Something is likened to another thing joining them with みたい. The second word is said to be like the first. みたい is similar to attaching “-like” to a word in English.
When the following word is a verb or い adjective, みたいに is used; when a noun, みたいな is used.
- How to use みたい ( = mitai) (maggiesensei.com)
Examples of 「Noun みたいに いAdjective」
In these examples, an い adjective is likened to (as a property of) a noun.
Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 46 (Right) » Panel 2
Recalling the latte art Cocoa made in coffee for her, Chiya tried making the name in the tea she brings to her friends. She explains she can’t draw “cute (latte art)” like “Cocoa (and the others)” before showing off her work.
Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 63 (Right) » Panel 4
When ordering tea, Cocoa says it has to be dandelion tea. Her reasoning is that by drinking it, you’ll “be able to become strong” like “a lion”. (Lion-like.)
Examples of 「Noun みたいに Noun」
In these examples, a second noun is likened to a first noun.
Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 46 (Left) » Panel 3
Looking over the menu at Chiya’s shop, Chino and Rize are mystified by the strange dessert names. The “menu” is like “special techniques from a comic”.
Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 88 (Right) » Panel 2
During a group study session, Syaro says if she had a “little sister” like “Chino-chan”, she’d teach her (homework material) every day. (Chino-like.)
Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 104 (Left) » Panel 2
Chiya asks if she can play a game of chess with Chino. She says it’s her first time, asking if it’s “something” like “shogi”. (Shogi-like.)