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

posted on by Egan Loo
Greetings from Gakuen Alice & Hetalia creators, Tadashi Hiramatsu, Hiroaki Hirata, Hotchkiss

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!

Tachibana Higuchi (Gakuen Alice)

Hidekaz Himaruya (Hetalia - Axis Powers)

Tadashi Hiramatsu

Thanks to Sam Murai for the tip!

Hiroaki Hirata

Via Sternbild


Giga has nine dowloadable wallpaper for Hotchkiss
© Giga

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 VI) (2012-01-01 05:00)
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