We know what you’re thinking… “Christmas? Already?” Alas, such is the case in Japan, where the dazzling over the top outdoor illumination spectacles have begun rolling out in earnest. Get a look at the winter wonderland now on display at Tokyo Midtown after the jump!
Following Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Aldnoah.Zero, and the previously reported Black Butler: Book of Circus, anime character cake shop Anime Sugar will start accepting pre-orders for the special limited Christmas cake featuring the four heroines from the Nisekoi TV anime series tomorrow. More information after the jump.
Bust out some eggnog or a warm cup of cocoa and pull up next to the fire for this one. Each year composer Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Xenogears) streams a Christmas music arrangement from his home page, and 2012 is no exception. Have a listen after the jump!
The blitz on the senses and good taste that is "Christmas in Japan" just wouldn’t be the same without over the top Xmas cash-in songs and accompanying promo videos to go with them. Now, idol super group AKB48 throw their santa caps in the ring with "Totteoki Christmas". Watch after the jump!
A pictorial survey of some very bad and baffling Japanese Santa Claus cosplay costumes including Wild Leo Santa, Santa Man, Zipper Girl Santa, and Evil Santa! Find out who is the naughtiest after the jump!
Everyone has their own way of celebrating the holidays, but otaku are truly one of a kind. Whether celebrating Christmas with close family, distant relatives, or no one at all, there's always a special friend waiting right on the other side of the screen. Hit the jump for a photo roundup of quality Christmas time spent with friends and loved ones of the 2-dimensional variety!
The fact that Nintendo never localized the oft-demanded GBA Earthbound sequel won't stop us from indulging in some cheer, as AwesomeHouseLights synchs christmas lights to the tune of Mother 3's credits music, "16 Melodies." Video after the jump!
Vic Mignogna tells us about his long history of creating music for both anime and non-anime titles before we play a song from his latest album. Tiffany Grant gives us a rundown of her career, likes and favorite roles. Warning, this episode does contain singing by Sean Russell. Check it out after the jump!
In September, LAWSON started accepting pre-orders for Christmas cakes featuring K-ON!! and Evangelion, both accompanied by figures of the popular anime. Thanks to Gigazine, we can now the see what these holiday goodies really look like. After the jump, prepare to have your jealousy stoked, or maybe muted.
Epic East Asian warfare is usually the last thing on people's minds come Christmastime. Unless of course you're buying Warriors Orochi's gigantic sequel, in which case you'll be getting some unexpected holiday cheer as a pre-order bonus. Check it out after the jump!