For a country where Christians only make up 2% of the population, it’s hard to imagine that most of Japan celebrates Christmas. Of course, this also means that Japanese TV shows also celebrate Christmas with 1 or 2 episodes dedicated to the holiday, and anime is no exception. With Christmas fast approaching, anime fans may be looking for some anime episodes to get into the holiday spirit, so here are 12 Christmas anime that I recommend for this season.
Azumanga Daioh Ep 17
Santa Claus is the center of an argument between Tomo and Kagura, due to Chiyo’s belief in the traditional Western Christmas symbol. They talk about the reality of Santa and his reindeers and eventually end up doing karaoke on Christmas Eve.
Hetalia: Axis Power Ep 31
The story revolves around three students at the World Academy W, which is in a parallel universe. They basically talk about what they do during the Winter break.
Love Hina Christmas Special
Poor Keitaro still can’t find a way to confess his love for Naru, but with a little luck and some help from the girls at Hinata Inn, a miracle might just happen. This is one of my favourite anime Christmas episodes and if you’ve seen it, you’ll know why.
Toradora episode 19
Angel Taiga sets up the stage for Ryuiji to finally tell Minori how he feels, but ignores her own feelings towards Ryuji. This was a bittersweet episode which marked a huge turning point in the relationships between the characters.
Card Captor Sakura episode 35
Sakura worries about what to get Yukito for his birthday/Christmas. However, when the two of them go out on a date, the appearance of a clow card threatens to ruin everything. This was a cute episode and we get to see Sakura seal another elemental card.
Shakugan no Shana Second episode 22
It’s almost Christmas and Yuji must make a choice between Shana or Kazumi. Things turn for the worse though when Fumino attacks.
School Rumble 2nd Semester episode 19
It seems like forever since Harima started writing his manga. With the final chapter now complete, will he be able to get through Tenma’s thick head how he feels about her this Christmas? It’s hilarious how nothing ever goes right for Harima, but you’ve got to enjoy seeing the lengths he’ll go to in order to impress his love.
Minami-ke episode 12
While Chiaki may seem mature most of the time, she still believes in Santa Claus so it’s up to everyone to keep her dreams alive. Kana may seem dumb and annoying at times, but she shows her affection for her little sister in episodes like this one.
Lucky Star episode 11
Considering Lucky Star has no plot, it’s really hard to sum up what this episode was about. Just know that it took place during Christmas and has some funny jokes.
Kimi ni Todoke episode 22
This will be the first time that Sawako has been invited to spend Christmas with her friends, but how can she tell her parents that she won’t be spending Christmas with them? What’s worse, her dad has mistaken Sawako’s present for Kazehaya has his own. Kimi ni Todoke always makes you go “aww”, but this episode really makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Hayate the Combat Butler episode 1
Hayate has been self-sufficient for most of his life due to his irresponsible parents, but when they leave him a Christmas present of a 156,804,000 Yen debt, he’s forced to kidnap a girl for ransom. As luck would have it, he accidently ends up saving her instead, and so begins a comical series about a super-rich hiki girl and her butler.
DiGi Charat Christmas Special
The cast is invited onto a luxury cruise, but discover that it is actually a trap set up by Piyoko. While filled with nonsensical fighting, there is a message about the importance of family.
Chrono Crusade episode 12
Azmaria looks for a gift for Rosette and Chrono while they try to make this Christmas a special one for Azmaria. This episode takes a short break from the usual demon-slaying in order to remind viewers of the importance of spending time together.
On Christmas Eve, three homeless people find an abandoned baby in the trash. Together, they look for the baby’s parents, leading them on a wild adventure where they each confront their past mistakes. This compelling story will have you believing in miracles.