Episode 17, “Mercury Retrogrades at Christmas”
Episode 18, “Under the Fir Tree”
Episode 19, “Christmas Eve Festival”
These series of episodes are set during Christmastime. Taiga returns to school after her suspension, and is uncharacteristically excited about the holiday. In this mood, she decides to play Cupid for Ryuji and Minorin in order to be good for Santa. Meanwhile, Yusaku announces a Christmas Eve party, and the students work together to prepare for it. Taiga, who has a special love for Christmas connected with presents, brings in a glass star to top the students’ tall Christmas tree. Unfortunately, Minorin accidentally destroys it with a stray softball. Inconsolable, she refuses to go to the Christmas party, despite Ryuji’s entreaties. As the party begins, relationships begin to evolve with Ryuji at the center of everything.
A humongous Christmas tree, Christmas decorations, a Christmas bear and Yusaku’s semi-naked elf (?) outfit…that exhibitionist!
On the eighth day of Christmas, anime gave to me:
Broken hearts and ornaments
Mio’s darling dresses,
Chiyo’s dad as Santa,
a blonde Santa Claus,
a Christmas tree comet,
Paper Sisters birthday,
and Sakura knitting a nerdy dollie.
Baby, it’s cold outside! So don’t forget to close your door – you don’t want to let the cold in (or have a love interest see you comforting an idol singer).