Our One Wish: Anime Christmas Episodes

Here again is the season for otakus to sit back, relax and enjoy some anime Christmas specials. Sure, it’s the same episode each year (and not a lot adds up), but who are we to complain, right?

Understandably, at some point we may feel bored seeing Mai of Itsudatte My Santa be cute and romantic together with Santa (who is a boy named Santa, not the real one, okay?) or the Tendo dojo hosting a Christmas party for Ranma ½ characters.

Yes, sometimes we feel empty. But what else can we do? Japan doesn’t put as much attention to Christmas as much as they do for the New Year.

‘Suppose the last thing we could all do is dream – that somewhere, someday, we’d all see a Christmas offering of our favorite anime. And as we dream, might as well make it something more elaborate and colorful. Thus, we have the following plots for some anime’s that we would love to have a Christmas episode:

Rurouni Kenshin

As the Western influence spread throughout Japan, Kenshin and the gang experience some of the perks of a so-called Kurisumasu. They exchange gifts but not Sanosuke who wants all the gifts to himself. Kaoru learns something about being under a misletoe and wishes for Kenshin to end up kissing her on the night of Christmas Eve.


Watanuki and Yuuko welcomes the most unlikely guest to ever step into the shop. Santa Claus makes a short appearance to ask for something that the Time Witch could grant. Of course, there is a catch and Yuuko gets her wish during Christmas – an extra room in the shop for her very own winery!

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Rei hosts a Christmas party for the entire EVA cast. Misato embarrasses herself while too drunk to even stand up; Shinji share a kiss with Asuka under a mistletoe (much to Asuka’s disdain); A synchronized dancing contest in held and oddly, Gendo Ikari and Fuyutsuki win. An angel appears yet again, but this time it’s a Christmas Angel out to bring peace and happiness even for just a day.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The SOS Brigade goes on a special Holiday season hunt: to find the truth behind the fat man in red suit. By Christmas morning, when Haruhi finds a present beside her bed, she insists that it is put there by the club members to make her believe that there is such a man as Santa Claus. Of course, no one knows who did it.

Vision of Escaflowne

Hitomi sees a vision of celebrating a one-of-a-kind feast with the rest of the Escaflowne cast. The people of Gaea call dress in red and give each other gifts. It reminds her of Christmas Day on Earth and true enough, the Gaean tradition is believed to have been passed from the old tradtion of the Atlanteans. Though the info is not as important as the decision of who’s to kiss (Van or Allen?) under the mistletoe.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

In a dream, Simon and Yoko is reunited with a man they miss so much. Kamina brings them to a place where nothing but happiness can be felt. Simon receives a gift from Kamina which he brings with him when he wakes up. Yoko shares a kiss with Kamina under a ganman that looks like mistletoe.


After unknowingly drinking the elixir, the cast celebrate one Christmas after another, not a bit of sign of ever growing old and tired of the yearly feast.