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

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!

Acchi Kocchi

Illustrated by Atsuko Watanabe
[Via 0takomu]

Ume Aoki (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

NHK's MAG-Net via Yaraon!

Takeshi Azuma

Eden of the East

Illustrated by Satoko Morikawa
Hosted by Kenji Kamiyama

Kazuki Funatsu (Addicted to Curry)

[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!)

This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part XX) (2012-01-09 23:57)
follow-up of New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part XVIII)
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