The ODDTAXI anime’s Twitter account has announced a new project titled “RoOT / Route of OddTaxi,” which is beginning with a newly serialized manga of the same name.
The RoOT / Route of OddTaxi manga is drawn by Takeichi Abaraya and serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Superior. The first chapter’s cover image features the characters Rena and Satou, who are reporters, in human form. The description says that the manga will present the story of taxi driver Hiroshi Odokawa in a new form.
The description also reveals that the manga is based on an original story by ODDTAXI scriptwriter Kazuya Konomoto, and that a live-action ODDTAXI drama is in the works.
The P.I.C.S. and OLM-produced ODDTAXI mystery anime aired in 2021 and was followed by a movie titled Odd Taxi: In The Woods in 2022. It has also inspired a manga adaptation, also from Abaraya, and a prequel stage play. The anime was directed by Mugi Kinoshita with Norio Nitta as assistant director and Kinoshita and Hiromi Nakayama as character designers. Natsuki Hanae voiced Odokawa.
Crunchyroll describes the anime as:
This town should look familiar, but suddenly, it’s not. The taxi driver Odokawa lives a very mundane life. He has no family, doesn’t really hang out with others, and he’s an oddball who is narrow-minded and doesn’t talk much. The only people he can call his friends are his doctor, Gouriki and his classmate from high school, Kakibana. All of his patrons seem to be slightly odd themselves. The college student who wants to be noticed online, Kabasawa. A nurse with secrets, Shirakawa. A comedy duo, the Homosapiens… All these mundane conversations somehow lead to a girl who’s gone missing.