The holiday season is upon us, and there are plenty of Christmas themed movies and TV shows to get you in the holiday spirit. You could go for romantic comedies like Love in fact Where Vacations, but there is so much more to see than these usual suspects. Instead of settling down for a cozy night with The Princess Switch 3, why not give anime A try?
There are certainly a lot of festive goodies available in the industry; News week highlights 6 anime to try this holiday season.
1. Tokyo sponsors
No Christmas-themed anime list would be complete without the late Satoshi Kon Tokyo Sponsors, the most iconic of all party animes.
The film, which is a loose retelling of Peter B. Kyne’s “Three Godparents”, truly captures the spirit of Christmas.
It follows three homeless people, an alcoholic named Gin, a transgender woman named Hana, and a runaway teenager Miyuki, who discover an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve and set out on a journey through Tokyo to reunite with their parents.
While Tokyo Sponsors deals with rather difficult subjects, it is a moving and stimulating film piece that shows the true meaning of altruism and giving.
The movie – like Paprika, Perfect Blue and Millennial actress— cemented Kon’s status as one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers of all time.
2. Let’s go!
Allowed, K-On! isn’t a Christmas anime, but there is a holiday-themed episode in Season 1 that is sure to thrill viewers looking for a short, sweet show.
K-On! ‘S The holiday-themed episode, aptly titled “Christmas,” follows Yui Hirasawa and his sister Ui as they throw a party for their friends in the music club to celebrate the festive holiday.
The characters exchange gifts and enjoy a meal, and overall it’s a delightful episode as it shows them spending time together and marveling at the snow.
3. Lucky star
In the same vein as K-On !, Lucky Star also has a Christmas-themed episode that follows its main characters as the holidays approach.
“Various Ways to Spend Christmas Eve” is a fun episode that sees Konata Izumi and her friends discussing various topics at school before winter break, including when they stopped believing in Santa.
Good star Also adds a festive touch to the episode by showing Izumi enjoying Christmas Eve with her father before her cousin Yui arrives at their house drunk in a fun turn of events.
4. Love Hina Christmas Special: Silent Eve
For a light festive movie to watch while on vacation, why not give it a try Christmas Special Love Hina: Silent Eve?
The Production IG movie sees Keitaro being bombarded with love confessions from several women over Christmas time, as he tries to tell Naru about his own feelings for her.
Since this is the Millennium, Keitaro and the many women in his life believe this Christmas Eve is special and if they declare their love it will mean their wish will come true.
While this may seem like a recipe for disaster, it makes for a fun and easy-to-watch Christmas special.
5. Hetalia: Axis powers
Hetalia is an anime that is more interested in historical events and tells them comically, but it also has a fun Christmas-themed episode that can be enjoyed during the holiday season.
“Academy Hetalia Christmas,” which is Episode 31 of the series, follows the characters – who are all human personifications of countries – as they try to show the best way to celebrate the holidays.
From America to Japan to Russia, each character explains what the holiday season means to them and how they mark the occasion, whether that’s baking treats and putting up festive lights (like in America) or by offering wine to Santa Claus (as in France).
6. Log horizon
For something more action-packed, Log Horizon has a Christmas special that combines a fantastic setting with the holidays.
The Season 2 episode, titled “Christmas Eve,” sees members of the Round Table Council attempt to thwart an attack by Enbart Nelles as he attempts to destroy the Christmas celebrations in Akiba.
If one battle wasn’t enough, there is also another battle between council members and various Depths of Palm monsters.
Not your typical Christmas-themed fare, but maybe it’s the year to try something a little different?