“I can’t grow all at once, so I’ll grow over time!”
How to Keep a Mummy (Miira no Kaikata) follows Sora Kashiwagi, a high school student, who finds himself staring down a mysterious oversized package, sent to him from his self-proclaimed “adventure father”. The package contains some precious cargo that not even Sora expects! A mini mummy so small it can fit in the palm of his hand!
Review: / 5
So sometimes I spend two hours watching videos of kittens and puppies, and I would say watching How to Keep a Mummy was a similar experience. By that, I mean it’s warm and fuzzy and gives me all of the good feels. I’m largely convinced that watching this show could potentially give you cavities from how sweet it is. Its charm stems primarily from its simplicity: while the show doesn’t tackle complex social issues or dramatic plot twists, it doesn’t strive to. Mainly, it’s about four friends and their pets. This sweet slice-of-life series is authentic with some lovely flavors of mythology and magical realism….
Basically, it’s a pie.
The story’s premise is admittedly silly. Sora’s father’s ability to ship a sarcophagus in the post is unbelievable, for one. Think of the shipping rates: he probably had to go first-class too. Sarcasm aside, the silliness originates from the personification of supernatural pets– Mii-kun’s affinity for dog food and barking habit, and Conny’s ornery nature to cause trouble are relatable qualities.
This beings said, the plot is… well, mixed. Primarily because some very interesting elements are mentioned but never explored. Sora’s dad is a great example: why’s he always away? How does he have the money to do all of that ‘adventuring’? Why does he send creepy things to his son instead of, like, seeing him? In terms of story, actual plot arc and devices are noncommittal. Again, I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing because of how the show is marketed, but I do think the creators could have maintained the slice-of-life authenticity by adding just a touch more to the plot and giving it some depth.
There’s not tons of character development, either, at least not for the humans. Ironically, these four kiddos’ characterizations act as the most unrealistic part of the anime. We do get a bit of growth from Daichi, which is nice but I’m left a bit unsatisfied. This isn’t particularly surprising, as all of the characters in the show are flat, easily packaged and digestible. I couldn’t help but want a little bit more out of them: I wanted to see their goals and ambitions, their true fears and failures.
Additionally, The art style isn’t that appealing, specifically in regards to the human characters. They’re generic, sometimes jagged, and it’s quite clear that the humans aren’t the main focus of the series. Which isn’t such a bad thing, really, but I did find it distracting. Just a note.
Ultimately, the show was nice, sweet, and provided a great dessert at the end of a stressful day.
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Watch on, Annieme-niac!