It’s week 2 of “Up to Snuff*”, and we have a few changes on the leaderboard already. Would this week’s heart-wrenching episode of Golden Kamuy be enough to keep it atop the rankings, or would kaijuu, slimes or goblin slayers storm the barricades? And would anyone besides Enzo watch a sports anime?
Results are below, along with this week’s bonus “Best Male Character” poll and Takaii’s Hidden Gem. Please enjoy and as always, we look forward to your comments.
Without further ado, let’s get to this week’s results:
* Name subject to change – maybe “The Good Place”?
Weekly Staff Poll – It’s a tie!
Golden Kamuy – 14 points (2 first-place votes)
SSSS.Gridman – 14 (2)
Tensei shitara Slime datta ken – 8 (1)
Goblin Slayer – 8 (0)
Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai – 6
Bonus Question: Top Male Characters This Season
Rimaru Tempest, Tensei shitara Slime datta ken – 10 (1)
Goblin Slayer, Goblin Slayer – 10
Sugimoto Saichi, Golden Kamuy – 9 (1)
First Lieutenant Tsurumi Golden Kamuy – 6 (1)
Lin Setsu, Thunderbolt Fantasy – 5 (1)
Bruno Buccellati, JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Ougon no Kaze – 5 (1)
Takaii’s Hidden Gem: Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san
On the surface, Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san might look like a silly show about a skeleton who works at a bookstore. And if that’s what you thought (like I did), you wouldn’t be completely wrong. However, underneath the guise of a simple skeleton selling books is a complex show that uses its 12 minute run time extremely efficiently to tell us what it’s like to experience the rush of working in a Japanese bookstore that, at times, devolves into a fun-to-watch critique on the various genres that exist out there. Using the first episode as a prime example, if anyone out there is a fujoshi or knows a fujoshi, I don’t think you’ll make it through the first episode without shedding a few tears from laughing. The best of it all though is it sometimes feels like this show was made for an overseas audience since there’s a liberal use of English to handle the common scenarios where Honda has to help overseas customers.
While I can’t capture the magic of this show in a single paragraph, I think you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re not spending a measly 10ish minutes per week on this show. Give it a shot!