12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 5: Love Hina

If there's one thing that anime Christmas episodes have in common, it's romance.  Most of them involve a romantic element, with the usual involving some Christmas date presented with some anime misunderstanding or angst.  Christmas cakes are also involved, as is snow and shopping. With this in mind, the other day I asked my Tumblr… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 5: Love Hina

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 4: Ghost Hunt

Christmas in Ghost Hunt started the way Christmas probably does for many people: hanging up Christmas decorations and vaguely wondering why they are celebrating the holiday in the first place. The scene starts with Mai putting up a Christmas tree at the Shibuya Psychic Research Center when Naru comes in, stares blankly at it, and tells… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 4: Ghost Hunt

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 3: Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi

You probably already know that if you don't "believe," you can't see Santa Claus.  But did you know that there are multiple Santas?  And rather than delivering presents, they actually give you wonderful dreams?  Also, some Santas are girls who wear short dresses (maybe you already knew this from Itsudatte My Santa).  Oh, and they… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 3: Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 2: Nabari no Ou

Nabari episode 18 is not a cheery anime episode. The Christmas season is considered to be a joyous time, but that isn't the case for many of us. Nabari shows a side of Christmas in this episode that we tend to look over, as well as some very Japanese elements of the Christmas celebration. This… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 2: Nabari no Ou

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 1: Hayate no Gotoku

Most 16-year-old boys would admit to having problems in their lives, but few would admit to having the same problems as Ayasaki Hayate. (WARNING for spoilers ahead -- although we are only in episode 1 of the first season, for what it's worth.) The title character of Hayate no Gotoku ("Hayate the Combat Butler") has… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 1: Hayate no Gotoku

12 Days of Christmas Anime for 2013

Each year on Beneath the Tangles, we celebrate the Christmas season by discussing some of our favorite anime Christmas episodes.  Beginning tomorrow, we'll be posting about an anime Christmas episode each day for the 12 days leading up to Christmas.  I hope you'll read along and maybe even view some of these episodes as we… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime for 2013

My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2013

The timing of Christmas is such that it's a nice time to reflect upon the past years.  Applying that reflection toward anime, I've reworked the words to a holiday favorite, "My Favorite Things," the last few years.  And here's another version for 2013 (Note: there are Attack on Titan anime and Naruto manga spoilers in the… Continue reading My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2013

The Ten Best Anime Christmas Episodes, Part II

Yesterday, I gave numbers 6-10 on my list of the ten best Christmas anime.  Today, we'll complete our countdown! 5. Maison Ikkoku I don't think any anime series has ever done angst better than Maison Ikkoku, which balances that teeth-clenching feeling of "Why don't they get together?!" with writing and character development that keeps us… Continue reading The Ten Best Anime Christmas Episodes, Part II

The Ten Best Anime Christmas Episodes, Part I

Thanksgiving has past and Christmastime is now upon us.  For me, that traditionally means watching Christmas shows and movies.  In recent years, I've added Christmas anime, which have become as ubiquitous as anime beach episodes, to my regular holiday viewing list.  I've now watched dozens and dozens of Christmas anime episodes - many are certainly… Continue reading The Ten Best Anime Christmas Episodes, Part I