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Tonari no Seki-kun  
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Description
The boy who sits next to Yokoi in class, Seki-kun, is always up to something at his desk. He manages to somehow play very elaborate games without attracting the teacher's attention. From dominoes, to shogi, to go, to mecha models, to playing with cats and more, he always has something new to do. Yokoi often finds herself getting reluctantly interested in his games, even though they always seem to end up getting HER in trouble!

The manga was nominated in the 5th Manga Taisho Awards.

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Manga

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Associated Names
Мой сосед Секи-кун
となりの関くん
上课小动作
เพื่อนเกรียนข้างโต๊ะ
My Neighbor Seki-kun
Seki-kun
Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (292 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.5 / 10.0
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November 23rd 2014, 10:52am PST

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Year
2010

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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Flapper (Media Factory)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #291 increased(+110)
Monthly Pos #367 increased(+427)
3 Month Pos #915 decreased(-398)
6 Month Pos #330 decreased(-16)

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On 534 wish lists
On 38 unfinished lists
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I couldn't stop laughing   
Rating: N/A
by Anabiotic_Pineapple
June 7th, 2012, 8:11pm
I have no idea how this series is going to develop, but from the first two chapters alone I got a great laugh. The manga has this refreshing atmosphere and the art fits the series perfectly. The facial expressions are awesome as well.

It appears to be a class based slice of life and with the first two chapters there doesn't appear to be any hints of romance. In fact, based on the two chapters, I think it's safe to say that the two main characters are more antagonistic in their antics. Chapter length is short as well, but given the fact the plot isn't anything grand and it's focused on isolated events, it works well. It seems instead of trying to drag things out, each chapter is just as long as it should be.

With the first two chapters, it all appears to be the inner thoughts of the female character with a few whispered words to the male character, but he has yet to actually speak. I hope that in the future we get a peek at his head.
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The essence of short episodic gag manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by claudiofd
August 14th, 2013, 4:03pm
Now here's a manga that managed to surprise me. After reading the synopsis and the first chapter I thought to myself "Well, the idea is decent and it can provide for a couple of funny events, but the author is too restricted. He made a manga that is simply about a girl looking over to her class neighbor while he does weird things at his desk during class. Too restrictive, either the jokes start becoming dull soon or he changes the setting completely.". But the thing is: so far (32 chapters in) the author has managed to somehow squeeze his restrictive premise well enough to keep most jokes at least at the above-average level without breaking out of his initial setting too far (the most change up we got was a pool chapter and different classrooms and even though those are a minority, the essential premise is still there). That is impressive and commendable.

But (wouldn't have rated an 8 if there wasn't a "but") this is in itself something good and commendable and the manga's greatest weakness. The problem stands exactly in the point I mentioned before - the premise is too restrictive. The jokes - while generally good and considerably imaginative - are always constricted to the same formula, featuring the same 2 characters in a fairly similar setting. This limits the impact of the manga and the scale of the jokes. As time goes by, you notice that some jokes start to feel slightly blander and somewhat predictable. So far it hasn't been a major problem - and let me clarify I think this is a terrific gag series - but it has made it a bit more of an under-achiever than I wish it was and might prove to be a more serious concern in future chapters.

But leaving that aside and focusing not so much on what this manga could be, or might become and focusing on what it is right now and has been since chapter 1 I would say that it manages to capture very well the essence of the short gag series. A good rhythm with well-distributed jokes, featuring characters that are not unnecessarily developed but remain funny, enjoyable and even relatable to a fault, this manga manages to entertain and make you chuckle along the way and still has soul, portraying quite well the imaginative minds of our youth.

Overall I recommend this to any comedy fan.
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adorable and brillant :)   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
July 22nd, 2013, 9:08am
This manga is super funny and cute! Unique, not cliche at all. Made me smile, made me laugh... just so cute and positive. I love Seki-kun!

And I am not even a fan of gag manga.
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Great read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AmDnim
May 20th, 2013, 4:08am
Read this when you're bored with action, romance, ecchi and sliceoflife
Really lighthearted gag manga, nothing is stretched out (so far) and it's a situaion where most of us can relate viz. mucking around in school
Really is a treat to read
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Adorable and terribly funny   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by bakerygirl
January 29th, 2014, 5:14am
I didn't expect the manga to be what it actually is. I expected it to contain at least some scenes or chapters not pertaining to seki kun's elaborate games, which include playing darts with his legs and a teddy on an expedition, to name a few. God, was i wrong! The chapters revolve around seki kun's games and yokoi san's inability to stay out of them. I have to say though, the mangaka has been wondefully innovative with the games he has come up with.

My one problem with this manga would be that the above feature makes the characters too plain because there is little to no character development. I enjoy the manga for its gags, but this redeeming feature may prove to destructive in the long run. Well, we'll just have to see.

... Last updated on January 29th, 2014, 5:14am
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Slowly developing but it's developing   
Rating: N/A
by noobzilla
April 6th, 2014, 3:27am
This is an amazingly fun and creative manga. It's episodic and the lack of continuity can put you off if you aren't paying attention to the small developments between Seki and Rumi. But I suggest sticking to it,

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Rumi has so far been in Seki's room, got in good graces with his sister and then his mother, but Seki has no idea about either of these. Rumi is the only one who is aware of Seki's pecularities, especially the running robot family gag.


Btw. I bet Seki-kun grew up to become Orihara Izaya.

... Last updated on April 12th, 2014, 12:07am
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Adorably cute   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pacific.Mint
January 27th, 2014, 12:01pm
I laughed in every chapter. It's just so amazing how they can understand each other without a word spoken. Throughout 46 chapters, the male lead, Seki, didn't speak a word, he was silent the whole time, and yet Yokoi was able to understand what he was doing and feeling. They're made for each other it's perfect. I'm a sucker for couples that have a connection that goes beyond words. At this stage, there's no romance per se, but I'm expecting it to develop later in the plot. I hope the author will actually develop the characters and don't just drag the series out just for length's sake.
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I agree with everyone below   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by bull3thole
July 29th, 2014, 6:33am
I like the innovation for this manga but I agree with people that commented below. I like that the author is creative, but there aren't much room for development between the characters because it is an episodic manga.

What keeps me reading this manga is the way the author create settings outside the classroom without changing the plot.

To sum everything up, it's good but not a manga you will keep track of when new releases comes out. It's a good read for a change of pace.
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Inventive, but gets old eventually   
Rating: N/A
by foobar
November 7th, 2012, 5:37am
I like Gag Mangas, but I rarely find one that I wish to read till the end.

Not that Tonari no Seki-kun is a simple gag manga - it is relentlessly innovative and funny. However, with little overarching plot or character development, I can't find it in me to read it through.

May be I will be back to check this, when I wish for a change of pace - but I am no longer going to be following this regularly.
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