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My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2

Welcome to the latest midweek manga review! This represents a return to the two review a week schedule that I maintain whenever possible. It’s been a rather slow news week, but here are a few pieces that caught my attention…

And now, onto the featured review of My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2!

My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2
by Takuma Morishige
Vertical Comics, 176 pgs
Rating: Not Rated

More wacky hijinks as Yokoi tries to study and pay attention in class, only to be distracted time and time again by her classmate in the neighboring seat, Seki. Takuma Morishige’s delightful comedy series opens up and introduces us to new figures, classmates and some returning faces in My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2!

My Neighbor Seki is quickly becoming my favorite comedy series. It manages to be funny without resorting to the cliched humor that plagues many other manga series. This volumes continues the wackiness of volume one, but expands upon it and takes it in new directions thanks to field trips, school chores and new characters like Yokoi’s would be friend Goto. The humor also expands beyond Seki’s insane desk top thanks to Takuma Morishige pulling the duo out of the classroom environment that dominated the first volume. Trips to the pool and a field trip mountain hike allow opportunities for Yokoi to grow as a character while allowing Seki’s antics to grow in scope and ambition. Yokoi’s bizarre relationship with Seki also proves fertile ground for misunderstandings as she becomes friends with Goto. Goto, a fellow classmate and wanna be friend of Yokoi’s, provides us with an outsiders view on Seki and Yokoi, while also giving Yokoi someone to interact with and talk to, allowing her to grow as a character and giving her something else to do beyond simply playing the straight man to Seki’s class clown… now she gets to be the cause of Goto’s misunderstanding! NeighborSeki2Page1

Takuma Morishige does a lovely job at making the hilarity easy to follow. Whether it’s the overly complex and convoluted games of othello or shoji he plays, or the impossible card tricks, each scene is depicted simply and clearly, allowing for the ludicrousness of the situation to have it’s full impact. Seeing Seki making a toy bear climb a fellow classmate through a complex pulley system is made all the more silly by the mundanity of the classroom setting.

With my My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2, Takuma Morishige’s comedy series continues to delight! It’s an easily accessible comedy series and is a refreshing, light hearted read with a sense of humor that seems universal and which doesn’t rely on tired cliches.

My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 2 is available now from Vertical Comics. Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  1. May 29, 2015 at 8:59 am

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