Hello all! Welcome to another installment of “You Should be Watching,” where I showcase two to three shows that I am currently streaming on various sites.
Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san:
Honda-san is a skeleton who works at your local Japanese bookstore and has been for 10 years. Even though he is in charge of the foreign comics and art books sections, he will answer a wide arrange of book related questions such as:
“Where’s your Erotica section?”
“What is the most popular BL (Boy’s Love) series?”
“Do you speak english?” (Unfortunately Honda-San is really bad at speaking English).
Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san is based off the manga of the same name, written by Honda and published on the website PIXIV. Honda was a bookstore employee for 10 years and the show/manga is based on personal experience. He even goes so far by protecting the possible employees he used to work with by hiding their faces under masks.
This was suggested through a post a friend put out on Facebook. While I don’t care much for the design of the show, what draws me in is the daily situations that Honda gets into. Having worked five years at Barnes and Noble as a bookseller, I can tell you that 95% of the scenarios that Honda-san has run into has happened to me in one form or another. I highly recommend this show, especially if you have had some experience working any kind of retail. Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and clocks in at 12 episodes. The manga has recently been licensed by Yen Press, but no release date has been announced yet.
Umamusme Pretty Derby:
Special Week is a country bumpkin horse girl from Hokkaido that has just arrived in Tokyo. Her goal is to become the best race horse girl in all of Tokyo after watching another horse girl, Silence Suzuka win a race. But in order to become the top race horse girl in Japan, she must attend Tokyo’s Tracen Academy.
While Umamusme Pretty Derby has a cuteness factor going for it, essentially it falls in the same catagory as others like Monster Musume as a “fetish” anime. The “fetish” being make girls in the show be “insert animal/monster here,” but still be anthropomorphic. Another trop used in the show is that of making the horse girls “Idols” on top of “race horses.” After the race, the winner performs a concert with the two runner ups for the crowd in attendance.
Another fun fact about the show is the names of most of the horse girls are an homage to their real race horse counterparts.
El Condor Pasa:
Umamusume Pretty Derby is animated by TOHO Animation and P.A. Works. You can currently stream it on Crunchyroll. The series runs 13 episodes.
My Hero Academia:
Izuku Midoriya is just an ordinary kid. But that’s the problem. In a world where having a “quirk” (i.e. superpower) is normal, Izuku is one of the rare few that doesn’t have one. His odds should’ve been in his favor, considering both of his parents have quirks. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting to be a hero himself. A chance meeting with his hero, All Might, changes the course of his life forever.
Yes, yes… I am late to the party when it came to this anime series. I am currently on episode 5 of season 1, and season 3 just ended with season 4 coming out October of this year. I had been meaning to watch it through the suggestions of many friends, but I think why I was a bit stand off-ish on wanting to watch it was because I am not really into other similar Shonen titles (i.e. DBZ, Naruto). It wasn’t until I recently had my niece Maia over for a weekend did she manage to be ahead of the curve instead of me. Usually I am suggesting what series she should get into, and for once I was just clueless when she was talking about it.
I wish I had started this sooner, because the reason why I do like this show is the manga’s creator, Kohei Horikoshi, basically has created this universe as a tribute to Superheroes, especially those of a Marvel/DC variety.
My Hero Academia is currently streaming on Hulu and Funimation.