Skull-Faced Bookseller Honda-san

Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy

Age-Appropriateness: 13+ (Mild language, suggestive themes)

Platforms: Crunchyroll

Episodes: 12 (12 minutes each)

TheAwersome Rating: 8.3 / 10 (A good pile of lulz)

Premise: Honda is a skeleton, but more importantly, he is a bookseller. And he’ll tell you from firsthand experience that the job of a bookstore employee is more challenging than it may seem to the average customer. Alongside his equally eccentric coworkers, Honda constantly deals with the stressful requirements of the bookselling industry. From the drama of receiving new titles without their bonus material to the struggle of providing quality service to customers who speak a different language, the work of a skeleton bookseller never ends.

TheAwersome’s Thoughts: This is another “web-comic gets an anime” situation here and it is wonderful. If you’re looking for great animation, look somewhere else because it’s stylistically very static; it feels a lot more like someone just adding music and voices to original comic panels, which isn’t a bad thing, but just be aware. The voice acting is hilariously wonderful, especially Honda himself. If you’ve ever worked in any flavor of retail, or customer service in general, you’ll get an extra kick out of this one, but it’s universal enough that anyone will find it enjoyable.  You also learn a lot about the bookstore industry in Japan.

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