「なによりとびきり好きだから」 (Naniyori Tobikiri Sukidakara)
“Because I Love You More Than Anything”
Coming back to where everything started, I suppose it’s rather fitting that our final episode would be mostly in England. Not going out of its way to do anything spectacular, the season finale felt more like a polite good bye rather than an overwhelming send off. So without further ado, let’s jump straight into the final impressions shall we?
For its second season, I think Kiniro Mosaic had a pretty strong showing. Bringing back everything that made it such a fun show to watch and adding a couple unique pieces to the mix, we dove deeper into the friendships between all of our friends while discovering some of the hidden feelings that are hiding amongst them.
Something that I thought was really nice to see more of this season was Aya trying to deal with her feelings for Youko. Part admiration and part lovey-dovey, I couldn’t get over just how cute she was every time the tsundere came out. Normally the most calm and stable person of the group, watching her get caught up in her imagination and then completely blaming it on Youko will never get old. That said, I wouldn’t have mind seeing her try to be a bit more honest about it all. Everyone besides Youko can clearly see what’s going on and I’d love to see how Youko would handle such a situation. In any case, I’m glad that Aya finally got some well deserved screen time!
Then you have Alice and Shino who managed to take their friendship to a whole new level. Going into super cuddle mode at a moment’s notice, it was fun to see the two really show us just how important they are to one another. Sure, it might have gotten a bit out of hand at times, there’s no denying which two characters could be considered this show’s “main” characters.
Which leads us into Karen and her new partner in crime Honoka. Getting introduced rather late, Honoka was a breath of fresh air that managed to keep things from going stale. Falling somewhere in-between Youko and Shino in terms of personality, I loved everything about her. While I’ll never truly understand why her unique skill has to be the ability to balance on any round object, there’s always more room for the blonde hair brigade! And when it comes to Karen, she was just as devilish as I remembered her. Never giving up any opportunity to unleash some sort of joke, she always knew how to keep us giggling.
And let’s not forget our two favorite teachers! Karasuma-sensei took more of a backseat role this season but still managed to unleash her cute but awkward personality on us. I don’t think I’ll ever forget her insane decision to don a full-sized rabbit costume in the scorching summer heat! On the other hand we were also introduced to the amazing Kuzehashi-sensei. A true softy on the inside, it was fun watching her try to break out of her shell as she grew closer with our entire cast. That and I’m glad there was finally someone who managed to scold Karen here and there.
All in all, I think this second season managed to bring back all the charm we wanted while spicing things up in just the right places. With the introduction of some new characters and the focus shifting to people beside Shino and Alice, there was rarely a dull moment to be found. If I were to complain about one thing, I would have wanted to see a bit more Asami (Spoiler: I love Asami.). I guess I can’t really complain too much since we did get a whole episode dedicated to her.
So yeah, two thumbs up from me! Thanks for coming along for the ride and I hope you enjoyed the posts!