The main reason I never get tired of Girls Club (Cute Girls Doing Cute Things) anime is because there are so many different kinds out there. Very few of them are cookie cutter or basic. Most of them have something that helps them stand out from other similar shows despite following familiar tropes and traits. The following is another example of a Girls Club anime that stands out. Find out more as we take a look at Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san.
Alternate Title: Ms Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Yuri
Number of Episodes: 12
Plot Summary: Due to a strange incident, Akari Amano is rescued by a vampire girl named Sophie Twilight, and Akari becomes interested in her.
I and other Girls Club aficionados without seeing the show or reading the manga described this show as “Kiniro Mosaic with Vampires”. Having seen the show in its entirety that is exactly what it is. One of the main differences, besides the obvious vampire stuff, is the “cranked up to 11” levels of gayness. KinMosa had a Japanese girl obsessed with cute British blondes. Kyuuketsuki has a Japanese girl obsessed with wanting a cute vampire to bite her neck. That is but a small example of how extra gay the show is. More on that later.
Let us first go over the vampire theme throughout the show. It features a lot of references to vampire lore from their strengths, weaknesses and rules of conduct. Examples include weakness to sunlight, no reflection when looking at mirrors, their rules regarding “entering houses” and much more. Fans of vampire lore from the traditional to the damning (Points toward a certain young adult novel series) is referenced throughout the show in both the educational and the well executed comedy. Also due to Sophie, and later Ellie, being centuries old do expect to learn a little bit about the world’s history from their point of view/memories.
Other attractions are the classic Girls Club fare from super adorable moments to traditions such as school festivals, chilling out and having some neat snacks (or mail-order blood in the case of the vampires) and of course some wonderful naughtiness. Oh, cannot forget to mention their semi-meta humor. One of the most notable examples is them occasionally reading and watching Girls Club and yuri media. Basically the show is adorable and humorous with a touch of sexiness.
Like most Girls Club anime the presentation is bright, cheerful and colorful. The animation is visually relaxing and the soundtrack disappears into the background. I do not mean that as a bad thing. Like the animation it is meant to cheer up viewers. Similar to most Iyashikei anime Girls Club anime are meant to put a smile on the face of viewers. The OP and ED are also adorable with the OP being upbeat and the ED relaxing.
Lastly we shall quickly go over the yuri goodness without giving too much away.
-Akari X Sophie are the main couple of the show. Akari craves vampire flavored tacos while Sophie is the token “door that slowly opens” type of love interest. Akari never gives up but makes sure not to go overboard.
-Ellie X Hinata is the blossoming secondary (sometimes side) couple. They initially are not aware of it but deep know have a subconscious feeling they are destined to be together. Hinata is a super adorable tomboy and my favorite girl while Ellie is a girl loving mistress of yuri who may be a certain legendary vampire mistress that inspired Carmilla.
-Sakuya X Yuu are the side-couple of the show. They do not get much screen time together but when they do…
Overall Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san is yet another adorable and excellent Girls Club show. Its distinguishing theme of vampire lore and humor help set it apart from other shows like it. It has the expected adorable, cheerful and relaxing presentation, wonderful cast and the much appreciated “supercharged” lighthearted yuri goodness. A must watch for fans of this Slice of Life sub-genre.