Whether you're trying not to accidentally run over a sibling while driving to a Christmas party (as I nearly did last year), or perhaps putting a bit too much rum in the egg nog, the holidays are a time for giving, and putting family and friends before yourself. While here in the United States we dance between celebrating Christmas, stuffing corporate pockets and making our holidays politically correct, Japan has started celebrating these times with their own customs; otaku like ourselves are given one of the best gifts of all: anime Christmas specials! Over the past few days I've gathered a list of various anime, and pinpointed their Christmas episodes for all to enjoy! I've even noted which ones may be watched on Crunchyroll.
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The holidays are a time for strolling down Nostalgia Lane and remembering holidays past; sitting back and rewatching the Pikachu’s Winter Vacation specials doesn't seem like a bad idea! As a child, I was an avid fan of anything Pokemon related -- more specifically, I was obsessed with Pikachu, and madly in love with Ash Ketchum (I slept with an oversized Pikachu pillow, and flirted a bit too much with the poster from Pokemon: The First Movie). Pikachu’s Winter Vacation is a collection of shorts centered around our favorite group of pocket monsters.
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Speaking of reminiscing on childhood anime, there’s also Sailor Moon S: The Movie. While it isn’t exactly a Christmas special, there’s little more appealing to my eye than Tuxedo Mask dressed in a Santa Suit. It’s a shame we can’t find him in a mall now, isn’t it?
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Every year we rush to gather everything and everyone at the last minute just in time for a perfect Christmas party. We ask who has the pie, or who is bringin the egg nog. We wonder if So-and-So will show up, and we make phone calls reminding people about our plans. In Ef: A Tale of Memories, things start off no differently. Whether it's Kei buying her cake at the last minute and attempting to remind everyone of her party, or Hiro's bike being stolen by Miya and the two enjoying a romantic, unplanned walk along the beach at night, Christmas is certainly a wonderful way to begin a series whose name includes "memories."
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The Christmas spirit hasn't abandoned our currently simulcasting shows either, though, as we see in episode ten of My Little Monster. While my opinion of Shizuru hasn't changed (she's still a cold-hearted shrew), and Haru is still his strange self (even if he's regressed a little), it's definitely an episode worth watching.
For even more memorable Christmas Specials, check out these anime:
More can be found by simply searching for "Christmas" at Crunchyroll.
* These episodes are available for view on Crunchyroll.
** These episodes are available on Crunchyroll for premium anime members only.
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