The Ten Best Anime Christmas Episodes, Part II

Beneath the Tangles

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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