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

posted on by Egan Loo
Greetings from Mitsuru Adachi, Diomedéa, Doraemon, Dragon Quest, Dynasty Warriors

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 2013, that animal is the snake.) 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!

Mitsuru Adachi

"Please continue to support my work this year"
Thank to Vito Plahuta for the tip!
Source: Gessan (Monthly Shonen Sunday) Editor Takenori Ichihara


"Thank you for your support in the past year. Please continue to support us this year"

Doraemon Channel

Flash animation
(In the linked page, select the Doraemon snow globe and drag it around vigorously to "shake" it. )
© Fujiko Production, Shogakukan

Dragon Quest X

Dynasty Warriors 8

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 2012's greetings, 2011's greetings, 2010's greetings, 2009's greetings and 2008's greetings!)

Update: Added second Dragon Quest X image.

Fruits Basket image © 2004 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA • TV TOKYO • NAS • Fruba Project. Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd.

This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part VI) (2013-01-01 12:00)
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