The holidays are a perfect time to snuggle up and watch some tender anime movies with friends and family. One of the great things about these movies, besides having really good stories, is that anyone can appreciate them even if they're new to anime.
Miracles, family, love, and forgiveness are what makes the holidays special. The themes shown in Tokyo Godfathers will warm the hears of every viewer.
Quick Pitch: On Christmas Eve, three homeless friends discover a newborn baby while rummaging for food. They take the baby and decide to search for the baby's mom, despite having little information.
One of Studio Ghibli's most iconic films houses timeless values that can be revisited year after year.
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Quick Pitch: Chihiro Ogino and her parents become enthralled with mysteriously enticing festival grounds while on the way to their new house. Chihiro learns that they never should have stopped as she is swept away to the spirit world. With help from others, Chihiro must learn to live, work, and lay down her pride to save her family.
Studio: Madhouse / Studio Chizu
Quick Pitch: Hardworking college student Hana falls in love with a man who turns out to be a werewolf. The untimely death of her lover leaves Hana as a single mother of two very special children. As they grow, the new family discovers the world and what it means to be different.
Sweet and melancholic, A Letter to Momo is a moving story about tragedy, forgiveness, conquering fears, and letting go of the past.
Studio: Production I.G.
Quick Pitch: Momo lives in the big city, but after the untimely death of her father following an argument leaves her moving to an island with her mother. Momo feels uneasy after reading an unfinished letter her father left behind. Three magical yokai appear to help Momo navigate her feelings and move forward in life.
Not only is The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya a good anime movie, but it is a classic for the holiday season thanks to its setting and themes.
Studio: Kyoto Animation
Quick Pitch: On a cold Christmas day, Kyon heads to school to celebrate the holiday with the SOS Brigade. However, things look a little strange. Haruhi is gone, the SOS Brigade is now a literature club, and Mikuru has no memories of anything.
The melancholic tale of young love and growing up will really hit you in the feels.
Studio: CoMix Wave Films, Inc
Quick Pitch: Takaki and Akari were two very close friends. Their lives change after Akari's family move to another region in Japan due to her father's job. The two try to stay in touch by writing letters, but their lives slowly pull them in different directions.
What are your favorite anime movies for the holiday season?
Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry. Feel free to connect with him on GoBoiano Social.