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My Neighbor Seki Vol. #02 Manga Review

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My Neighbor Seki Volume 2 CoverThe games continue!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Takuma Morishige
Translation: Yoshito Hinton

What They Say
Every day is a new surprise at the back of Rumi Yokoi’s classroom. And she is consistently being inconvenienced by her neighbor Seki, at least he hasn’t been caught… Or so she thought. Apparently someone else has noticed Yokoi and Seki back there, and this person can only imagine what that pair are conspiring.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As the volume starts off, we get Seki’s take on a “lucky laugher” game that evolves rather rapidly, followed by some rather impressive card tricks. Next up, Seki torments Yokoi by really playing with his food, then another interesting variation on shogi. Thanks to the person in front of him being absent, Seki is then forced to get creative and figure out how to play using his feet. This is all followed by a nice change of pace as the class goes on a trip, which turns out to be an embarrassing trip down memory lane for Seki.

In the next chapter, we get the big introduction for the volume. During art class, Seki sets up a game of (extra) miniature golf, which ends up going about as expected. However, a girl named Goto is actually paying attention this time, though she ends up under the impression that Yokoi has a thing for Seki. Even so, the two become friends, though Goto never gets her misconception cleared up.

Continuing on, Seki plays a rather macabre game of Othello, and Yokoi tries to ruin his game of Jenga. Seki then manages to somehow drag Yokoi into a silent conversation game, the robots take a dangerous trip to the pool, and Seki narrowly avoids being lit on fire. Finally, Seki sends a small bear on a mountain climbing expedition on his classmate’s back.

In Summary
This volume is mostly more of the same as the first volume, with a new set of different yet familiar gags. It does feel a bit like the series is becoming a tad more predictable, which is a shame. However, there are still plenty of laughs and some great moments to be had here, so the setup certainly hasn’t worn out its welcome yet. We also do see the introduction of Goto here as well, which helps to keep the dynamic just a little fresher. It would be nice to see some even further divergence in the future to keep things from getting stale, but for now this book is still a good bit of fun and definitely worth a read.

Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: B
Package Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: B+

Released by: Vertical
Release Date: April 14th, 2015
MSRP: $10.95