Read or Die (TV)
Episode 10: “Christmas Carol”
The Christmas Story
First of all, please forgive me if you recall this post from last year – much of it is repeated, but I thought it was worthy, since this is a great anime episode. As it begins, Nenene receives two invitations to Christmas parties. The three sisters want to go to the second, a party for a recipient of an author’s award which Nenene once received. They all go, and Nenene is admonished by a senior, though she’s then defended by Lee, her editor. Later, Nenene finds out that the second party is actually a birthday party for the sisters, as they tell of how they came to be sisters on Christmas Day.
This episode contains a surprising amount of references to Christian themes, particularly toward loving others. While Anita (who will become the youngest sister) decries the lack of miracles and wonders about God’s existence, Michelle and Maggie each decide to make their own miracles by coming to the abandoned girl. The imagery of Mary and baby Jesus is emphasized through repetition, strongly inferring a familial love, as well as the expectation of miracles on this special day.
I first watched this episode last year and after watching it, was very much tempted to watch the entire franchise. I haven’t, but I still plan to.
You can watch this episode legally through Hulu.
Christmas Spirit Score
If This Episode Was a Christmas Song, It Would Be…
“O Holy Night” – Christmas became the occasion for the future Paper Sisters to all come together, abandoning their pains and difficulties to form a family. Oh, the power of one holy night:
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
It may be getting cold outside, but don’t let the temperatures get you down. There’s a feeling of magic in the air!
On the second day of Christmas, anime gave to me… a Paper Sisters birthday,
and friends for a former emperor.