Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san

Overall Score: 7/10

Breakdown

  • Art: 7/10
  • Story: 7/10
  • Sound: 6/10
  • Character: 7/10

Smart kids don't associate with vampires

Nothing says "smart kid" like willing living with a vampire, and wanting said vampire to drink your blood, but that's exactly what happens to Akari in Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san.

I honestly didn't know what to expect with this. I picked it up due to the cute characters, and the adorable clips/screenshots I saw, my favourite being the one about vampires not being able to enter the house uninvited. So when I went to MyAnimeList to add it to my list of things to watch, and saw it was a shoujo ai, and people recommending it based off of Yuru Yuri (one of my favourite anime) I was really excited to get around to watching it.

However, this is nothing like Yuru Yuri, apart from there being 4 main characters, with 2 extras, and there's a whole lot of not-so-subtle girl love going on. Although, where Yuru Yuri is more each episode is its own entity with no real story, Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san has a little more structure, and is quite well polished for a slice of life anime story.

English Name:

Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood

Japanese Name:

となりの吸血鬼さん

Studio:

Studio Gokumi, AXsiZ

Episodes Watched:

12/12
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Episodes watched, and total episodes, are correct as of the time of writing this review, and takes into account all seasons and may include movies/OVAs/etc.

Posted on:

06/Jan/2019 at 19:53

The main problem I have with Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san is that everything about it was greatly average. Nothing really stood out, and whilst that's not a bad thing, it also isn't a good thing.

Many anime can say they are playing it safe by being average, and Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san had the opportunity to break the mould and either make the anime have more blood and violence, seeing as there are vampires, or they could have fleshed out the girl love more. Both of these would have bumped the age rating up, but it would have made Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san stand out from the crowd. 

I'm all for cute girls doing cute things, and Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san does that very well. But I feel there was a lot of wasted potential with the characters they have. Although, the interactions they do have are still wonderful and fun.

Whilst there is a lot of wasted potential, I am not going to say this anime was bad. It was very enjoyable to watch, even if I didn't actively finish watching it over the holiday period. But that's just me being lazy.


And that's the first anime of the year. I recently finished the first season of Himouto Umaru-chan. I'm not sure if I'll start the second season next, and then review that, or if I'll do something else first - as I want to finish the series, but I'm very much on the fence about her as a character. But that's a story for another review, so until next time じゃね!see ya