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Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time (2014 Season One/Sentai Blu-ray)

Picture: C+ Sound: B Extras: C Episodes: C+

Yokoi is an ordinary schoolgirl. Unfortunately, she sits right next to Seki-kun, the world's laziest, deadbeat student. Instead of studying, he spends his time playing games, playing house with robots, and annoying Yokoi in the middle of class and the worst part of it all, the teacher lets him get away with it. Will Yokoi ever getting any studying done or are is her education doomed to spend time with Seki-kun?

In Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time (2014, which has zero to do with time travel), Yokoi can't concentrate on her school work, mainly to blame is Seki-kun who does anything but study and it seems like Yokoi is the only one in class who cares or notices. She doesn't know which is worst, her getting roped into his games or the fact that SHE is the one who always gets the blame for disrupting the class. Soon, all her classmates believe that she is the bad influence and she has a crush on Seki. And Yokoi decides that if she is going to get blamed, she might as well just join him playing with his toys and games then.

This was just a series of shorts episodes, ignoring logic, common sense, it is about playing with toy and games in the middle of class. The plot reminded me a lot like the cartoon version of Dennis the Menace, except the character gets away with it all and there is no moral to the series, which hinges on the fact of getting away with playing in the middle of class. IF it WASN'T for the fact he plays while in the middle of class, then the show wouldn't have any other selling point much less interest to watch.

The 1080p digital 1.78 X 1 High Definition image is a rare miss from Sentai with a combination of an animation style that doesn't satisfy and playback that is not impressive, but the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo in English and even a little more in Japanese are more like it with sonics you'd expect for a recent series. Extras include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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