English: Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2014 to Mar 31, 2014
7 min. per episode
G - All Ages
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SynopsisThe 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!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Tonari no Seki-kun
Side story: Tonari no Seki-kun OVA
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Tonari no Seki-kun is probably the funniest anime show I've seen.
The episodes are short, maybe around 7 minutes long including the short opening and ending, but the plot is absolutely hilarious.
Seeing the class shenanigans just brightens my day.
Each episode focuses on another way Seki-kun/Yokoi kills time by doing some crazy activity in class, and it's always hilarious and creative. Also, they really made the good quality stories pretty compact, so you can feel really good after seeing an episode after just like five minutes of watching. That's pretty nice especially when you are busy.
The art is pretty nice. The art serves its purpose. It isn't like Attack on Titan or HD Movie quality art, but it makes everything that happens look absolutely hilarious. Their style is really funny, and the show uses the art to really make at least me laugh really hard.
The sound osts are actually really good. They've had different ones every episode, with some recurring osts. But the osts have just been getting with each passing episode. They're surprisingly good and funny since they're pretty redonkulous at times.
The characters are well-done and hilarious. Seki and Yokoi appear in every episode, but we sometimes get some other people who appear. Their personalities are hilariously well-done, and they have a great chemistry that makes the show really fun to watch.
This is up there along with my favorite shows of the season like Kuroko's Basketball and Kill la Kill, but I'm giving this an 11/10 just because it's so short. This is the first show with short episodes that I've liked so much. So it gets an 11/10 because I only need 5 minutes to feel as good as when I take 22-24 minutes to watch an episode of Kuroko's Basketball or Kill la Kill. It's really funny and I recommend it highly.
This is a funny show. It's probably the funniest show of this Winter season. Yes, perhaps Nisekoi is about as funny, but it takes a full 22 minutes for it to really make me laugh as hard.
So I recommend that everyone gives at least episode 1 a chance, and hopefully episode 2 as well. It'll only take like 10 minutes of your time to do that, so you might as well try it.
I really like this show, and see that it has a very unique style and haven't seen anything like this done before. Anyway, try this show, because I'm pretty sure you don't even need to watch anime at all to enjoy this one and think that this show is absolutely hilarious. read more
Tonari no Seki kun is the anime of the season - absolute fact. There simply hasn't been anime like it in history. To take as simple a setting as it and make it this funny is the work of either a genius or a someone who actually spent middle school doing this. I imagine that if Takagi from Bakuman would write a gag manga like this. Simple, ingenious, hilarious - those are the words that describe Tonari no Seki-kun best. I think it is one of the most original animes and thus manga ever made.
There isn't really one. A somewhat serious but easily swayed middle school girl called Yokoi is constantly distracted by the games a boy named Seki-kun (this is probably a pun as Seki means seat and the title is the Seki-kun next to me) audaciously plays in the middle of classes. Seki kun also doesn't talk, EVER, so Yokoi provides a running commentary of what on earth he does. The games themselves are both elaborate, clever and fun. And it isn't just games but just anything distracting that doesn't have anything to do with class, like cats. The humor of the series of course comes from Seki's fun but more so from Yokoi's reaction to him and occasionally him to her reaction. In the manga the setting also leaves the classroom and adds more characters for added hilarity.
This is a 6 and a bit show so it really isn't made like Fate/Zero but comedies don't need animation as much as action shows do so this is good enough for it. I also like the lack of blatantly moe or bishounen characters in it. The kids look normal, Yokoi's grandmother hair style and color aside.
Love both the OP and ED, they maybe only 45 seconds long each but like Seki's games they are extremely distracting, in a good way. Since Seki doesn't really talk his seiyuu, this is one job Hiro Shimono won't make much money off. Yokoi's seiyuu, the ever popular Kana Hanazawa, thus carries the series. Her portrayal of a normal middle school girl who is as easily interested and angered by Seki is spot on. Her comedic, cute and angry facets are all perfect for the usually mild mannered Yokoi.
I think every boy has at some point in time at school played games on their desks, though none have ever taken it Seki's level or done so as many times. I easily remember building castles from stationary so I'm sure other people have done stuff like that. To take that relatable fun and take it the next level, or next universe, is the genius of Seki-kun.
But despite being the titular character he isn't the protaganist. That is Yokoi, it's through her that we have the observer status because just like her we are as bewildered by Seki's fun. Yokoi is also clearly a very well rounded girl. She wants to study but just like any girl would get distracted by the absurdity of Seki. So boys, do something like this and the girl in the next seat will clearly notice. Might be a good ice breaker.
This is crazy comedy, another level in gags and for that is hilarious. If you like short fun that Seki is for you.
I really do wish Tonari no Seki kun had full 24 minute episodes with four gags, perhaps connected together like Minami Ke. It would have been hilarious, a heroine of fun. I'd rather watch that than play GTA. I'm sure I'm not the only one. read more
similar school setting where students just do short episodes of random things.
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.
Expect random comedy, humorous dialogues, and in general, stories made out of arbitrary daily life events. Nichijou and Tonari no Seki-kun are anime series that follows an episodic format with no direct or linear storyline. The stories are simple with gags and fun. They both take place in a school life setting. The main characters from both series creates a comical environment with slice of life attributes.
Random short stories of few minutes that (for Nichijou: mostly) take place in school.
Tonari no Seki-kun features one story per episode, Nichijou features multiple stories in one episode, sometimes even split up into multiple parts featured on different episodes. However, Nichijou episodes are ~three times longer.
The overall setting, feeling and humor is very similar, so If you like either of these, you'll love the other.
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.
How are they similar? Both are very creative and funny! Both show are mainly random and are just to make you laugh. At times, Gintama has some serious time which is awesome! If you like randomness and comedy, you will just love both of these anime.
Opening Theme"Meiwaku Spectacle (迷惑スペクタクル)" by Kana Hanazawa
Ending Theme"Set Them Free" by Akira Jimbo (神保 彰)
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