Is that time of the year when all our favorite TV series are fully devoted to showing us the spirit of Christmas as its .
As at Chica Manga we love Anime, we present Christmas Specials of our loved characters!
Everything starts a few days before Christmas.
One day, after an incident of bus hijacking, Yuta finds himself expelled from his own body and turned into a spirit. Guided by the cat spirit Chiranosuke, Yuta must learn to master his spiritual powers in order to protect his friends.
2 Love Hina Christmas Special: Silent Eve
There has been a rumor that when Christmas arrives that is your chance to confess your feelings to your loved one. This is a fun holiday tale that anyone can enjoy even if it is with friends and family.
3 Nichijou – Episode 22
In this very brief Helvetica Standard segment (random comical short that is self-contained, and generally outside the main story of Nichijou), Santa visits a young boy and offers him a delightful present… Delicious melon bread. Unfortunately, the boy is less than impressed. A dramatic story in less than 3 minutes.
4 Azumanga – Episode 17
It’s almost Christmas, Tomo and Kagura get into an argument at class concerning Chiyo’s belief in Santa Claus, coming up with explanations regarding how gifts are given around the world in one night.
When Chiyo settles the matter by saying that Santa Claus is her father!
5 Toradora – Episode 19
A Christmas party with all the ups and downs you can imagine!
6 Hetalia – Episode 31
At the World Academy W, Germany decides that the month’s newsletter will be on how other countries celebrate Christmas. Japan and Italy agree to the idea, as it sounds interesting. Germany asks Italy how he celebrates his Christmas.
7 Lucky Star – Episode 11
There are many topics that girls can talk about: exams, studies, Santa and even cakes. Here is a anime that you can get a cuteness overload. This anime is the perfect choice to get your holiday cheer on without the heavy emotions that could be coming your way.
These are just some of our Anime Christmas specials.
What are your favorites? Which ones would you add to this list?
1. Asirpa, from Golden Kamuy.
An ethnic manga with a brave main character.
Golden Kamuy is the story of Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904, a survivor of Hill 203 who has become a miner in Hokaido to pay an expensive eye operation for the widow of his comrade killed in the war, Toraji . There he listens to the story of a treasure gathered by the members of the Ainu ethnic group to defend themselves from the Japanese colonization of the island, collected by a criminal group. After being saved by an Ainu girl, named Asirpa, he decides to start the treasure hunt with her, whose map is divided into 24 parts, each one tattooed on the torso of 24 criminals who escaped from a prison, but in the road realizes that other sides know the history of the treasure, among them the members of the seventh division of the Japanese Imperial Army and a group of gangsters led by Hijikata Toshizō, a survivor of the Shinsengumi, who rebelled against the Meiji Restoration.
2. Nausicaä from Nausicaä of the Wind Valley
An environmental warrior.
It´s a Japanese animation film created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1984, and inspired by the homonymous graphic novel created by Miyazaki himself in 1982. It was created a year before the founding of Studio Ghibli and made by the studio Topcraft. However, it is considered Miyazaki’s first film within Studio Ghibli because much of the production team, as well as the involvement of Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki, continues after the creation of the studio. It is also considered from the Ghibli catalog.
The film tells the story of Nausicaä, princess of the Valley of the Wind, who will be faced with the army of the kingdom of Tormekia, captained by Lady Kushana, who tries to take control of a “God of War” as a weapon to eradicate the Forest Contaminated already the giant insects that live in it, like the Ohms. Nausicaä will try by all means to prevent this massacre.
Nausicaä is the princess of the Valley of the Wind and the only daughter of King Jihl, a great pilot and warrior, she is also compassionate and caring for all her life. Princess Nausicaä tries to find a sense of the contaminated forest and refuses to see insects as enemies, among them the gigantic trilobite creatures called Ohm.
Nausicaä as a defender of the nature, has a strong connection with the insects of the contaminated forest, especially with the Ohms. She will have to defend the pacifist character of his kingdom against the kingdoms of Tormekia and Pejite.
3. Candice White from Candy Candy
A strong and independent character.
This is the story of Candy, who in 1898, is abandoned as a baby in the snow with a doll that has the name of Candy, hence the name given to her: Candice White, called by all Candy; the same night, they find another baby Annie. Both grow near Lake Michigan, in Indiana, in a home for orphaned children run by Miss Pony and Sister Mary. Having been found on a snowy night, Sister Maria decides to give Candy the surname White.
Candy is raised along with the other children of the orphanage, as a very hardworking, cheerful and generous girl. Candy is optimistic, friendly, persevering, loyal to herself and her friends, she is also very strong emotionally, sometimes she can become very “Independent” something that many people resent for considering it annoying or because it was not good in the era in which the series is set. Candy believes in herself, a reason why her friends admire and adore her and is willing to do anything for them.
4. Gally from Battle Angel Alita
A cyborg warrior.
The story is about Gally (Alita in the western version), an amnesiac cyborg that is found by Doctor Daisuke Ido among the scrap thrown from Salem, the utopian floating city (renamed in the West as Tiphares).
Ido rebuilds Gally and adopts her as his daughter, but as time goes on, it becomes clear that Gally hides combat abilities as large as they are mysterious. Given this and as a way to discover your own past, she will be tested against situations that stimulate and bring out these skills, so she can get answers about her origin. With this objective, she will face different enemies fulfilling roles such as warrior hunter, Motorball runner, security agent and many others that will put her life at risk. Later, her story will take her to face even greater challenges and dangerous creatures off the planet.
Throughout the manga, you can observe the evolution of Gally in a human being, accompanied by the improvement of her Chi (which allows her to synchronize her movements with those of her opponent to take advantage).
On December 12, the Kanji of the Year 2018 was announced: 災, whose reading is wazawai or sai and means “disaster” or “misfortune”.
The Kanji Fitness Examination Foundation announces each year in December the “kanji of the year”, chosen through a popular vote to reflect what the last 12 months meant. The citizens voted through the postal mail, on the official website or in ballot boxes to choose a single character, in some cases adding an explanation with the reasons for their selection.
The kanji chosen this year, wazawai, refers to the multitude of natural disasters that affected Japan during 2018: severe earthquakes in the prefectures of Osaka, Hokkaidō and Shimane, a series of typhoons that hit the coast of the country, torrential rains that caused landslides and floods, and high historical temperatures during the summer. The press release from the Kanji Fitness Examination Foundation notes that “As the new year approaches, many expect the next imperial era to bring fewer disasters to bear.”
Wazawai clearly rose as leader with more than 10% of the 193,214 votes counted.
In second place was 平 (hei or taira), a kanji meaning “peaceful” or “flat”, chosen by many for its position in 平 成 (Heisei), the name of which will end when Emperor Akihito abdicates from the throne to end of April 2019. Relying on this “end of an era”, the character of 終 (shū / owaru), whose meaning is “final”, was in third position.
Voters looked at events that took place around the world when choosing a winning character. Some of them took into account the eruption of the Fire Volcano of Guatemala in June and the devastating forest fires that affected Greece and the western United States.
In second place was 平 (hei), chosen by many people for its presence in the name of the current era, but also for being the first character in the hanja script of Pyeongchang, the city of South Korea in which the Olympic Winter Games, and for appearing in the first name of Los Angeles baseball player Ōtani Shōhei.
The third place was for 終 (shū; “final”), which reflects the closure of the Tsukiji fish market, according to one of the comments offered by the voters, in addition to the end of the current imperial era.
“We felt the need to mix it up: Japanese and hip hop culture” The six dancers were invited to take part in a traditional Bon odori dance festival.
The six dancers in the video — Katie Sachiko Scott, Christine Tolentino, Marina Watanabe, Asuka Tazawa, Yuki Sugimura and Momoe Teruya — were invited by fellow dancer Koki Kawashima (stage name: Ko-ki) to take part in a traditional Bon odori dance festival held in Tokyo’s Monzen-Nakacho neighborhood. The organizers of the event were looking for street dancers, youth into hip-hop and such, to take part and the six young women, all dance enthusiasts, answered the call. As part of the festival, they performed more traditional dances — but the streets were calling.
“We felt the need to mix it up: Japanese and hip-hop culture,” says Scott, whose stage name is KTea. “They’d dressed us up in kimono and we knew we’d never get a chance like this again. So, when we had some free time during the event, we decided we should do something street.”
With social media exploding in popularity this past decade, viral dance challenges have become a major part of hip-hop culture. Some standouts this year include BlocBoy JB’s “Shoot Dance” and, of course, Drake’s “In My Feelings” challenge, both of which have resulted in videos that have gone viral worldwide. “Switch It Up,” produced by Cub$kout, came out in the summer.
A few hours and some rehearsal.
Most remarkable about the Monzen-Nakacho version, though, is that the six women whose video has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and Instagram only met each other for the first time hours before creating the video. They learned the choreography in 30 minutes before shooting.
“We searched through the popular challenges on the net and found the ‘Switch It Up’ challenge, rehearsed it together a few times and did it,” says KTea. “We had to do two or three takes because kids kept passing through or we didn’t like the background.”
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They landed on a small traditional-looking structure for the background, with a hint of glass skyscrapers in the near distance. The group thought it was a good mixture of old and new, an ideal accent to modern dance postures, traditional clothing and the ethnic mix of the women themselves — three of the dancers are Japanese, two are of mixed heritage and one is Filipino but grew up here.
When the festival finished, the six went their separate ways and didn’t think anymore about the video until later when they realized it had started being shared on social media.
“Right now, we’ve split up,” says KTea. “But we’re hoping to get together and dance again soon.”
Source: BAYE MCNEIL for The Japan Times
Fruits Basket will be completely adapted into a new anime.
Natsuki Takaya’s manga will again reach the small screen, but this time it will tell the full story published between 1999 and 2006.
Next year FunimationNow will exclusively broadcast the new Fruits Basket anime which, unlike its 2001 predecessor, will completely adapt the manga created by Natsuki Takaya.
“We’ve heard the question: ‘Will there ever be a new Fruits Basket season that covers the whole manga?’ in conventions and on social networks for years,” Funimation wrote on his blog announcing that now the manga will actually be carried by complete a series thanks to an alliance of FunimationNow and TMS Entertainment.
The new Fruits Basket anime will be supervised by the director Yoshihide Ibata, while Taka Kishimoto will be responsible for the composition of the series, Yuu Shindou of the character design and Natsuki Takaya will be the executive producer.
Along with the announcement was revealed an image of what will be this new adaptation of the magician, which presents the four main characters of the story including Tohru Honda, who will have the voice of Manaka Iwami.
The first anime of Fruits Basket, was produced by Studio Deen in 2001 and lasted 26 episodes that only reached to adapt 6 volumes of magician that was just finished by Takaya in 2006. This, although the story did not explore all the elements of the original material, left the fans waiting for more.
But now the followers of Fruits Basket will have a new opportunity to follow the adventures of Tohru in the adaptation of 2019 that will feature the voices of Nobunaga Shimazaki as Yuki Sohma, Yuuma Uchida as Kyo Sohma and Yuichi Nakamura as Shigure Sohma in addition to the aforementioned Manaka Iwami in the role of Tohru.
Wait for this great event and enjoy all the treasures of Fruits Basket. Choose yours and succeed!
Japan Labor Thanksgiving Day.
November 23th is Japan´s National Holiday to give thanks to its workers
Originally, Labor Day in Japan was a harvest festival, therefore it took place in autumn. The origins of this day come from the rituals of the Asuka period (11th and 12th centuries). Since the reign of Empress Kōgyoku, the people of that time, mainly agricultural workers, thanked Kami (Shinto deities) for the abundance of rice and other products. The sovereign presided over the ceremony making an offering of new rice to the gods before tasting it.
This festival, called Niinamesai, lasted until World War II.
THE INFLUENCE OF THE UNITED STATES.
In 1948, three years after the Japanese surrender to the United States, the Supreme Commander of the allied forces, the military administration of the United States in charge of the occupation of Japan after the war, put an end to the imperial nature of this festival, because he considered his Shinto influence suspicious. It was then that they replaced the holiday with the “day of gratitude to the workers” (Kinro kansha no hi), the holiday as it is known today, it´s a mixture of two American celebrations: Thanksgiving and Labor Day.
A PARTY TO SAY THANKS
According to the Constitution of Japan, on November 23 is dedicated to “honor work, celebrate production,” and encourage people to express “mutual recognition.” The fact that the holiday has evidently evolved since the sixth century, now all sectors are honored, including the service and research industries.
Today, November 23 is a pretext for numerous celebrations in temples and shrines throughout the country that give thanks to those who contribute to the prosperity of the country.
Third post of the last two weeks of our Japanese school for otaku life . Words that we like, that you may not need to use them or that you simply like to learn.
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Second post of the last two weeks of our Japanese school for otaku life . Words that we like, that you may not need to use them or that you simply like to learn.
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The most watched anime releases of this season by region.
With the start of the fall season, and with many anime releases going on, most fans have already discovered what their favorite series are.
Here is a summary of the tastes of the viewers by country or region
Which series triumphs more in each region? And in your country? Join us to discover it!
As an explanation, we remind you that these maps only include series premiered this season and not those that have continued since previous seasons, such as Black Clover or Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
Search your area and have fun learning what animes your neighbors watch.
Europe, region of very different countries where the triumph of Giorno with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is something indisputable, including in Spain and Portugal. Perhaps it is because of its setting in Italy or because it is a series with a very Mediterranean atmosphere, but it has managed to overcome Goblin Slayer, which is less popular here. In second place is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.
We also have Sword Art Online, Seuran Kanuga, Zombieland Zaga, and Ulysses: Jeanne d´Arc and the Alchemist Knight.
Only Goblin Slayer in the whole country? Because it is the most popular in each of the states! Although the adventures of Rimuru in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime were in second place in practically every state.
The fans of Latin America are full of passion, so they have not been able to avoid placing Goblin Slayer as the most popular series with its harshness, crudeness and interesting background, something that has managed to dazzle the fans of Mexico and Brazil, for example. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and Sword Art Online: Alicization also has its dose of fans, and even Zombie Land Saga appears in Haiti … although we all know that this series is increasing its legion of fans.
Canada has more disparate tastes than its southern neighbors, and although Goblin Slayer also occupies a large part, there is room for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Sword Art Online: Alicization in Quebec and New Brunswick, and even Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure : Golden Wind.
The Internet legends say that in Australia there are a lot of beings that can kill you, but if something does not kill you there are the goblins, or the goblins, as they are also called: Goblin Slayer completely dominates the views of the fans of the country .
Do you agree with this data? What is your favorite anime for this season?
At the beginning of October, in Chica Manga we decided to start practicing some words in Japanese, in order to color our otaku life.
Today we present the first six, and every Friday there will be three more on the Instagram account, so you can have a look during your weekends.