Day 2: Bloom Episode 10 of After School Dice Club, appropriately titled, “”Happy Holy Night,” is a clever episode, using two board games, Ladies and Gentleman and Blokus, to explain the true meaning of Christmas: family and shopping. Wait. Okay, maybe it doesn’t go into anything particularly deep (and we do hope that you’ll find… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime: After School Dice Club
Day 1: Hero Beneath the Tangles seems to have slipped into an inadvertent biennial tradition of writing about Sword Art Online‘s Christmas episode (the third episode of the series). Others wrote about it two years and four years ago, respectively, and now I want to take a turn at it. I’m sure you already know… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime: Sword Art Online Episode 3, Take 3
Christmastime is a season of anticipation and celebration, of looking forward to an event that already happened, one which brought hope to the world, and rejoicing in the Savior’s birth for what it was, why it matters still, and of what is to come. Advent, which focuses on these themes, is a far cry from… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime (2019)
Fruits Basket remake so heartfelt and pretty A sad life transformed by a black-and-white kitty Vikings and vengeance and princes and kings These are a few of my favorite things Saitama’s awesome but he is no gamer Miku’s best girl, ain’t that a no-brainer? Manga with Vader, Leia, and X-Wings These are a few of… Read More My Favorite Anime Things (2019 Edition)
If you are enjoying this season’s Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, you might also want to check out The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. The same author, Hajime Kamoshida wrote the original light novels for these adaptations, and he seems to have a knack for strong character writing. The strong source material is further amplified by… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 12: The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Is 53:5) There’s so much pressure on us during Christmas—pressure to spend time with family, pressure to spend spend spend, pressure to feel happy and full… Read More Merry Christmas!
Christmas is an incredibly nostalgic holiday for many of us, carrying those emotions in whenever the season rolls around. Because it happens yearly, it can be a time for us to remember the past, whether happy or sad. In our memories, we can reflect on how our attitudes and positions in life have changed over… Read More The 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 11: Angel Beats!
The Ancient Magus Bride has a absolutely beautiful holiday arc. Why is the spirit of Christmas such a beautiful backdrop to highlight intricate relationships? Episodes 16 and 17 of the Ancient Magus Bride gives us some insight to what is so fascinating about human connection during the holiday season. What stands out most to me… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 10: The Ancient Magus Bride
Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live has been a wonderful yet underrated surprise among the anime I’ve seen. On the surface, it looks like a typical children’s magical idol show with an ice-skating gimmick, but the combination of tightly-crafted story arcs and amazing character development among the cast has made the show shine like a prism… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 9: Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live
During this time of year, sources secular and religious alike encourage us to keep the “Christmas spirit” during the season, but that statement almost feels like a platitude, becoming as much a part of the season as the things it rails against, like commercialism and so forth. And maybe that’s why I feel like Charlie… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 8: ReLIFE