KINMOZA! is an anime series about a girl named Shinobu Omiya who went to England when she was in middle school and became friends with Alice Cartalet, the daughter of the family she was staying with. When Shinobu starts high school, she is surprised to find that Alice is a transfer student from England and will be a student in Shinobu’s class.
The first episode of KINMOZA! had an overarching story, so I was a little disappointed when I discovered that the second episode is basically made up of several vignettes instead of an overarching story. Over the course of this episode, Alice is sensitive about her height, Shinobu becomes obsessed with foreigners, the girls are given a career plan assignment in class, Shinobu and her friends think Alice is homesick, and Alice wants to know how the others honestly think of her.
This episode also had a little bit of “info dumping” right at the very beginning, which not only reminds the viewer of what happened in the previous episode, it also provides information on Shinobu’s two friends, Aya Komichi and Yoko Inokuma. After the info dumping is done, the episode moves on into the various vignettes that make up the episode.
Unfortunately, after such a promising first episode, KINMOZA! seems to be falling into the trap of being a show about cute girls doing cute things. Unlike other series that fall into this category, I’m not feeling bored by what I’m seeing, so I take that as a positive sign. Perhaps the first episode made me care about these characters enough that I’m more interested in what’s going on over the course of the second episode.
I’ll continue to watch KINMOZA! for now and see if I continue to be as interested in the series as I am right now. This could very well become the first “cute girls doing cute things” series that I end up truly enjoying.
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