Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san – Anime Series Review

Episodes: 12

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.

2 thoughts on “Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san – Anime Series Review

  1. Very cute show. I thought the voice acting was great actually. Especially Tomita Miyu as Sophie. She’d got the old-woman-in-a-young-body + awkward-geek voice down pat.

    I loved her performance. I also really like what I think of the Studio Gokumi colour theme; I’ve seen it before from that studio, and I always really like it. The dark vs. light contrast was well done, too.

    I didn’t like a lot of CGDCT shows lately: not fond of Slow Start, or Hinako Note, for example. I loved this one. Very affectionate. One of my fave moments (in the spirit of this blog) is the one where Sophie finds herself trapped under a tree in sunlight because she was obsessively counting sunflower seeds, and then Akari came to find her. So cute!


    1. AAAA you’re definitely right about the voice acting. No complaints about any casting whatsoever! Tomita Miyu nailed it like you said.

      Mmm Studio Gokumi does seem to have a solid grasp of colours and contrast. Been a big fan of that studio since Saki Achiga-hen, haha.

      That’s fair. I think this one was just…more light-hearted. More fun. No drama! And yes, that scene was really adorable!


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