Japanese Animation Stamps

Japanese animation stamps (or anime stamps) have been featured on more and more Japanese stamps in line with the increasing role of Japanese animation in the country's popular culture. Some have even gone so far as to describe the use of anime postage stamps as Japan's soft cultural diplomacy.

Interested in Japanese Anime Stamps? Have a look at our old issues Japanese animation postage stamps.

Japanese Animation Stamps - Hero Heroine Series Vol. 1 Pokemon

The famous Pokemon characters are featured on the 2005 Volume I of the Hero Heroine Series. Pokemon, abbreviated from the Japanese title Pocket Monsters, is a children's anime series which has been adapted for the international TV market. It is based on the Pokemon video game series.

The series follows Ash Ketchum and his friends, both human and Pokemon, as they are battling Pokemon trainers, fight criminal organizations, and enter tournaments.

The Japan anime postage stamps to the left show the following manga images:

  1. Pikachu: one of the Pokemon creatures. Pikachu is considered the most popular character in the series.
  2. Lizardon, also known as Charizard, is a dragon type character.
  3. Mew, long extinct and legendary powerful Pokemon.
  4. Rekkuza, known as Rayquaza outside Japan, a cryptid atmospheric beast flying above the clouds in the ozone layer.
  5. Gonbe, the big-eater Pokemon, known as Munchlax outside Japan.

The sheet background shows Ash Ketchum in the center with his friends.

These Japanese stamp were issued on June 23, 2005.

Price: US$ 28.40

Japanese Animation Stamps - Hero Heroine Series Vol. 11 Naruto

The Japanese manga series is covered in volume 11 of the Hero Heroine Series. Naruto is one of the best selling manga of all times having sold more than 113 million copies in Japan. The English adaption of the series has also appeared in the USA Today Booklist several times.

The plot tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and dreams of becoming a Hokage, the strongest ninja of them all.

The manga was first published by Shueisha in 1999 in the 43rd issue of Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

Featured on these Japanese stamps are from top to bottom:

  1. Uzumaki Naruto, main protagonist and title character of the series. He is being ostracized by his village due to the nine-tailed demon fox sealed inside his body.
  2. Uchiha Sasuke, member of the highly skilled Uchiha ninja clan and rival to Naruto.
  3. Haruno Sakura, female lead of the series infatuated with Sasuke Uchiha.
  4. Hatake Kakashi, leader and teacher of Team 7.
  5. Sai, replacement of Sasuke in Team 7. He is trained to not show desire or emotions.
  6. Nara Shikamaru, ninja member ofTeam 10. He is portrayed as a lazy character.
  7. Deidara, former ninja and terrorist bomber.
  8. Uchiha Itachi, older brother of Uchiha Sasuke. He is responsible for killing all members of his clan.
  9. Jiraiya, the Pervy Sage, a perverted old man.
  10. Yondaime Hokage, Minato Namikaze, the fourth Hokage or Fire Shadow.

These Japanese animation stamps were issued on October 23, 2009

Price: US$ 20.80

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