It’s a question that everyone’s asked at least once. Just how do you raise a pet child mummy? Well, luckily for us, the guys over at 8bit made us an extremely cute guide for when we stumble upon a mummy and adopt it as our pet!
You think I’m kidding, right? Well, high school student Sora Kashiwagi found a mummy in a parcel that his self-proclaimed adventurer father sent him from Egypt, so who knows? You too might find a mummy that fits in the palm of your hand one day!
Seriously, though, if you’re looking for a synopsis, that’s it. Miira no Kaikata, or How to Keep a Mummy if you prefer English titles, follows the daily life of Sora and his friends as they adopt supernatural beings including a child oni and a little dragon. Of course, the little plot holes and mysteries are explained as the series goes on, but it’s a simple watch at its core.
As the synopsis implies, there’s nothing really spectacular about the show. Realistically, it’s the prime definition of a slice-of-life anime so you may not like it if you prefer something a little more action-packed. If you like cute things, however, you should definitely check it out as the entire show is adorable. Similarly, the art and animation are nothing special, but it does suit the tone of the show incredibly well. It’s simple, like the story, and the use of vivid colours just bring everything to life. For creatures that don’t speak in a human tongue and, for the most part, only have the one emotional expression on their faces, the simplicity of the animation really does allow the creatures to come alive, which is something I absolutely love.
Likewise, the music and sounds used in the show are simple but add to the overall cuteness. Everything from the child-like or Egyptian-inspired OST to Mii-kun’s barks and even further to the sound effects that they use when Conny is hitting Tazuki. Everything fits incredibly well and I simply have to applaud Toshiki Kameyama’s work as the sound director.
I realise that this is a rather short review, but the simplicity of the show really does make it hard to comment on. Not only that, but I’d only be repeating myself from my First Impressions post from earlier this year. Regardless, if you’re an animal lover or just want a show that’s easy to watch, Miira no Kaikata is definitely for you. It will make you laugh, cry and smile in a way that’s so perfectly balanced. Personally, I would have preferred a little bit more of an over-arching story rather than episodic stories that are all conclusive within half an hour, but I honestly cannot fault this show for what it is and for what it brings to the table.