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