12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 12: The iDOLM@STER’s Family Gathering

Last year during this season I talked about the Christmas episode from The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, so it is only fitting that this year I would talk about the Christmas episode, Episode 22, from the “original” The iDOLM@STER anime. (And no, I do not mean Xenoglossia; the one from 2011.) Our 13 girls of 765… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 12: The iDOLM@STER’s Family Gathering

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 11: Macross and a Christmas Truce

And man, at war with man, hears not The love song which they bring: O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing. Tonight when I sleep, it will be in relative peace. I may have burdens weighing on my mind, and certainly danger exists even in safe places, but I'm… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 11: Macross and a Christmas Truce

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 10: Sword Art Online and Reality

Sword Art Online may not be an anime you would imagine to have anything to do with Christmas, since it's about getting stuck inside of an MMORPG (massive multi-player role playing game), then dying in real life if you die in the game. In fact, I forgot that there actually was an episode that had… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 10: Sword Art Online and Reality

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 9: Honey and Clover and Bringing the Joy

How could I forgot that Honey and Clover had a Christmas episode? I guess it's been too long since I've watched this series (one of my favorites), but it is indeed hidden in there, only half of one episode really, and very early in season one (episode four). It was strange going back and watching… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 9: Honey and Clover and Bringing the Joy

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 8: A Very Special Sakura Quest

On a very special, quasi-Christmas themed episode of Sakura Quest, one of our leading characters, Maki, returns disappointed from Tokyo. She had been an excellent actress and had a few opportunities to act earlier in life. Since then, she's all but given up until an opportunity suddenly came her way. Her friends and family encouraged… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 8: A Very Special Sakura Quest

12 Days of Christmas, Day 7: Shirobako and a Working Christmas

Do you ever get so caught up in work—or school or life in general—that holidays and the holiday season become little more than background noise? I do. In fact, sometimes, holiday celebrations begin to feel inconvenient and impractical. See, I don’t get paid vacation days, so when a holiday lands on a weekday, I either… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas, Day 7: Shirobako and a Working Christmas

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 6: The Irresponsible Captain Tylor and Reverence for the Sacred

May all of our dear readers be enjoying a blessed Advent!  Having watched the original Irresponsible Captain Tylor anime, I thought that I would be writing about justice and mercy and the need to balance the two.  However, while watching the "White Christmas" episode of the OVA, a blasphemous mural of the Madonna and child… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 6: The Irresponsible Captain Tylor and Reverence for the Sacred

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 5: When Christmas Comes in like a Lion

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for those who suffer from mental struggles, the holidays can be unbearable. There are a couple ways to cope with this type of stress. In episode 10 from March Comes in like a Lion, Rei makes a few mistakes that throw his mood… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 5: When Christmas Comes in like a Lion

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 4: Love Hina and the Noise of the Season

I have this kind of romantic idea of Christmastime—and I don't think I'm alone—that has less to do with romance and more with the lovely idea of walking around in snow-covered streets or into malls filled with lights and decorations as people laugh and hold hands and shop and eat with smiles on their faces.… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 4: Love Hina and the Noise of the Season