Happy New Year from the Anime World 2019!

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

New Year's is the most important holiday in Japan, with families gathering to share big feasts and visit their local temple. New Year's cards (nengajō) are often sent to friends, family and acquaintances. Figures from the anime, manga and video game fields draw their own (usually featuring their own characters) and share them with the rest of us online. Here, then, is ANN's annual New Year's greetings round-up. As 2019 is the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac, many of the greetings feature boars and piglets. Last year was the Year of the Dog, so you may also see references to dogs making way for the new animal of the year.

From all of us at Anime News Network, Happy New Year!

Yagura Asano (Scorching Ping Pong Girls)

Bokura wa Mahō Shōnen

Comic Girls

Coolkyoshinja (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid)

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Dropkick on My Devil!

Future Card Buddyfight Channel

Shoko Hidaka (Does the Flower Blossom?)

Masakazu Ishiguro (And Yet the Town Moves)

Shintaro Kago (Dementia 21)

Aya Kanno (Requiem of the Rose King)

Made in Abyss

Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail)

Amu Meguro (Honey So Sweet)

Mob Psycho 100

Kyousuke Motomi (Queen's Quality)

Release the Spyce

Rising of the Shield Hero


Sushio (Kill la Kill character designer)

(Collectively, the tweets spell out "Akemashite Omedetō")

Akemi Takeda (Creamy Mami character design)

Arina Tanemura (Full Moon o Sagashite, Time Collector Kyoko)

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

(This replaces the "Ken" kanji (剣) in "Touken Ranbu" with the kanji for "Dog" (犬), which can also sometimes be pronounced as "Ken")

We Never Learn


Uiro Yamada (visual novel artist)

Masaaki Yuasa (director)

This article has a follow-up: Happy New Year from the Anime World 2019! Part II (2018-12-31 15:45)
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