First Impressions: Tonari no Seki-kun


Good shorts have this strange problem that when you watch them you want more.  However you know deep down that they would probably be terrible at full length.  Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time may be one of those cases where you want a full length show, however it’s just perfect as a short.

In class, Rumi Yokoi sits next to Toshinari Seki.  Although Seki never talks, he has a bad habit of doing the most elaborate things on his desk to pass the time.  Rumi of course finds this very distracting and tries her hardest to stop him without disturbing class.

Trailer-Tonari-no-Seki-kunThis show is a literal gem.  The elaborate things that Seki pulls off are just classic.  On the other hand Rumi’s retorts and reactions are just priceless.  Half the time I don’t know which is more funny, the odd things Seki creates out of his head, or how much Rumi blows it out of proportion.

The setting never feels awkward, in fact it adds to the enjoyment as you remind yourself just what Rumi is going through.  Just what would you do if your neighbor in class was setting up domino on the desk to a grand finale firecracker!

The humor is clean, the artwork is fine, and the premise is arguably genius.  There’s plenty of laughs to be had and it takes but minutes to watch.  There’s no reason not to check it out.






  • Fun Concept
  • Excellent narration


  • Losing sight of concept

First Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

Co-Founder of and Co-Host of the OtakuSpirit Animecast. Chris has been a fan of anime for over 20 years. Once amassing a huge collection of DVDs during the DVD boom, he's consumed hundreds of shows and isn't looking to stop any time soon.