Anime Fans Are Loving a New Show About a Skeleton Bookseller
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.Â I dare to say that Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is the biggest surprise of this season. pic.twitter.com/PHlybgxhuP — Castle Ninja Sirender đ° (@Cross_Ultimate) October 8, 2018 Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is anime of the year holy crap — Spencer #JojoSeason (@redneptonic) October 8, 2018 Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San is honestly amazing. We live in a time where there is an anime about a queer skeleton bookstore employee who helps man the manga counter and I am HERE for it. — đđť Halloween Hunk đťđ (@vinceyface) October 8, 2018 Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san has some great expression work. Check it out! pic.twitter.com/wQpWnGsCyT — Dum Monster Boi (@reprogrem) October 8, 2018
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.Â Crunchyroll
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How this 29-year-old chef with terminal cancer plans to live out her final days
You may know Fatima Ali from her time on “Top Chef,” but after a candid, witty and heartbreaking essay she recently penned for Bon Appetit , you’ll quickly realize that the best way to describe this New York City chef isn’t as a TV star, but with words like courage and bravery. In a remarkable, moving essay for the site, Ali reveals that a rare form of cancer she dealt with last year has returned “with a vengeance” and that she has just about a year to live.
But this terminal diagnosis isn’t going to stop the 29-year-old from living out her final days in style or sharing them with the ones she loves.
As her essay opens with an anecdote about flying first class, Ali admits that the diagnosis has “forced me to upgrade my life” and that though, “I was looking forward to being 30, flirty and thriving,” she’ll instead settle on stepping “it up on the flirting. I have no time to lose.”
“It’s funny, isn’t it?” she writes. “When we think we have all the time in the world to live, we forget to indulge in the experiences of living.”
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“When that choice is yanked away from us, that’s when we scramble to feel,” she continues. “I am desperate to overload my senses in the coming months, making reservations at the world’s best restaurants, reaching out to past lovers and friends, and smothering my family, giving them the time that I so selfishly guarded before.”
‘Top Chef’ contestant Fatima Ali and her doctors thought her cancer had vanished. Then she was told she had a year to live. https://t.co/EMOgQF4oQh
— Bon Appétit (@bonappetit) October 9, 2018
It’s really incredible how Ali is able to keep her humor and wit, even as her body fails her. She next admits that she DM-ed a restaurant and even used her “illness as a tactic” in order to get a reservation.
“I’m floored when I receive a reply from chef Rene Redzepi himself. Turns out that people respond when you tell them you’re dying of cancer,” she quips.
“ ” It’s funny, isn’t it? When we think we have all the time in the world to live, we forget to indulge in the experiences of living. When that choice is yanked away from us, that’s when we scramble to feel. I am desperate to overload my senses in the coming months, making reservations at the world’s best restaurants, reaching out to past lovers and friends, and smothering my family, giving them the time that I so selfishly guarded before.
But the young chef is also able to make sure to include the more heartbreaking aspects of what’s to come like the napkin she keeps in her wallet, the one with names written on it for people she plans to reach out and make amends to.
(MORE: Doctor works to create cancer-fighting video game in honor of late patient)
“I have to learn how to ask for forgiveness without expecting to receive it. It’s probably the most frightening thing I have ever had to do, and I’ve experienced some seriously terror-inducing moments,” she writes.
View this post on Instagram I just want to take a moment to thank each and every single person who has ever sent love my way. Here is another update/article about my life. Head to the link in my bio. This is my truth.
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And even as she’s enjoying “knowing that I can finally live for myself, even if it’s just for a few more precious months,” she admits that she’s scared of what’s to come.
(MORE: Couple marries after meeting as kids undergoing cancer treatment)
“I suspect I won’t last very long,” she adds. “There’s a faint feeling deep inside my gut like a rumble of passing air, ever expanding and filling slowly until, one day, I’ll pop.”
Until that time comes, much like her first-class foray and her direct messages to elite restaurants, Ali is going to use each day she has left to “experience something new.”
“I was always deathly afraid of being average in any way, and now I desperately wish to have a simple, uneventful life,” she closes.
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