Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san

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Japanese: ガイコツ書店員本田さん
English: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san
German: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san
Spanish: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san
French: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2018 to Dec 24, 2018
Premiered: Fall 2018
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:30 (JST)
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: DLE
Source: Web manga
Genre: ComedyComedy
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, Otaku CultureOtaku Culture, WorkplaceWorkplace
Duration: 11 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.291 (scored by 4903149,031 users)
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Ranked: #27622
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Popularity: #1840
Members: 118,074
Favorites: 395

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Honda is a skeleton, but more importantly, they are a bookseller. And they will tell you from firsthand experience that the job of a bookstore employee is more challenging than it may seem to the average customer.

Alongside their 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.

Nevertheless, despite the hardships they face, Honda thoroughly enjoys their job and strives to bring the best book selections and service to their customers.

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Opening Theme

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"ISBN ~Inner Sound & Book's Narrative~" by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND feat. Honda (Souma Saitou)

Ending Theme

"Book-end, Happy-end" by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND feat. Hiroshi Takano


Jan 14, 2024
This short anime is a real underrated gem. A fun journey that will make you learn a lot about how bookstores work and that will inform you of the general mood of the workers at such stores. I was so enamoured by the daily struggles of Honda and co-workers, as they deal with publishers, wholesalers, foreigners and obsessive manga fans. The animation is super good and original in the way it presents the story and the gags. The writing is hilarious, you can tell the author knows how to ironize his experiences properly.

Maybe the one complaint i have is that the pacing is incredibly fast. ...
Oct 30, 2023
I never thought a skeleton could be so cute and wholesome. This short slice of life anime is exactly what you'd expect and I'm here for it.

Honda-san works at a bookstore and the series follows his daily adventures. Helping customers, stocking shelves, making book recommendations, and more are all here. Every task is given a comedic spin for the show, really displaying the chaos of the retail environment and how coworkers can support you through the long days. If you currently work in retail, fast food, or other customer service jobs you'll feel represented and if you no longer work those jobs you'll feel almost ...
Oct 1, 2023
Mixed Feelings
To be honest, I almost gave up on this anime around episode 5, as at that point despite the good vibes of the show in general, none of the jokes had really landed. I'm glad I stuck it out, and really when the episodes are as short as these it wasn't any real struggle.

The strongest point, for me, was how visually interesting this anime ended up being, despite how few setting changes there are. I really enjoyed the styling of the various booksellers and employees. I also tend to like episodic structure, and that was no different for this anime.

The main sticking point for me ...

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