Tonari no Seki-kun: a time-killer…literally…

Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time
Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

Rumi Yokoi, a diligent student, finds her class life turned upside-down when her next-door desk mate “Seki” begins to play by himself at his desk in class. Although Yokoi is irked by Seki’s distracting antics, she finds herself being drawn into the intricate games he plays… (Adapted from ANN)

I really enjoyed the first few episodes of this series. Some of the ways that Seki went about killing time in class were really quite innovative and amazingly detailed, and it was amusing seeing Yokoi shoot herself in the foot by investing herself in his crazy pastimes. It was also quite informative about the work that seiyuu do, because Shimono Hiro voiced Seki, despite not having a single word of dialogue over the course of the entire series. His work for this series was comprised just of all the other sounds that seiyuu have to make to make a character sound real: breathing, gasping, smirking etc etc. Sometimes, I really wonder what he and Hanazawa Kana (Yokoi) thought about that work balance!

After a while though, Seki’s antics and Yokoi’s reactions started feeling a little bit repetitive to me. Gag-manga and the anime that they are based on really need to find either new gags, or else find innovative ways to recycle their favourite gags in order to make them seem fresh. As is the case with comedy, they typically succeed at this for some people, but not for others. Unfortunately for me, even though my favourite episode of the entire series was the penultimate one, I fell in the latter group. In short, it was kinda fun the first time through…but I’m probably never watching this one again.

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To be frank, my favourite part of this series was probably the ending and ending sequence!

About karice
MAG fan, freelance translator and political scientist-in-training. I also love musicals, travel and figure skating!

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