Are you ready to kick back and relax with a mug of hot cocoa? From wholesome goofing off to some heart-wrenching holiday tales, these five anime episodes and/or movies will keep you comfy through the Christmas season.
5. Love Hina “Silent Eve” Christmas Special Movie
Starting this off with a classic romance anime: Love Hina. This Christmas special came out in 2000 and is designed to be a bonus episode, no spoilers here.
As the first Christmas of the new millennium approaches, Keitarō tries his best to focus on his last few tests of the year until he hears about a strange rumor going around: if one confesses their love on Christmas Eve, it will come true. Keitarō is determined to confess his love for Naru finally and hopes to take advantage of this magical night to make his dream come true.
4. K-On “Christmas”
One thing people tend to do when it comes to the holiday season is find ways to make the people they care about safe and happy — especially by gifting family and friends items that will keep them snug and warm. Yui and Ui both decide to give each other the gift of warmth but there’s an issue … the Light Music Club decides to host a gift exchange, which could potentially throw a wrench into the two of them receiving the right gift. This episode is also fun thanks to Ui getting duped into thinking she needs to prepare for a nonexistent talent show as well as kid Yui’s antics to make sure Ui could see a white Christmas. It’ll certainly make you feel nice and warm inside, just like Yui and Ui eventually do.
3. Cardcaptor Sakura “Christmas Special”
An essential aspect of the holidays is the feeling of being warm. You can accomplish that by putting on warm clothes, doing nice things, or just by … setting things on fire. That’s what happens when Sakura tries to give a gift to Yukito for Christmas, but oh no! The amusement park begins to catch fire due to The Fiery card! Being trapped in a burning amusement park is not how people want to be warm during the holidays, but thanks to Sakura, her pals, and some clever card usage, she’s able to put out the fire and acquire a new Clow Card in the process — just in time to still be able to give Yukito the gift she made for him.
2. My Love Story “My Christmas”
Takeo and Rinko are a model couple, so it makes sense that they’d want to help out their friends and set them up. The problem with that — especially during the holidays — is that it can be a real awkward time for everyone if things don’t go as planned. This almost happens for Takeo’s friend, who wants to get together with one of Rinko’s friends. When situations like this arise, it’s key to have a good wingman like Takeo on your side to make sure you don’t blow it. Takeo’s certainly the kind of friend who will want to keep his friends happy, but also give them the right kind of pep talk to straighten them out if things are going awry. Of course, this pep talk eventually leads to his friend climbing a giant Christmas tree to retrieve a star — and that’s the kind of act that makes everything work out. Just maybe don’t try climbing any Christmas tree you find because I’m sure that’s not going to end well for you.
1. Tokyo Godfathers
Tokyo Godfathers is an unconventional, but festive type of Christmas story full of wacky twists that turn into a collection of small miracles. The story centers around three homeless people: runaway high-school student Miyuki, former drag queen Hana, and middle-aged alcoholic Gin. This mismatched trio comes together as a family on the streets of Tokyo and they find an abandoned newborn baby in the garbage on Christmas Eve. After naming the baby Kiyoko, meaning “pure child,” they begin a quest to find the baby’s parents.
The movie dives into each of the character’s stories, piecing together how each became homeless through flashbacks and what family means to them. While the story branches off in different directions, it is easy to understand and has all the traditional elements of a Christmas movie underneath the surface: joy, hope, goodwill, and a little bit of imagination.
In the process of uncovering the baby’s story, they learn more about each other and themselves as well. These Tokyo godparents will certainly never leave your memory as a Christmas special.