Anime can do wonders for a person’s spirit on the coldest of winter nights. Here are ten items that are ideal for the season.
People are already generating lists of movies to watch for holiday cheer, but we’re confident that there’s a sizable anime fandom looking for recommendations for holiday cheer as well.
Good news is, there are a lot of anime that are best watched with a warm blanket and the twinkling Christmas lights around. Now that you’re all set, let’s get started with a selection of Christmas-themed anime to get you in the holiday spirit.
1. Tokyo Godfathers
First up on our list is Tokyo Grandfathers, everyone’s favorite Christmas anime, which tells the story of three persons who have no place in society: Gin, Hans, and Miyuki. A newborn was found abandoned nearby on the eve of Christmas, so they set out to find the child’s parents.
Every fan gets a unique experience thanks to Tokyo Godfathers. It contains a lot of heartwarming moments, but it also has some of the funniest material we’ve ever seen in anime. You may rest guaranteed that it’s a Christmas anime that you won’t regret seeing!
2. 5 Centimeters Per Second
The melancholy side of anime that we all love to see around the holidays inspired us to make this selection. Tohno Takaki and Akari’s story is told in 5 Centimeters Per Second. The two were childhood buddies but were forced to part ways when their parents’ occupations took them in different directions. Eventually, the thought of ‘what could’ve been’ consumes both of them to the end of their lives because of a lack of regular contact.
Despite the fact that this is a depressing anime, we still enjoy it. I can’t think of a better film than 5 Centimeters Per Second and Makoto Shinkai deserves all the credit for making it.
Toradora follows Ryuuji and Taiga through their high school years in this delightful animation. Having a crush on Minori, Ryuuji is fortunate to be placed in the same class as her at school. To boost his chances of getting together with Minori, he works together with her buddy, Taiga.
We can’t help but root for these two as their relationship progresses and blossoms. You can see why the anime Toradora made this list because it’s lots of slice-of-life material that everyone loves. Because of this, we include it on our list of the best Christmas-themed television shows.
4. Itsudatte My Santa!
Itsudatte My Santa, one of the most famous anime series of the 2000s, tells the story of a young kid named Santa Claus who despises everything about the holiday. There are a few people out there who have already predicted how his life would be turned around when he meets a girl whose whole purpose in life is to show him the beauty of life.
Itsudatte Anime My Santa! is as Christmassy as it can possibly be. If you haven’t seen it yet, we’re confident that you’ll fall in love with it as soon as you do.
5. Whisper of The Heart
While Shizuku enjoys writing, she isn’t entirely sure whether it’s the right road for her to take in life. Whisper Of The Heart chronicles her narrative. Shizuku falls in love with Seiki after a few chance encounters and learns what it means to forge one’s own path in life, which she goes on to do. Shizuku is following in Seiki’s footsteps by becoming a writer. Whisper of the Heart is one of those rare anime that manages to move us to tears. There’s no better way to ring in the new year than with a sad but uplifting tune.
6. Wolf Children
Ghibli’s classic, The Wolf Children, is a fitting choice for the holiday season. One of its main characters, college student Han, falls in love with a mysterious man who claims to be half-wolf. They rapidly fall in love and even start a family together.
Her husband dies, leaving her with two wolf cubs to raise on her alone. When compared to some of the other anime on this list, Wolf Children gives an entirely other perspective. The anime strikes our hearts in a unique way since the plot focuses on what it means to be a loving parent. On this list, it’s one of our favorites.
7. Your Lie In April
Lie in April is the story of Arima Kousei, a talented teenage pianist who loses the capacity to hear what he plays after his mother’s death. To his surprise, Kaori Miyazono takes an interest in him and decides to get involved. As Kaori paints his world a rainbow of hues, Arima rediscovers what it is to be alive.
Despite the fact that Your Lie in April isn’t a Christmas-themed animation, it’s one that warms our souls. While this anime has its share of sorrowful moments, it also has plenty of happy ones, making it a great choice for the holiday season. You can’t go wrong with this book because the plot itself is flawlessly crafted.
8. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, which portrays the events of the fourth Haruhi novel, is another one we know you’ll enjoy viewing during this holiday season. Everyone’s memory of Suzumiya begins to fade as the SOS Brigade prepares for a Christmas celebration, to the point where they completely forget about her.
It’s a mystery-filled anime, but it also contains a decent amount of romance to keep us comfortable. You should watch The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya if you’re looking for a good Christmas anime.
It is vitally essential that you watch Kanon’s 2006 version if you want to enjoy Christmas while watching anime. For seven years, Aizawa Yuuchi is unable to see his cousin, who is the focus of the story.
The following year, he eventually makes it to the city, only to find that he has no recollection of it and to be shocked by how much it has changed. This anime is chock-full of drama, much of it centered around the holiday season, so it’s perfect for a chilly Christmas day.
10. Winter Sonata
Winter Sonata, an anime adaptation of a Korean television series, is our final choice for this list. In a tragic accident, her lover Joo Sang, who was Yoo Jin’s best friend, was killed. A few years later, she moves on with her life and marries a childhood acquaintance. As her life seemed to be returning to normal, she came into someone who looked exactly like Joo Sang.
In addition to being a gorgeous animation, Winter Sonata takes place in a wintery setting, making us feel like we’re in the midst of the holidays. One of our favorites to watch around the holidays, we’re confident that this will be one of the shows you’ll like if you get the chance to do so.