinmoza!, once again sees the cheerful and colourful group of high-school-girls leading out their normal daily lives to bring us a comedy-filled slice of life anime that’s good for the soul. Just like the first season Kinmoza Season 2, or Hello! Kinmoza! if you prefer, will bring a smile to your face with its charming (but relatively pointless) interactions and the playful nature of the characters. Sure enough Hello! Kinmoza! doesn’t provide an ‘end goal’ with its story; but it does allow fans to reconnect with the lovable cast of this particular series.

Hello! Kinmoza! takes place during the second year of high-school and this time our group of friends have found themselves split into different classes; with Shinobu, Aya and Karen in one classroom with Alice and Yoko in another. This sudden realisation causes Shinobu and Alice to act out of character, as they have always been in the same classroom since starting school together. This is only just the first hurdle as when class begins Shinobu’s class is given a new homeroom teacher; the seemingly strict Akari Kuzehashi. Akari Kuzehashi is one of many new characters to the series and while she looks strict she actually wants to be friendly and nice to the students; but alas is not able to due to her demeanour.

This sparks one of the over-arching storylines within Hello! Kinmoza! as Akari Kuzehashi desires to connect with the students on the same level as her friend (and mentor) Sakura Karasuma; but whenever she tries she ends up scaring away the students due to her outward appearance of looking angry. Depressed by this fact Akari is often asking Sakura for advice but when Karen notices the smile on Akari’s face Karen ends up being extremely friendly (and playful) to Akari; thus helping bring out her more ‘cute personality’ to other students within the school.

Akari Kuzehashi’s personality is not the focal point of Hello! Kinmoza!; but it is one of often discussed topics – especially when it involves Karen who likes to tease her. Elsewhere within this series we have the introductions of Yoko’s younger siblings, Kota Inokuma and Mitsuki Inokuma, who both hide their true feelings by lying to others – much to the annoyance of Yoko. Kota and Mitsuki soon become acquainted with Aya and it soon becomes apparent that they all share admariation (and love) for Yoko and as such these three characters bond well whenever they interact each other on screen.

Other than these two talking points the events within Hello Kinmoza are pretty much ‘as expected’ but we do get expanded looks into the daily lives of these characters as well as a look into the past for those within the series. For instance we learn firsthand what caused Akari and Sakura to become friends at school, and in turn become teachers, in addition to learning about how Yoko and Aya begin their friendship as children. We also learn why Shinobu loves England, and in turn blonde hair, and her motives for being passionate about the country and the people she meets.

Interesting realisations and set-ups aside the episodic events of Hello! Kinmoza! are simply an ‘expansion’ into the world, and characters, that we have come to enjoy. It’s cute, colourful and full of life and it will no doubt bring a smile to your face – as it never failed to do so for me.

Extras:

As per the norm with Sentai Filmwork mastered releases the only bonus features are a selection of textless songs for the series as well as some trailers for other Sentai Filmwork licensed releases.

Although this set does not feature a wide variety of supplementary content it does contain all of the different opening variations of the series. In this case every other episode sees a character begin singing the opening animation and all of these different variations are included as part of the textless opening animation portion of the bonus disc.

In the case of trailers, which simply feature scenes of the anime overlayed with the opening song, in this release we have trailers for Wish Upon the Pleiades, Sakura Tricks, Wake Up, Girls! and Gormet Girl GRAFFITI. Wish Upon the Pleiades is available as a Blu-Ray and DVD Combo Pack via Animatsu Entertainment while Sakura Trick is available on DVD and Blu-Ray via MVM Entertainment. Wake Up, Girls! and Gormet Girl GRAFFITI meanwhile have yet to receive a UK release.

It is pretty much a ‘standard’ barebones release so there is nothing exciting or interesting to see here; but the opening song is good to watch (and listen) to.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 3:39:18 (Disc 1), 1:12:51 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: LPCM 2.0 (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Consisting of twelve episodes, and presented across two Blu-Ray discs (unlike the first season which was only 1 disc) in Japanese with English Subtitles, Kirino Mosaic – Season 2, which is often known as Hello! Kinmoza!, is a cute and colourful moe-styled slice of life anime that continues the trend of two cultures colliding in explosive Kawaii fashion. It’s a story that started in the first season with Shinobu becoming infatuated with England (and in turn Alice’s blonde/golden hair) and Alice’s interest in the Japanese culture and this is expanded upon in the second season with new characters, opportunities and colourful episodic events that will bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

In the case of Hello! Kinmoza! the story expands by introducing new characters, in the form of homeroom teacher Akari Kuzehashi as well as Yoko’s younger siblings Kota Inokuma and Mitsuki Inokuma as well as some additional classmates that make reoccurring appearances throughout the series, and exploring what they have to offer to the group. In the case of Akari it is about being more friendly and approachable to the students while Kota & Mitsuki want to express themselves honestly and show appreciation to their older sibling.

These story events also put focus onto characters in the group, such as Aya who tries to confess her feelings to Yoko as well as Alice trying to uncover Shinobu’s intentions for the future. Regardless of the events (or topic) of each episode the same colourful and charming banter is present and as such it is more about enjoying the experience than looking for a story that evolves and expands as time goes on. A trait which was made apparent from the first season.

This UK release of Hello! Kinmoza! will be a Blu-Ray and DVD Combo Pack and this case we watched the Blu-Ray version of the series and naturally no issues occurred during our watch of the series. As per the norm Sentai Filmworks have opted for a Japanese subtitle only release with Yellow text for the subtitles and an alternate White text for background conversations (of which happens alot) with both readable throughout. In terms of menu presentation then it features colourful artwork but a simplistic design that is consistent with previous releases of Sentai Filmwork authored products. Overall another well produced release with content that’s sure to brighten-up anyone’s day with its cute, colourful and moe approach to storytelling and presentation.

Score: review-stars-3

Hello! Kinmoza! – The Complete Series will be available as a Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack within the UK.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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