12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: The Many Christmases of Kurau: Phantom Memory

For Ayaka Steiger, Christmas is awful.  When she was still a child, the conflicted antagonist of Kurau: Phantom Memory lost her entire family on Christmas Eve to a group of gunmen with a grudge against her father, a top agent with the government’s secret service, the GPO. As an adult, she has followed in her… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: The Many Christmases of Kurau: Phantom Memory

Fanart Friday, Too: Merry Christmas from Miku

We’re celebrating a special holiday, so why not go all out and feature two Fanart Friday pieces this Christmas Eve! Here’s Miku wishing you a Merry Christmas from balabling, one of my favorite artists on Pixiv. Enjoy, and here’s hoping you enjoy your Christmas as well! ★ 【balabling】「 merry christmas 」 ☆

12 Days of Christmas “Anime,” Day 11: From Coldness to Warmth (A New Christmas Gift of Remembrance from Giant Spider & Me)

You know how people say that the Word of God is alive?  Wait, let me tweak that question. Yes, you know how people say that the Word of God is alive, but even more so, how the Bible says the Word of God is alive (Hebrews 4:12)? While there have been plenty of instances where I read… Read More 12 Days of Christmas “Anime,” Day 11: From Coldness to Warmth (A New Christmas Gift of Remembrance from Giant Spider & Me)

12 Days of Christmas “Anime,” Day 10: The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten

Important spoiler warning: While the Christmas “episode” in question takes place in volume one of the series, I will be talking about major spoilers from volume two. Whenever a big revelation happens in a story, I like to think about earlier events and see how my view of those events changes based on what was… Read More 12 Days of Christmas “Anime,” Day 10: The Angel Next Door Spoils Me Rotten

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 8: Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle

‘Twas the night before Christmasand all through the Demon Castlenot a demon was stirring— Save for one: Princess Syalis herself. The snow (before you ask: yes, it snows in demon-lands; deal with it) has filled her with Christmas nostalgia. After writing out her wish list to Santa and stuffing it into the purple, demon-themed stocking… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 8: Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 3: Sword Art Online, Death and Birth

Yo ho ho, piratical Christmas?! I’ve kind of made it a personal challenge as to how many posts I can write out of “Red Nosed Reindeer,” the third episode of Sword Art Online. (I believe this is my third.) This time, I want to explore the contrasting attitudes toward death displayed in the episode. Death… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 3: Sword Art Online, Death and Birth

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 2: Blue Period Asks, Whose Christmas is it Anyway?

Blue Period has a Christmas episode that isn’t really a Christmas episode, but then, surprisingly, is precisely a Christmas episode. In it, Christmas lasts about two minutes. Just long enough for the art prep school students to bask in the sparkly glory of some strawberry shortcake before the montage skips along to New Year’s Eve.… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 2: Blue Period Asks, Whose Christmas is it Anyway?