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Tonari no Seki-kun – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「迷惑スペクタクル」 (Meiwaku Supekutakuru) by 横井るみ CV:花澤香菜 (Yokoi Rumi CV: Hanazawa Kana)

「ドミノ」 (Domino)

With only 10 minutes to tell its story, Tonari no Seki-kun did a great job at capturing the essence of what made the manga such a joy to read. Be it the ridiculous situation humor or Yokoi always getting the short end of the stick, I was pleasantly surprised with what Shin-Ei and its adaptation.

Yokoi and Seki-kun

With the delicate and dramatic sounding Hanazawa Kana voicing the easily distracted Yokoi Rumi, it feels like a match made in heaven. Not only does her voice perfectly fit the white haired Yokoi but that trademark squeal of hers really does help sell the whole idea of “Am I really the only one who can see what Seki-kun is doing?!”

On the other hand, you have the silent Seki-kun (Who’s grunts are credited to Shimono Hiro) who’s rocking things up with something as simple as dominos. While I really want to question things like just how he smuggled in a mini mortar tube and why he’s carrying a crap ton of erasers, I’ll just let it slide since he did such a great job at hiding it all and getting Yokoi in trouble.


Seeing how this is the first thing you see in the manga, it’s not a big surprise that Shin-Ei would use this skit for the first episode. While I personally have never had the patience to setup elaborate domino patterns, I can only imagine how difficult it would be to do in class with a sensei just waiting to get all up in your face. Silly little jokes aside, the skit did a great job at introducing us to Seki-kun’s outrageous little games and showing us that as much as Yokoi wants to hide it, she loves getting involved too. Maybe if she was a bit more honest with herself, maybe she wouldn’t get into trouble?

10 Minutes of Pure Bliss

Even with a whole episode clocking in at 10 minutes (which I personally think is great), Tonari no Seki-kun really gains something moving over into the animated realm. Keeping things short and sweet, this show is perfect for anyone looking for a quick giggle. With a simple premise, liberal use of derpy-facial reactions, and Hanazawa Kana doing what she does best — what more could you ask for?

P.S. Big shout out to @stiltsoutloud for letting me hijack the way he does his posts. I’ve been thinking about picking up a few more shows and I really like how Stilts formats his posts. So with his blessing I tried coping his format — hope you liked it!


ED Sequence

ED: 「Set Them Free」 by 水木一郎 (Mizuki Ichirou)

January 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  • January 5, 2014 at 5:07 pmDualash

    I really love how Hanazawa portrayed Yokoi and the buildup to the dominoes XD

    P.S I think the Stilts format work because you can easily see what each section is about and it looks efficient; I like it.

  • January 5, 2014 at 5:09 pmplatinum

    Wish I could’ve built a miniature domino run on my desk in school. Or played drums on random crap at my desk.

    …it’s like nostalgia and wish fulfillment all in one show. XD

  • January 5, 2014 at 5:13 pmCarVac

    I’d been waiting for this one.

    They nailed it.

    I watched it twice.

    • January 5, 2014 at 5:44 pmRukia

      Three times.

  • January 5, 2014 at 5:25 pmzztop

    The Japanese title となりの関くん directly translates as ‘Seki-kun Beside Me’, where
    となり = beside to/next to(an object).

    • January 5, 2014 at 5:29 pmTakaii

      Yes, yes it does.


      • January 6, 2014 at 1:36 pmAnonymosity

        After the opening, I thought “it can’t get any better”. Then the episode itself happened. It got even better.
        But yes, I found the OP awesome.

        BTW, Seki-kun reminds me of School Rumble’s Karasuma-kun xD

      • January 6, 2014 at 1:56 pmAnonymosity

        Err, I don’t know how that post ended up there…
        It obviously isn’t a reply to anything…

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:05 pmjustin

    hahah, so cute

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:05 pmNecro

    being a huge fan of the manga, i was worried – for nothing it seems – how this would turn out. can’t wait for the next episode!

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:07 pmWanderer

    Good use of the Stilts format. I approve.

    Yokoi achieves significant levels of cute. But will this show be nothing but her suffering abuse from the teacher while Seki gets away with his antics? That’s good for a few gags, but I suspect I would start feeling that she’s getting picked on and get tired of it relatively quickly if it happens all the time.

    • January 5, 2014 at 6:40 pmCarVac

      Don’t worry, she gets back at him too.

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:47 pmkyurenjo

    One chapter per episode is not enough ;_;

    I want this to be full-length anime with say, 3 chapters each. :x

    • January 5, 2014 at 10:29 pminfo600

      I would’ve agree, but then if they only do 1 skit per episode, they can stretch this for quite a while (at least a year?)

  • January 5, 2014 at 6:51 pmMagoiichi

    This is one of the anime that fits the exceeds expectations for me. This first episode got me hooked. Seki antics are hilarious and watching Yokoi take the heat when trying to expose him is equally funny.

  • January 5, 2014 at 7:32 pmcutemi2


  • January 5, 2014 at 8:10 pmpahlavi5312

    I loved the Opening where Seki-kun tried to make an anime in his laptop at school! And she’s asking Yokoi to be a VA, how sweet. :)

  • January 5, 2014 at 9:12 pmDango

    I am definitely Seki-kun at my workplace just killing time only wish I had Rumi-chan.

  • January 5, 2014 at 9:24 pmAtalla Wanderer

    This show’s a keeper for sure. The more shorts I watch, the more I’m enjoying them, and willing to risk a handful of minutes on them. Pupipo’s not bad, either.

    Takaii, will you be watching this one?

  • January 5, 2014 at 9:29 pmRyuuzaki

    we need 1 hour episode of this series!!!

  • January 5, 2014 at 10:57 pminfo600

    Oh gosh, there’s so much trolling everywhere…


  • January 6, 2014 at 4:15 amSetsunah

    I need more~~

  • January 6, 2014 at 4:17 amthedarktower

    I really liked that.
    its length is a little longer than short-time anime. thus making it good enough because it’s not too short.
    it’s funny, relaxing and the atmosphere fits itself to this kind of series – sort of a sitcom.
    I really love the characters. Seki’s childishness bring out a lot of joy (like when he imagined the fireworks lol, it brings out the child inside me :P). and of course Hanazawa Kana voice is great to complete the scene with Yokoi’s character.

    great combination here in Tonari no Seki-kun and I think I am gonna enjoy this a lot more.

  • January 6, 2014 at 5:14 amNekomimineido

    I really love the manga, glad that this is being picked up! Also I’m shipping Yokoi and Seki..

    • January 6, 2014 at 5:41 amDangerism

      You can’t ship them, they’re the cutest non-couple in the world (if there is such a thing).

      • January 6, 2014 at 5:55 amNekomimimeido

        Well recent developments point to this direction especially on skits when
        Show Spoiler ▼

        Also, I’m waiting for the Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 6, 2014 at 12:17 pmAggron

    Already hilarious!

  • January 6, 2014 at 4:08 pmrandomstroller

    Will I hear KanaHana says a lot of “eeeeeeeh!?” and “heeeeee!?”? if so then nice

  • January 6, 2014 at 8:32 pmdeVacto

    i remind doraemon while i watch this
    nice ED

  • January 7, 2014 at 3:56 amSingerOfW

    Praise be to the king of games.

  • January 7, 2014 at 7:37 amyps

    I dropped watching it after ’10 min of Pure Bliss’ lol This boredness is killing me!

  • January 7, 2014 at 12:41 pmGinobi47

    The power of boredom!

    School does not teach us to shut up and listen to our teachers. It teaches us to be resourceful!

  • January 9, 2014 at 10:51 amDark

    I want to ship Yokoi and Seki. They just seem to work together.

  • January 10, 2014 at 12:31 amLQY

    That’s the best short anime in the year!

  • January 12, 2014 at 7:55 pmlegwkio

    The chemistry between Yokoi and Seki is strong. I like it.