The Demon Girl Next Door

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The Demon Girl Next Door
Machikado Mazoku volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Machikado Mazoku volume 1, featuring Shamiko (left) and Momo (right)
まちカドまぞく
(Machikado Mazoku)
GenreSupernatural[1]
Manga
Written byIzumo Itō
Published byHoubunsha
English publisher
MagazineManga Time Kirara Carat
DemographicSeinen
Original run2014 – present
Volumes5
Anime television series
Directed byHiroaki Sakurai
Written byKeiichirō Ōchi
Music byMiki Sakurai
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original networkTBS, BS-TBS
English network
Original run July 11, 2019 September 26, 2019
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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The Demon Girl Next Door (Japanese: まちカドまぞく, Hepburn: Machikado Mazoku, transl. "Street Corner Demons") is a Japanese four-panel manga series by Izumo Itō, serialized in Houbunsha's seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat since 2014. It has been collected in five tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff aired between July and September 2019. A second season has been announced.

Plot[edit]

One day, Yuko Yoshida wakes up with horns and a tail and learns that she is the descendant of a dark clan that was cursed into poverty by the opposing light clan. In order to restore her clan's honor, Yuko is tasked with defeating the town's local magical girl, Momo Chiyoda.

Characters[edit]

Yuko Yoshida (吉田 優子, Yoshida Yūko) / Shamiko (シャミ子)
Voiced by: Konomi Kohara[2] (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)[3]
A high school girl who one day awakens as a demon girl tasked with defeating a magical girl. Her full demon girl title is "Shadow Mistress Yuko", often shortened by others to "Shamiko". Despite her ancestry, she is physically weak. In times of danger, she can transform into a Crisis Management form which slightly improves her abilities.
Momo Chiyoda (千代田 桃, Chiyoda Momo)
Voiced by: Akari Kitō[2] (Japanese); Genevieve Simmons (English)[3]
A magical girl who attends Yuko's high school. Despite allegedly being among the weakest among her fellow magical girls, she possesses great physical strength even without transforming.
Lilith (リリス, Ririsu)
Voiced by: Minami Takahashi[2] (Japanese); Emily Neves (English)[4]
Yuko's ancestor who nicknamed Shamicen, appears in her dreams and can receive offerings given to a statue that Yuko carries around. When a switch on the statue is flipped, she can take control of Yuko's body. She is later possesed a vessel which later enhanced with immortality by the Great White Snake to do errands for him.
Mikan Hinatsuki (陽夏木 ミカン, Hinatsuki Mikan)
Voiced by: Tomoyo Takayanagi[2] (Japanese); Christina Kelly (English)[3]
A magical girl who comes to the city to aid Momo after her powers dwindle. She is afflicted by a curse that causes others to experience calamities whenever she gets flustered. Later, it's revealed that the "curse" was a misguided guardian familiar who attacked when her heartbeat run amok, thinking she done good deed.
Anri Sata (佐田 杏里, Sata Anri)
Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi[5] (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)[3]
Yuko's friend and classmate.
Sion Ogura (小倉 しおん, Ogura Shion)
Voiced by: Ayaka Suwa[5] (Japanese); Shanae'a Moore (English)[3]
Yuko's friend and classmate who loves the occult and is a member of the school's Black Magic Studies Club.
Ryoko Yoshida (吉田 良子, Yoshida Ryōko)
Voiced by: Hitomi Ōwada[5] (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)[3]
Yuko's younger sister who is in middle school.
Seiko Yoshida (吉田 清子, Yoshida Seiko)
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara[5] (Japanese); Shelley Calene-Black (English)[3]
Yuko and Ryoko's mother.
Joshua (ヨシュア, Yoshua)
Yuko and Ryoko's father. He uses the alias Taro Yoshida (吉田 太郎, Yoshida Tarō) in Japan, which was chosen because of the similarity of "Yoshida" to "Joshua". He also has a youthful appearance. He was sealed away inside a cardboard box by Sakura.
Sakura Chiyoda (千代田 桜, Chiyoda Sakura)
Momo's elder step-sister, who was the city's magical girl before her. She disappeared ten years ago after manipulating the seal on Yuko's family to ensure her good health.
Shirosawa (白澤, Shirosawa)
A demon tapir who owned the coffee shop Asura. He also created Yuru-chara of the Tamasakura shopping street Tamasakura-chan (たまさくらちゃん, Tamasakurachan) by inspiration of Sakura's cat form.
Lico (リコ, Riko)
Asura's waitress and chef.
Ugallu (ウガルル, Ugaruru)
Mikan's familiar.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga series began serialization in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine in July 2014;[6] it has been compiled into five tankōbon volumes as of June 27, 2019. Seven Seas Entertainment have licensed the series and will release it in digital and physical form.[7]

No. Release date ISBN
1 November 27, 2015[8]978-4-8322-4639-3
2 October 27, 2016[8]978-4-8322-4760-4
3 September 27, 2017[8]978-4-8322-4875-5
4 October 25, 2018[8]978-4-8322-4988-2
5 June 27, 2019[8]978-4-8322-7102-9

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced in the March issue of Manga Time Kirara Carat on January 28, 2019.[9] The series is animated by J.C.Staff and directed by Hiroaki Sakurai, with Keiichirō Ōchi handling series composition, Mai Otsuka designing the characters, and Miki Sakurai composing the music.[10] The series aired on TBS and BS-TBS between July 11 and September 26, 2019.[11][12] The series' opening theme song is "Machi Kado Tangent" performed by Konomi Kohara and Akari Kitō, while the series' ending theme song is "Yoi Machi Cantare" performed by Kohara, Kitō, Minami Takahashi, and Tomoyo Takayanagi.[13] The series is licensed in English-speaking regions by Sentai Filmworks, who streamed the series on HiDive.[14] A second season has been announced.[15]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"Yuko Awakens! For Family Reasons You're Now a Demon Girl"
Transcription: "Yūko no Mezame! Katei no Jijō de Kyō kara Mazoku" (Japanese: 優子の目覚め!!家庭の事情で今日から魔族)
July 11, 2019 (2019-07-11)
Following a strange dream, Yuko Yoshida wakes up to find she has grown demon horns and a tail. Her mother Seiko reveals that their family are the descendants of a dark clan who live in poverty because of the opposing light clan, stating that it is Yuko's mission to defeat a magical girl to restore the clan's glory. On her way to school that day, Yuko is saved from an oncoming truck by the very magical girl she is tasked with defeating. The next day, Yuko discovers that the magical girl in question, Momo Chiyoda, is a student at her school, leading to an unsuccessful attempt at defeating her.
2"Just How Sporty Are You!? Everything is Fluctuating"
Transcription: "Supokon desu ka!? Bambutsu wa Rutensuru" (Japanese: スポ根ですか!? 万物は流転する)
July 18, 2019 (2019-07-18)
Yuko challenges Momo to a battle during the weekend, which ends up turning into an all-day running session. As Yuko ends up having to borrow money from Momo to take the train home, she ends up having to postpone their battle until she can pay her back so as to not spend her whole allowance. However, her friends end up coercing her into spending her money on udon. Meanwhile, another demon girl prepares to set Yuko back on the right path.
3"Nightmare or Forebear?! The Doorstop of Darkness Descends"
Transcription: "Akumu ka Kichimu ka!? Yami no Doasutoppā-san Kōrin" (Japanese: 悪夢か吉夢か!? 闇のドアストッパーさん降臨)
July 25, 2019 (2019-07-25)
Yuko's demon ancestor Lilith appears in her dream to give her some advice, only for her to forget everything she said when she wakes up. Later, Yuko tries to come up with a projectile weapon to use against Momo, which leads to Momo herself teaching her how to use a magic wand.
4"Sharpen Your Mind!! The Newly Awakened Powers of the Magical Girl"
Transcription: "Kokoro Togisumase!! Mahō Shōjo no Aratanaru Chikara" (Japanese: 心研ぎ澄ませ!! 魔法少女の新たなる力)
August 1, 2019 (2019-08-01)
Momo discovers a switch on the bottom of the statue that Yuko carries around which, upon being flipped, gives Lilith the opportunity to possess Yuko's body. However, Lilith finds that Yuko's body is way too weak to take on Momo. Ending up in further debt to Momo as a result, Yuko takes up a part-time job selling weiners to pay her back, during which Momo transforms in order to save some weiners that Yuko dropped.
5"A Town Full of Traps?? The Demon on the Brink Awakens a New Ability"
Transcription: "Chōnai wa Wana Darake?? Gakeppuchi Mazoku no Aratanaru Nōryoku" (Japanese: 町内は罠だらけ?? 崖っぷちまぞくの新たなる能力)
August 8, 2019 (2019-08-08)
Momo accompanies Yuko as she goes shopping with her little sister, Ryoko, using the money she was going to pay off her debt with to buy her a camera. The next day, Yuko is tasked with keeping Momo's laptop safe until she can deliver it to Ryoko. Faced with getting past a dog, Yuko obtains a new Crisis Management transformation that ultimately proves to be pointless.
6"Courage to Face the Future!! The Heavy Roller Won't Stop"
Transcription: "Asu e no Ketsui!! Omoi Kondara Tomaranai" (Japanese: あすへの決意!! 重いコンダラ止まらない)
August 15, 2019 (2019-08-15)
Lilith sends Yuko into Momo's subconscious, where she ends up tidying the dark muck surrounding her dreams. The next day, Momo comes down with a fever, so Yuko takes her back to her house to take care of her. When Yuko wipes some blood off of Momo's wrist and brings it home, she unknowingly breaks a seal on her house, giving Lilith the ability to speak through her statue. Losing some of her magical power as a result, Momo requests that Yuko help her protect the city.
7"The Pink Method!! The Wheel of Fate is a Round Tire!!"
Transcription: "Momoiro Mesoddo!! Marui Taiya wa Unmei no Wa!!" (Japanese: 桃色メソッド!!丸いタイヤは運命の輪!!)
August 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)
Discovering that Yuko's actions have lifted the curse limiting their family to a tight monthly budget, the Yoshida family celebrate by holding an okonomiyaki party, only to find their fridge has broken down following a brief power cut. After recovering from her cold, Momo starts training Yuko to become stronger. Later, as Yuko takes on another part-time job as a character mascot, she ends up meeting another magical girl.
8"The Cursed Fruit!! Beware the Sour Mikan!!"
Transcription: "Norowareta Kajitsu!! Suppai Mikan ni Goyōjin!!" (Japanese: 呪われた果実!! すっぱいミカンにご用心!!)
August 29, 2019 (2019-08-29)
The magical girl, Mikan Hinatsuki, is called by Momo to assist her with Yuko's training. As Mikan makes plans to transfer to Yuko's school, it is revealed that she possesses a curse that causes misfortune on people around her whenever she gets flustered. Later, as Yuko begins training to use her Crisis Management form at will, she learns from Mikan that magical girls disappear if they use up all of their magic.
9"Final Exams!! Today I'm One of Those Brainy Demons!!"
Transcription: "Kimatsu Tesuto!! Kyō no Watashi wa Zunōha Mazoku!!" (Japanese: 期末テスト!! 今日の私は頭脳派まぞく!!)
September 5, 2019 (2019-09-05)
Wanting Momo to take her more seriously, Yuko proposes a friendly duel to determine who can score best on history during the final exams. Lilith offers to help Yuko cheat by giving her answer telepathically during the test, but Yuko ends up deciding against it, resulting in a fair and square loss. On another day, Mikan invites Yuko to see a horror movie with her to help her control her curse.
10"The Ancestor Evolves!! A Pair of Glasses Reflect Within a Dark Lab"
Transcription: "Gosenzo wa Shinka suru!! Megane ga Utsusu Ankoku Beya" (Japanese: ご先祖は進化する!! メガネが映す暗黒部屋)
September 12, 2019 (2019-09-12)
Yuko's occult-obsessed classmate, Sion Ogura, brings her and Momo to the Black Magic Studies Lab to try some experiments on Lilith's statue. With Momo's help, they create a small doll to serve as a temporary vessel for Lilith, albeit one that Momo can remotely control. Later, Ryo comes with Yuko to Momo's place, believing that Momo and Mikan have become Yuko's subordinates.
11"Diving into Dreams Once Again!! Break Through the Pink Defense Line"
Transcription: "Yume Dorīmu Futatabi!! Momoiro Bōeisen o Toppa Seyo" (Japanese: 夢ドリーム再び!! 桃色防衛線を突破せよ)
September 19, 2019 (2019-09-19)
Wanting to get Momo to open up to her, Yuko once again dives into her dream, but this time has to break through her outer defenses. Getting inside and meeting with Momo, who is fully aware, Yuko learns there is apparently a secret pertaining to her father in her house. After they both wake up, Seiko explains to them how Momo's sister Sakura interfered with the curse on their family to ensure Yuko would grow up healthy. She then reveals that Sakura sealed Yuko's father Joshua inside a cardboard box before disappearing ten years ago, leaving Momo conflicted.
12"Feelings to Convey!! A New Leap Forward for Demonkind!!"
Transcription: "Tsutaetai Omoi!! Mazoku Aratanaru Ippo!!" (Japanese: 伝えたい思い!! まぞく新たなる一歩!!)
September 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)
Chasing after Momo after she runs off, Yuko proposes that she quit being a magical girl and become her vassal so she can search for Sakura. Deducing that she would become weaker as a result, Momo rejects the deal in favor of having Yuko help her search for Sakura, stating that she will only become Yuko's vassal if she can defeat her.

Reception[edit]

Gadget Tsūshin listed "Crisis Management!" and "Shamiko is a bad girl" in their 2019 anime buzzwords list.[16] Lynzee Loveridge and Kim Morrissy stated that the latter is technically a misquotation in spite of Momo's attitude towards Shamiko.[16]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ English episode titles taken from HIDIVE.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "The Demon Girl Next Door Official English Cast List (Press Release)". Sentai Filmworks. August 5, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
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  10. ^ "「まちカドまぞく」声優に千本木彩花、諏訪彩花ら4名追加、CM公開&イベントも". Natalie (in Japanese). June 21, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
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  12. ^ "Machikado Mazoku TV Anime Premieres in July". Anime News Network. April 26, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Cast Perform Opening, Ending Themes for Machikado Mazoku Comedy Anime". Anime News Network. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  14. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (July 4, 2019). "Sentai Filmworks Licenses The Demon Girl Next Door Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  15. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (August 27, 2020). "The Demon Girl Next Door Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
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