News Crunchyroll to Stream Tonari no Seki-kun Comedy Anime
posted on 2013-12-30 13:59 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will stream the television anime adaptation of Takuma Morishige's Tonari no Seki-kun comedy manga. Crunchyroll will stream the series on Sundays starting on January 5 at 2:00 p.m. EST for premium members worldwide outside of Asia. Free members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden will be able to watch the series a week later.
Kana Hanazawa is starring in the series as Yokoi, a girl who sits next to a boy only known as "Seki-kun" (Hiro Shimono). During class, Seki-kun continues to not pay attention and instead creates amazingly thorough 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.
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. Kana Hanazawa is performing the opening theme song "Meiwaku Spectacle." Drummer Akira Jimbo is perforing the ending theme song titled "Set Them Free," and popular anime singer Ichiro Mizuki (Mazinger Z, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Kamen Rider) is performing an insert song for the comedy anime titled "Danran! Robot Kazoku" (Happy Together! Robot Family).
The series of 10-minute shorts will premiere on TV Tokyo on January 5 and the fifth volume of the manga will bundle an anime DVD on January 4.