[12 Days of Anime] Day 1: ODDTAXI

Was there ever any doubt?

One episode into ODDTAXI and I knew that what we had here was a masterpiece in the making, an anime we’d be talking about for years to come and that defied all expectations.

Merry Christmas, dear readers, and welcome to my last addition to my 12 Days of Anime—a love letter to the show ODDTAXI.

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[12 Days of Anime] Day 2: The Heike Story

Let me preface these next two posts by saying that it was ridiculously difficult to order them—both The Heike Story and ODDTAXI took my breath away with their writing, visuals, and even soundtrack. I knew they were classics very early into their respective seasons, and I’ve already recommended both numerous times to friends in the hopes that more people will appreciate these works for the masterpieces they are.

In the end, I chose to place The Heike Story on the penultimate day of my 12 Days of Anime not because it’s inferior, but because of transparency. I was not surprised in the slightest before starting this series that it would succeed. Everything about it screams, “Look at me! Listen!” And I did, and will do so again, and again.

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[12 Days of Anime] Day 3: The Faraway Paladin (but just the start)

Sometimes I forget that the 12 Days of Anime can be as flexible as the writer likes; I have this habit of assuming each post should match an entire series, rather than something smaller like an arc, or a single episode, or even a popular theme of the year across multiple series.

And so after my barely-related FFXIV post, I follow now with admiration for the beginning arc of The Faraway Paladin—a fully contained story with complex characters, an intriguing setting, and just the right amount of tension.

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[12 Days of Anime] Day 7: THAT show, Mushoku Tensei

I know I’m probably going to get some heat for including Mushoku Tensei in my 12 Days, or even just watching it to completion at all–of all the isekai that aired this past year (and there have been a lot), it seemed like Jobless Reincarnation alienated people with its protagonist, a self-aware scumbag with a penchant for young girls.

…yeah that sounded just as bad written as it did in my head. It is bad.

But, HEAR ME OUT, this scumbag actually showed physical and mental growth throughout his journey. His environment and the people in it shaped him into the young man that he becomes over these past two seasons, reaffirming my belief that we are shaped by our experiences rather than born to a set path.

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[12 Days of Anime] Day 8: WONDER EGG PRIORITY & The Promised Neverland Season 2

Keep on dreaming, dreamers ;_;

Now that we’ve gone through a few days of some of my favorites from the past year, I figured why not slap down a couple of memorable shows that served as my biggest disappointments? Because like it or not, it’s often the negative more than the positive that sticks in people’s minds, and these two are no exception. 

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