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

posted on 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!

Maaya Sakamoto

A thank you message posted on December 28 for the year that passed.

Sanrio



San-X

Flash animation
Thanks to trunkschan90 for the tip!

SHAFT (Nisemonogatari)

A Christmas reminder that Nisemonogatari will premiere in January
Thanks to Sam Murai for the tip!

Shikidouji (Full Metal Panic! )

Thanks to FeistyDreams 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 animenewsnetwork.com). Akemashite Omedetō Gozaimasu!

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


This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part XII) (2012-01-01 17:00)
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