Ranked #1012

Tonari no Seki-kun

Alternative Titles

English: Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time
Japanese: となりの関くん


Type: TV
Episodes: 21
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2014 to May 26, 2014
Premiered: Winter 2014
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, School, Seinen
Duration: 7 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.701 (scored by 30,065 users)
Ranked: #10122
Popularity: #729
Members: 57,620
Favorites: 178
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The original manga revolves around a girl named Yokoi who sits next to a boy only known as Seki-kun. During class, Seki-kun continues to not pay attention and instead creates amazing little distractions, such as a detailed golf course with the course's hole being a dent in his desk, or an entire dramatic war being played out by paper shogi pieces. Yokoi often finds herself getting reluctantly interested in his games, even though they always seem to end up getting HER in trouble with the teacher!

(Source: ANN)


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Seki, Toshinari
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Shimono, Hiro
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Yokoi, Rumi
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Hanazawa, Kana
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Gotou, Sakurako
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Sato, Satomi
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Nakama, Yuu
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Shitara, Mami
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Mutou, Yuuji
Mutou, Yuuji
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Theme Song Performance
Mizuki, Ichirou
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Inserted Song Performance
Shiratori, Emiko
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Inserted Song Performance

More episodes Episodes(1/21)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Dominos
Domino (ドミノ)
Jan 6, 2014

Opening Theme

"Meiwaku Spectacle (迷惑スペクタクル)" by Kana Hanazawa

Ending Theme

#1: "Set Them Free" by Akira Jimbo (神保 彰) (eps 1-9, 11-21)
#2: "Set Them Free 〜Another Version〜" by Akira Jimbo (神保 彰) (ep 10)

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May 25, 2014
Creativity, a simple word that inspires so much innovative ideas from anyone, anywhere, anytime. What inspires creativity varies but for a young boy named Toshinari Seki, he takes it to astronomical levels that goes far beyond what you may be used to seeing at school. As a master of killing time, Seki lives up his reputation of such a title. For a 7-minute anime series, there’s so much attention Seki can attract towards its audience.

When it comes to killing time, you would do something inventive, something creative, or anything that will prevent you from saying along the lines of ‘it’s so boring, there’s nothing read more
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Sep 4, 2015
Tonari no Seki-kun : The master of killing time
So, exactly as the title of this anime
Or they should Yokoi wants to know all her next-seat classmate is doing? ╲(。◕‿◕。)╱
Well, it really worked pretty well for me.. For killing time
So, what's the best time for watching this?
When you're resting from doing your homework, waiting for someone/something, while eating snacks, when your TV at commercial break (Don't watch it before you sleep, because you won't sleep after 1 episode )
Ok here's a thing if you didn't notice
It's a 7-8mins short anime or 1/3 time of the usual anime (1 min+ for OP&ED)

Why I recommend this?
First the read more
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Sep 26, 2015
Ah, Tonari no Seki-kun or as in English, The Master of Killing Time is a rather short series with quite the amount of episodes. The show is about a girl (Rumi Yokoi) who sits a few inches away from Seki-kun, the master of killing time in multiple classes and narrates his actions as she watches him goof off. I admit it sounds incredibly boring to watch, but after getting 3 to 4 episodes in I was actually genuinely interested in what Seki-kun was going to pull out of his bag. Yokoi (and a few other characters) over exaggerate everything Seki-kun does which honestly makes the read more
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Jul 29, 2014
Remember this show? Two months have passed since the short series came to a close which was bittersweet after it became something I really looked forward to weekly. It's premiere from early Winter was overshadowed by numerous series such as the highly anticipated Space Dandy, the popular Noragami along with the highly favored RomCom in Nisekoi. But one of the highlights as a avid fan of anime is discovering a diamond in the rough, a series that looks nothing but ordinary at first glance but later discover it's something truly remarkable and worthwhile. After the end of each episode, there is three words that always read more
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Both shows entertain with frivolous and random comedy. Nichijou has full episodes and more characters while Seki is shorter and, so far, focuses on only two people. 
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The over-the-top execution of an absurd situation is carried out the extreme in both Tonari and Gintama. The Tonari manga has better artwork. 
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Both are hilarious gag anime with school setting. In both series characters come up with very ingenious and, well above all, rediculous ideas.
If you liked one check the other, too! 
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Anime: Tonari no Yarou
Both are about a man/girl who has an annoying neighbour who only plays around all the time. He/she always tries to stop him but only ends up mixed in the nighbours games. Both have short episode(s). While Tonari no Seki-kun is setted in school, Tonari no Yarou is setted in town. 
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Both are lighthearted, slice of life comedies. There is a lot more to Gin no Saji as far as plot and characters, but I think their sense of humor is very similar. But I think if you like Tonari no Seki-kun, you will definitely enjoy Gin no Saji as well.  
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