Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san / Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural, Slice of Life, Skeleton Bookseller
First Aired: Fall 2018, 12 episodes
Summary: Join the skeleton Honda-san at the manga shop as he encounters unusual customers and circumstances on a daily basis. One day he is attempting to explain the Yaoi genre to an innocent fool while another day he is dealing with pesky foreigners that only speak English!
Honda-san is the best skeleton bookseller I’ve ever seen! It’s great, the author (Honda) worked in an actual manga shop and the series is full of common real-life situations he encountered. The animation is simple, and the episodes are short with little continuity between them, but the series shines with its situational comedy and the reactions of Honda-san as he is forced to deal with unusual situations. He is an easygoing skeleton that works in a fast-paced manga shop with a lot of particular customers, and he has to stay on his toes to keep the customers happy, no matter how bizarre their request.
You might enjoy this if: You live in or have visited Japan and are familiar with manga shops. You will also enjoy it if you are passionate about Japanese culture and want to learn more.
You might not like it if: You demand your Slice of Life anime to be strictly based in reality. Honda-san is a legit skeleton, and everyone seems to accept it without asking any questions. I say it adds to the quirky charm of the series, but I can see how some sticklers would be bothered by it.
Note to the Viewer: The Skull-Face manga has been serialized online via “Pixiv Comic” since August 2015 and has been collected in three volumes so far.
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san Opening
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san Ending