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

posted on by Egan Loo
Greetings from Harvest Moon, Shonen Note's Kamatani, Nin-shin, Black Bird's Sakurakoji, Strike Witches' Shimada

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!

Harvest Moon: Hajimaru no Daichi

Illustrated by Igusa Matsuyama
[Via andriasang]

Yuhki Kamatani (Shōnen Note)

[Via Tanbishugi]


[Via Hachima Kikō]

Kanoko Sakurakoji (Black Bird)

[Via Tanbishugi]

Humikane Shimada (Strike Witches)

[Via Moe Ota-News Sokuhō]

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!)

This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part XVIII) (2012-01-02 23:00)
follow-up of New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part XVI)
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