Among hundreds and thousands of great anime available, it’s hard to decide what to watch and what to leave. If you’re new to the anime world or just want to experience a variety of shows, then we suggest you watch mini anime shows instead of going for the ones with the never-ending list of episodes. Choosing to watch the shows with just a few episodes will let you experience new characters, different stories, animation, and all those great things in a much shorter span of time. So we’ve handpicked for you the best 12-episode anime series you can binge-watch in a single day.
1. Prison School
Prison School is a well-known name in the anime community. The show is full of adult comedy and violence, making it inappropriate for the kids. The series ran from July to September 2015 for a total of twelve episodes, and there’s sadly no information regarding the show’s renewal yet. Hachimitsu Academy is a famous girls’ school, but now the faculty has decided to make it co-ed. Five boys enrol in the school and are soon found peeping into the girls’ bathrooms. As a result, they are sent to school prison where they’re due to carry out their punishment.
This show is a masterpiece in the mystery, science fiction, and thriller genre, and the rating of 8.5 on IMDB is evident of its greatness. It’s one of the best works by Kei Sanbe, also known for some 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 prevent an unfortunate accident. While he works hard to prevent the accident, he uses this opportunity to rectify other mishappenings as well.
3. My Dress Up Darling
Time to introduce you to the anime that won the award of best winter anime of 2022. With just 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 burgeoning relationship between Wakana Gojo, who shares a profound interest in making Hina Dolls, and Marin Kitagawa, who shares with him her interest in doing cosplays. Watching Gojo’s talent in making perfect dresses for dolls, Marin asks for his help to make her a cosplay dress. This is when the love story between the two starts to take place.
4. Death Parade
The best thing about Death Parade is that every single episode follows a different story, while the main story runs in the background. Some people are brought to Quindecim after their death, a bar that will decide their destiny. The people need to play a game, and the final results will decide if they will go to hell or heaven. The twists and turns in the story of this 12-episode anime series will leave you open-mouthed.
5. SpyX Family
Spy X Family was just released a few months back on Netflix, and it has cemented its place as one of the best shows of the year. The manga of the show is already well-known but got the appreciation that it truly deserves after its anime adaptation. The main character of the series, Loid, is a spy on an undercover mission. To carry out the mission, he needs to fake his identity by showing himself as a normal family guy. As a result, he adopts a girl and comes into contact with an assassin girl named Yor Forger.
If horror shows tickle your fancy, then here’s the best one for you. Another is the work of Yukito Ayatsuji, a manga artist who specializes in writing horror and thriller series. Despite being a 2012 show, Another features great animation and some spine-chilling scenes. The show follows the story of Koichi Sakakibara, a boy who joins a new school with a gruesome past. At first, everything seems unclear, but after the long-going curse activates, the truth comes to light.
7. Deadman Wonderland
Action, thrills, apocalypse, and whatnot, 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 gore and violent content of the show got it banned in China in 2015. Ganta Igarashi and his classmates go on a prison trip where the prisoners perform acts for the visitors’ entertainment. After a horrifying incident, Ginta finds himself locked in the same prison he was supposed to visit. This is just the start of Ginta’s struggle however, as greater terrors lie in wait in the prison…