5 Anime Christmas Specials That Will Get You In The Holiday Spirit!

With the weather getting colder and the threat of snow looming overhead, it’s safe to say that it is officially that time of the year! Now that the Black Friday rush is a distant memory, most of us have already filled out our checklist of what we wanted this holiday season. (Of course for anime fans, its more anime.)

With various Christmas specials such as Rudolph and Frosty The Snowman making their annual rerun on television, anime fans will find themselves streaming new episodes and titles online, or make their way to any anime conventions that are happening this month. If you’re looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit as an anime fan, but don’t want to do it in the conventional way, check out these five Christmas specials from some of your favorite anime titles that will put some “Ho! Ho! Ho!” in your holiday! 😉

Itsudatte My Santa! (OVA)

Ever wonder what your life would be like if you happened to be born on Christmas Eve, and you’re named after jolly ol’ Saint Nick himself? Well this is the story of San-chan (aka Santa), a boy who hated Christmas due to the fact that he grew up as a lonely child. Neglected by his parents he never saw Christmas for what it truly was; about family, giving joy, good will, and peace on earth. All of that changes when he meets a girl named Mai, who shows him the true meaning of what Christmas is all about!

This OVA was created by Love Hina and Negima! creator, Ken Akamatsu. This one’s a bit of an ecchi episode, so no kiddies allowed!

Hetalia: Axis Powers (Episode 31)

Hetalia has had a bit of a following during the time it made its way to North America, so its no surprise that it was going to have its own Christmas themed episode. So if you want to know what the Hetalia gang is doing for Christmas, be sure to check out this episode! (The real clip is online, and you’ll have to log in to use it because its TV-MA.)

Ranma 1/2 (OVA 2 – The Christmas Special)

Christmas is that special time of year where family and friends gather together and fellowship with one another. In the world of anime (especially in Ranma 1/2) however, the jolly time spent together doesn’t always turn out the way it was supposed to be. Kasumi has a dream about Santa Claus, and is told to hold a Christmas party at the dojo. Every character from the main series is invited and of course, all hell breaks loose. Will Ranma be able to survive the night and make it to Christmas morning?

Cardcaptors (Cardcaptor Sakura) – Christmas Episode 35

With Clear Card already out, the Cardcaptor Sakura fanbase has reignited and rejuvenated itself among the reborn classics of anime. With Christmas rolling around in the coming weeks, OG Cardcaptor fans may be streaming this particular episode to get themselves ready for the holiday season.

Punchline – Episode 3 (Christmas)

When you find out that the world will end after Christmas Eve, there’s really no way to process what the next set of actions will be after hearing that kind of news. For Yuta Iridatsu, he’s in a situation where he’s a spirit watching over his female roommates from an apartment complex, however if he sees their panties twice in one day, a giant meteor falls on the Earth and destroys it. Why does he find himself going to so many Christmas parties after hearing the news of Y2K before New Years? You’ll have to watch and find out! (No kiddies allowed, this is NOT a G-rated title!)

There are various other anime Christmas specials out there that fans can enjoy, so if you find any that you want to tell us about, let us know in the comments section. And on that note, this wraps up our filler post like an early Christmas gift on Layaway! XP

Until next post (and next week), stay golden! 😉

Otaku Outlook: It’s Showtime!!

This one just in; we think you’ve waited and listened to us long enough about our reddit page reveal long enough! Our original date was set to be this coming Friday, but we’ve pushing it up to tomorrow night – starting with our first Topic of Discussion (TOD). With this new update of ours our blog posting schedule will remain the same, but with a few changes…

  • Monday / Monday Night: The Blog and Otaku Outlook are Active
  • Tuesday / Tuesday Night: The Blog and Otaku Outlook are Active
  • Wednesday Night: Otaku Outlook is Active
  • Thursday / Thursday Night: The Blog and Otaku Outlook are Active
  • Friday / Friday Night: The Blog and Otaku Outlook are Active (on certain Fridays)
  • Saturday Night: Otaku Outlook is Active

We’re so excited to introduce this new feature (well, page) to our blog, and we hope you guys and gals will love it too! Until next post, stay gold! 😉

The (Brief) Origin Story of the Anime & Manga Nosebleed!

When you watch anime or read manga, you’re bound to find common tropes that many fans find either humorous, repetitive, or even annoying. Nevertheless they act as either a key component to a character arch-type, or play a part in the overall story. Out of all the tropes that anime fans have come to know and love, one in particular can be found in almost any anime title that’s out there in the modern world. (DBZ, SAO, One Piece, you name it, it’s happened at least once.)

The Anime Nosebleed trope is a reoccurring trope that’s been around since the 90’s (and possibly the 80’s). The only time you ever see them is during scenes where a male anime character (or several of them) spot a rather attractive female with bouncy boobs, and an outfit that shows a little more skin than it should. Other times it happens when a school girl’s skirt gets blown upwards due to an unexpected draft that comes out of nowhere. Nosebleeds in general are actually caused by damage to the septum, and because it’s the most fragile part of the human body (due to it being all cartilage), the nose is the most susceptible to bleeding than any other body part.

When you walk in on your crush…naked.

So what does anime have to do with bleeding noses? Well in anime theory; nosebleeds are a symbol of sexual arousal whenever a guy sees an attractive girl, or vice versa. The individual’s blood pressure begins to rise as their heart rate increases, and throw in some ‘motivational’ thoughts and images of said guy or girl, and ‘Pop!’ goes their weasel-nose! Contrary to popular belief its said that one reason why we’re seeing this trope happen more often than other tropes could be this theory; the portrayal of extreme stimulation and excessive energy that can be found in professional wrestlers giving small cuts to themselves, could have been the motivation behind why nosebleeds are being portrayed via stimulation and excess energy.

Bottom line; it’s a form of expression that keeps a lot of anime titles from turning into hentai, however there are ‘certain’ titles that cross this line in a way that can only be described as a southbound version of a white nosebleed. (I think we all know which one(s) we’re talking about.)

So if you ever find yourself introducing a newcomer to anime, and they happen to come across a nosebleed scene, you can explain this to them. Nosebleeds are somewhat of a PG-rated equivalent to the sexual arousal that guys experience whenever their pants get ‘bigger’ if you catch what we’re getting at. (Yeah, if you’ve been to a nightclub or anime con rave, then you know!) That will do it for us on this little filler post about the nosebleed section, but stick around, because this week we launch our official reddit page known as Otaku Outlook! What will we talk about? You’ll have to wait and see! 😉