When high school student Sora Kashiwagi finds himself staring down a mysterious oversized package sent to him by his self-proclaimed "adventurer" father, the last thing he expects is for it to be opened from the inside... by a little mummy so small it can fit in the palm of his hand!
I first heard of this series when it was announced it would be getting an anime in 2018. I was a little perplexed on how they could make an entire anime out of a boy who befriends a mummy. Eventually my curiosity got the best of me and I checked out the manga. I was all 32 chapters in one sitting, which is all that's translated so far sadly.
The story is basic. A boy gets gifted a mummy from his father, who's constantly travelling and sending his son weird souvenirs. The story is all about our main character and his mummy, and all their other
friends (human and otherwise).
It's pretty light hearted for most of the beginning, making it a nice quick but sweet read. The story just starts to take a darker turn in chapter 32, which got me really curious and wanting to read more, so hopefully more chapters get translated soon.
The art is probably my least favorite thing. It's not terrible, but it's definitely not a bragging point.
I absolutely love the characters! From the humans to all the weird little creatures we meet. Our main character, Sora, is a genuinely good hearted guy, but he isn't as much of a pushover as originally implied. His childhood friend, Tazuki, has some issues, but cares for Sora like no other and at the end of the day is just as good a guy as him.
We start to see bits of other characters right before the translations stop - like a sweet girl named Motegi, who's strong and brave despite her tiny, cutesy appearance, and Sora's aunt, Kaede, who's insanely talented and gorgeous.
I would totally recommend this manga to anyone looking for a quick read that'll get you attached to the characters pretty fast. It's a fun ride, and I'm super excited for the anime.
I probably sped through this too fast, so I may read it again. The story itself is a very light read. I don't want to insult the author and say it lacks depth, since it feels like this can be taken much further. However, this is a cute, light-hearted read with only very slightly serious undertones. I think this comes in more with the friend and the Oni. There are hints that there's more to the supernatural world than meets the eye.
The story starts off pretty simple. Boy gets mummy, boy learns how to raise mummy, boy pretty much starts behaving like a parent. The
mummy itself is probably the most adorable thing I've come across in awhile. You can't help but not love the little guy (or girl? We really don't know!). The mummy itself is a total mystery, but he gets very attached to whomever wants to take care of him. The story progresses based on situations you can only dream up that would happen with having a palm-sized mummy in your life who becomes your shadow.
While I enjoy the story itself, it feels like more work was put into the non-manga pages of the art. I don't know much about the artist, but it feels as if this may be a debut piece. Everything is in full color, which is pretty nice. However, visually I don't feel there's as much depth as I'd find in many popular black & white manga, which may seem ironic if you don't have your own experience doing pen & ink art. With that said, the "inked" portions of the manga could use a bit more work to add depth to the piece.
That aside, I feel that I did focus more on the story than just the art or just the words. Because I'm used to doing heavy reading, it can be a habit to quickly flip through the pages. But there's lots of non-verbal behavior that makes pulls you into using your imagination. I laughed and worried for the little mummy, and I enjoyed reading this manga.