GeekNights Wednesday - Odd Taxi

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the phenomenal Odd Taxi anime. It's a psychological thriller and it's one of the best shows in recent memory. We're talking must-watch anime. in the news, the X-Men are X-Men again, MAPPA shows off the upcoming Chainsaw Man anime, MAPPA pays poverty wages for animation, SGDQ 2021 is underway, Godzilla Singular Point is OK, and The Owl House season 2 keeps on truckin'.

Also Scott offers second dibs on a Dell Ultrasharp U2410.

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After watching this I am sure that Rym hasn’t seen Yano yet, because Rym would be all about Yano.

Also, this show would definitely not work as live action. I will let you discover why for yourself.

Oh man.

I LOVE the Owl House.

Excited to get back on that!

I’ve seen the whole show and see no reason it couldn’t be live action.



Throughout the entire show we see the characters an anthropomorphic animals. This is because of how Odokawa perceives them. It is also a major plot point that this perception allows Odokawa to easily identify people and distinguish them from another. In the second half of the final episode, we then get them as regular people, who look similar to their animal counterparts, but also definitely distinct from it. There are also some other ways the show uses to distinguish these different headspaces, e.g. the line work being rather sharp in the second half of the final episode when it was always fuzzy throughout the rest of the show.

Unless you spend a ton of money on CGI animal people (in which case, why have live action at all), or you strike out one of the major plot arcs that has impact on a number of other story points, this show simply cannot be live action. It uses the medium of animation as a mechanical device to facilitate its plot.


It would work with just some makeup and prosthetics. It doesn’t need to be any fancier than a theater production of Cats, and it will work just fine.


I don’t think this would work. The thing about Cats is that you have only animal characters. Stuff like this new animal dating show that was around the internet a week ago just go’s straight into uncanny valley.

The thing is that you need both animal characters and human characters to fit into the same artistic style without a major distinction between the two. The material should still be identifiable as belonging to the same show, regardless of what type of character you have.


Imagine that you’re at a Broadway theater watching Cats. And then in the final act, the actors take off their prosthetics, wash off the makeup, and switch to human clothes reminiscent of their costumes. It’s the same people. You will absolutely be able to recognize which person was which animal. This isn’t hard.

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