Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san

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English: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san
Japanese: ガイコツ書店員本田さん


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2018 to Dec 24, 2018
Premiered: Fall 2018
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:30 (JST)
Producers: Lantis, Half H.P Studio
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: DLE
Source: Web manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 11 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.311 (scored by 3724637,246 users)
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Ranked: #23492
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Popularity: #1672
Members: 94,988
Favorites: 303

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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.

Nevertheless, despite the hardships he faces, Honda thoroughly enjoys his job and strives to bring the best book selections and service to his customers.

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Script, Series Composition
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Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

"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

Dec 23, 2018
KANLen09 (All reviews)
"No sorry we don't have that it's...uh...SPECIAL YAOI BOOK!" - Honda-san

I'm gonna give this an outstanding score just because. Can I (or we) call this the SOTY (Short of the Year) for 2018? Because this short-form 10 minute series, as simple as its premise goes, drives home perfectly about more than just being a fun and educational series. Heck, anime like this really are once-in-a-blue-moon novelty! And...this is brought to you by director (not Shouto) Todoroki Owl (his very first directorial work). (Aw, Shouto almost had his own anime...)

Originally a Pixiv web comic, Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san is an accurate depiction of Japan's culture of bookstore read more
Dec 23, 2018
flcii (All reviews)
'Skull-face bookseller Honda-san' is without a doubt one of the best short shows of 2018, and perhaps even the best comedy I've ever watched. Seriously.

It revolves around our main character, a skeleton called Honda, as we watch him work through his job as a bookstore employee; within the bookstore, we meet his fellow co-workers, who each have very expressive personalities, and the daily shoppers who visit the store. This whole entire show is comedy gold - especially if you get the references - filled with BL jokes and western tourists along with the relatable struggles at work that Honda and his co-workers go through that read more
Apr 24, 2020
nessaniwa (All reviews)
This was a really feel good anime. You get to see the behind-the-scenes of being in a bookstore. As a book lover who always frequents the bookstores myself, I find it enlightening to see the point of view of the workers. Being in a bookstore as a customer is fun, but it's also nice to see how the employees view their customers. After watching, I really got tempted to work in a bookstore myself!

It was also nice that an episode is around 10 to 12 minutes long, it didn't get dragging. It's a must watch if you want to get lighthearted laughs!

Thanks for this!
Dec 23, 2018
Kipo0007 (All reviews)
Selling manga that customer wants , without being overwhelmed by the strange turns, that is the task of a Comic Bookstore. - Honda 2018

This anime series is a Hidden gem in the fall season. A short 15 minute per episode series but packed with a lot of comedy plus actual daily life of a book store employee problems and antics mixed.
The series is basically depicted on the daily work life of a skeleton guy ,yea he is literally a skeleton wearing normal clothes and not only that there are other weird looking characters/employees example, a mummy girl a pumpkin head etc. which will read more

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