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Merry Christmas!

Source: Konachan

Source: Konachan

It’s been an exhausting twelve days furiously scrambling together posts for the annual 12 Days of Anime, but we’ve finally reached the end of the line – at least in Down Under. Today’s post is not about anime, however. I want to sincerely wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a great New Year!

One thing that struck me while I was covering these anime Christmas episodes/features was how vastly different each anime handled the Christmas theme. Part of this is due to self-selection, but it’s also a reflection of how Christmas doesn’t have the same cultural significance in Japan as it does elsewhere. It’s fascinating to see how anime reinterprets Christmas motifs and themes. Like a lot of anime in general, it manages to feel simultaneously familiar and exotic.

Although I was brought up Catholic, I’m no stickler for purism, nor am I overly concerned with “THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS”. I’m just happy that people across the world can enjoy Christmas in their own ways. So regardless of your religious beliefs, I hope that this year’s Christmas will be a special day for you to remember. Take care, everyone, and I’ll see you again at the New Year!