The holiday’s are the best time to take a break and think about the important things, like Anime… Okay maybe it’s not that important but it sure is something to do while escaping the cold and snow of winter. But if you’re like me, you like to watch a certain kind of show during the holiday season. So I’ve complied a list of shows that I think are most suitable for binging while you have free time for the holidays, or are just trying to escape the cold and snow. For the sake of not having to go out and buy any of these shows yourself, I’m keeping this list limited to streaming only. I also tried to scatter some fairly new shows in to keep the list fresh. So without further a do let’s get started.
Spice and Wolf
This show is really nice if you want to escape the cold weather. Follow Kraft Lawrence and Holo as they travel the lush countryside, bonding over business and falling in love. The tone of this show is very calm and soothing and fits with the bonding with the ones you love over the holidays. That’s why I think you should accompany Lawrence and Holo this holiday season.
You can find both seasons of Spice and Wolf, both subbed and dubbed on Funimation.com
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
During the holiday season is a time where we not only think about others but about ourselves. Where we are going with our lives and what we have planned for the new year. A time to think about dreams. So I’m recommending The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, a show that will motivate you to fulfill your dreams as well as give you some characters who are striving to fulfill theirs. It also has the extra bonus of having a special christmas arc in the middle, so if you time it right you can fit it right in with Christmas.
You can find The Pet Girl of Sakurasou streaming on Crunchyroll.com
If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy show that will give you all the good feelings, then Kanon is a clear choice. Sure it’s not the best thing Jun Maeda has made, but it fits the snow and winter theme pretty well and is a nice thing that you can turn your brain off to and just enjoy all the romance and moe girls.
You can find Kanon, both subbed and dubbed on Funimation.com
Kimi Ni Todoke
Some may refer to Kimi Ni Todoke as the greatest shoujo ever. But the reason its making the list besides, it’s a great show, is because it fits in with a lot of those lovey feelings you get around the holidays. Heck maybe seeing Sawako and Kazehaya beat around the bush for 25 episodes will give you the courage to ask that person you’ve been crushing on out for the holidays. It also has some snow and christmas episodes at the tail end of the show.
You can find Kimi Ni Todoke streaming on Crunchyroll.com
Beyond the Boundary
The only action oriented show on this list, I’m recommending Beyond the Boundary for its excellent delivery in tone. One of the few shows that puts Kyoto animations high budget into something other than moe girls doing cute things, Beyond the Boundary will keep you invested into every second of action. Its true strength however lies in the main characters as they come to know and understand each other, a lesson that fits well with the theme of christmas. Also the finale takes place in a cool snow land sort of space.
You can find Beyond the Boundary streaming on Crunchyroll.com
One of the biggest things you think about during the holidays is family, and Kyousougiga is all about family. It’s focus on trust, courage, sorrow and forgiveness all wrapped up in a unique and gorgeous looking show will make you appreciate your family even more this holiday season. A great watch not only for the holidays but for people who are bored of watching the same “copy paste” formula that anime sometimes falls in.
You can find Kyousougiga streaming on Crunchyroll.com
Another kingpin when it comes to romance shows, Toradora is a solid pick to watch the holiday season. Its characters are all likable and there’s enough dramatic weight to keep you invested into whats happening. A good show to maybe give you some perspective on your own love life if you’re in high school. It also deals with having the courage to ask for help when you need it and what happens when you keep your feelings bottled up inside. It also has the bonus of the entire second half taking place around christmas and winter.
You can find Toradora, both subbed and dubbed on Crunchyroll.com