An anime film adaptation of The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store has been officially announced.
The series was originally a manga which ran from 2017 to 2020 from creator Tsuchika Nishimura.
The manga won an award for Excellence from the Japan Media Arts Festival for its distinct art style and themes.
Here’s a brief blurb on the original release:
“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.
An English release for The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store has yet to be announced.