First Impression: Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san

Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san) is a short-form anime series (11 minutes) about a bookseller named Honda-san who…has a skull face. He’s a skeleton and the other people who work at this book store are…not exactly human. They’re monsters of some kind and they are here to sell you books and, mostly manga.

The first episode introduced you to Honda-san and most of the monstrous staff passingly. The episode is broken into two tales. The first was about the shop and a handsome, older gentleman looking for some manga for his daughter. What does she want? Something…obscene and the Dad has no idea. Honda-san does and kind of freaks out internally about it. The second half is all about the ladies who are into Boys Love manga. Many of which foreigners.

Honda-san’s internal dialogue is very funny and his reactions, despite having a non-expressive face, make the show entertaining. The comedy borders on the crude which may turn off some of our readers. But, those who are fine with that style of humor may be open to this short-form series. It really is funny and I plan to give it a serious shot this season to meet the rest of this monstrous crew.


Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san (Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san) can be streamed legally at Crunchyroll.

One thought on “First Impression: Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san

  1. Might have to check this one out! Thought I guess it begs the question when does humor become sinful? I know I don’t know, that’s for sure.

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