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Manga / Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood

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Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood (となりの吸血鬼さん Tonari no Kyūketsuki-san) is a manga series by Amatou. It centers around Sophie Twilight, a 360-year-old vampire girl who is a sweet-natured otaku who would never hurt anyone else. One day she gets visited by a schoolgirl named Akari Amano who was looking for the place known as the dollhouse (and a living doll-which turns out to be Sophie), actually the mansion where she lives. Akari quickly takes a liking for Sophie over her doll-like appearance, starting to live with her and wanting to pamper her and dote on how cute she is. Hilarity ensues.

The series is a four-panel manga series which was serialized in Comic Cune's October 2014 issue released on August 27, 2014. An TV anime adaptation co-animated by Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ began airing in Japan from October 5, 2018 on AT-X and other channels.

Ms. Vampire Who Tropes in My Neighborhood:

  • The Ageless: Vampires like Sophie and Ellie don't age and always retain the appearance of whatever age they were before they became a vampire.
  • Bland-Name Product: Sophie buys all her stuff in internet from Amason.
  • Blood Bath: Ellie likes to bath in human blood because she believes it's good for the skin. It's also one of the many hints that she might be Elizabeth Báthory.
  • Book Ends: The last episode ends with Sophie and Akari reenacting their first meeting at the same forest from the start of the first episode.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water: Downplayed. The vampires in this series are either afraid of running water or don't like it, but taking a shower doesn't do harm to them.
  • Can't Live with Them, Can't Live Without Them:
    • Sophie thought she could scare Akari off by showing the human girl her Super-Strength, but when Akari runs off she starts feeling lonely and is surprised she could miss someone that annoying. Though right afterwards, Akari runs back and reveals she actually fetched all the things around her house she couldn't open to get Sophie to open them for her. When she sees this, she admits indirectly that she enjoys her company (although she finds her somewhat aggravating at times).
    • Sophie has the same reaction when Ellie disappears just as suddenly as she arrived. Even though she couldn't stand Ellie's clinginess, she looked genuinely lonely when she was gone. But like Akari, she wasn't gone for real. She was in Sophie's coffin. Also applies to the past, as Ellie was apparently dragging her around almost all the time.
  • Casting Gag: This isn't the first time Miyu Tomita voiced a girl with a deadpan voice who turns out to be a supernatural creature living in human society. Both are also otakus who dedicate all waking hours to their obsession, with many characters doting on how cute they are. The last time it happened was Gabriel White Tenma.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The serious and introverted Sophie is Melancholic, the cheerful and friendly Akari is Sanguine, the calmer yet easygoing Hinata is Phlegmatic, and the pushy, immature Ellie is Choleric.
  • Fur Against Fang: Discussed and averted in Episode 6 where Sakuya asks Sophie if it's true that vampires have an animosity with werewolves like in the movies, which Sophie answers that werewolves are creatures of superstition (and yet, she's a vampire).
  • Healing Factor: Apparently, while Sophie can lose parts of her body if she gets directly exposed to sunlight, she heals after the sun goes down (she apparently lost her head at one point, but she was still alive and kicking).
  • Insistent Terminology: Ellie is Sophie's acquaintance and nothing more (although it's implied she considers her a friend).
  • Job Title: Sophie Twilight is the titular Kyūketsuki-sannote .
  • Living Forever is No Big Deal: Sophie and Ellie don't really think much of their immortality. They live alongside humans as if it's normal.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: Sophie and Ellie are vampires who have already lived for centuries. That doesn't stop them from becoming good friends with the teenage human girls Akari and Hinata.
  • Missing Reflection: As per norm with vampires, Sophie lacks a reflection. As does Ellie, which becomes a problem given her fondness for makeup, which she applies very sloppily since she can't see herself in the mirror. It's so bad that Akari has to help her to put it right.
  • Must Be Invited: Subverted — when Akari asks Sophie if this trope applies, she says it does, but specifies that if a vampire were to enter a home uninvited, the result would be that they'd feel really guilty and awkward for barging in. As Akari points out, that's actually completely ordinary.
  • Nosebleed: Akari's nose bleeds when she has perverted thoughts regarding Sophie.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Sophie is a Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire who drinks refrigerated blood that she microwaves in a teacup, cannot bear the thought of biting a human, and is an otaku who spends all her waking hours watching anime. She also debunks the myth of vampires being unable to enter a building without invitation; the reality is they can, but will be overcome with guilt if they do so, as nobody would find that normal (as Akari points out, it's a very logical reason).
  • Product Placement: Sophie's computer looks suspiciously like a Macbook but with grape logo instead of apple. Also in episode 11 the girls are ordering Pizza Hot.
  • Running Gag: Akari's obsession with dolls creeping people out. It is also the cause of how she met Sophie in the first place (she was looking for a living doll).
  • Shout-Out: Quite a bunch of these.
    • Episode 1: Sophie brings in a road roller ala Dio Brando from Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders.
    • Episode 2: Sophie mentions that being under the sun makes her energy drop down to Spelunker levels.
    • Episode 3: Sophie's pillows with characters suspiciously similar to those from KanColle. Also reference of Maria Watches Over Us when the girls role-play as sisters.
    • Episode 8: Ellie's remarks about only wearing Chanel No. 5 when she sleeps reference Marilyn Monroe. Sophie saying that she wanted to go to Ooarai during summer break is a reference to Girls und Panzer since she also say that she saw it in an anime. Sophie's playing an arcade game called Aiparanote  (Aikatsu! x PriPara).
    • Episode 11: Lots of shout-outs here, including Ellie reading a manga named Flower of Versailles, Sophie having styrofoam display piece shaped just like Cactuar, a Game Buoy, a Furbu, the reason Sophie went to Japan because she wanted to buy Super Manio 2, etc.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: A vampire being named Twilight brings to mind another famous vampire franchise.
  • Squeaky Eyes: Both Sophie and Akari's eyes make audible blinking sounds in moments of awkwardness.
  • Super-Strength: Being a vampire, Sophie can easily heft up things like cars with one hand.
  • Swapped Roles: In most circumstances a human girl would be scared by a vampire. Here Akari is the human girl who creeps out Sophie the vampire, albeit unintentionally. Lampshaded In-Universe by Sophie.
  • Undressing the Unconscious: During the Beach Episode, Akari apparently put Sophie in a bikini while she slept before they headed to the beach.
  • Vampires Are Rich: After Ellie lists what modern gadgets she wants to buy in her head, she takes out 3 large bars of gold - and asks if she should "add a bit more". Sophie most likely fits this trope too, as there is apparently no end to the money she uses to buy her blood in amazon or otaku goods.
  • Vampires Hate Garlic: Sophie's and Ellie's aversion for garlic is treated as a Running Gag in the series.
  • Vampires Sleep in Coffins: The vampire girls, Sophie and Ellie, sleep inside coffins. They don't even seem comfortable with sleeping on beds.
  • Winged Humanoid: Sophie and Ellie can grow bat wings from their backs when they choose to fly over walking.