Top 5 Anime Christmas Episodes
Ahhhh the holidays. That special time of year consumerism is rampant, you have to make nice with that one relative you can’t stand, and your favorite Anime shows roll out the holiday themed episodes! Nearly every major franchise has gone through the holiday treatment, usually a filler episode with either the main villain disrupts the holiday festivities or its just a clip show with a holiday soundtrack slapped on for good measure. But every once in a while there’s an Christmas episode that defies the status quo and is actually pretty cool! Below are 5 five of the best anime Christmas episodes to set your holiday off right, Enjoy and Happy Holidays from Outright Geekery.
Robotech: Seasons Greetings
As Macross City ramps up the holiday festivities Minmae and Rick are having a serious case of the Holiday blues. Rick is in the doghouse with Lisa yet again meanwhile Minmae is distraught from her manager suddenly leaving so much so she ghosts from everyone and is declared missing……..until she turns up on Ricks doorstep. The two lonely hearts catch up and Minmae confides in Rick about her situation. Not wanting to be all alone On the holidays asks to spend the evening at his place which he accepts in typical oblivious anime dude fashion just in time for a visibly heartbroken Lisa to hear on the other side of the door. Then in true Robotech form the city is invaded by zentradi forces and is dealt with by special forces. Rick who finds out about the invasion by second hand helps with the effort is furious with Lisa who was supposed to contact him directly since he was in the area of the invasion. Although there isn’t as much action in this episode as compared to previous episodes this episode is far from filler. It serves as a transition from one story arc to another thus adding to an already great storyline.
Lupin the 3rd: Sleight Before Christmas
Declaring to steal a priceless 200 year old bottle of French wine set to be opened by the presidents of the United States and France on Christmas Day, security forces led by the unflappable Inspector Zenigata heightened for the oncoming threat of the great thief Lupin the 3rd to no avail. He swaps the bottle and convinces the entire world he failed but secretly keeps the deed between the two of them in a hilarious game of cat and mouse. Lupin the 3rd is on the Mt. Rushmore of anime as far as I’m concerned. The holiday atmosphere is superbly done in way that makes Christmas exciting and the ending will warm your heart. Spoiler alert: The wine sucks.
Christmas Without Ranma
While out on a holiday shopping trip Akane and Ranma (who’d much rather be somewhere else) bumps into moose and inadvertently destroys his gift for Shan-pu and what started out as a shopping run turns into a run for his life as Ranma gets separated from Akane in a mad dash with all of The usual ant
agonists giving chase at some point. Amidst all the calamity Akane does her usual jealous swooning of our gender swapping hero. The particular episode is the most stereotypical of the bunch for sure but with the frantic chase for Ranma throughout the episode the trademark humor Ranma 1/2 is known for is present throughout.
Golgo 13 Christmas 24 Hours
It’s Christmas Eve when Mob Rat Navarro is set free on 24 hour leave but little does he know is that the legendary assassin Duke Togo aka Golgo 13 is on the docket to keep him “quiet” so to speak. In fact the only person to even have the slightest idea as to what may happen is the foxy hotel inspector that works the hotel both Togo And Navarro are staying in. What I love about this episode the most is that the holiday cheer is merely the backdrop for the suspense Golgo 13 is known for. None of the usual Christmas camp is present in this crime noir thriller.
Lupin the 3rd Christmas at Tiffany’s
Foolishly challenged to rob the famous Tiffany’s jewelry store in Manhattan by a cocky tv station Lupin and the gang not only robs the place blind in a matter of seconds but leaves all of the loot draped across the the Statue of Liberty for good measure proving once again that Lupin is truly a Robin Hood of the criminal underworld.
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