‘mixi’ adds Kodansha manga titles to its New Year card offerings

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Mixi Inc., operator of the mixi social networking service, said it will feature five manga titles from publisher Kodansha Ltd. for its “nengajo” (New Year greeting card) delivery service.

Users can send “Nodame Cantabile,” “Initial D,” “Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture,” “Ping-Pong Club” and “Chihayafuru” New Year’s cards to mark the start of 2011.

The “Nodame” nengajo shows protagonist Nodame and her love interest Chiaki enjoying a holiday. The “Moyashimon” card presents the manga’s bacteria characters against a backdrop of snow-capped Mount Fuji along with a traditional New Year “kagami mochi” rice cake.

The mixi nengajo service allows users to send a paper nengajo to online friends even if they don’t have their postal or e-mail address, or even if they don’t know the receivers’ real names. Mixi will send paper cards issued by Japan Post Service Co. on behalf of the sender to recipients using their registered mixi user information.

Like other Japan Post nengajo, the cards will be imprinted with a lottery number.

The greeting service also offers a wide assortment of other New Year templates, with designs covering well-known manga and anime characters. Kodansha’s manga characters are certain to be popular choices.

Mixi is accepting orders for the nengajo cards until Dec. 19. Each card costs 180 yen ($2.15), including tax.

See (http://mixi-nenga.jp/)

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