Genre(s): Comedy, Slice-of-Life
Aired: Oct 2018 – Dec 2018
Also known as: Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood; となりの吸血鬼さん
Summary: A doll fanatic becomes enamoured with a doll-like vampire NEET otaku, which eventually leads to the admirer to move in and live with a modern vampire.
Review: This is the forerunner for the comfy SoL / yuri anime for the Fall 2018 anime season given how the other (potentially) yuri titles have much more dynamic settings.
I have to say, Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san is very well-animated for a slice-of-life series. It’s pretty consistent, which means the series is not only a treat for sore eyes but also a melody for sore ears (the voices of anime girls are very soothing in my book).
There is some very definite character development for this series, which is one of the primary criticisms of the slice-of-life genre (said complaint doesn’t actually make all that much sense in my book, but that’s usually coming from people who are more into action series in which there’s a whole lot more PLOT happening, I suppose).
The premises as a whole sort of runs with the whole “vampires are very like humans and thus aren’t too scary” idea. Turns out Japan has the power to turn anything moe if they want to. Most people find vampires to be more sexy than scary, however, so that’s a bit of a moot point, too.
Really love the OP and the ED. For a while I liked the OP, “†Kyuutie Ladies†,” more, but “HAPPY!!ストレンジフレンズ,” the ED, has really grown on me.
In regards to the yuri, the doll fanatic, Akari, is very comparable to Shino from Kin-iro Mosaic, which naturally means she’s all over the titular Sophie. But Hinata, Akari’s childhood friend, is also into Akari, whereas another vampire, Ellie, is rather attached to Sophie…then again, I personally ship Hinata with Ellie big time…LONG STORY SHORT there’s plenty of yuri ships to be had which shouldn’t be a surprise given the genre pertaining to Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san.
Quite gay (in both senses of the word) and pretty enjoyable. A very solid pick-up if you’re in the market for a comfy slice-of-life series.