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

posted on by Egan Loo
Greetings from Robotics;Notes, Maaya Sakamoto, Sanrio, Senran Kagura, Shimada, Tomohiro Shimomura, Makoto Shinkai, Fuyuko Shiwasu, Shonen Jump, Sphere

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!


"Happy New Year.
Please continue to support the Chū-Tane Robo Club this year."

Maaya Sakamoto

"I successfully finished my Tour Mitsubachi!! Thank you, all of you. Next up, I'll be in a musical in January, and I'm going forward with my 8th Album and tour in March!! I'll keep on going this year!!


Senran Kagura

[Via Famitsu]

Shimada (Nurse Doll Maria)

Tomohiro Shimomura (Neet Princess Terrass, Sugar Beach)

"Snake 2013"

Makoto Shinkai

"2012, 2013."

Fuyuko Shiwasu (Super Maid Chirumi-san)

"Happy New Year"

Weekly Shonen Jump

Happy New Year!
Please continue to support Weekly Shonen Jump this year.
2013 Weekly Shonen Jump Editors


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 XVII) (2013-01-02 00:15)
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