The Anime Series I finished in school!! Tonari no Seki-kun!!
Supposedly, anyway. I’m not in school anymore, and we are not allowed to bring electronic gadgets capable of storing and playing all 21 episodes of Tonari no Seki-kun in optimum condition. Without being caught, that is.
Anyway, if you’re bored and you wanna kill time, you can watch anime on favourite electronic device. But what if you’re in school? What if you’re working and your boss is staring daggers at everyone through his CCTV? What if you have absolutely nothing to do? Enter Seki-kun, a delinquent middle school student (I think) who doesn’t give a damn about class and goes through all sorts of trouble just to play in class. If you say, “That’s relatable and absolutely doable, so what’s so special?” Well, you’re wrong. Seki-kun is not just an expert in killing time, he’s a master in killing time!
Throughout the entire series, we are presented with all sorts of deliberate and exquisite stunts just to play and kill time!
For example, if you stuck in class and have completely nothing to do, you can bring your old Transformers or Gundam models and fool around all day!
Or, you could play chess with yourself! Or, maybe you would prefer shogi, a form of Japanese chess? Or, if you’re undecided, you can play…both!!! At the same time!!
In fact, you can reenact your favourite fight scene from your favourite game or anime with your food! The scene below is a reenactment of a massacre scene from the popular anime series Attack on Titan!! (Not quite, actually.)
If you do not have any toys, food, chess pieces or anything else you can waste your time on, well, why not play with your stationary? You can arrange your pencil-case, water bottle, mug, aquarium or whatever you can get your hands on into a drum set then start playing to the tune of your favourite music!
Seriously, though, killing time yourself is good and all, but watching others kill their time, is it enjoyable? It’s definitely not too enjoyable if you watch your classmate or colleague play with a pencil and eraser all day, is it not? But, fret not, Seki-kun is not just an expert in killing time, as I’ve mentioned earlier, he’s a master.
Tonari no Seki-kun, literally meaning, My neighbouring classmate, Seki-kun, is a short anime series consisting of 21 episodes, each being around 7 minutes and 30 seconds long, which means the total running time is 2 hours, 37 minutes and 30 seconds! This indicates that you can actually finish the series in 3 hours with time to spare! But, the question is, is it worth 3 hours of your time?
Tonari no Seki-kun is set up to be quite simple. Yokoi-san, one of the class’ most diligent students is trying to concentrate on the lesson. However she is always distracted by Seki, the class delinquent and in her efforts to ignore him or even tell him off, she always gets the short end of the stick.
In almost every aspect, Tonari no Seki-kun is only so-so. It’s not the most entertaining slice-of-life anime, nor the most entertaining, nor does it have the most original idea, nor does it have the most memorable characters. It isn’t even the shortest, losing out to a certain “Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen”. So what’s so special?
Before I started watching this anime, I’ve read so many rave reviews about it, saying it’s a very great comedy anime series or something like that, even among my friends, some told me about it and said it was good. So, I decided to check it out. As it turned out, it wasn’t as great as everyone said in it. There were multiple faults that I can detect. For one, it was too repetitive at times and it was too inconsistent. Some episodes were quite funny while some left me dazed and some even made me feel sleepy. But that’s fine, because why the hell should I care?
In a short anime series, the main purpose of the series is to entertain and not to take care of technical things and stuff. If this was a regular 12 episode series, or even a 24-episode series, I would have panned it already for being whatever it is. But in this anime, even if it’s a waste of time, how much time can it possibly waste? 3 hours? Even so, its main purpose is to kill your time, which basically means it’s purpose is to waste your time!! The plot doesn’t go really anywhere, there’s no character development and most importantly, you don’t get anything out of it!
Can you possibly learn how to kill time from this anime? No, you don’t need to be taught that! Is there any deep philosophical meaning to this anime? No, it’s just that. In fact, it’s like junk food. It has no nutritional value, it just fills your stomach and makes you fat. But, so what?!
“When I feel like it, I’ll eat it.” – Mr. I-don’t-give-a-flying-f***
It’s junk food and tidbits in the form of anime. So, is it worth your time? Is junk food worth your time? Is it even something worth thinking about?
Just pop it in your mouth, dammit!
Until my next post, sayonara.
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