Winter 2020 Anime: Official Info, Airdates & Trailers
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Christmas is coming. Wherever you walk by, you will probably hear the usual festive songs that come along with the season. Whether you like songs that remind you of the religious part of the holiday or just merry and fun music to put you in the mood for festivities, you can’t argue that Christmas is always celebrated with music all around.
If this year you are feeling more experimental than usual and are willing to mess around with your Christmas playlist, here are some anime Christmas-themed songs that you should consider adding to it!
Nothing is better than magical girls singing ‘Merry Happy Christmas’ to you, so if you are looking for something sweet and cute, check the whole Christmas CD of Ojamajo Doremi Christmas Carnival. It features various Christmas songs performed by MAHO-Dou.
Another great Christmas song to lift your spirits up for Christmas time! After hearing it once, you won’t be able to hold yourself from singing along! It is performed by Haruka Amami, Yayoi Takatsuki, Miki Hoshii, Makoto Kikuchi, and Chihaya Kisaragi. It is part of the Christmas-themed CD titled THE IDOLM@STER Christmas for you!
Jingle Bells ga Tomaranai which literally means ‘Can’t stop the Jingle Bells’ is a special single by Aqours, written for the rhythm game Love Live! School idol festival. It is a song about love and friendship that calls you out to party, have fun, and dance to its infectious beats.
Yorokobi no Carol (Joyful Carol) is a song from the Cardcaptor Sakura Christmas Concert CD, an album with Christmas songs sung by the students of the Tomoeda Elementary School Choir as well as insert songs sung by Tomoyo’s character. A delightful and cheerful Christmas song that will make you reminiscent of your childhood.
This song is the 10th opening of Detective Conan. It is performed by J-pop singer Mai Kuraki and was a smash hit when it came out. If you are not aware already, in Japan, Christmas is celebrated more like a couple’s holiday and since the song talks about a girl’s happy feelings for her partner, people really got into it. So if you are in the mood for some lovey-dovey lyrics, this fun and lively song will surely make you want to be in love.
White Wishes is the first ending of the Tonari no Kaibatsu-kun series, sung by the Japanese idol group 9nine. Another song that talks about the unsure feelings of being in love, it will give you those Christmas song vibes. Although its rhythm is quite upbeat, if you have watched the original series it might result in bringing some tears in your eyes.
Are you ready to jump on the nostalgia train? Part of the Digimon Adventure 02: Christmas Fantasy album, this song is a cover of the original Jingle Bells. Whether you are an anime fan or not, this will put an instant smile on your face. Hearing everyone being honest about their wishes coming true and dreaming of Santa, makes this a great choice for everyone to enjoy.
Another version of the famous Jingle Bells but this time sung by the beloved Straw Hat Pirates. Unfortunately, this came out before the full crew was on board so there is no Franky or Brook singing. Such a shame because I would have loved to hear Brook’s version of Santa’s ‘Ho, ho, ho!’. This song came out at the end of the Baroque Works saga and references both the Alabasta and Drum Island arcs.
You have probably heard tons of covers of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town but nothing can beat the version from our dear Hetalia characters. Hearing this song performed by Daisuke Namikawa (Italy), Hiroki Yasumoto (Germany), and Hiroki Takahashi (Japan), will make you remember once more the goofiness of Italy, the severity of Germany, and how poor Japan just tries to go along with everything that happens. It feels like you are listening to some friends arguing while they are trying to sing the jingle bells and it’s just great.
Another great song sung by the Hetalia characters. This one is performed by Katsuyuki Konishi (America), Noriaki Sugiyama (England), Masaya Onosaka (France), Yasuhiro Takato (Russia), Yuki Kaida (China), and cameos at the end of the song from Katsuyuki Konishi (Canada) and Ai Iwamura (Kumajiro). It’s so fun hearing them saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in their own languages as well as fighting for who’s turn in next to sing and disputing over various stereotypical aspects of each country.
This is probably one of the most popular anime Christmas songs out there. Holy Night is the ending for the 19th episode of Toradora! and is sung by the voice actresses of Taiga Aisaka (Rie Kugimiya) and Ami Kawashima (Eri Kitamura). I don’t really know if this will have the same impact on you but if you are a fan of the show, you will know that the specific episode has a rather dramatic and sad ending, so this song can certainly bring some gloomy feelings when you listen to it. But despite all that, it’s a lovely song that talks about spending time with friends during the happiest time of the year and will surely warm your heart.
Merry Christmas Without You is a song by Ranka Lee and Sheryl Nome and is part of the Christmas themed album Cosmic Cuune. This is not your typical Christmas song as it talks about two lovers that cannot spend their Christmas together and the listener doesn’t know the reason they are apart (if you know more about the plot of Macross Frontier, the lyrics will make more sense to you). Despite its futuristic sounds and kind of upbeat background music, it’s a rather melancholic song that might be appropriate for a bluer version of Christmas.
Is there anything better than having handsome boys sing to you about Christmas? Shining Star Xmas is the first track from Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji LOVE 2000% 7 Bonus CD by Shining Stars, a group comprising the members of ST☆RISH and QUARTET NIGHT. It was used as a bonus song for the Christmas-themed Episode 14 of the second season. If you would like to hear a rather ‘interactive’ (meaning that all these handsome fellas are addressed to you), cool and ballad-y song about men singing their feelings out for meeting you during Christmas time, well this is certainly the song that you’ve been looking for!
Loved and adored by the fans of the Love Hina anime series for the beautiful vocals and hopeful lyrics, this is a vocal compilation sung by Yonekura Chihiro. It is a J-pop song very characteristic of the early 2000s that was used in all Love Hina Winter Special endings. It talks about the beginning of a love story on a snowy eve and how the girl expresses her warm precious feelings for the one she loves.
Eternal Snow is performed by Changin’ My Life, and is the third ending song of the anime Full Moon wo Sagashite. If you are familiar with the plot of the anime, then this song will make you cry like a baby or just make you feel super sad and nostalgic. If you are not, then experiencing the story of how Mutsuki wants to be a singer because of a promise she made with her childhood love (but can’t because of a serious illness), will add more meaning to the lyrics.
And there you have it! Hopefully, this playlist will put you in the Christmas mood you were looking for. In case it didn’t, here is a bonus track that will just overwhelm you with Christmas vibes!
It might not be related to anime but is still super fun and festive:
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