My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 8

by Takuma Morishige | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 1942993501 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 6/1/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, June 01, 2017
I enjoyed Volume 1 of this charming series about a very imaginative little boy and his classroom seatmate, who finds his antics very distracting! I got this volume at Barnes and Noble, tickled by the cover-art: on the front, Yokoi is pleased to see Seki constructing a charming house-and-forest diorama for his family of toy bears - but on the back he's raised a skyscraper that's blocking the sun from the poor bears' house, and Yokoi, horrified, holds up "Stop the construction!" protest signs.

The contents of this volume feature many more of Seki's wacky games and projects, sometimes with interactions with other students - and, occasionally, with teachers; most of the time Seki's pranks seem to go unnoticed by the teachers, but here he does get in trouble once or twice. And it isn't clear how much of his activities hinge on his awareness of Yokoi's interest - sometimes it's obvious he's trying to prank or peeve her, but other times he seems oblivious, at least until she steps in, unable to simply ignore him.

I loved the bit about his miniature "bachelor pad," in which he included tiny potato chips (which he ate) and miniature manga (which he read in class). The whole chapter on his invisible toys was really fun, especially when he began studying invisible textbooks only to raise the teacher's ire. The project to create an odor-proof mini-lab didn't go so well for Seki, one of his few failures, but very funny. And his version of the Game of Life (the board game in which people drive tiny cars through life-events like marriage, children, jobs, houses, unemployment, etc.) turns into a Mad Max scenario - I laughed out loud at that one, and would totally play that game {wry grin}. (Yokoi was NOT impressed.)

More impressive (to me and to Yokoi) was the trip to the water-park, where Seki made his little sister a toy water-gun shaped like a bow-and-arrow (I'd totally buy that).

And there are lots more adventures here. Very inventive and amusing series!

[There is an anime series based on the books, though I haven't seen it; I think there's a live-action version too. The TV Tropes page for the series has some entertaining tidbits.]

Released 1 yr ago (6/1/2017 UTC) at Sullivan Farms Homemade Ice Cream, 176 Middlesex Rd. in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts USA

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I left this book in the gazebo behind the ice cream stand at around 2; hope the finder enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2017 TV Series release challenge. ***

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