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

posted on by Egan Loo
Greetings from Takashi Azuma, Escu:de, etude, 5pb., Gainax

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!

Takashi Azuma


© Escu:de


© etude

5pb. Games

Illustrated by huke
© 5pb.

Gainax (Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian)

© 2011 Gakuto Mikumo, G Yusuke, Kadokawa Shoten/Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian Production Committee
Thanks to Sam Murai for the tip!

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 Akemashite Omedetō Gozaimasu!

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

[Via Hachima Kikō]

This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part IV) (2012-01-01 03:00)
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