I’m so excited to have you back at GrimmGirl! Knowing so many people enjoy reading what I post is a great feeling. Thank you once again for taking time out of your day to hang out here. Speaking of time today we review Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time.
This is a short anime, every episode is only seven minutes long. There’s also only 21 episodes so the irony is that if you’re trying to kill time yourself this is only good for 2 hours and 45 minutes. You can binge the whole series in a day and still have time to crank out some other shows.
Each episode focuses on the same plot. Yokoi is a high school student who has been assigned to sit next to Seki. She has big dreams of buckling down and focusing on her studies but no matter how hard she tries she can’t tune out Seki’s antics for killing time during class. Some students may be content quietly doodling in their notebook or spacing out while looking out the window but not Seki! They don’t call him the master for nothing. Each of his time wasting techniques are throughly thought out and he never does a repeat performance. From creating a full service post office at his desk to incredible magic tricks how is Yokoi supposed to ignore this?! And why does nobody else seem to notice but her?
Okay I know that this doesn’t provide a lot of viewing time but every minute is worth it! You can’t help but watch episode after episode because they’re all just so over the top and funny. This is the type of show where the formula never changes. You know that the characters are always going to be at school, that Seki is going to have some elaborate thing to waste time, and that the teachers will never notice. So what’s the draw?
First off just watching what Seki comes up with is always interesting, the kid is creative! But the second thing and the biggest thing is watching how Yokoi reacts to the situations. She always ends up being drawn in and her reactions are so funny. The way they play off of each other is hilarious. Which is saying something because while you hear Yokoi’s thoughts Yokoi and Seki never actually speak to each other. There are gestures and looks but words never take place. So they way that the creators have developed a relationship between the two without dialogue is actually pretty brilliant.
This a great show to just chill too. The plot is simple and it doesn’t take a lot to follow along with the story so it’s a great show for when you’re mentally exhausted and you just want to zen out. The fact that the comedy is well done is a bonus. I really which there was more to this show! I think Yokoi is one of my favorite characters after watching this. She is just so funny! Watching her get more carried away than Seki is the highlight of the show and a part of you has to wonder if that’s not always Seki’s intentions.
Give this show a shot! This is a weird one to review it showcases a particular brand of humor so if it isn’t your brand you’ll probably just think this show is dumb. If your humor is similar to mine though it will be a lot of laughs! I’ve never really paid attention to anime with short episode times like this but after this I think I’m going to start seeking them out. I’m so impressed with creators that can get you hooked on a show using just 7 minutes. Less when you really think of it because you have to take away the intro and outro song time.
Do you have any short episode anime recommendations? Comment below!