Anime is an often untouched genre for Hallmark viewers. But any Hallmark fan who loves cozy, comfy romance will likely love an anime from 2022 called “The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague.” The anime is available on Crunchyroll, and it’s a must watch for the Christmas season.
The Anime Has Christmas Themes & a Sweet Romance
“The Ice Guy and His Cool Female Colleague” is described this way:
“For Himuro, being a descendant of a snow spirit is tough at the workplace when your emotions can lead to snow blasts with snowmen and igloos. Any emotionally charged incident with coworkers can trigger it—conflict, fun, and in this case, romance. And with his lovely and calm coworker Fuyutsuki, he gets more frozen, literally. Get ready for a snow-white office romance that blows in like a blizzard.”
The anime is 12 episodes long and is quite wholesome and sweet. Some episodes take place over Christmas time, but the entire anime gives off Christmasy vibes because one of the main characters, Himuro, emits snowstorms and even cute snowmen when he feels stressed or happy. He and his potential love interest are both quiet, shy introverts trying to work their way through the world. Their more outgoing colleagues and friends give them helpful pushes along the way, and it’s really cute to see.
The anime is a little slow and low stakes at times, focusing on the slow-building romance between the two main characters. But this makes it a great watch for any Hallmark fans who want to just relax and watch something sweet, without being disturbed by too much action, and avoiding all forms of violence.
In addition, the art style is just really pleasing to the eye, and at times some scenes are quite beautiful with their wintry themes.
For all these reasons, I personally recommend this as a great starting anime for any Hallmark viewer who has never watched an anime before. If you love Hallmark movies and TV series like When Calls the Heart, I think you’ll really feel invested and enjoy watching these characters as they make their way through a potential office romance.
One reviewer describes the anime as a subgenre of shoujo called “josei,” meaning the target audience is adult women.
Another person wrote, “The art is absolutely beautiful and the slow pacing is a nice change from most modern popular anime. A feel good, gentle story so far. Can’t wait for more episodes.”
If you’re looking for a cute, wholesome anime with a romance you can root for, this is the one for you.
Stephanie Dwilson has been working in entertainment journalism for more than a decade. She's led teams of writers covering top TV show franchises like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty, and more. She's a veteran Hallmark journalist and runs a 60,000-member Facebook group dedicated to the genre.
Stephanie is a licensed attorney and she has a master's in science in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].