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Synopsis

In a city which should be familiar, there is the feeling of something a little different.

Kotokawa is a taxi driver who lives an ordinary life, taxing some quirky customers around. A slightly eccentric stranger who has no relatives nor any relations with other people, Kotokawa's hobby is to listen to Rakugo on the radio before going to bed. For the time being, the only people he can consider as friends are his family doctor Gouriki, and his high school classmate Kakihana.

Kabasawa, a college student who wants a buzz, Shirakawa, a nurse who's hiding something, comedian group Homo Sapiens, who isn't selling well, the city hoodlum Dobu, and the rookie idol group Mystery Kiss—the conversations with these people, which should not have meant much, lead to a girl who disappeared.




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Type: TV
Episodes: Unknown
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2021 to ?
Premiered: Spring 2021
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 02:00 (JST)
Producers: Pony Canyon, Pony Canyon Enterprise
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: OLM, P.I.C.S.
Source: Original
Genres: Mystery
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The first episode is now up on Crunchyroll: LINK

Episode 1

And now for a much less frantic version of BNA as it's all about a walrus working as a taxi driver, and having interesting conversations with his customers. He has a reputation around the city of somebody who's mouth is hard to trust. This show makes a number of pop culture references, and I never realized that Bruce Springsteen was so hard to say in Japanese (Burusu Supuringusutin, which has five rhyming syllables in a row). In any case, for the most part I was bored by this show as while it's one thing to be low-key, this show pretty much is a lot of talking and not a lot of doing. But at the very least, the next episode looks to be more engaging with the suspicious monkey on the loose. Nevertheless, Beastars and BNA do this animal society thing much better than this show.
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Interesting so far. I have feeling this show going to be a slow burn...

A few mysteries in the show that are keeping my attention
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Furry + taxi driver. Two of the things that I don't like.
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Already way better than BNA, but this is gonna be niche for sure
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Already way better than BNA, but this is gonna be niche for sure


BNA is wacky and over-the-top IMO. Not that it's a bad thing but I prefer something lowkey (and clearly something sinister going on) like this show.

Hmm they name dropped Starbucks, I wonder if that was okay to do...
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Love the OP!!!
Slow but interesting start!
Love the backgrounds, OST and character designs. The mystery element seems really promising too.

Is there really someone in Odokawa’s closet or is it just a delusion? Hmm
I think this has been my favourite premiere so far
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I find the mood evoked by this very compelling and I liked the walrus's snark at everyone especially young wannabe hippo customer. However it is very slow and I'm not sure the mystery's etc. will actually pay off. I like the baboon tough's character design. I am having trouble iding animals, like I thought the alpaca nurse was a llama. Are the cops dogs or something else (lemurs?).

So we know who the walrus is, who is the eggman? Coo coo ca choo...
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my first impression was i was watching the Simpsons, but this is better.
Glad i gave it a go, pretty interesting so far
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Well that was certainly odd and did take place in a taxi.

I wasn't aware "I brought home a high school girl and now she lives at my place" would turn into a theme this season though.
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alconnow wrote:

Is there really someone in Odokawa’s closet or is it just a delusion? Hmm
I think this has been my favourite premiere so far


I think this is what the storytelling is trying to do, making you wonder if they actually did those things. Just like: Did Alpaca nurse steal the drugs to make money?

I'm kinna interest in if all the main characters will end up having something to do with the missing high school girl incident.
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Caught my attention. Reminds me of old adventure games, I'm really curious to see how the whole story unfolds.
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kiratachibana wrote:


alconnow wrote:

Is there really someone in Odokawa’s closet or is it just a delusion? Hmm
I think this has been my favourite premiere so far


I think this is what the storytelling is trying to do, making you wonder if they actually did those things. Just like: Did Alpaca nurse steal the drugs to make money?

I'm kinna interest in if all the main characters will end up having something to do with the missing high school girl incident.


And what's the link with that weighed (body perhaps) bag sinking into the depths...
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Ooh, what a cliffhanger! Wonder what’s going to happen in next week’s episode!
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alconnow wrote:

Ooh, what a cliffhanger! Wonder what’s going to happen in next week’s episode!


Yeah me too. This show is far more intriguing than a lot of other shows in this season IMO.
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