Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood. – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Human girl Amano Akari is rescued by a vampire, Sophie Twilight, and falls in love with her. She forces herself into Sophie’s home and begins living with her. Though Sophie is a vampire, she never attacks humans, instead buying blood and anime merchandise online like any ordinary person. A modern-day vampire comedy!(Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood is unmistakably one of those anime that relies on its cute, young female characters as its main draw, with the comedy based on you finding said characters adorable and the contrast of their crazy hijinx against their unassuming appearances. Your enjoyment of the show and its humour will greatly depend on how much the chibi/cute designs matter to you because if you do not take to the girls, the comedy itself proves to be one note and repetitive.
Tom: Ms. Vampire operates on the idea of reversing the norm. Instead of the Vampire/Supernatural character being the weird/insane one, it’s the girl who should be normal, Amano Akari. And boy is Amano weird. Amano is obsessed with Sophie, and constantly up in her business. Even when Sophie tries to instill fear in Amano, it just doesn’t work. But the problem is the episode relies on that one vein of humor, that central idea, too much. It’s not until after the episode’s credits that we see humor in any other vein, like how Sophie’s vampire nature leads to comical misunderstandings and problems in the human world. But by then it’s too late. The episode started cute, but twenty-three minutes later it feels dry and tired. The show does also skirt into vaguely sexual territory, as Amano comes to have fantasies about Sophie, but for now things remain fairly tame with those fantasies mostly concerning romantic angles, like marriage. I wouldn’t put it past the series to delve further down that vein, but this isn’t Fall’s most uncomfortable comedy, so I think it’ll remain in safer territory.
Linny: If this first episode is Ms. Vampire showcasing some of its best material and its brand of humour, it’s going to be a tough sell. It repeats its jokes so often in the first episode that you’re left wondering what it has left to show for the rest of its run. If cuteness is your number one priority when it comes to anime comedies, Ms. Vampire might still have a chance of ending up on your watchlist but for those who prefer more innovation and substance, it might be best to give this show a miss.
Tom: Ultimately Ms. Vampire is too one-note for its own good. I’m sure the series will gradually introduce additional veins of humor, but Episode 1 gives me the feeling it’ll never be very balanced, or varied, with similar jokes repeated back to back. It’s another entry in a long string of anime comedies that require you to find the central gag so funny, so hilarious, you don’t need much else.
Ms. Vampire who lives in my neighborhood is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.