Not all of us have the luxury to binge-watch an anime series with tons of episodes or seasons. Some fans prefer watching shorter series that fit perfectly into their schedules. Diving into multiple genres, here are some of the best 12-episode anime series to watch.
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First thing first, the opening is an absolute banger. Titled "Flyers" by the band BRADIO, the opening credits feature all the characters dancing, playing games, and generally having a good time.
Don't be fooled though—the plot itself gives off the opposite vibe.
Two people walk into a bar (this isn't a joke, I swear) and find out they've died. The bar is inside a tower that represents the afterlife.
They're greeted by the bartender-slash-arbiter Decim, who'll judge whether these people should be reincarnated or sent to the void.
To judge them, these people must participate in a game. No matter what the game is—air hockey, darts, cards, and the like, the people are reminded of their memories. This reveals their true nature as they reflect on the past, which lets Decim decide accordingly.
People who love psychological anime and questioning morals are bound to love this show. Although for some it might get too heavy, so don't forget to look at the trigger warnings first.
Adapted from Rin Suzukawa's seinen manga of the same name, Asobi Asobase is about middle-schoolers Hanako, Olivia, and Kasumi, who are part of the Pastimers Club.
Basically, all they do in the club is play games and get into various shenanigans.
From a character having a butt that shoots out lasers to the exaggerated animation of being slapped in the face, the off-beat humor of this series is bound to attract watchers who just want to relax and have a laugh.
The stark contrast between the opening theme "Three Piece" and the ending theme "Inkya Impulse" add perfectly to the chaotic vibe of the comedy anime.
Set in a dystopian Kansai, criminals in this world are called Akudama. Upon the start of the countdown towards the public execution of the infamous murderer Cutthroat, multiple other Akudamas were hired by an anonymous client to free him.
That was just the beginning. All these hired criminals were set to go on a heist that involved stealing something from the Shinkansen, which in this setting is backed up with high security.
One of them isn't actually a criminal but is simply a character called Ordinary Person, who got dragged into the whole mess. Unknown to the others, she now has to keep up with the appearance of being called Swindler.
I'd recommend this for anyone who plays the Persona series. The action-packed animation alongside the great music surely packs a punch.
Yuri!!! on Ice
One of the best sports anime of all time, the story centers around Yuri Katsuki, a figure skater in his 20s.
Mulling over his defeat in the Grand Prix Final, Yuri decides to return to his hometown to contemplate on his career.
A secret recording of Yuri practicing his idol Victor Nikiforov's routine became viral on the Internet, causing Viktor to go to Yuri and offer to be his coach.
Aside from this series introducing us to the world of figure skating, we're also shown the wonderful blooming relationship between Victor and Yuri. The BL romance mixed in this well-written anime will definitely send your heart doing triple axels.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Also known as Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica or simply Madoka Magica, this series veers away from the usual magical girl trope, completely turning it into a dark psychological thriller.
Middle school students Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki encounter a cat-like creature named Kyubey. In exchange for granting them a single wish, they must become magical girls tasked with fighting witches.
The art style is noticeably different from the usual ones, with some of the scenes featuring semi-realistic art making the frames look like mixed media artwork.
The plot gets really dark, so I suggest you look through the trigger warnings first before watching.
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Sakura Chiyo has a crush on her classmate, Nozaki Umetarou. She decides to confess her feelings, only for Nozaki to hand her an autograph.
The dense boy turns out to be the author of a shoujo manga, and he thought that Sakura was a fan. A sudden turn of events results in Sakura ending up as one of Nozaki's assistants.
This lighthearted comedy series pokes fun at many romance tropes. Throughout the story, Sakura tries her best to make her feelings known. Nozaki's obliviousness to her actions makes it funnier knowing that this guy is a shoujo mangaka writing about romance.
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