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The anime schedule for Fall 2018 is packed with new episodes of popular series like Sword Art Online, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Fairy Tail, FLCL and loads of others you'll never catch up on. Sitting quietly in the shade of those giants is a humble skeleton who works at a bookstore. Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san premiered last weekend to little fanfare, but word of mouth has been bubbling up ever since on social media. Fans are connecting with the charming mix of slice-of-life retail stories, absurd visuals and wacky humor -- plus, a new spooky protagonist debuting weeks before Halloween is probably helping, too. 

Honda-san works the manga counter, and much of the fun in the opening episode hinges on the wide and wild range of his customers. Though the show packs in a few in-jokes for manga diehards, Honda-san remains approachable because the situations themselves are very basic (and to retail workers, very relatable) human stories. For instance, Honda-san gets flustered when a dreamy silver fox asks him for help. 

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The first episode is just over 10 minutes long and tells two delightful self-contained tales, so there's not a big investment required to see if Honda-san is up your alley. If this short clip doesn't sell you on the show, nothing will.


You can watch Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san on Crunchyroll.