Bookstores Are So Wonderful!
- Episodes : 12
- Genre : Slice of Life, Comedy
- Airing Date : October 2018 - December 2018
- Studios : DLE
Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san Introduction
Despite what you may think, working at a bookstore is anything but mundane. Honda the skeleton knows this better than anyone thanks to his job at the local bookstore. Every day brings new crazy problems that Honda and his coworkers must deal. Whether it is helping ravenous fujoshi find a new series, or enduring a boring with a group of booksellers, there is always a new twist in Honda's life at the bookstore.
The first thing that really stands out when you start watching Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san is the art style. Featuring a colorful style that is both simple and refreshing, Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san just has a different feel to it than your typical anime. The character designs are all very funny and unique and help push the absurd comedy over the top.
2. Story Balance
Each episode has a nice balance, with most of the episodes being split in half with each segment taking on a new but often related focus. The story is balanced well with the comedy coming often, but not too much so that it feels overbearing and stale. Different manga references and facts about the industry are thrown in to help take short breaks from the fast-paced comedy.
Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san has a surprising amount of things for you to learn about how book stores operate in Japan. The educational segments are often incorporated into the big comedic aspect of each episode, and they are all quite enjoyable. These segments are also perfect for helping you understand parts of the comedy without ruining the experience.
1. Drawn Out Comedy Segments
Comedy is by far Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san's best and strangest feature, however, there are a few segments that feel like they just drag on. Despite the short length of each different segment, the segments focus on one element of the bookstore world and this can lead to the comedy getting old and you just want to get to the next episode.
While the simplicity of the animation is part of the anime's charm, it doesn't change the fact that it can be quite boring. The is very little actual animation being done with only a little bit of movement in each scene. Most of the time, the comedy and fast cuts are able to make up for the lack of movement on the screen, but it often feels like you are just looking at a still image.
3. Too Niche
Part of what makes the comedy in the series so great is the way it satirizes different aspects of manga and anime culture. That may not be a problem if you are a seasoned veteran, but if you are a more casual viewer, there may be far too many jokes that just don't hit their mark. Although the parts of each episode where Honda explains things to the audience helps solve this problem a little bit, there is just far too much going on to be able to explain everything.
Simple in both style and execution, Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san gives you all the comedy you would expect and so much more. Although the comedy might not be a hit for everyone, there is a lot here for you to enjoy if you like the comedic style.
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