Anime this great only appears like once a year. This is a series about a skellington dude who is working at a manga store. The entire things centers around his job and interactions with coworkers and customers. To say that this series is a meme would be an understatement.
The comedy is totally badass. We have colorful bunch of all sort of weirdos from mom person who comes to buy manga for her son whom she proceeds to call a nerd for reading manga out of all things, to a an adult man who is looking for homoerotic Gintama tentacle porn doujinshis asking like waddup hope
these haven't been sold out yet.
Honda-san is quite hotshit in terms of accuracy when it comes to physical manga releases, popular new series and the more obscure and demanding readers who would never even look at the mainstream shit-tier stuff (just to quote the series). It doesn't save anyone from its jokes be it the more casual newcomer readers or hardcore yaoi fangirls -- and especially the bookstore staff -- everyone will get their fair share of mocking. As a person who doesn't get offended over harmless humor, I have been having a blast with this one.
Honda-san himself is a great character because the downsides of his work really match with his thoughts. Be it some over-weighted NEET wanting to buy ALL the manga or some crazy tourist bringing 50 copies of boylove manga to the cashier, he always finds his way of complaining these things without them really sounding like complain at all, rather witty remarks regarding the customers and how it will affect his work day.
In terms of art, this isn't exactly Inferno Cop tier stuff, but we are close. The animation is purposely oversimplified for comedic reasons, the character design is also done similarly to create stereotype customers and make the staff in the store seem absurd as possible. Sounds-wise, Honda's seiyuu delivers and that's the most important part.
This series is truly doing its job. It is fun to watch, accurate, educational and almost made me want to buy some manga, which I guess is one of the reasons why this was made. Highly recommended.
That's the kind of series in which your knowledge about Japan's culture becomes crucial. Gaikotsu is a collection of chronicles told by a Japanese bookstore's staff. Those bookstores are really, really peculiar and that is why I think many people will not be able to connect with the comedy in this series. I live in Japan, so I could comprehend the troubles those guys are passing by and I found it's hilarious! It's a pity that some people will just skip Gaikotsu for not getting the message behind the story, but I'll be here supporting this series that is brilliantly produced, has beautiful visuals, really
nice timing, and music! It's unbelievable that this is the first manga of the original author! The guy is a genius! Also, since it has such short episodes, it is easy to consume anywhere and even if you are a busy person as I am :)
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
make it quite weird for the viewers at the start but as the anime progresses you just not only to get used to it actually start to delve and enjoy how the anime is presented with its comical antics and humor.
Not only you get to enjoy the comedy aspect but also learn a few stuff about how a book store is operated on a daily basis, the hectic life of employees and also how they have to survive the pressure of handling both the customers and the sales representatives while keeping tabs on inventory and sales of manga, comics, novels etc.
Also there are so many known Anime references,which are thrown into the mix which you will recognize and the comedy included with learning how the relation of a bookstore and book company/ the industry works from promotion, to delivery and sales. This show has it all.
Honda's Seiyuu/VA saito souma did a amazing job, where he actually brings the character and personality making him really enjoyable and entertaining to watch.
Animation i wouldn't say is top notch but decent because mostly i think most of the characters and background is made to make it more stereotype and characters a bit weird, but honestly it really doesn't matter because the show will captivate you with its plot and humor not to mention Honda's antics with other employees and customers.
A Highly Recommended Watch for sure.
I've watched lots of anime and have read a fair amount of manga in my time, but never have I come across a show as amazing and awe inspiring as this one. One might say that the humor is rather simplistic and is constructed in a way that will make it easy for a wide variety of people laugh, but "laughing" isn't simply enough to describe the amount of pleasure I have experienced from this work. Simply put, there are so many layers to this show's level of comedy that I can't say that I've got it all figured out.
One of the things I’ve been
able to do some research on is in the significance of the main character’s body. For one, he’s a skeleton. This detail flew right over my head when I had begun watching the show, but as I delved deeper, I came to realize that there was something more to it. Throughout history, humans have used parts of the human skeleton symbolically. In some stories, it’s considered a sign of mortality. In other stories, it’s considered as a symbol of melancholy or even dread. But in Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san it’s used as a way to make you laugh, and this is something that I can’t thank Honda-san (the creator) enough for. Finally, someone has decided that enough is enough—and has made an effort to dissolve the negative associations that we’ve pinned onto the human skeleton in a way that will change it for the better. And this is just one of the many realizations I’ve come to.
Please, PLEASE watch this show for yourself. You won't regret it.
(Also, the story, art, sounds, and characters are so well crafted that I have to give this a ten all around the board. Please watch this show.)
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