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.
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!