Odd Taxi: An Anime You should Watch This Season

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With the abundance of anthropomorphized animal anime such as BNA, Beastars, or Aggretsuko, Oddtaxi would be easy to shrug off as just another entry in the trope.

However, by blending genres in a concise and engaging way, Oddtaxi sets itself apart from much of what we’ve seen before for a surprisingly human experience.

Here’s why Odd Taxi is this season’s anime hidden gem.

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One of the very first things you’ll notice about Odd Taxi is that it’s very distinct stylistically. This anime uses blended animation, utilizing both simple 2D character designs and 3D assets to build its world, as well as a grainy almost neo-impressionist painted art style for the backgrounds, all of which make for a visual feast.

Even the soundtrack is unique invoking memories of Hideki Naganuma’s work on Jet Set Radio Future.

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At face value, this anime appears to be pretty run-of-the-mill, but very early in the first episode, it sets a relatively heavy tone establishing an overarching mystery about a missing high school girl.

This, however, is the B-plot as the majority of the show focuses on the main character Odokawa, a 41-year old taxi driver, and the conversations he has with the various charming characters that act as his friends and passengers.

This is how the show presents its dry humor to viewers while also juxtaposing details about the larger mystery at hand consistently throughout each episode in a way that is sure to keep viewers intrigued.

While dry humor may not be for everyone, the jokes in Odd Taxi land really well, with some being relevant to the modern era we live in, while others being well-written and structured enough to withstand the test of time.

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However, when this show want’s to be relatable and pull on your heartstrings it has enough slice-of-life elements to do just that, ensuring that it can leave an impression on many viewers who may have initially given this show a pass.

Make sure to check out this hidden gem Odd Taxi, while it’s still ongoing! This is one ride you definitely don’t want to miss.

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