Quick Thoughts on Tonari no Seki-kun

Tonari no Seki-kun - 03 - Large 08

…It’s awesome. Nuff said. ūüôā

Tonari%20no%20Seki-kun%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2007 Tonari%20no%20Seki-kun%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2019

What you have to keep in mind before picking this series up is that it’s extremely formulaic and short. With only 7 minutes per episode and a setting that’s mostly restricted to two desks, the comedy follows a very basic pattern throughout. Yokoi sees her eccentric neighbor Seki goof off with some form of board game or school utensil and slowly gets dragged into his antics despite trying to pay attention in class. It never strays from this formula and it’s the only source of comedy the show has to offer.

Tonari no Seki-kun - 07 - Large 02 Tonari no Seki-kun - 08 - Large 10

However, the way they utilize this simple formula is nothing more than comedic genius. Part of why this formula works is the simple fact that anything can happen, and anything is more interesting than the school lecture. While many times they use game pieces or toys, other times they use whatever they can find for creative purposes. And rather than try emphasizing the mundane to grab attention, they turn the mundane into something fascinating. Where else can I see shogi pieces being used to re-enact historical drama, rebuilding an eraser into a named stamp, or regulating class notes via miniature post office?

Tonari%20no%20Seki-kun%20-%20OP%20-%20Large%2003 Tonari%20no%20Seki-kun%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2019

But what hooked me into the show more than the hijinks were these two leads. Seki¬†doesn’t say a single word, yet he portrays every aspect of a likeable troll purely through his actions. Yokoi may start out as a curious bystander, but she quickly comes to marvel at his creative mind while¬†playing off his personality through her own mischief. The chemistry between these two not only meshes with the comedy, but their friendship becomes flat-out adorable. Seki has his moments when he genuinely wants to impress Yokoi, and she¬†acts like his girlfriend without even noticing it. It’s certainly not taken romantically, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they started making out in the future.

Tonari%20no%20Seki-kun%20-%2013%20-%20Large%2001

When I first heard this was out, I brushed it aside simply because these shorts haven’t appealed to me before(F#CK Inferno Cop and Teekyuu). However, this was that weekly dose of excellent humor that kept me hopeful for two seasons of anime. With creative use of school items and two characters I desperately want to be a couple,¬†Tonari no Seki-kun¬†is that rare gem of an anime I don’t want people to miss.

Advertisements

About theweirdman

I'm a long time follower of anime, and will continue to do so for years to come

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s