Sunday, February 3, 2019

Anime Recommendation: Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood

Sometimes meeting a vampire in the forest at night isn't scary.

I would not say that I'm a huge fan of vampires even though there are so many vampires in anime that it is a genre on MyAnimeList. So an anime called Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood needed to have more than fanged monsters to get my attention. Fortunately, this is an anime with cute girls and I'm a fan of slice of life anime with cute girls doing cute things. 

Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood opens up with Akari Amano, a seemingly normal high school student, as she is searching for a supposed living doll. Akari finds out that the living doll is a beautiful girl named Sophie and is actually a vampire. If this was a horror anime, this would be followed by Sophie stealing away Akari to drink her blood, but the anime goes in a very different direction.

Sophie is a modern vampire. She loves anime, collects figures, enjoys going on walks at night, and orders bottles of blood off of the internet. Sophie has no interest in making a messy meal out of Akari.

But Akari is enamored by Sophie's diminutive and doll-like appearance. Akari is an abnormal girl with an obsession with creepy porcelain dolls. She wants to become friends with Sophie and quickly moves in with her vampire neighbor. 

From there, the two girls get to know each other, build a relationship, and get into all kinds of antics that are common in slice of life anime. What I found charming about Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood is the banter and relationship between Akari and Sophie, specifically how the two characters are radically different than what would be expected.

Sophie isn't an emo bloodthirsty vampire, but an otaku who will visit a school or buy a donut just to be like her favorite anime characters. Even though she's immortal and has been alive for hundreds of years, Sophie is actually sensitive when talking about her old age. While she can sneak around and suck the blood of young maidens, Sophie instead chooses to get her blood off the internet and drinks it from a tea cup.

And then Akari is a high school girl who should probably be afraid of living with a vampire, but instead she starts to scare Sophie with her strange behavior. Akari doesn't understand why her vast collection of dolls scares others. She's is almost too excited by the idea of having a vampire suck blood from her neck. And when Sophie tries to scare Akari away with a display of vampire strength, Akari thinks that she's found a personal jar opener.

If these two characters aren't interesting enough, there are two other characters who also bring a lot to the show. Hinata is Akari's best friend from school and also has a not-so-subtle crush on Akari. Hinata is very caring for Akari and seems normal enough, but there are moments where her love is more like an obsession. There is also Sophie's old friend, Elly, a vampire who is seductive and flirty. Unlike Sophie, Elly is not well-adjusted to the modern era and is often tempted to drink the blood of beautiful young women.

If you're a fan of slice of life anime with some humor and heartwarming moments, than I think Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood is worth the watch. If you're not a fan of anime about cute girls doing cute things, I would only check out this series if the premise or characters seem amusing to you. 

If you already watched Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood, go ahead and let me know what you thought of it and feel free to recommend me any other anime with cute vampires.

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