Looking for some seasonal music but don’t want to get WHAMmed? How about an anime Christmas playlist? Lots of your favorite shows have holiday tunes and covers to help you get in the spirit of the season!
Here are a few of our favorites to get you started. Use these to get your playlist built, then coast through the holidays anime-style!
While not specifically an anime Christmas song, it’s definitely a wintry tune with a celebratory holiday feel. This PreCure Max Heart ending was the second for the series, which brought back the original Cure Black and Cure White to fight a new team of enemies.
The tune brings to mind winter break and all the fun that comes with it. Snow days, awkward school-age crushes, and the general excitement of this time of year. This was also years before PreCure endings became CG dance numbers, so it’s a bit nostalgic in a way.
The Sailor Moon Christmas Albums
Nothing says “anime Christmas” quite like the stars of the original Sailor Moon belting out holiday standards. There were multiple albums of covers, with everything from “Jingle Bells” to “Ave Maria.” Some were in English, and some were in Japanese—it’s sort of up in the air which you’ll get. But there’s something really endearing about these familiar voices chiming in on even more familiar songs.
In case you actually do want to listen to “Last Christmas” without losing Whammageddon, you can do that here! Michie Tomizawa, the original voice of Sailor Mars, does her own rendition of the tune. And, as we all know, covers will not send you to Whamhalla. So put this one on without fear!
“Silent de Nanka Irarenai”
The songstresses of the Macross universe have made their mark on the anime Christmas music scene, too! Specifically, Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee collaborated for Cosmic Cuune, a concept album full of holiday-flavored originals composed by Yoko Kanno. It’s a great opportunity to hear the love rivals singing together, the way they might have done when they weren’t saving the galaxy or vying for Alto’s attention.
“Silent de Nanka Irarenai” is of the more Christmassy tunes on the album, an upbeat riff on both “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.” It debuted in the Uta Macross smartphone game as part of their 2018 Christmas event, where you could win a red-and-green “Brilliant Noel” idol costume for Sheryl. Fortunately for those of us who never got to play the game, we can still listen via the concept album!
Need more music? Start listening to these great anime theme artists!