The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten | First Impressions

I’ll be honest, I am pretty far behind the 8-ball here. Otonari no Tenshi-sama ni Itsunomanika Dame Ningen ni Sareteita Ken (The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten) has been an anime I’ve wanted to watch this season, but have never gotten around to it. But here I am several weeks behind and towards the end of the Winter 2023 season. ** I plan on binge watching **.

Now then, it’s time for me to share my first impressions!

The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten honestly feels like that one anime that is on the extreme scale of a fairytale that we’d all love to have. If you’re someone (like myself), who LOVES seeing couples that are just compatible from the start and has the ability to make your heart go mad. Then I think that this anime would be for you.

It’s that ideal fantasy relationship that a lot of people wish they had. The flattering back and forth banter between the two is honestly very cute. Not to mention, when you have two highly compatible characters, they compliment each other very well. Which is something you’d expect from an anime which has the ‘perfect relationship’ theme going on.

Having now watched, four episodes. Both Mahiru and Amane are a more fantasy-esk version of Izumi and Kyouko. I don’t think anyone can dispute the fact that Izumi and Kyouko are just two characters that are simply made for each other, no one can deny that. I think the same thing can be said for Mahiru and Amane.

The main difference being that Horimiya feels more realistic while The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten leans more towards the idea of it being too good to be real.

That being said, because The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten is by nature too good to be true, the story itself feels very bland and simple. I mean, four episodes in and to sum up all four episodes in one word, I think I would use the word, flattery. They say and do things that causes the other to act all embarrassed or shy.

It’s like when you find someone you like and want to be in a relationship with, you say things that flatter the other person. The famed “light flirting” if you will, the biggest indicator that you’re developing feelings but you’re still unsure of how to progress.

Personally, I do not think that this “too good to be true” theme is something that will be good going long term with the anime. Obviously there are like ten episodes already so it may have worked, I don’t know though. However, I’ve seen enough anime in general to know that every basic story needs to have some kind of conflict, which I hope happens because it’ll break that “too good to be true” theme. But I have yet to see.

If a conflict does come up, I think it’ll be from Mahiru’s side because she’s a very quiet and reserved character, we don’t know much about her, but from the hints that she has let on, including saying that she was practically raised by her housekeeper and that her parents never called her by her name, on top of the fact that she’s used to being alone. Indicates to me that if there was to be any conflict it’ll be because of her parents.

All that reminds to be seen however, overall the first couple episodes of The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten are nothing to write home about. Are they good episodes? I guess, but they feel a little bland to me. Hopefully the story picks up and becomes a little more interesting as the episodes go on.