The New Yorker has released a list of some of the best television series of 2021, with a surprising entry being given as an honorable mention in the cult favorite series known as Odd Taxi. The thirteen-episode series follows a taxi-driving walrus named Hiroshi Odokawa as he is dragged into a story featuring gangsters, murder, and several points of drama that he most certainly does not want in his life. Produced by OLM and PICS, the series is a one-and-done television show that is almost certainly one of the best anime series released this year.
While Odd Taxi didn’t make the top of the list for the New Yorker’s “Best TV Shows of 2021,” writer Doreen St. Felix wasn’t shy about her admiration of the idiosyncratic stories of the series:
“The noir humor of “Odd Taxi” (Crunchyroll), an anime, made me feel crazy–in a good way.”
If you have yet to experience the weirdness of this charming series, the official description for Odd Taxi reads as such:
“Eccentric and blunt, the walrus Hiroshi Odokawa lives a relatively normal life. He drives a taxi for a living, and there he meets several unique individuals: the jobless Taichi Kabasawa who is dead-set on going viral, the mysterious nurse Miho Shirakawa, the struggling comedic duo “Homo Sapiens,” and Dobu, a well-known delinquent.
But Odokawa’s simple way of life is about to be turned upside-down. The case of a missing girl the police have been tracking leads back to him, and now both the yakuza and a duo of corrupt cops are on his tail. Set in a strangely familiar city filled with unusual individuals, Odd Taxi is a bizarre story about a humble taxi driver and the mystery of a lost high schooler.”
Considering Odd Taxi pretty much tells a complete story over the course of its thirteen episodes, we wouldn’t expect a sequel series to arrive that would continue the story of the taxi-driving walrus, though the world of anime certainly has seen its fair share of surprises in the past.
What did you think of Odd Taxi? What anime series would you list under your best of 2021 list? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of Hiroshi Odokawa.
from Ultimate Comic Blog