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Tonari no Seki-kun's 1st Animated Video Shows Off Quirky Humor

posted on by Egan Loo
Takuma Morishige's comedy of girl who sits next to intricate distraction maker

The official website for the anime adaptation of Takuma Morishige's Tonari no Seki-kun comedy manga began streaming the first animated promotional video on Friday.

The story revolves around a girl named Yokoi who sits next to a boy known only as “Seki-kun.” During class, Seki-kun completely ignores everything around him and instead creates amazingly throrough little distractions, such as a detailed golf course with the course's hole being a dent in his desk, or an entire dramatic war being played out by paper shogi (Japanese chess) pieces.

The first promotional video is a thirty-second taste of the distractions that Seki-kun creates. The video below is the first for the "Robot Family" — the denizens of Seki-kun's table, as seen in popular installments of the manga:

Robot Son: Hey, Papa, will we show up [in the anime]?
Robot Papa: Don't worry, I'm sure we will.
Robot Mama: So hurry up and finish your dinner.
Robot Son: Okay…!

Kana Hanazawa plays Yokoi

Hiro Shimono plays the title character Seki-kun

Yuji Mutoh (Crayon Shin-chan films, Green Green) is directing the series at Shin-Ei Animation (The Knight in the Area, Doraemon films). Masae Ōtake (Kuromajyo-san ga Tōru!!) is designing the characters.

Morishige began his manga in Comic Flapper in 2010. The manga was nominated in the 5th Manga Taisho Awards last year. A set of live-action commercials ran in Japanese bookstores and trains in 2011:

The television anime will premiere in January, and the fifth volume of the manga will bundle an anime DVD on January 4.

Images © Takuma Morishige/Media Factory, Anime No Seki-Kun Production Committee

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