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

posted on by Egan Loo
Greetings from AT-X, CLAMP, FMP's Kanetake Ebikawa, Monokuro Shōnen Shōjo's Ryoko Fukuyama, Five's Shiori Furukawa

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!

AT-X (Ano Natsu de Matteru)

[Via Hachima Kikō]


Illustrated by Tsubaki Nekoi and Satsuki Igarashi
Thanks to Chibiyuuto for the tip!

Kanetake Ebikawa (Full Metal Panic! Another)

Thanks to FeistyDreams for the tip!

Ryoko Fukuyama

[Via Tanbishugi]

Shiori Furukawa

[Via Tanbishugi]

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!)

Update: CLAMP illustrations' credits added and link fixed.

This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part XVII) (2012-01-01 23:00)
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