Disappointing. I can think of no better way to start than with the word disappointing. It reflects both how I feel about this weeks episode and how Shin-Ei Animation are going about adapting Tonari no Seki-kun. This weeks episode was not bad. Something can be disappointing without being bad. I can not stress that enough.
I am sure there are a few people who thoroughly enjoyed Seki’s desk-bound shenanigans this week. These are the same people who have not read the manga, though. Now, you may be asking yourself what that has to do with anything. “Perhaps he is saying Shin-Ei Animation are being unfaithful to the original script”. Well, I have little reason to keep it a mystery so do not dwell on it.
My expression when I realized which chapter they were covering.
This episode covered chapter three. It has been a while since I started reading Tonari no Seki-kun so I did not realize that episodes one and two covered chapters one and two respectively. With episode three having covered chapter three it is all but an absolute that this adaption will cover chapters one through twenty-one. In case you did not know, there are only going to be twenty-one episodes. Now, I have probably left you with another question, though you may have already figured out what my beef is with how Shin-Ei Animation are adapting Tonari no Seki-kun.
With a short like Tonari no Seki-kun, referring both to the manga and the anime, it is either hit or miss. The first twenty-one chapters certainly does not reflect the twenty-one best chapters of the manga. However, because Shin-ei Animation have decided, for whatever reason, to animate the manga following the chapter releases we are left watching Takuma Morishige’s early works.
Now, that is not to say that the earlier chapters do not have their gems, but I can not help but feel it is simple laziness to animate the manga this way. There are plenty of chapters, such as chapter three, that do not deserve to be animated over later chapters.
Content with the substandard.
I really have nothing good to say about this weeks episode. With the realization that we are only going to see chapters one through twenty-one, I really can not muster any kind of enthusiasm for the future of this series. I had at least hoped to enjoy the surprise of each weeks gag, but knowing they are following the chapter releases just deadens that excitement.
I will still be watching next weeks episode, albeit with a little less perk.
It is always nice to see something niche you followed become “mainstream”. Now, the reason I put that in quotation marks is because there is a good chance you have never seen Tonari no Seki-kun. You may have never even heard of it. Until now that is. I am not going to mince words when I say watch Tonari no Seki-kun. The episodes are only six minutes long. I am sure that you can make room for that in your very busy schedule.
Now, I understand why some might shy away from shorts like Tonari no Seki-kun. They are short. Nobody likes short things: short people, short tempers, short dic… I will save that joke for when I am talking about Seitokai Yakuindomo*. It would appear that a short like Tonari no Seki-kun would have little to offer.
Appearances can be deceiving, however, though not in this case. There is not much to Tonari no Seki-kun. That is not just because it is six minutes long – we are going to exclude the OP and ED – but because of the inherent shoestring budget that goes along with being a short. However, just because Tonari no Seki-kun will not enrapture you does not mean you should not watch it. You will laugh. What else could you ask for?
Yokoi not paying attention in the middle of class.
I really feel for Seki. Every day he comes to class and every day his neighbor, Yokoi, is breathing down his neck over his unique approach to the days lesson. I could not make out exactly what he was doing, but I could very clearly see Yokoi ignoring the lesson. She should really learn to concentrate. That aside, or rather, focusing entirely on that, I am disappointed that Yokoi did not get busted this episode. I have always been a stickler for that type of humor. While that is not to say that I did not enjoy Seki’s escapades this week, the cherry on the top would have been Yokoi being yelled at by the teacher.
I mean, after having defiled the sacred battleground Seki built she would have definitely deserved it. I believe we are all in agreement when I say her belligerent assault of the Gold King General shows a very dark persona hiding beneath that silvery haired facade. I am truly concerned for the continued success of Seki’s studies what with having the misfortune of having Yokoi as a neighbor. Today it was the Gold King General, who knows who it will be tomorrow?
Truly, he was as a god was.
My worries aside, while I am already caught up with the manga I am eager for next weeks episode. Despite everything I said at the beginning of this post, I had actually ignored Tonari no Seki-kun when it first began to air. I felt that given it was a gag manga, the anime really would fall flat what with me already knowing all the jokes. What I did not think of was the difference sound makes. The epic pieces accompanying Seki’s escapades are just too perfect and something the manga could, obviously, never hope to do.
Looking towards the future, the only thing I hope for is that Yokoi starts paying attention in class.