Stephanie Reviews Tonari no Seki-kun

Show: Tonari no Seki-kun — Genre: Comedy — Episodes: 21

Hello everyone! This week I’m going to be reviewing Tonari no Seki-kun となりの関くん (My Neighbor Seki), also called Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time. Based on the manga of the same name that started in 2010, the show was released weekly from January through May of 2014. Each of the 21 episodes is a mere 8 minutes long, including opening and ending themes; however, they are packed full of delightful moments that will stay with you well after the episode is over.

In it, we follow Yokoi Rumi, a normal girl simply trying to pay attention in class from the back row. She constantly struggles with trying not to be distracted by her classmate, Seki Toshinari, who sits in the very back corner of the room, near the window, out of sight of their teacher. The episodes deal almost exclusively with these two, although there are a few other passing characters here and there. Instead of paying any attention in class whatsoever, Seki is constantly using banned materials to create his own entertainment.

From an elaborate domino chain reaction that Yokoi is certain will end in an explosion to an intricately crafted driving school for his tiny RC car to run through, it becomes impossible for Yokoi to look away. There are paper sumo matches, Shogi vs. Chess piece battles, a robot family picnic. The show certainly does not lack creativity. She cannot help but narrate the activities on his desk in her own mind (to the audience) and becomes completely consumed by her classmate’soutlandish behavior. Of course, if anyone gets caught acting strangely, it is inevitably Yokoi, despite her best efforts to stay focused on the lesson.


I started this series as something to watch while I was waiting for my simulcast shows to get posted, but I ended up seeking it out for its own sake. It’s clever, original, and makes a ton of references to Japanese popular culture. Personally, I kept a browser tab open so I could look things up as they became relevant. The show references a lot of unfamiliar cultural practices, but skims over them in a way that wasn’t off-putting. Throughout the season, I felt very engaged in the story. For instance, I didn’t know all the rules to Shogi, but when an episode came up revolving around the game pieces, I didn’t feel alienated by my lack of knowledge. I felt included in Seki’s subversive playtime during class. The whole season made me feel like I was part of someterrific secret. I learned a lot about day to day social life for middle schoolers in Japan without the typical slice of life drama that comes with most of the shows I’ve watched focused on that age group.All in all, I give Tonari no Seki-kun 8 out of 10 Golden Tanukis. It was super entertaining, gave me more than one good chuckle, and I (rather unexpectedly) even learned a few things. You can watch it here-> http://www.crunchyroll.com/tonari-no-seki-kun-the-master-of-killing-time Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review, I hope you enjoyed it!

Stephanie is a UF alumnus who enjoys baking, reading, cats, and the internet. Also anime. OK mostly anime. 

Update From Meeting 9.25.14

Hello!
So just a friendly reminder to sign up for the Lake Wauberg trip. It’s next Saturday so make sure to be there!
Also, here’s what we did last meeting in case you missed it.
Robert did his Go panel which was really cool cause if you don’t know anything about Go now you know a lot, and it’s a really interesting again. Like did you know they used to have schools dedicated especially to Go? Yeah, well that was in his panel. If you wanna learn more message him or check out his links from his panel, Exploring the Art of Go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Go Igo!: The short go lessons aired at the end of Hikaru no Go episodes

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGwPH2L0osseqPo70AcXEgDgnRbMTT7EI


I had the member’s choice for this week. It’s K-On which is a super great show that you should watch, and I’m definitely not biased at all. Here’s some info: http://myanimelist.net/anime/5680/K-On! and here’s the episodes: http://www.hulu.com/k-on You can also watch it somewhere else without commercials.
We watched more Angel Beats:
Episode 7: http://www.crunchyroll.com/angel-beats/episode-07-alive-601711
Episode 8: http://www.crunchyroll.com/angel-beats/episode-08-dancer-in-the-dark-601713
Watch more Jojo’s:
Episode 7: http://www.animeplus.tv/jojos-bizarre-adventure-episode-7-online
Episode 8: http://www.animeplus.tv/jojos-bizarre-adventure-episode-8-online

Update From Meeting 9.18.2014

Konban wa, otakus!!!!
To catch you up if you missed the last meeting:
WAUBERG! Make sure you sign up, especially if you have a car so you can drive people. You can sign-up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a88BgDCu5b6s4suUwZKS_fZeH6kcuWuxcEmC8VB6tK0/edit#gid=0
T-Shirt Contest! Winning design is below. Congrats Ariel! You can check out more of her work here: https://www.facebook.com/SakanaArts And thanks everyone else who participated! I wish we could have shirts with all of the designs. There were some truly amazing ones this year. So proud. :,)

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The panel was Sonic! Derek covered the game and the different shows. To learn more, you can go to the links: Sonic.wikia.com, info.sonicretro.org, tvtropes.org and youtube.com to delve further into the world of Sonic.
Next week’s panel will be Exploring the Art of Go with Robert! Yeah! Go!
This week’s members choice was pretty funny. It’s called Hoozuki no Reitetsu, and you can watch it at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/hozuki-no-reitetsu and learn more here:http://myanimelist.net/anime/20431/Hoozuki_no_Reitetsu
This week we watched two more episodes of Angel Beats:
Episode 5: http://www.crunchyroll.com/angel-beats/episode-05-favorite-flavor-601707
Episode 6: http://www.crunchyroll.com/angel-beats/episode-06-family-affair-601709
This week’s Jojo’s:
Episode 5: http://www.animeplus.tv/jojos-bizarre-adventure-episode-5-online
Episode 6: http://www.animeplus.tv/jojos-bizarre-adventure-episode-6-online

That’s all for now! Hope you have a great weekend!

T-Shirt Contest

T-Shirt ContesT-shirt contestt!!!!
Are you talented at drawing? Do you suck at drawing but still love to draw? Do you have a really good idea for a design for the anime club shirt? Are you sick of shirts of children in onesies and ready to make a change?

THEN DRAW A SHIRT DESIGN AND ENTER THE T-SHIRT CONTEST.

WINNERS GET A FREE COPY OF THE SHIRT WITH THEIR DESIGN ON IT AND GET TO SEE EVERYONE ELSE WEAR A SHIRT THAT THEY DESIGNED. (You get major bragging rights.)

You can use up to four colors, but one of them has to be white. The shirt will be on a black background. It has to say Gator Anime somewhere on it. No children in onesies.

YOU MUST HAVE THEM IN BY MIDNIGHT SEPTEMBER 17TH SO GET STARTED PRONTO.

You can send them in to gatoranime@gmail.com. Good luck and may the best design win.

Update from meeting of 9/11/2014

Hello everyone!
If you missed the last meeting, here’s a summary.
We talked about Maid Café! If you’d like to do Maid Café, you need to have the commitment to attend every meeting (unless you have a big test or some other engagement that requires you miss a meeting). Maids will have to attend the meetings to sew their dresses as well. Butlers have to provide their own clothes.
There will be a mandatory meeting coming up this Thursday, the 18th at 5 p.m. so make sure to be there or notify Lisha that you want to be in Maid Café if you cant attend or want more information.
If you’re interested in helping make the hologram videos for the Vocaloid concert, you should talk to Chan. During the meeting, we covered a little bit about how to make the videos and what they look like after they’re finished.
The member’s choice for this week was Katanagatari.
Here’s a synopsis: http://myanimelist.net/anime/6594/Katanagatari and some info.
You can watch it online, here:http://www.nwanime.com/katanagatar/anime/1692/
We watched more Angel Beats:
Episode 3: http://www.crunchyroll.com/angel-beats/episode-03-my-song-601703
Episode 4: http://www.crunchyroll.com/angel-beats/episode-04-day-game-601705
And more Jojo’s:
Episode 3: http://www.animeplus.tv/jojos-bizarre-adventure-episode-3-online
Episode 4: http://www.animeplus.tv/jojos-bizarre-adventure-episode-4-online

And remember to turn in your t-shirt designs!

Review of Meeting 6/4/2014 and What to Expect for Next Week

Hello friends,
For those of you who came to the meeting yesterday, thank you and we’re so glad you were able to show up. For those who couldn’t make it, there’s always next meeting or the events.

What to expect for next week:
Panel on Vocaloid Hologram Concert, Maid Cafe and SwampCon!
Members choice: A surprise
More Angel Beats and Jojo’s.

So here’s a run down of the meeting:
We went over the rules, what the club does, etc.

We had an awesome icebreaker game during which we all failed to recognize obvious anime characters.

We got pizza and watched the first two episodes of Angel Beats. If you missed it, you can catch up here:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/angel-beats/episode-01-departure-601699
http://www.crunchyroll.com/angel-beats/episode-02-guild-601701

We watched the first two episodes of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Watch here:
http://www.animeplus.tv/jojos-bizarre-adventure-episode-1-online
http://www.animeplus.tv/jojos-bizarre-adventure-episode-2-online
(or buy it legally somewhere)

And that’s all for now folks. Make sure to show up at the SwampCon general meeting Monday at 7:oo p.m. in Turlington Hall 1105 if you’re interested in that.