Holidays, in general, are meant to bring families closer together. Especially when Christmas Day comes closer, families try to rush together to celebrate together. With this in mind, it’s not hard to understand why anime fans might want to use this time to get their families into the greatness that is the anime world. However, if you’re planning on doing this then there are some dos and don’ts associated with what anime to watch with the folks or your brothers and sisters. That’s why with our Top 10 Anime You Should Avoid Watching with Your Family During Christmas list, you should be paying close attention.
Now, you might wonder why are some anime bad to watch during Christmas? Well, we here at Honey’s Anime have an answer for that. The shows listed below will most likely scare those who aren’t used to the anime experience and thus, ensure they will never be used to the anime experience. These shows look like innocent anime series from maybe their playful covers or cute titles. However, once you begin watching the anime below things take a very different turn and before you know it, dad will be yelling for you to go to your room, mom will cry and yell about the oddness that is anime—since she doesn’t get it—and your brothers/sisters will be traumatized. Avoid watching these shows with the family this upcoming Christmas!
10. Aho Girl
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul, 2017- Sept, 2017
Beginning our list of the Top 10 Anime You Should Avoid Watching with Your Family During Christmas, we examine Aho Girl. One glance at the cover and you might be inclined to think this will make everyone in my family laugh. If your family loves anime then we agree, Aho Girl will make them smile and laugh out loud. Though if they don’t understand anime and already don’t care for it, Aho Girl won’t work. In fact, it might cause your parents to question your own sanity.
The reason for our above statement is Aho Girl is a very odd form of comedy. While the humor makes jokes about brain dead girls and odd friends, it also has humor about being handcuffed and fed like a baby, stealing women’s undergarments and breaking into homes at night. Quite literally, these jokes make us otaku cry laughing. Though for the human populace, this just shows the stranger side of anime. Don’t show this to your family during Christmas please. Otherwise next year, you might be watching some reruns of old tv shows because your parents refuse to let you decide on what to watch ever again.
- Episodes: 25 (Season 1)
- Aired: Oct, 2015- Mar, 2016
Back in 1966, a series released based on old comic series known as Osomatsu-kun. In the late 1980s a sequel to that was released and then in 2015, yet another sequel—the one we’re focusing on—came out to the world. Osomatsu-san might seem like the perfect treat for those who watched anime before it became mainstream. Though you might be slightly less inclined given that Osomatsu-kun and Osomatsu-san are two very different shows. Let’s just say that these six identical brothers have grown up and become quite…mature.
Osomatsu-san might seem like a simple slapstick humor filled show at first glance. While that is true by definition, unlike the original 1966 show, Osomatsu-san is more perverse and anime references filled. The jokes have gone from a kid-based theme of humor to 17+ one. This ultimately means those who might have seen the original won’t particularly care for the random dirty jokes and sometimes bizarre references to shows they have never heard of before and probably can’t pronounce. Osomatsu-kun was indeed old school, to say the least. However, Osomatsu-san has gone new age and older folk may not like it.
8. Blend S
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct, 2017- Present
Cute Girls, check. Light hearted cover, check. Comedy and silly humor, check. You might be thinking Blend S will be perfect to watch with the family for Christmas. Our answer is: no, it isn’t.
Blend S is one of those shows that hides mature themes quite well. Behind the cute opening song—which does show some hints on what to expect—Blend S hides some more M rated humor despite the rating being PG-13. That’s because Blend S uses a lot of humor in the form of oppai jokes and how to control a guy using dominatrix principles. Needles to say, Blend S might have cute girls indeed. Though, these girls aren’t normal and your family will think you’re not either if you put this on the TV this Christmas season.
7. Itsudatte My Santa!
- Episodes: 2
- Aired: Dec, 2005
Itsudatte My Santa! might seem like the perfect Christmas show to watch. Not only is the name Santa in it but it’s 2 episodes long! You can watch it with the folks and then go play video games, right? No Folks, Itsudatte My Santa! is a show that you will want to avoid Christmas Day and we mean all day. The reason being is that Itsudatte My Santa! isn’t a kid friendly show.
Rated R+, Itsudatte My Santa! is a story that has nudity, odd sexual tones and tons of fan service throughout. Watch as Santa—the main guy’s name—gets a powerful Christmas fairy that wishes to make him love Christmas again. Heartwarming as that premise is, the rest of this 2-episode long OVA is far from heartwarming and basically just goes into constant ecchi moments where girl’s chest are exposed and various human body parts grow. Itsudatte My Santa! might be a short show but the scars it will leave for your parents and possibly younger siblings won’t be short. Watch Itsudatte My Santa! when you’re home alone and in the need of a good mature rom-com anime.
6. Shokugeki no Souma
- Episodes: 24 (Season 1)
- Aired: Apr, 2015- Sept, 2015
Here at Honey’s Anime we love watching food shows during Christmas with the family. Not only is it simple entertainment, but it can lead to some nice ideas for what to make for dinner. That’s why we know many might think Shokugeki no Souma might be the perfect family treat for Christmas viewing but the reality is that it really is not. While the food in Shokugeki no Souma might look incredible—seriously makes our mouths water every time—fans of the show know this is only one element to the series. Shokugeki no Souma might cause non-anime fans to question anime and possibly food all together.
Shokugeki no Souma follows 15-year old Souma Yukihira as he enters a prestigious culinary academy. Here, Souma must master his creative culinary skills and rise up to hopefully become one of the best chefs around! Innocent as that summary might be, Shokugeki no Souma has tons of ecchi and partial nudity. Souma’s masterful food dishes—and some of the others as well—cause women and men to lose their clothes as they bathe in the thoughts of how amazing the meals are. While no nudity is shown, the look on your parents faces won’t mirror that censorship. Instead, your parents will scream at you for watching R-rated works—when Shokugeki no Souma is only rated PG-13—and will probably take your Christmas gifts away till your grounding is over. Maybe watch non-anime food shows this Christmas instead.
5. Grisaia no Kajitsu (Fruits of Grisaia)
- Episodes: 13 (Season 1)
- Aired: Oct, 2014- Dec, 2014
Harems already are series we tend to tell people to avoid watching with those not privy to what anime is. However, this upcoming Christmas Day, we beg you to not watch Grisaia no Kajitsu with family around. Even if Grisaia no Kajitsu has been a show you’ve been dying to watch, wait till after Christmas. Trust us, we will make you realize why Grisaia no Kajitsu is perfect for our list of the Top 10 Anime You Should Avoid Watching with Your Family During Christmas.
Grisaia no Kajitsu seems to be a normal harem when you look at the Blu Ray or DVD cover. Several girls greet you with cute smiles and sexy poses. That already should make this a show you don’t need to watch with the family present but Grisaia no Kajitsu hides even more mature elements within its series. Sex, murder, violence, self-mutilation and maids who go too far are just a few of the oddities you can expect to see in Grisaia no Kajitsu. Watch this alone, not with your family during Christmas, everyone!
4. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan, 2011- Apr, 2011
Those who are well versed in anime know about the concept of magical girls. Take small and adorable girls and place them together to make the ultimate kawaii package. Despite the seemingly cute side of most magical girl shows, most anime fans will tell you magical girl shows aren’t always cute. The best example of this lies in a well-known show called Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Don’t worry if you’re new to magical girl shows and have never heard of it, we’ll explain why this show is a show you want to avoid watching with anyone during Christmas.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica tells the tale of Kaname and Miki. These two normal middle school girls are tricked into becoming magical girls by a small talking cat and then are forced into a world filled with horrible monstrosities and death around every corner. Needless to say, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica shows girls being torn apart, killing others and the list goes on. Still think that’s a cute show to watch with the family? We feel most of you said no and now will avoid playing Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica on Christmas morning.
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul, 2005- Jan, 2006
Shuffle! seems like such a cute show name, doesn’t it? The theme of girls fighting for love might be a bit much for grandma and grandpa, but they might be okay with thinking the show is just about a dance move. The problem lies in the fact that Shuffle! isn’t a nice dance move. Instead, you get an extremely great harem anime with some nice romance themes. Plus, you get a series that deals with girls who have dual personalities and some who are troubled to say the least.
Shuffle! weaves a tale about high school student Rin and his average days going out the window one afternoon. During Rin’s class, two beings—one the King of Demons and the other the King of Gods—appear and claim Rin is to marry one of their daughters. Now, Rin must choose the girl he wants to spend his entire life with as well as deal with several other girls who are in love with him already. Seems simple enough, but about halfway through this 24-episode series, Shuffle! changes quite quickly and becomes dark and quite mature. Let’s just say it’s not going to be a good time for the grandparents once these scenes begin to show up. Heck, we’d give them credit if they made it past episode 1 to be honest.
2. Yosuga no Sora
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct, 2010- Dec, 2010
Romance anime come in many forms and designs. There are high school ones, college ones, and even, adult ones. Then there’s Yosuga no Sora which is what we consider a hybrid of sorts. While the story centers around teenager Haruka and his various what ifs when it comes to the lovely cast of girls, there is more to this show than meets the eye. Let us explain why watching Yosuga no Sora with your parents, grandparents and the like isn’t a good idea.
Yosuga no Sora has a deceptive story. While it seems cute that romance is born between Haruka and girls like Akira or Kazuha, these romances are quite explicit in content. Yosuga no Sora has some pretty high levels of nudity and that might turn off those new to anime. Then add in the fact that Haruka gets with his sister Sora in one of the arcs and things get even worse. Basically, Yosuga no Sora might be a clever story and well animated for us otaku but for the family, it might be seen as basically smut and or porn.
1. School Days
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul, 2007- Sept, 2007
For many, the anime known as School Days is all too infamous. Regardless of how much you love or hate the show, we can all agree that School Days’ anime cover and name seem like pleasant things at first. Two girls on the front who look happy and the theme of a young boy dealing with the pains of young relationships seems like a good wholesome show to watch near a fireplace with the family during Christmas. Maybe you’ll think Mom and Dad might reminisce about their past loves and that seems kind of cute. Well, let us here at Honey’s Anime warn you, School Days to those who have never heard of it, is a show to avoid watching with family during Christmas.
The crux of School Days is that Makoto Itou has recently found his heart being taken by a cute girl on the train named Kotonoha Katsura. Begging his friend Sekai Saionji for advice, Itou is soon able to win Kotonoha’s heart and they date. If School Days stayed like this, then it wouldn’t be on this list of the Top 10 Anime You Should Avoid Watching with Your Family During Christmas. Instead, School Days becomes a dark tale as Itou seduces tons of girls, has one girl lose her mind and the other go into a yandere mode. While School Days is a great show—at least for most of us here at Honey’s Anime—others will agree to not watch it with anyone who hasn’t learned the true darkness that anime can hide. That’s why School Days earns the “Nice Boat” award and takes number one on our list of the Top 10 Anime You Should Avoid Watching with Your Family During Christmas.
For us in the anime world, the shows above might be considered amazing. They have excellent animation, mature stories and wicked twists in their narrative. Unfortunately, not everyone can understand that and most families might be more scared off by these shows than becoming fans of them like we are. Have you ever had moments where your family was turned off or utterly appalled by a show that you love? Let us know in the comments below and for all your Christmas Day related articles keep with us here at Honey’s Anime.