I’ve finally got around to watching some more Winter 2018 anime! This time, I’ve been eagerly watching Miira no Kaikata (or How to Raise a Mummy in English), arguably the most wholesome show of Winter 2018.
Everyone has heard of Kanna from Kobayashi-san chi no Maid Dragon, right? The cute little dragon known for just being adorable? Well, take that concept and times it by at least five, applying it to the tiniest little mummy you can imagine and, well, that’s Miira no Kaikata.
In this show, high school student Sora Kashiwagi is sent a mysterious oversized package sent to him by his father – a self-proclaimed adventurer. The last thing Sora expects to find upon opening it is a little tiny mummy! The show then follows Sora as he tries to take care of this mummy who he names Mii-kun, as well as balancing life as a high-schooler and, arguably, the current man of the house.
The storyline itself isn’t exactly amazing, but the show isn’t particularly story-driven. It’s a slice-of-life that focuses more on the characters rather than the story. Sora discovering how to look after Mii-kun, Mii-kun discovering everything about living in a modern Japanese home… It’s these aspects that drive the story. Mii-kun’s and Sora’s friends are also developed in future episodes, but, for the most part, as far as I know, there’s no real story.
The lack of story, however, I don’t particularly care about. Miira no Kaikata has me hooked with just wanting to see how the characters themselves develop and how they react to different things. The way Mii-kun barks like Pochi, the family dog, to get Sora’s attention. The way Mii-kun looks after Sora when he gets a cold. These often simple things manage to continue to tug on my heartstrings and that is more than enough to keep me entertained.
Many have commented that the art style isn’t the greatest, but to say it’s not exactly an action-packed show (at least, for the time being), I don’t see an issue with it, particularly considering it’s also quite like the original manga art style. I also think it goes well with creating a feel for the slice-of-life comedy show.
The bottom line is, if you’re wanting a wholesome slice-of-life show or if you want something similar to Kobayashi from this time last year, I can (so far) recommend Miira no Kaikata.