12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 4: Gintama

Seasons greetings to our dear readers!  Gintama ranges four seasons and 367 episodes at the present time and includes quite a few Christmas episodes.  I have already written about the Christmas story told in episode 200.  The present post concerns an earlier Christmas episode from season one.  Gintama might be described as a science-fiction, samurai… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 4: Gintama

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 1: Cardcaptor Sakura

Admittedly, it’s been quite a while since I’ve watched through the original Cardcaptor Sakura series. Revisiting it recently, though, both through the recent Clear Card series and celebrating the holiday season with the original series’ Christmas episode, I can confidently say that the series has not lost an ounce of its charm with the passage… Read More 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 1: Cardcaptor Sakura

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 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