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Old 2011-12-16, 21:06   Link #1
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What are your favorite anime Christmas/holiday specials?

I've been thinking about doing some Christmas/holiday-themed AMVs, and that started me thinking as to what are some of the best anime Christmas/holiday specials.

They don't need to be "officially" that - It could just be a random episode with a Christmas-y backdrop for it (I vaguely recall a Big O episode like that).

But for AMV purposes, as well as just out of general curiosity, what would people here say are their favorite Christmas/holiday-focused anime episodes?
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Old 2011-12-16, 21:14   Link #2
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Does the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya count? Lots of snow and holiday cheers

(It's really weird Kanon 2006 never had any like that; I mean those uniforms are like miniskirt Christmas ones )

Christmas also serves as the bridge between the second and third season of Shana. YMMV.
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Old 2011-12-16, 21:17   Link #3
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Does the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya count? Lots of snow and holiday cheers
You know, that's not a bad idea. Thanks, Archon!


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(It's really weird Kanon 2006 never had any like that; I mean those uniforms are like miniskirt Christmas ones )
Indeed, lol.
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Old 2011-12-16, 21:21   Link #4
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Itsudatte My Santa! perhaps. It's nothing exceptional, but there are few anime that are solely geared towards Christmas, and this is one of them. It has it's moments, and it's cute to say the least. Though I won't deny the fan-service is a lot of the focus at times...
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Old 2011-12-16, 21:29   Link #5
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Tokyo Godfathers is the first that comes to mind.
Toradora has a whole arc around christmas
Gunslinger Girl episode 4 has christmas in it
Shugo Chara has at least one christmas episode
Cross game has holidays celebration but it's more like going to the temple on new years day so I don't know if that's what you're looking for (this is just me trying desesperatly to get you to watch cross game more than anything)

My memory's fuzzy but don't either k-on or/and Ika Musume have a christmas episode?
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Old 2011-12-16, 23:57   Link #6
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Definitely Tokyo Godfathers for an excellent heartwarming holiday fare from a usually edgy maestro. I usually find "miracle happens in Christmas" to be awfully cheesy, pedestrian kind of affair, but Satoshi Kon nailed it with his homeless protagonists, charming adventures and genuine human goodness. Alas that such talent would pass on so young.

Another anime that comes to mind is Tokyo Marble Chocolate, a two-parter romantic OVA set during Christmas. It's sort of a look into what Christmas actually is in Japan -- a couple's day as opposed to a family day as in the USA.
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Old 2011-12-17, 01:24   Link #7
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Was going to mention Aoi Yori Aoshi's Christmas OVA, but then I looked it up on TVTropes and found this instead: Christmas Episode.
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Old 2011-12-17, 02:06   Link #8
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Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, obviously. A nice christmas anime.

Seriously, though. I can recall a lot of anime having a Christmas episode, but it's hard to pinpoint them aside from the obvious ones like the Love Hina Christmas special. I'm pretty sure I've seen episodes in:

Azumanga (ep 17?)
Cardcaptor Sakura (ep 35?)
Yumeiro Patissiere (ep 12?)
SDF Macross (ep 35?)

(? because I went by the likely episode titles)

edit: Maybe this AniDB thread will help too.
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Old 2011-12-17, 02:35   Link #9
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Thanks to everyone for their feedback and answers. It's much appreciated.


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Was going to mention Aoi Yori Aoshi's Christmas OVA, but then I looked it up on TVTropes and found this instead: Christmas Episode.
You know, this is one of the best uses of a TV Tropes link I've ever seen. The reason being that I'm looking for examples of anime Christmas/holiday specials, and TV Tropes has a lot of them listed as examples of the Christmas Episode trope.

So thanks a lot for the link!
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Old 2011-12-17, 03:31   Link #10
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Holy crap, how did we not mention Nanoha A's? The entire climax and conclusion is during Christmas.

Though it was a very bad Christmas for some. But for AMV purposes, the later part is gonna be pretty useful. (Happiest tome in the world... hmm)
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Old 2011-12-17, 09:40   Link #11
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Well I don't know about actual specials but I do love listening to this One Piece song. It really puts you into a festive mood.

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edit: Oh for AMV purposes I think Honey & Clover has a pretty good Christmas episode from what I can recall.
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Old 2011-12-17, 10:03   Link #12
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Old 2011-12-17, 10:17   Link #13
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My favorite anime Christmas episode has to be Gintama's last two episodes(200 & 201). Boy were they hilarious
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Old 2011-12-17, 10:35   Link #14
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The whole Christmas arc in Toradora! is definitely my favorite.
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Old 2011-12-17, 10:52   Link #15
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I'm slightly surprised no one's mentioned Amagami SS . Although that said, I'm not sure it would count for the OP since it was the theme of the entire anime rather than just a special. Kanon not having a Christmas special doesn't surprise me - the protagonist despised the winter weather .
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Old 2011-12-17, 12:01   Link #16
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Toradora's Christmas arc probably has the most impression on me, though it probably doesn't count as a "special" or something like that.
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Old 2011-12-17, 15:05   Link #17
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For me, it has to be Gintama and Crayon Shin-chan. Gag anime like these make really amazing holiday specials.

I hope we get to see Gintama's new Christmas special with Gedoumaru before Christmas is over.
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Old 2011-12-17, 22:07   Link #18
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Full Moon Wo Sagashite's Christmas episode is quite cute. (37)
And I enjoy Tenchi Muyo's Manatsu No Eve. Even though the movie takes place in summer, they talk about Christmas a lot. And the Jurains have a festival called Startica that strongly resembles Christmas.
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Old 2011-12-18, 00:02   Link #19
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Amagami SS definitely does have some good Christmas finales to their arcs.

The Toradora Christmas arc is another thing worth mentioning but everyone else already did that
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