Like Gabriel DropOut? Watch Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san (Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood.)!
- Episodes: 9+
- Aired: October 2018 – Ongoing
In the dead of night, Amano is saved from a perilous situation by a doll-like girl named Sophie. Instantly growing obsessed with her savior, Amano invites herself to Sophie's mansion and refuses to leave the vampire's side. That's right! Sophie is a 360-year-old vampire, a fact that fails to discourage Amano. While this interspecies friendship brings forth a host of challenges, Amano's aggressive persistence and Sophie's gentle nature prove to be more than enough to make it work! Eventually, Elly and Natsuki join the group, raising the cuteness scale up to four!
Major Similarities Between Gabriel DropOut and Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san (Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood.)
1. Who Is the Real Demon?
The crux of Gabriel DropOut's humor lays in the role reversal of the four main girls. Split evenly into angels and demons, the former are defined by pettiness and materialism, while the latter are far more personable. While subtler in execution, Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san presents the vampire as the most level-headed and normal member of the group. A running gag throughout the show is that Amano—a seemingly ordinary human teenager —frightens the mystical bloodsucker. None of the girls are quite as self-serving as Gabriel or Raphiel, but vampires and humans are not all that different!
2. Strange Ways
Prior to getting her hands on a gaming system and embracing the life of an otaku, Gabriel was the perfect angel. As the cast has been living in the mortal world for a while, they are used to humanity's customs; nevertheless, all four girls are fish out of water! As Sophie and Elly rarely travel beyond the safety of their estate, the vampires can feel somewhat out of place among people. Whenever the vamps are pushed out of their comfort zone, Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san delivers its funniest material!
3. Cute Girls
Great comedic timing and a unique setting are important, but "cute girls doing cute things" anime rely heavily on the central characters' likability. "Boring girls doing mundane things" just does not roll off the tongue quite as effortlessly. Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san's cast gets the job done. In comparison, Gabriel DropOut's girls are somewhat more outlandish and memorable, but Doga Kobo's anime was unbelievably strong in this department. Drawing out the best from each other, Sophie and Amano's hilarious but sweet friendship is undoubtedly the highlight of the series!
Liked Gabriel DropOut? Watch Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! (UzaMaid!)!
- Episodes: 8+
- Aired: October 2018 – Ongoing
During an apparently average afternoon, Tsubame Kamoi's life is drastically altered due to a chance encounter with Misha Takanashi. While out for a walk, the Self-Defense Force officer chances upon a cute Russian girl playing with her mother. Despite the age difference, Tsubame instantly falls in love with the youthful child. A year later, the older woman quits her job and convinces Misha's father to take her on as a maid. Does this sound slightly creepy? Well, that is the point!
Major Similarities Between Gabriel DropOut and Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! (UzaMaid!)
1. Deceptive Cuteness
Gabriel DropOut's cute girls act in fairly questionable ways, but there is nothing ethically ambiguous about Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru's Tsubame! A straight-up lolicon, the maid spends most episodes drooling over the clearly uncomfortable Misha, although this appreciation tends to present itself as enchantment rather than anything overtly sexual. With the exception of Misha's oblivious father, Tsubame's actions are criticized by the anime, and the humor tends to arise from the consequences suffered by the maid. Gabriel DropOut and Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!'s girls are not even remotely precious or innocent!
2. Fluid Animation
Slice of life series tend to blow their animation budget on ensuring the characters look absolutely flawless, and this goes double for "cute girls doing cute things" anime. Gabriel DropOut and Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! are hardly an exception to this rule, but their animation possesses a certain fluidity seldom observed in similar series. As Doga Kobo developed both anime, the studio's master touch can be seen all over Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru!
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