Honda-san is at war - with business, with out-of-print books, and with people who love manga! Who knew there were so many laughs to be found at the manga counter of a bookstore?! These are the day-to-day happenings that take place at a certain bookstore where the love of manga is abundant.
The Handsome Guy is First in Line \ Yaoi Girls from OVERSEAS!!!
Let Me Introduce My Crazy Colleagues in This Bookstore!
Battle Without Honor and Humanity / Lost in Manga
Mission: An Outside Work-ish Job
It's a Book Signing!! Everyone Gather Up \A Fascinating Erotic Story
The Man with a Secret Power \ Our Fair-Day War
Tell Me! Wholesaler-san \ A Networking Drinking Party for Booksellers
Bookstores are so Wonderful! \ The Shelves with and without Restrictions
A Book about Life, Death, and Rebirth
An Outstanding Bookseller \ Swapping Section Heads
The Alternate Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san \ You Can Quit Your Job Whenever You Want
Merry Christmas, Mr. Bookstore \ It's Time to Close
I gave this show the benefit of the doubt. The first episode didn't grab me, but it's rated highly enough that I thought I would give it a second episode. I like the animation style, sorta. It's not what we are used to, but that isn't nesecarily a bad thing. It's fine. What I found to be, after 2 episodes, was that I was completely bored watching the show. Certain things made me smile and laugh, but mostly the show was extremely boring. The whole premise is about running a book shop. They tried to make it mean something, I guess, but in the end it's all about running a monotonous store. I'm sure the rest of the show has plot and weight to it, but for me to be bored after 1 and 2 episodes... I just don't care to see more. Sorry Skull-face.
I was very excited when this came out, and waited for the full 12 episodes to be released so I could binge it. As someone who is very interested in literature, I was thrilled by a cute appearing anime about books. That's not exactly what I got. It's, all in all, an anime based on a manga written by a bookseller about a bookseller that writes manga (Although the part about Honda-san writing manga gets very little screen time) . It's extremely slice of life, to the point of being a little dull in certain areas. For an anime listed as being a comedy, there wasn't much to be found. The episodes have a few short skits in them, which focus on things like customer service, and day-to-day activities. I honestly enjoy slice-of-life categories, but plot wise, Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san felt a little drab, and was, in my opinion, overall very lacking. The true saving grace of this anime is the artwork. The animation is smooth, and the colors are vibrant, and the character designs are fun. Honestly, if the characters were all designed as regular people, I don't know how interested I'd be able to be in it. Since there's not a lot of overall character development, or an in-depth look into the cast, the unique character designs really helped them to seem more interesting. As far as the characters personalities go, since there is so little time to get to know them, they do sort of all blend together besides the main character, Honda-san. tldr: An extremely easy going anime, very light in the plot department, with a unique animation style. If you're looking for something with more insight about how a bookstore is managed, this is for you. If you're looking for something gripping, or that you can feel invested in, this is unfortunately not the one.
Full Review Here: Short version:On the surface Honda-san looks awful, mostly due to its stilted "Inferno Cop" esque visuals. However underlying that is a series with a surprising amount of heart, mostly due to Honda-san's attitude when it comes to working. He genuinely tries hard to please his customers and despite the difficulties of his job he gets genuine enjoyment out of it, as well as his equally strange coworkers. Honda-san is a work based comedy and a large amount of jokes come from a problem customer or unexpected obstacle getting in Honda's way and he responds poorly. Then usually one of his coworkers step in with similar results. Rinse and repeat, thats your lot. However the pacing of the show as well as good comedic timing makes for a surprisingly entertaining show that I enjoy watching each week. At least after Jojo. My favorite aspect of the show is its creation. Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is based on Honda-san himself, describing his time as a bookseller in Tokyo. Honda told his story initially on Pixiv, he got picked up by the Manga circuit, and here we are talking about his anime. Nice. Honda-san's anime makes for an entertaining romp, despite how cheaply its animation was done. The cast is funny and oddly endearing, despite being weird monster people selling books. A good show to check out, at least once you finish the other shows you were watching on Crunchyroll.
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