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Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「†吸tie Ladies†」 (†Kyutie Ladies†) by ソフィー・トワイライト(富田美憂)、天野灯(篠原侑)、夏木ひなた(Lynn)、エリー(和氣あず未)

「闇の一般市民」 (Yami no Ippanshimin)
“Ordinary Citizen of the Dark”

I couldn’t have asked for more from Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san’s anime adaptation.

General Impressions

As I opened the episode and began watching, I had this terrible fear that this adaptation would somehow mess up the happy-go-lucky feeling from the source material. As comedic 4-koma that would hit you with joke after joke, I was a bit worried that this show’s transition into an anime would lose whatever it was that made every single page just ooze with character. Be it Akari’s insanely over-the-top personality, Sophie’s almost deadpan line delivery, or the general timing of when the humor tries to hit you, I’m glad to see that everything survived the material’s jump onto our screens.

Diving into the episode itself, I think this first episode did a pretty good job at setting things up. We got to see a lot of Akari and Sophie and I think the episode did well at showing just how well the two contrast off of each other. Sure, some people might be turned off by Akari’s high-tension attitude, but Sophie (and other characters to come) did a great job at balancing it all out. That and I’m glad that we were able to see a bit of Akari’s hikikomori lifestyle as well as just how much technology has made it easier for non-humans to exist.

All that said, I’m sure you came to this post wondering whether or not you should pick up another slice-of-life that appears to have just added “vampire” into the mix to differentiate itself from the crowd. In my honest opinion, I think this is a great show to add into your lineup I you’re looking for something that you can relax while watching. There isn’t any huge subplots or commentary about things, but I think this is a slice-of-life where you won’t get bored since there’s just enough substance there to keep you going even when things slow down.

In any case, I’m definitely going to continue on to episode two since I’m excited for Hinata to get a proper introduction as well as to see just how over-the-top the show decides to make her. See you later!

October 5, 2018 at 11:48 pm
6 comments »
  • October 5, 2018 at 11:55 pmDude

    This is not just a slice-of-life with a vampire capable of picking up a road roller (MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA)

    This is a -yuri- slice-of-life

  • October 6, 2018 at 12:03 amArche

    Like I said in the preview having read the manga, Kiniro Mosaic with vampires. Fortunately putting the same studio as Kinmoza in charge lead to a satisfactory adaptation. Happy to see where this one goes

  • October 6, 2018 at 12:34 amAngelus

    It being a “comedic 4-koma that would hit you with joke after joke” is exactly my problem with it. It’s just a bunch of little skits stuck together, which is OK for maybe 10 minutes or so, but by the end of the episode it was really dragging. It’s perfectly possible to make a decent full-length comedy episode from 4-koma, but the makers of this show clearly haven’t worked out how to do that yet.

  • October 6, 2018 at 2:27 amKhalid

    Wait, a vampire holding a road roller? Could it be…
    …a freaking…
    JoJo reference?

  • October 6, 2018 at 12:01 pmWorldwidedepp

    Got my Focus. because you also could exchange the Vampire with an Shut-in

  • October 6, 2018 at 5:26 pmIncognito

    https://randomc.net/image/Tonari%20no%20Kyuuketsuki-san/Tonari%20no%20Kyuuketsuki-san%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2020.jpg
    That mothereffing JoJo reference… (“WRYYYYYY!”) And just when JJBA: Golden Wind started airing, too!

    https://randomc.net/image/Tonari%20no%20Kyuuketsuki-san/Tonari%20no%20Kyuuketsuki-san%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2024.jpg
    Oh, so she sparkles when hit by sunlight. As expected from a vampire named Sophie Twilight. Sophie may be no Alucard or Seras Victoria (Hellsing), but she’s still better than those poor excuses for vampires in Twilight.

    https://randomc.net/image/Tonari%20no%20Kyuuketsuki-san/Tonari%20no%20Kyuuketsuki-san%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2031.jpg
    “Kapu-chuu~!”

    So Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san is basically like Kin-iro Mosaic, but with a friendly neighborhood vampire girl or two (if the opening is any indication) instead of cute British girls and a lot more yuri. (Although this series isn’t from Manga Time Kirara.) Anyway, this should fill the CGDCT quota for this season quite nicely.

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