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

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

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!

Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida wrote a New Year's message in English for fans. The illustration at right is drawn by concept artist Kazuya Takahashi.

From the New World

"Please continue to support From the New World in this year too!"

Takuya Fujima (Dog Days, R-15)

gdgd Fairies

"Happy New Year! ~Here's a message from the Fairies~"

Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki

The pig in the bottom of the image is saying: "It's so heavy!!"

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!)

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

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