It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! With Thanksgiving over, Christmas is right across the corner. For some, that means gorgeous lights turning cities into a dazzling wonderland. This has become a sight that’s almost universal, as people from New York to Tokyo deck their halls.

Muza-chan’s Gate to Japan decided to take a closer look at the history of Japan’s experiences with the Christmas light. Now, if they could only find that one damn bulb that burned out…

Pass the turkey! Just… hold the mecha. To celebrate Thanksgiving, mecha designer Tsuyoshi Nonaka posted his take on a turkey. [2] This one isn’t edible, though. Rather, Nonaka’s latest turkey looks like it belongs on the set of Mazinger Z, rather than on a dinner table!

Mazinger Turkey - 20141130

Slayers Return… on Blu-Ray! The Slayers is a classic that spans decades. With five TV series and a number of five films, and two OVA series, it’s a title that seems to have the legs to continue forever.

The series will get yet a new lease on life next year, when a newly remastered Blu-Ray set hits Japanese retailers. The release will include five films, as well as the OVAs when it hits in February.

They’ll be packaged in a box illustrated by novel illustrator Rui Araizumi, with a 68-page companion booklet. Possibly the biggest bonus, though, is the new commentaries that were recorded with Megumi Hayashibara (Lina Inverse), Maria Kawamura (Naga the White Serpent), Hiroshi Watanabe (the director of the anime series), and Takahiro Yoshimatsu for the set.

Slayers OVA Blu-Ray Box - 20141130

Get ready for some Carnage! The fourth film in Studio Khara’s Japan Animator Expo is Carnage: an action short by Akira Homma. Carnage is a much darker offering than previous entries in the event, revolving around a one-armed woman’s search for revenge.

A Modern Masterpiece! FUNimation made Yoshitoshi aBe’s classic Haibane Renmei available on YouTube for free viewing. For the uninitiated, Haibane Renmei is one of those shows where calling it a masterpiece really does sell it short. Give it a shot. You’ll be glad you did.