The world of anime can be difficult to follow for fans, let alone outsiders. Shopping for an anime fan during the holiday season can be difficult, but luckily, there’s plenty of great anime available on 4K and Blu-ray, plus some great merchandise that’s perfect for this holiday season. Check out some of our favorite picks in our Christmas anime gift guide.
4K and Blu-rays
Belle was a huge hit upon its nationwide release at the beginning of the year, with its 2021 Cannes Film Festival even receiving a 14-minute standing ovation. Inspired by the story of Beauty and the beast, Belle is a visually stunning and emotional film that comes from the legendary Mamoru Hosoda, who was also behind hits such as Summer wars and Wolf children. It’s a choice you can’t go wrong with.
The cinephile Pompo
move The Fabelman family — if you like movies about making movies, look no further The cinephile Pompo. The film follows Pompo, a brave B-movie producer who decides to have his assistant direct a script for the first time. It is a film that is full of charm and fun, all imbued with a passion for cinema. It is a true movie for movie lovers and anime fans.
Fortune favors Lady Nikuko
The story of a battered single mother and her more reserved daughter is dramatic, making it perfect holiday viewing for those with an eye for a unique anime style. The film was directed by Ayumu Watanabe, who also did Children of the sea and the 2014s Space Brothers #0. There are also plenty of bonus features on the disc, with the Blu-ray version boasting a “Making Of” featurette.
Weather with you
You’ve probably seen (or at least heard of) Your namebut Makoto Shinkai’s subsequent project, Weather with you, should also be on anime fans’ radars. The film is a romantic drama that follows high school student Hodaka Morishima after he runs away from home and befriends a weather-controlling orphan girl. The Blu-ray includes an interview with Shinkai himself as well as a host of other features. Plus, Radwimps once again created the soundtrack for this movie (as they did for your name), so the music alone may appeal to you.
Consisting of nine different animated segments, Robot carnival is an anthology that has some big names attached to it. Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo is joined by others such as Atsuko Fukushima, Kōji Morimoto, Hidetoshi Ōmori, Yasuomi Umetsu and more. With so many different styles and themes, there’s something for everyone and plenty here for those who want to see a variety of wildly unique tones and presentations.
Lupine the 3rd: Part 1
If you’ve been wanting to see what all the fuss is about when it comes to the iconic anime Lupine the Third, now is as good a time as any. Featuring a new English dub alongside the Japanese voice track, this Blu-ray is an excellent way to enter the world of master thief Lupine the Third. Watch some crazy heists, wild car chases and more in these 23 episodes – some of which were even directed by Studio Ghibli founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki.
My Hero Academia World Heroes’ Mission
The last years My Hero Academia The film follows Midoriya Izuku and his UA 1-A classmates as they travel away from their usual school environment to the country of Otheon to fight the Humarise cult, who believe that Quirks will lead to the extinction of humanity. There is a lot of high-flying action and spectacle in this film, with some exceptional character moments that will do My Hero Academia fans pretty happy. If you missed the film’s theatrical run, there’s no better time to give it a watch.
Black Clover season 4
As one of the more popular shonen series in recent years, Black clover features crazy battles filled with unique magical attacks and quirky characters. Asta and Yuno both want to be the Wizard King, but end up on different teams due to their different skill levels. Asta begins to settle in with the Black Bulls as they battle the mysterious group known as the Eye of the Midnight Sun to protect the Clover Kingdom. This limited edition comes with a 48-page art book featuring interviews with Ayataka Tanemura, Patrick Seitz and Max Mittelman.
One Piece Season 11 Voyage 8
If you were hyped up by the latest movie One Piece Movie: Red, be sure to check out the series itself. Season 11 Voyage 8 features Luffy’s great battle with Donquixote Doflamingo, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea and the tyrannical ruler of Dressrosa. Pushed to his limits, Luffy must go all out as he tries to stop Doflamingo once and for all for the sake of Rebecca, Trafalgar Law, and all of Dressrosa’s oppressed citizens. With nearly six hours of content spread across four discs, this is a great gift for fans of Luffy and his crew.
Demon Slayer – Mugen Train Arc
Considered by many fans to be one of the best story arcs in recent memory, Demon Slayer‘s Mugen Train arc follows Tanjiro and his friends as they investigate a train that has become notorious for causing disappearances. Together with Flame Hashira Kyōjurō Rengoku, they must fight a shrouded villain and confront their own inner conflicts to make it out alive. Previously adapted into a movie, the Mugen Train arc received an extended anime adaptation that delves a bit deeper into Rengoku’s history. Even if you’ve seen the movie, this Blu-ray of the full arc is a great way to get even more out of the fan-favorite story.
Attack On Titan – Mikasa Ackerman ArtFX J
Standing approximately 14 inches tall, this statue of Attack on Titan‘s Mikasa Ackerman has the immensely talented member of the Survey Corps in the middle of a maneuver. The detail is impressive, especially for the price.
- Black Friday deal: $98.99 / SRP: $119.99
Demon Slayer – Tanjiro Kamado Nendoroid
Nendoroids are often a good choice due to their appealing chibi style and surprising detail given the smaller size. This Tanjiro Nendoroid is no exception as it allows for all kinds of dynamic poses, letting fans recreate their favorite moments and attacks from all over Demon Slayer.
- Black Friday deal: $47.99 / SRP: $59.99
The Quintessential Quintuplets – Miku Nakano Coreful Figure (Uniform Ver)
Made by Taito, this PVC Miku Nakano figure stands approximately 8 inches tall and is a solid choice for fans of The quintessential quintupletsespecially with the new film’s release on the horizon.
- Black Friday deal: $20.79 / SRP: $31.99
Jujutsu Kaisen – Yuji Itadori Noodle Plug Figure
Not only does this small statue of Jujutsu KaisenProtagonist Itadori Yuji looks great on a desk or shelf — it also has a strangely practical function. This Yuji figure is literally made to rest on the lid of your instant noodle cup to ensure no steam escapes while it cooks. So once that’s done, you can put Yuji back on your desk to await your next Cup Noodle feast.
- Black Friday deal: $17.49 / SRP: $24.99
Spy X Family – Anya Forger Figuarts Mini
There is probably no recent character as charming (and marketable) as Anya Forger. With how big Spy X family got it last year, few anime fans wouldn’t be thrilled to receive this little figure of Loid and Yor’s eclectic adopted daughter, who can have a few different poses. Grab the matching Loid and Yor figures and you’ve got the whole set – a really great Christmas present.
- Black Friday deal: $22.50 / SRP: $30.00
One Piece – Zoro Hoodie
On the apparel side of things, this Crunchyroll Store is exclusive One piece hoodie. Featuring Luffy’s first crewmate and right-hand man Roronoa Zoro (featuring artwork from the series’ 15th opening, “We Go”), this crisp green hoodie is the perfect gift for anyone looking to become the world’s greatest swordsman in the world…or pretty much everyone who likes One piece.
- Black Friday deal: $38.47 / SRP: $54.95
Attack On Titan – Season 2 Soundtrack 5x LP Deluxe Edition Vinyl
Although the final part of the fourth and final season of Attack on Titan is almost upon us, so take a look back at Season 2’s excellent music with this sturdy vinyl release. With 33 tracks spread over five discs, this is the perfect way to prepare your ears for the series’ grand conclusion in 2023.