Tsuchika Nishimura‘s The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store manga is getting an anime movie that will premiere in Japan this fall. Yoshimi Itazu (Welcome to the Ballroom) is directing the adaptation at Production I.G with a script from Satomi Ooshima (Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko, Raven of the Inner Palace series composer).
The Shogakukan-published manga began serialization in Big Comic in 2017 and had its second and final tankoubon volume published in 2020. It was a recipient of the Japan Media Arts Festival’s 25th Manga Division Excellence Award.
The Japan Media Arts Festival describes The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store thus:
“All kinds of animals, including ones that are a bit unfamiliar, visit the department store where I work.” Akino is a new concierge at the Hokkyoku Department Store, where all customers are animals. This is a series of short stories, portraying Akino’s growth as she learns about the mentality of being a concierge through her job. At this unusual department store with human clerks and animal customers, extinct animals come to consult with the concierges about items they are looking for or problems they have. As Akino tactfully solves the problems of the customers with a smile, her sincerity gradually softens difficult customers. Combining a job-themed genre with an animal manga element, this work features beautiful graphics. Its artistic details are also attractive, including the customers’ outfits in the glamorous department store and the Art Deco style interior of the store. Behind the story lies a critical eye toward issues such as our mass consumption society and environmental destruction, and the work stimulates the readers’ thoughts.