How To Keep a Mummy Episode 6: A Little Knowledge Can Be Adorable

Review:

Conny, Isao and Mii-Kun together are making a truly cute team. As much as I didn’t like Conny’s introductory episode, he adds an interesting dynamic to the trio and of course presents several moments of conflit for a show that might otherwise get a little bit sleepy and dull.

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But as much as the pets are bonding, the kids are also forming quite the friendship. And with future play-dates between the cuties, it will be fun to see how these three continue to get along.

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This episode mostly focuses on the idea that Isao is a little bit more advanced in being able to take care of itself than either Mii-Kun or Conny. This leads to some cute jealousy as well as the other two trying to catch up by writing adorable notes and trying to do things by themselves.  As usual, there isn’t much in the way of plot and other than chasing down a screaming plant and retrieving it from the river, not a lot happens, but that isn’t really a problem when they manage to keep you entertained by staring at the cute characters on the screen.

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DamePri Anime Caravan Episode 6: How Weird Is It That A Fashion Showdown Does Not Seem Out of Place?

Review:

This show continues to manage to be absurd enough without making me want to smack my head into the desk and that’s a fairly fine line to walk. This week seemed like it was veering sharply towards ridiculous and yet somehow managed to make the scenario fit perfectly with what we knew about the characters.

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The Princess is almost entirely side-lined this week, trapped in a perpetual tea party with the prime-minister of the empire, that leaves the princes free to run their show. And Narek is on the hunt for the perfect fabric and no one is going to get in his way. Mare gets dragged along as he decides the fabric is perfect for his doll.

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All and all, this episode is pretty ridiculous with the princes arriving in the village where the fabric is made and then doing a fashion show in order to earn the shiny material. Mare was looking distinctly uncomfortable, but with the doll on the line he did his best. I was surprised by how well Mare and Narek play off each other given the two have had very little to do with one another so far in the series.

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Now I just have to wonder what will come next and to be honest I haven’t the faintest idea.

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How To Keep a Mummy Episode 5: Dragon + Mummy = Too Cute

Review:

Okay, so the child-oni turned out to be a bust last week but the addition of a back-pack sized dragon gave this show a nice boost back into being the single most adorable thing ever. Not to mention, despite introducing new cast members, Mii-Kun managed a decent amount of screen time in this episode and we finally see Sora considering his loneliness and history a little bit more seriously.

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Add in that Motegi is a fun supporting cast member in her own right and I’m glad she got a bit more of a role this time round rather than just being an obstacle for hiding Mii-Kun’s existence. Her reaction to lizards and then the dragon were also pretty amusing even if they were completely overblown even by this anime’s standards.

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However, this show wouldn’t be itself if it didn’t bring the two together in the end. I would like to know more about Tazuki’s deal with the dragon (though we know he did get scarred previously the details were a bit limited).

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All and all, this was a nice recovery for the show and we’re back to blissfully cuteness.

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DamePri Anime Caravan Episode 5: In Which Mare Get’s Lost and Vino Attempts to Do Something Useful

Review:

On returning to Narek’s kingdom, I fully expected the worst of the narcissistic Prince and to be fair, the show certainly delivered segments of confetti covered prince posing for those who find Narek slightly more charming than the protagonist does.

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However, the episode fortunately quickly ditched Narek and we focus instead on Ani, Vino, and Ruze (accompanied briefly by Teo), as they go in search of the missing Prince Mare.

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The search is ultimately just an excuse for various set-ups and moments, including a fantastic Prince Ruze sparkle attack on some would be kidnappers (who turn out to have nothing to do with the plot whatsoever), and yet despite the absence of a point, this episode was kind of fun. Vino’s character was given a significantly more defined role other than pretty boy and we definitely saw that Ruze isn’t just a doll that recites his Prime Minister’s words as he has some genuine concern for Mare’s well being.

Overall, another fairly average episode in the grand scheme of things, but fairly enjoyable nonetheless.


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School Babysitters Episode 5: One Small Step

Review:

How does Usaida still have a job? The girl, unsupervised outside, climbed up and then jumped off a stair-case and while she wasn’t hurt that was pure anime power of coincidence at work. Okay, in the grand scheme of things, probably a minor issue compared to his continuously sleeping on his job but seriously how is this man still employed?

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This episode was probably the weakest so far from this show with the first half dealing mostly with some second year student who apparently has a crush on one of the teachers. And logically that means he visits the babysitter club even though he clearly dislikes children and has no idea how to deal with them. He was kind of a throw-away character in a plot that was really dull so moving on.

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We then get the cute kids doing cute things and creating chaos second half where the boys want to play superheroes and the girl wants to be a witch, all of which leads to the aforementioned stair jump. There’s a minor attempt at drawing a power of imagination story-line into this one but all and all it just doesn’t have much overall impact.

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So yeah, not a great episode from a show that has been mostly consistent so far this season.


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DamePri Anime Caravan Episode 4: And Then They All Visited The Farm

Review:

Last week I noted that all of the Princes had finally been introduced and I wondered what the anime was going to do next. Well, no more wondering. Now I know that the Princes are going to go on a field trip to annoy Ani and play the rich guys see a farm for the first time card.

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Which honestly isn’t that surprising given this show is pretty much following the plot of a fairly generic story and the only particularly noteworthy parts of it are that the Princes’ personalities have been dialed up to an eleven and Ani is playing the straight-man with definite determination in the face of all ludicrous developments.

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However, the episode does remain fun and even if nothing that happens is a surprise and the story essentially consists of the three princes and the noble guy that Ani has met in the previous episodes descend on her rural kingdom, play around, complain about the food, and then they move to the next kingdom and Ani is to accompany them. While this isn’t a masterpiece, it isn’t subversive of any kind of genre, it isn’t even really a parody, it does manage to be amusing in its own way and the characters do have their own charms even if they are ridiculous.

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Recovery of an MMO Junkie Series Review: Recommendation of the Wonderful Virtual Life

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Overview:

Recovery of an MMO Junkie follows Morioka, who has given up work and going out doors to become a NEET by choice who plays an MMO. Her avatar is a male and she is partnered in the game with a healer called Lily. However, everything changes when on her way to the convenience store she runs into a man named Sakurai.

Review:

If you are looking for something amazingly new and different, then MMO Junkie isn’t going to be your thing. It is a fairly standard rom-com with a few gimmicks thrown in (as there always are) to try to give it the tiniest bit of differentiation so that you can remember which particular couple of emotionally inept characters you are following in the particular series. Despite that, there’s something fairly entertaining about MMO Junkie as it manages to execute standard rom-com in an engaging way with most of the material hitting the mark.

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I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by this series. From the synopsis I wasn’t expecting much (actually I was expecting it to be pretty average) and the whole they met in the game and then in real life thing has been done many times at this point. But where MMO Junkie quickly managed to win me over was in the characters of Morioka and Sakurai.

Neither of the two characters are teenagers and while some of their reactions are exaggerated for the sake of entertainment, most of the way through the show they respond in a believable naive but amusing manner to most of the things that happen. Small details like Morioka delinting her rug when she was stressed or thinking about something (a recurring visual gag) and Sakurai’s pink computer keyboard really helped to flesh these two out beyond the standard trope they might otherwise have represented.

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It also helped that I found them both likeable characters. I know some people were frustrated with Sakurai’s lack of initiative, but I found him to be quite a nice guy and to be honest, what he said to Morioka in the final episode while they were washing dishes was adorable. I think if a guy had said that to me in that context I’d have gone weak in the knees. It was just such a sweet moment. That doesn’t mean he’s exactly assertive, but despite his earlier dithering he does slowly but surely make progress towards actually asking Morioka out.

I mentioned this in my episode reviews but the story is significantly better when the focus is on the real world rather than the virtual one. It isn’t that the virtual world is bad or poorly constructed, it just works better as a background to the more interesting story taking place in the real world. So the first episodes that are more heavily focused inside the MMO, while cute enough, are decidedly weaker than later episodes where the characters interact more in real life. This is a problem because I know quite a few people gave this show up early on and it is only ten episodes so this ‘wasted’ time in the series run kind of hurts it overall. And it is difficult to argue that the time isn’t wasted because they initally spend a lot of time explaining how things in the MMO world work or show us Lily and Hayashi fighting a character or just hanging out. While it establishes the bond they have in game, this could be none with much more economy and ultimately it does detract from what is otherwise a pretty solid show.

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The support cast are hit and miss. Koiwai is probably the best example of this where he serves an absolutely essential narrative purpose so removing his character is impossible, but his character is incredibly obnoxious for most of his screen time. Even though his brash personality is what allows him to move the plot along in the way he does, overall his presence is one I’d have really liked to see diminished in the story. However, Kanbe (one of the characters in the MMO) who’s real life controller works at the convenience store Morioka and Sakurai frequent, is almost unused. What little narrative purpose he has is quickly swept away and by the final episode when you get your final look at his character you just have to wonder what the intention was behind his role because ultimately he didn’t do much.

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That might make it seem like there are more flaws to this show than quality but I’d disagree. From the opening song, to the sweet romantic story, as well as the comedic elements that most of the time hit their mark, this show was pretty much pure enjoyment. There are a few slower episodes at the mid-way point but given it is such a short series it doesn’t take long for it to pick itself back up. All and all, if you’ve got a bit of time, this is one worth checking out. You won’t be blown away but you’ll probably leave with a smile on your face.

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How To Keep A Mummy Episode 3: The Word Cute Will Not Appear In This Review Even Though Mii-Kun is The Cutest Ever

Review:

Another episode of this show that seems to know exactly what its strength is and ensures every scene plays to it. However, we’re still kind of left with no plot other than the day to day life of Sora looking after a mummy and instead focusing on particular incidents. While episode 2 was the Mii-Kun went to school this is the Sora get’s sick and then gives it to Mii-Kun episode.

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We did however finally get introduced to the other person living in the house though it still isn’t clear if Kaede is an older sister, some other relative, or just a random person living in the house. Still, it made for some interesting interaction between human characters taking some of the screen time away from the bandage blob who has completely stolen the spot of my favourite pet or mascot in an anime.

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Okay, other than the general feel good aesthetic that this show generates, this is really the usual boy gets sick with cold and needs nursing kind of thing. While there are a few laughs and chuckles along the way, it is a pretty standard episode including the serving of porridge (which apparently requires things to be cut with a knife to make so I’m wondering what the porridge includes and whether I’ve been making it wrong my entire life – probably given it tastes pretty awful when I make it and would be the last thing I’d want to eat when sick).

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And yet, I’m kind of happy just watching this despite it really not being my usual kind of thing and despite the lack of an overall story (and usually by episode 3 the lack of a story is a death sentence for an anime on my watch list). And look, I made it to the end of this episode review with using that word.


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DamePri Anime Caravan Episode 3: And We Have Finally Met All The Princes

Review:

This week’s episode was a little bit more subdued and slightly less over the top but was still kind of fun as Ani went to Ruze’s coronation and then got roped into trying to get Ruze’s shut-in older brother to attend.

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The interactions between Prince Mare and Ani are amusing enough but a far quieter affair than Narek and Vino last week. I’m wondering if we’ll ever find out what his deal with scissors is but basically this is a case of cute girl talks to guy and guy shows up to coronation after all.

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And while things don’t exactly go as planned, we now seem to have all the characters from the end credits in the show so I wonder what is going to happen next. This show isn’t particularly good, but it is kind of easy viewing and Ani plays the straight man quite well when surrounded by the weirdness that is each of the Princes.


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How To Keep A Mummy Episode 2: There’s No Real Story But It Remains Pretty Cute

Review:

This one is kind of hard to review given the characters kind of serve their purpose, it looks kind of average, the music is nothing special but not bad, and there’s basically no overall plot and yet it is just too adorable for words. While watching I’m not feeling bored because I’m just kind of waiting for the next super cute thing Mii-Kun is going to do and to be honest it is like watching a kitten. Just when you think you’ve seen the cutest thing ever something cuter happens.

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This episode did introduce us to the two other characters from the opening at Sora’s school so I assume they’ll play more of a role as we go forward, but basically we’re still seeing Sora getting used to looking after Mii-kun. First we get a cooking session at home (hence the mummy sized knife) and then we go to school where Mii-kun is forced to escape from the girls’ locker room and is chased by a rat.

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As I said, it isn’t exactly a masterpiece and yet for a switch off and relax this is kind of hitting the spot. And seriously, that mummy is too cute.

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