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

posted on by Egan Loo
Square Enix, Star Driver, Strike Witches, Sunrise, Super Sonico, Akemi Takada, Tamako Market, Tiger & Bunny, Yana Toboso, Akito Tōdō

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!

Square Enix Store (Kingdom Hearts)

"Please continue to support us this year.
The entire Square Enix e-Store staff"

Star Driver

Please continue to support us this year

Strike Witches


Super Sonico

(Limited-Time) Year of the Snake Costume wallpaper

Akemi Takada

Tamako Market

By character designer Yukiko Horiguchi

By series script editor Reiko Yoshida

By art director Ikuko Tamine

Tiger & Bunny

A limited-edition exclusive card in the Mobage Tiger & Bunny mobile game for an in-game New Year's event.

Yana Toboso (Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler)

Akito Tōdō (Kaburumon)

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.

Update: More Tamako Market greetings added.

This article has a follow-up: New Year's Greetings — Anime Style (Part XVIII) (2013-01-02 18:00)
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