Snowed in? We'll warm your heart.
If films like The Day After Tomorrow and worrywarts like our mothers are to be believed, we could be snowed in at a moment's notice. What is there to look forward to in a bleak, nightmarish arctic landscape? Not much. Fortunately, we've got you covered with five sure-fire ways to warm you to the cockles of your heart with our favorite feel-good anime.
Fruits Basket – A literal take on the classic “overcoming of our inner demons” shtick, Fruits Basket is a highly beloved anime for a reason. You’ll be pulling for Tohru to overcome all odds to save her friends and cheering when she finally does. Plus, this is the age of the internet – a girl loving a boy who turns into a cat? Hello, front page of reddit!
Clannad (and Clannad After Story) – There’s nothing more heartwarming than a good love story. While Clannad and After Story have their fair share of tear-jerking moments, watching a young man mature, fall in love, and eventually become a father will inevitably leave a smile on your face. And if you see someone else crying, you can get bonus smiles laughing at them because nothing says "feel-good" like a bit of the ol' schadenfreude.
My Neighbor Totoro – Arguably one of the most popular anime movies of all time, My Neighbor Totoro is light-hearted fun with an adorable style. It’s so cute and cuddly, it actually managed to make dust bunnies adorable (soot sprites, technically) – only Miyazaki could accomplish such a feat. Plus it's good for viewers of all ages, so even both the little ones and your esteemed elders can get in on the fun.
Usagi Drop – Ah, the old “man gets child he’s never met forced on him and must learn how to be a parent” routine. You won’t get us this time! Just kidding – you totally got us with the charming Usagi Drop. Right in the feels. We thought we'd learned our lesson with Tokyo Godfathers, but no, no we didn't.
xxxHOLiC – xxxHOLiC is a melange of several genres that guarantees it’ll have something for everyone – magic, love and, heck, even time travel are prevalent throughout the series. With that hypnotizing signature CLAMP style, you’ll never stop to question how a part-time job in a magic shop could turn into a dozen time-travelin’ misadventures, but just in case you do, the answer is because anime.