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

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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

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 3: Orange and the “Christmas” That Wasn’t

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The anime “Orange” has a rather interesting “Christmas” episode. There isn’t, in fact, much Christmas in it at all. While the episode starts with the hopes of a Christmas Eve date between two of the main characters —Naho and Kakeru—this ends up not happening. The reason behind this last-minute cancellation is saddening, with the dreams… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 3: Orange and the “Christmas” That Wasn’t

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 2: Tsuki ga Kirei, Kimi ni Todoke, and What Christmas Isn’t

Lucy swears it's just a big commercial racket. Princess Leia (or at least her alter ego) though it was about kindness. Mo Rocca says it's a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness. And Chizu...well, Chizu's not a fan. You don't have to go further than your local mall—and in fact, the mall's a good place to… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 2: Tsuki ga Kirei, Kimi ni Todoke, and What Christmas Isn’t

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 1: Tokyo Godfathers

I watched Tokyo Godfathers for the first time recently, and, in addition to inspiring the ink drawing above, the thing brought me to the point of tears. The third movie directed by the late Satoshi Kon, it tells the story of three homeless people who find an abandoned baby girl on Christmas Eve and embark… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 1: Tokyo Godfathers

Umaru-Chan and the Meaning of Christmas — MDMRN

While we kick off our 12 Days of Christmas Anime posts in earnest tomorrow, we'll start off our two-week celebration by reblogging a wonderful post from one of our writers, MRNewman, on his own site, MDMRN. I would be remiss if we didn't get down to the real meaning of Christmas at least once, as… Continue reading Umaru-Chan and the Meaning of Christmas — MDMRN

Come Join us for 12 Days of Christmas Anime!

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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… Continue reading Come Join us for 12 Days of Christmas Anime!

My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2017

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I am the king of Christmas traditions. Each year, I push gently guide my family through the dozens of traditions I've built up through the past holiday seasons. And you are my family, too, my aniblog family, which means that I'll bring you along through of my holiday blog traditions, one of which is putting… Continue reading My Favorite (Anime) Things, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, all! When I was a kid, I absolutely loved the 4th of July. The spectacle of it all, and my budding patriotism, stirred such excitement in me! That sense of delight has waned over the years, but I want to instill in my own children the thrill associated with the holiday. We'll… Continue reading Happy Independence Day!

Easter 2017: The Hope of Resurrection

He is risen! If you go to church or are around Christians much today, you'll likely hear this phrase repeated a lot, followed by "He is risen indeed!" Again and again, we repeat to each other the good news: Jesus Christ, God in flesh, the perfect man, who died on our behalf, has risen from… Continue reading Easter 2017: The Hope of Resurrection

Secret Santa 2016: Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope Sakamichi no Apollon (2012 ~ 12 episodes) I’d never done the Reverse Thieves’ Secret Santa before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. While my Secret Santa was given a link to my MyAnimeList (MAL), I know that my taste in anime’s quite varied (my “favorites” range from horror,… Continue reading Secret Santa 2016: Kids on the Slope