• 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 4: Love Hina and the Noise of the Season

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    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. But when I visited my mall a couple weeks ago, the shoppers, drivers, and decorations weren’t quite as grand as I imagined or remembered. Not to put blame squarely on others—truth is, I’m often not at my best during the holidays, either. This is such a pure and holy holiday, one that at its center is about a baby, a gift of redemption to...
  • Kino’s Journey ~ The Beautiful World ~ Episode 11: Saving You

    I had an argument with my wife recently where we really let it loose, where neither of us controlled ourselves. The stress of a tough month got to us, and we said everything on our minds and things that weren’t. Worst of all is that our kids were witness to it. Thankfully, we resolved things and spoke to our children, who were far more understanding and kinder to us than we expected, than we deserved. Sometimes as parents, no matter how hard you try or how much love you have, you mess up. You mess up even worse, though—and I’ve done this many times in the past—when you hide behind you so-called maturity, your wisdom, your standing as an...
  • 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 3: Orange and the “Christmas” That Wasn’t

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    The anime “Orange” has a rather interesting “Christmas” episode. There isn’t, in fact, much Christmas in it at all. While the episode starts with the hopes of a Christmas Eve date between two of the main characters —Naho and Kakeru—this ends up not happening. The reason behind this last-minute cancellation is saddening, with the dreams being dashed by a hospital visit. Kakeru’s grandma suddenly winds up very ill and he spends Christmas in the hospital with her. The above is certainly not what most of us picture when we think of Christmas. Most of us think of Christmas trees, presents, candy canes, hot chocolate, holidays… not hospital, bedsides medical scares and lost family members. For those of us who...
  • 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 2: Tsuki ga Kirei, Kimi ni Todoke, and What Christmas Isn’t

    Lucy swears it’s just a big commercial racket. Princess Leia (or at least her alter ego) though it was about kindness. Mo Rocca says it’s a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness. And Chizu…well, Chizu’s not a fan. You don’t have to go further than your local mall—and in fact, the mall’s a good place to witness such diversity—to see that Christmas means a lot of different things to different people. Actually, you really don’t have to go further than your living room. Flip on the TV and see Christmas movies galore about a variety of topics, most clumped together in this gooey feel-good, warm feeling that represents the holiday. Switch the channel over to Crunchyroll, and it’s not quite...
  • 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 1: Tokyo Godfathers

    I watched Tokyo Godfathers for the first time recently, and, in addition to inspiring the ink drawing above, the thing brought me to the point of tears. The third movie directed by the late Satoshi Kon, it tells the story of three homeless people who find an abandoned baby girl on Christmas Eve and embark on an adventure to find her parents. It’s a mixture of pathos and comedy, as Dickensian circumstances propel the trio through a series of bizarre and poignant episodes....
  • Umaru-Chan and the Meaning of Christmas — MDMRN

    While we kick off our 12 Days of Christmas Anime posts in earnest tomorrow, we’ll start off our two-week celebration by reblogging a wonderful post from one of our writers, MRNewman, on his own site, MDMRN. I would be remiss if we didn’t get down to the real meaning of Christmas at least once, as Matthew does it better than I can. Check out his post! Himouto! Umaru-chan is an anime series based on the manga of the same name about a lazy teenage girl living with her older brother. In public she’s pretty, popular, sweet, and gets good grades at school. At home, she’s a lazy bum who sits around and watches anime, plays video games and is...
  • Come Join us for 12 Days of Christmas Anime!

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    I love Christmas. And I love Christmas anime episodes. It’s a bit strange to watch such episodes in the middle of, say, the summer season—and every other series seems to include a Christmas episodes these days—but when I’m watching in December, I can really feel the spirit of the holiday coming through. Nowadays, I even number the Christmas specials from Love Hina, Big O, and others alongside more traditional fare as classics in my home, even if their depiction of the holiday isn’t quite what we expect in the west. Of course, that’s what makes anime fun in the first place, and it’s no different with these episodes. On Beneath the Tangles, we like to celebrate Christmas with you...
  • Sharing Joy in Anime-Gataris

    I barely have time to watch anime these days, but I’m trying to keep up with the Fall series of shows. There are always at least five or six shows I want to watch either out of curiosity or because I want to ride the hype train and see where it goes. Anime-Gataris was one that I just clicked on while browsing through Crunchyroll since it had the word “anime” in the title. I thought that it might be similar to GAMERS, which I am not a fan of since it let me down, by focusing on anime instead of video games. The series starts off with a dream about an anime that is a little odd, and then we...
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