Happy New Year From the Anime World

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 20210 is the Year of the Ox according to the Chinese zodiac, many of the greetings feature cows or bulls. Last year was the Year of the Rat, so you may also see references to mice making way for the new animal of the year.

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

Tomato Akase (Higurashi: When They Cry (manga)

Masahiro Anbe (Atsumare! Fushigi Kenkyū-Bu, Squid Girl)

Assault Lily Bouquet



Illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki
Ghibli's official site notes that January 5 will mark Miyazaki's 80th birthday. The famed director is still working on his film How Do You Live? "everyday."


Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen (manga)

Shintaro Kago (Dementia 21)

Asuka Keigen (Demon's Sword Master of Excalibur School manga)

Kinema Citrus

Love Live!

MAPPA (Jujutsu Kaisen)

Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail)

Amu Meguro (Honey So Sweet)


Kyousuke Motomi (Queen's Quality)

My Hero Academia

One Piece

Shaman King



Sushio (Kill la Kill character design)

Akemi Takada (Creamy Mami character design)

Yoshiki Tonogai (Judge, Secret manga)

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon


This article has a follow-up: Happy New Year From the Anime World — Part II (2020-12-31 22:57)
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