The Ten Best Anime Christmas Episodes, Part II

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Yesterday, I gave numbers 6-10 on my list of the ten best Christmas anime.  Today, we’ll complete our countdown!

5. Maison Ikkoku

I don’t think any anime series has ever done angst better than Maison Ikkoku, which balances that teeth-clenching feeling of “Why don’t they get together?!” with writing and character development that keeps us interested, still, one hundred episodes in.  Episodes 39 and 40, one of a number of Christmas episodes in the series, is no different.  Godai spends the episode tracking down an important rock (yes, rock) for Kyoko, and we see what each means to the other as the countdown to the Christmas party ticks away.

4. Chrono Crusade

I really dislike Chrono Crusade – I never made it to the end because I found it terribly boring.  Episode 12, however, is an exception.  While perhaps drifting into cheesy territory (though isn’t cheese acceptable…

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The Ten Best Anime Christmas Episodes, Part I

Beneath the Tangles

Thanksgiving has past and Christmastime is now upon us.  For me, that traditionally means watching Christmas shows and movies.  In recent years, I’ve added Christmas anime, which have become as ubiquitous as anime beach episodes, to my regular holiday viewing list.  I’ve now watched dozens and dozens of Christmas anime episodes – many are certainly terrible, but there are a plethora of good ones as well.  I’ll be giving you what I believe are the ten best, starting with numbers 6-10 today, and concluding with the top five tomorrow.

10. Toradora

Toradora has three episodes set around Christmastime (17, 18, and 19).  Although there’s nothing particularly special about how Christmas is presented in them – parties, trees, presents, love – the episodes are notable for pushing forward the romantic plot of the story and developing the characters of Taiga, Minori, and Ami, sometimes through unexpected events, like Minori’s baseball/tree mishap.

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