Kyoto Animation is making no bones about what this year's runaway hit was: their HQ is decked out with Sound! Euphonium-themed decorations this Christmas. And their decor seems to be getting more elaborate every year. Hit the jump for a look at this year's lights, and a look back at previous years.
A 30-second "Christmas Special" OVA episode of the local idol-themed anime series Locodol is now officially available on the web. Prior to its DVD/Blu-ray release, it will be aired on four TV stations from December 24 to 26, and also screened in the all night event in Shinjuku on December 24. Check the clip after the jump.
It's not even Thanksgiving yet, and already Tsuburaya Productions' super-heroine-turned-world's-largest-fashion-model, Ultra Mother, is showing off the latest winter fashions for AMU Plaza Hakata. Hit the jump to check out Ultra Mother in her sexy Santa costume.
Following the Nisekoi one introduced last week, Shizuoka-based anime character cake store Anime Sugar has also started accepting pre-orders for more limited 2015 Christmas cakes featuring characters from the popular anime series including Girls und Panzer der Film, Fate/stay night [UBW], and Himouto! Umaru-chan. Check the cakes after the jump.
Locodol, a TV anime based on the manga of the same name by Kōtarō Kosugi in which a group of girls become local idols to promote tourism in their home town, is receiving a 2nd original video animation, this time with a Christmas theme. Hit the jump to ring in the holidays.
Following last year's success, anime character cake store Anime Sugar has again started accepting pre-orders for a new special limited Christmas cake featuring the two heroines from the Nisekoi TV anime series, Chitoge Kirisaki and Kosaki Onodera in the Santa Claus costume. Check the details after the jump.
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.