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New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part XX)

posted on 2012-01-09 23:57 EST by Egan Loo

For generations, people in Japan have celebrated New Year's Day by sending specially designed cards — nengajō — to each other. As part of the tradition, postal workers store all the nengajō that are mailed in the final weeks of the old year, and then deliver every single one on New Year's Day. Many nengajō mark the Chinese Zodiac by depicting the animal of the year. (In 2012, that animal is the dragon.) Here are some New Year's greetings from the folks that will be bringing you anime, manga, and games in the new year.

Click on the thumbnail images to see the original greetings!

Miki Aihara

Thanks to Cutiebunny for the tip!

Kotomi Aoki

Thanks to Cutiebunny for the tip!

Mutsumi Inomata (Tales of Games)

[Via andriasang]

Noizi Ito (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

[Via 0takomu, NHK's MAG-Net via Yaraon!]

Mel Kishida

NHK's MAG-Net via Yaraon!

There are many more anime/manga/game nengajō out there, so if you know of one we've missed, feel free to let us know in our forums or by email (newsroom at animenewsnetwork.com). Akemashite Omedetō Gozaimasu!

(Here are 2011's greetings, 2010's greetings, 2009's greetings and 2008's greetings!)

Update: Typo fixed. Thanks, Perfect Chaos.


This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part XXI) (2012-01-10 23:57)
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