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

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.… Read More 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

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