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Geek out: Tonari no Seki Kun​ (Anime)

For those of us who have spent years in the classroom. Trying to entertain ourselves while the teacher drones on. And also for those of us who were often distracted by our neighbors during class. This anime is a wonderful and humorous representation of these times.

Seki and Yumi sit next to each other in class. Yuki is a serious and slightly goody goody student who tries to listen to the teacher. Seki is the imaginative and honestly quite talented boy who sits next to her. Yuki is constantly distracted by Seki throughout the series and he often draws Yuki into his hijinks, usually resulting in her getting into trouble.

My favorite episodes are the ones where Seki plays modified versions of Shogi and Go (two very traditional games from the eastern part of the world). His imagination and social commentary (all without saying a word), draw you in and enrapture you.

As the series progresses we see Yuki and Seki grow a bit closer and Yuki seems to give up on trying to change him. I would like to call for a reboot of this show and if there is not enough material, more of the manga as well. Perhaps someday they will reboot it. Maybe one day we could see Yuki and Seki in middle school or even college.

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Geek Out: Metro Survive (Manga)

Metro Survive is a manga about a group of people who must survive after an earthquake traps them all underground. Centred around Mishima, a maintenance man for a shoddy newly constructed building, going from being a bit of a wuss to a capable leader.

The story is well constructed with a nice twist halfway through. This was my first time reading a survival manga so I have no idea if it follows any overdone tropes, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. The ending is good as well but saying more than that will spoil it.

The characters are amazing. Many of them developed an incredible amount by the end of the 16 chapter manga. The development never seems rushed and the author seems to have thought deeply about how different people may change during a time of distress.

The art is great in my opinion. It is easy to read and doesn’t seem too crowded or minimalistic.

Overall Metro Survive is a great manga and thanks to it I will definitely consider checking out more survival manga in the future.

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Note: This manga is fairly clean but there is some violence as well as reference to mature content (though nothing is actually shown).