I love Christmas. And I love Christmas anime episodes. It’s a bit strange to watch such episodes in the middle of, say, the summer season—and every other series seems to include a Christmas episodes these days—but when I’m watching in December, I can really feel the spirit of the holiday coming through. Nowadays, I even number the Christmas specials from Love Hina, Big O, and others alongside more traditional fare as classics in my home, even if their depiction of the holiday isn’t quite what we expect in the west. Of course, that’s what makes anime fun in the first place, and it’s no different with these episodes.
On Beneath the Tangles, we like to celebrate Christmas with you by counting down the days until the 25th by discussing one episode of Christmas anime each day. Watch along with us if you’d like, or just enjoy our little musings about these episodes. We’re reblogging a post tomorrow that I think will set the tone for the next two weeks, and then jump in with Day #1 on Thursday with a Satoshi Kon classic that I think is reflective of what we try to do here on the site—get to the heart of the matter in a sincere, meaningful way.
I hope you’ll enjoy our march toward December 25th. Merry Christmas, and a happy holiday season from your staff here at Beneath the Tangles!