Among hundreds and thousands of great anime available, it’s hard to decide what to watch and what to leave. If you are new to the world of anime or just want to check out a variety of shows, we suggest you watch anime mini-shows instead of opting for the ones with the endless list of episodes. Choosing to watch the shows with just a few episodes will allow you to experience new characters, different stories, animations, and all that great stuff in a much shorter amount of time. So, we have selected the best 12 episode anime series for you that you can watch in a single day.
1. Prison School
Prison School is a household name in the anime community. The show is full of adult comedy and violence, which makes it inappropriate for children. The series ran from July to September 2015 for a total of twelve episodes, and unfortunately there is no information yet regarding the renewal of the series. Hachimitsu Academy is a famous school for girls, but now the faculty has decided to make it coeducational. Five boys enroll in school and are soon found peeking into the girls’ bathroom. As a result, they are sent to the school prison where they must serve their sentence.
This show is a masterpiece in the mystery, sci-fi, and thriller genre, and the 8.5 rating on IMDB is evident of its grandeur. It is one of the best works of Kei Sanbe, also known for other great manga series like Kamiyadori and Hohzuki Island. Erased follows the life of Satoru Fujinuma, a man who gains the power known as Revival. Using this power, he is sent back in time to avoid an unfortunate accident. As he works hard to prevent the accident, he takes this opportunity to rectify other incidents as well.
3. My Darling Who Dress Up
It’s time to introduce you to the anime that won the Best Winter Anime of 2022 award. With only 12 episodes in total, My Dress-Up Darling is a perfect show to binge-watch in a single day. The story of the series follows the budding relationship between Wakana Gojo, who shares a deep interest in making Hina dolls, and Marin Kitagawa, who shares his interest in cosplays with him. Seeing Gojo’s talent in making perfect dresses for dolls, Marin asks for his help to make a cosplay dress for him. It is then that the love story between the two begins to take place.
4. Death Parade
The best thing about Death Parade is that each episode follows a different story, while the main story takes place in the background. Some people are brought to Quindecim after they die, a bar that will decide their fate. People have to play a game, and the end results will decide if they go to hell or heaven. The twists and turns of the story in this 12-episode animated series will leave you speechless.
5. Spy Family X
Spy X Family just released a few months ago netflix, and it cemented its place as one of the best shows of the year. The manga of the series is already well known but got the appreciation it really deserves after its anime adaptation. The main character of the series, Loid, is a spy on an undercover mission. To complete the mission, he must falsify his identity by showing himself as a normal family man. As a result, he adopts a girl and comes into contact with a girl assassin named Yor Forger.
If horror shows tickle your fancy, here’s the best one for you. Another is the work of Yukito Ayatsuji, a mangaka who specializes in writing horror and thriller series. Despite being a show from 2012, Another features excellent animation and some creepy scenes. The show follows the story of Koichi Sakakibara, a boy who joins a new school with a horrible past. At first everything seems a blur, but after the long curse is activated, the truth comes out.
7. Deadman Wonderland
Action, thrills, apocalypse and so on, this great 12-episode anime series delivers. Jinsei Kataoka is the writer of the series, while Kazuma Kondou is the illustrator, also known for his work in Eureka Seven. The show’s gory and violent content got it banned in China in 2015. Ganta Igarashi and his classmates go on a prison trip where prisoners perform acts for the entertainment of visitors. After a horrific incident, Ginta finds himself locked up in the same prison he was supposed to visit. This is only the beginning of Ginta’s struggle, as greater terrors lurk in the prison…