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

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Greetings from EGOIST's chelly, Ghibli Museum, Giga, Good Smile Racing, GUNNM/Battle Angel Alita

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!

chelly (EGOIST)

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka


Clicking on each of the six characters will bring up a New Year's voiced message from each one.

Good Smile Racing

GUNNM/Battle Angel Alita (Yukito Kishiro)

Click on the image to see the full video.

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.

This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part IX Updated) (2013-01-01 15:00)
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