As a weeb, I feel most joyful when I binge-watch a short 12 episode anime series. Have you ever binged watch an anime series? If not how about a challenge? Can you binge-watch all the anime series that are we going to mention?
We have many queries by people who want to start watching anime but they are afraid that they might get bored when other people suggest long anime series like One Piece or Naruto. In that case, we suggest people watch some of these 12 episode anime series which will build their interest in Japanese animation.
Without wasting any more time let us get started with our list. Here I want to say that this is just a list of some animes, not rankings so do not take the numbering seriously.
Best 12 Episode Anime
This is a mixed list of animes by that we mean that this list of anime contains different genres like slice-of-life, fantasy, romance, and many more. So let’s get started.
1. Chainsaw Man (2022)
This anime is based on manga which is illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. You can easily watch this 12 episode anime on Netflix. Due to the popularity of its original manga, this animated series has already made a huge fan base because of its dark humor and emotional moments. If you are a beginner then also this anime would be a perfect fit for you.
This story follows the adventures of Denji who lives in extreme poverty. Due to this, he becomes a devil hunter so that he can pay his parent’s debt. One day he got betrayed and he was on the verge of dying so he made a contract with his pet devil named Pochita who looks like a chainsaw creature.
Soon Denji becomes half-devil and half-human and has the powers of a chainsaw devil. He joins the devil hunter organization to hunt devils and complete his dreams. This anime explores various genres like fantasy, dark humor, and many more. If you like some shonen action anime then this one is for you.
2. My Dress up Darling (2022)
This anime is based on a manga which is illustrated by Shinichi Fukuda. You can easily watch this 12 episode anime on Netflix and Crunchyroll based on your region. Due to the popularity of its original manga, this animated series has already made a huge fan base because of its slice-of-life and romance moments.
This story revolves around two high schoolers named Wakana Gojou who is a boy and Marin Kitagawa who is a girl. Gojou loves to make and decorate Hina dolls but he keeps his hobby hidden from his friends so that they won’t make fun of his hobby.
On the other hand, Marin is a professional cosplayer with a completely different personality in comparison to Gojou. One day she bumped into Gojou and she came to know about his hobby she asks Gojou to stitch make dresses for him. This is how this story goes on with various hilarious and romantic moments.
3. Erased (2016)
This anime is based on a manga that is illustrated by Kei Sanbe. You can easily watch this 12 episode anime on Netflix and Crunchyroll based on your region. Because of the popularity of its manga, its creators decide to release it as an anime with 12 episodes which is full of a thriller.
The main lead of this action-packed anime is Satoru Fujinuma who is a young man with a special ability called “Revival”. Due to this ability, he can go a few minutes in the past just before a life-threatening accident occurs which allows him to prevent that particular accident.
But due to a critical accident, Satoru goes back 18 years into his past. But here comes the twist even with his elementary school body he has his brain intact as an adult. Due to this, he can solve various kidnappings which will change his future.
This 12 episode anime is the one for you if you like to watch action thriller animes. This also has various other themes such as time travel, friendship, and redemption.
4. Romantic Killer (2022)
This anime is based on a manga that is illustrated by Wataru Momose. This anime is easily available on Netflix in various regions. Its manga was so popular because of its funny and slice-of-life genre that its makers decided to make it a 12 episode anime.
This story revolves around a high school girl named Anzu Hoshino. Unlike other high school girls she was not interested in love she rather want only three things in her life which are video games, chocolates, and her beloved cat.
One day while playing an old 3D game that was poorly programmed. A bizarre witch came out from the TV screen her name was Riri and she starts a harem dating game with our main lead Anzu. Riri throws various challenges toward Anzu to make this game interesting.
This anime is known for its out-of-the-box animation and funny storyline. So if you would like to watch an anime that makes you laugh so hard that you forget all your pain then this anime is for you.
5. Blue Period (2021)
This anime is based on manga which is written by Tsubasa Yamaguchi. You can easily find this 12 episode anime on Netflix. But for those regions where it is not available on Netflix then you can go to Crunchyroll to watch this anime.
This anime revolves around our main character named Yatora Yaguchi who is a high school student with an ordinary life. The only problem he has is that he lacks purpose and passion in his life. But suddenly one day he saws a painting in an art gallery this lit a spark in him and he decide to become a painter.
This anime beautifully portrays the struggle which is faced by Yatora Yaguchi on his path to becoming a painter. will he be able to do that? If you want to know then you should go and watch this anime. If you’re a person who loves art then I’m sure this anime is for you.
6. The Day I Became a God (2020)
This anime is based on a manga which is written and illustrated by Jun Maeda, He is a renowned manga artist in Japan. This is universally available on Crunchyroll. This 12 episode anime was released in 2020.
This story revolves around our main character named Youta Narukami who is a high school student. One day he encounters a girl who is claiming to be a god. Her name was Hina. According to Hina’s power, the world will be going to end in 30 days. She wanted Youta to enjoy the remaining days so she asks Youta about the same.
Follow Youta and Hina on their journey which is full of adventures to form various meaningful connections throughout the series. What do you think will be the fate of this world? make sure you watch it and tell us in the comments about the experience.
7. Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls (2011)
This 12 episode anime is based on the novel which is written by Minato Soft. This anime is aired from October to December 2011, it includes 12 episodes. You can easily watch this 12 episode anime on Crunchyroll.
This story is based on the life of our protagonist Yamato Naoe. Yamato is part of a samurai family known as the Kazama family who are famous for their samurai way of living. This story is set up in a town named Kawakami City which is known for its strong samurai tradition and strong martial arts power.
Yamato has a group of female friends who has a good level of combat skills and all of them have different personalities. The main theme of this story reveals around the comic timing and action-packed adventure. If you wanted to watch a good high school anime with a lot of action then this one is for you.
8. Hanamaru Kindergarten (2010)
This 12 episode anime is based on the manga of the same name which is illustrated and written by Yuto. This 12 episode anime was released in 2010 and now it is easily available on Crunchyroll.
The main character in this story is a 5-year-old girl named Anzu. She is so cute that I can’t describe it in words. After watching this anime I’m sure you will say the same things. Anzu joins the Hanamaru Kindergarten and she got flattered by the looks of her teacher named Tsuchida and she always try to gain his attention.
This story follows the daily misadventures and adventures of our cute little protagonist. This 12 episode anime offers you a mix of comedy and slice-of-life genres.
9. Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-Sou (2018)
This anime is based on the manga written and illustrated by Nekoume. It is available on Crunchyroll. This 12 episode anime has various genres like comedy and romance but for some special audiences, it also has a lot of ecchi scenes. So you better watch it alone my dear friend.
The story revolves around a high school boy Aki Shina who recently got admitted to an art school in Tokyo so he arrives to live in a dormitory in Sunohara-sou. But soon he realizes that he is in an all-girls dormitory (such a lucky guy). This dom is full of seductive girls and he is the only male here.
Ayaka Sunohara is the landlady of the dorm and she takes care of every student there like a mother. Trust me it is fun anime to watch when you’re alone. This 12 episode anime features the daily life adventures and misadventures of Aki while living in an all-girl dom.
10. Why the Hell Are You Here, Teacher!? (2019)
This one is my favorite on this list of 12 episode anime. This is available on Crunchyroll. This anime is based on the manga written and illustrated by Soborou with the same name. This anime is categorized under ecchi and comedy because it contains a lot of fan service so I would recommend that you should watch it when you’re alone.
The main protagonist of this story is Ichiro Sato a high school student. He unknowingly falls into the most awkward and humorous situations with his attractive teachers. This is fun to watch. each episode of this 12 episode anime features different stories with the same concept.
Each episode of this 12 episode anime is so hilarious that you will laugh a lot for sure. Plus the fan service in this series is too good. I would suggest that you should watch this one definitely and then tell me in the comments about your experience.
Why Creators Make 12 Episode Anime?
Well, there are different reasons behind making such a 12 episode anime series. But the most common reason is budget problems. Sometimes the creators under-expected the budget due to which they ran out of money and have to close the production for further seasons or episodes.
Another reason is that the manga author died or fell ill or dropped the idea of making manga further. Due to this reason the production also stops. One of the most common is that the creators intentionally make such short animes so that people can enjoy these animes in one go.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There are some frequently asked questions asked by many people.
Q1. Which anime is the best 12 episode anime?
A1. It is a little hard to take just one name when there are lots of anime with 12 episodes that are best. There are many 12 episode anime that are best and you can consider them by watching some of them are my dress-up Darling, chainsaw man, blue periods, romantic killer, erased, and many more.
Q2. Is it okay to watch short anime?
It is not at all important that you have to watch only those never-ending animes like one piece or Naruto. They are great no doubt but you should make your comfort level first by watching short anime like 10 to 12 episode animes and it is totally okay to watch short anime.
Q3. Is it fun watching short anime?
A3. This is something that you should find out by yourself. I would suggest you watch some short anime and find out by yourself but yes if you ask me then I would say it is definitely fun watching short anime. You should try watching some anime such as Erased, romantic killer, chainsaw man, and many more.
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