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Tonari no Seki-Kun: Series Review
Posted by Anime Forum in Anime / Manga May 26, 2014 at 02:11:11 AM

Review: Creativity. Can one word describe an entire show? In Tonari no Seki-Kun standards, yes. Tonari no Seki-Kun is a family friendly anime that began airing in Winter 2014 and just recently finished a run of twenty-one 7-8 minute episodes which I am deeply sad to say. Though, the bright side? It created lasting memories and was one great ride!

Meet Seki, a young man who loves playing with a variety of gadgets during class and really never seems to have the attention span to pay attention, take notes, etc. How can a character be so interesting and funny when he never even speaks one word? Yes, Seki is a silent protagonist. Though, who needs actual words when you are as awesome as this guy? Now, is Seki our only protagonist? While he is easily one of the best anime males in recent history, a show like this without a second protagonist would feel weak and uninteresting. Enter Yokoi, a white haired female protagonist who just wants to pay attention in class and do well in her highschool career. Yokoi is often seen trying to study and take notes during class. Good work right? Is this the end? No. As annoyed as Yokoi gets from Seki's constant behavior, it is always obvious she is well interested in the stories given through Seki via his various toys. Well, Seki is the master at killing time tsundere Yokoi, and he easily earns an A+ at keeping his reputation.

The story in Tonari no Seki-Kun is very underwhelming, though going into a short skit anime like this expecting a story is shame on you. The fact is, not every anime needs a story to be good and Tonari no Seki-Kun further confirms that theory. For 21 episodes, OVA and two specials not yet released, the antics of Seki get more and more creative. Whether it be a robot family or goofing off with an eraser, Tonari no Seki-Kun never fails to amaze me. Seki is the next big thing in Japan. Fact. Children who know of him will look up to this young man, but lose hope now. He is the master, not you. The moral? Pay attention in class!

The artwork goes very well with what this anime aimed to be. Truth, its no NGNL in terms of visuals, but being a flawless work of visual was not the aim of Tonari no Seki-Kun. The artwork though was not the only good aspect besides the characters and premise. The soundtrack was also good, not memorable, but good. Going back to artwork for a quick moment, did you know visual elitists bash this anime for not having amazing visuals? Sure, the backgrounds are simplistic and the design for mostly every episode is a classroom, but bashing an anime like Tonari no Seki-Kun for the visuals presented sounds very inexperienced. The artwork works for this anime, understand?

7 minutes, allow me to remind you of this. In 7 minutes Tonari no Seki-Kun is as entertaining as Detroit Metal City. While more kid friendly, this is the next Detroit Metal City in terms of short anime quality. No crude humor and no fan service, Tonari no Seki-Kun did without. Good job Seki. Good job Yokoi.

In conclusion. Tonari no Seki-Kun is a must watch for any anime fan. I feel a classic is among us. Disagree with me? See you in 2024.

Rating: 8/10.

Next Review: Nisekoi

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