Happy New Year 2016 — Anime Style! Part II

posted on by Eric Stimson

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 2016, that animal is the monkey.) Here are some New Year's greetings from the folks that will be bringing you anime, manga, and games in the new year.


Ume Aoki (Puella Magi Madoka Magica's character designer)

Brave Beats

Hacka Doll

Midori Hagi (World of Tanks × Girls und Panzer crossover manga)

High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-

Tachibana Higuchi (Gakuen Alice)

Himouto! Umaruchan

Umaru falls asleep before the New Year countdown.

The [email protected]

The card thanks viewers for their ten years of support. The tweet notes that the end card of the movie was drawn by director Atsushi Nishigori.

Initial D

Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail)

Taishi Miyaki (Long Riders!)

Jouji Nakata (Kirei Kotomine, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works)

Nitroplus (Tokyo Necro)

Non Non Biyori


SHAFT (Junichirō Taniguchi, Puella Magi Madoka Magica's chief animation director)

Shin Megami Tensei IV Final

Seraph of the End

The tweet mentions that it's Mito's birthday.

Sword Art Online

Tales of


Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica's writer)

The tweet suggests that he will reveal his latest project in February.


The tweet contains a link to a special New Year's message... for ufotable's followers only.

Wake Up, Girls!



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