Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed, titled Shigofumi: Stories of Last Letter (シゴフミ ～Stories of Last Letter～, Shigofumi: Stories of Last Letter?) in Japan, or simply Shigofumi, is a Japanese anime television series created by Tomorō Yuzawa and produced by Bandai Visual and Genco, which aired in Japan on Chiba TV and other networks between January 6 and March 22, 2008 and contains twelve episodes. An original video animation episodes was included with the final anime DVD volume released on September 26, 2008. A light novel series was originally adapted from the anime's premise set by Tomorō Yuzawa, featuring story composition and illustrations by Ryō Amamiya and Poko, respectively. The first novel was published in Japan on October 10, 2006 by MediaWorks under their shōnen label Dengeki Bunko, and the fourth and final novel was released on March 10, 2008. Despite the novels being produced first, the anime is considered the original work, as stated by Yuzawa. The anime has been acquired by Bandai Visual for English language localization. The title Shigofumi comes from the combination of the Japanese words for "after death" (死後, shigo?), and "letter" (文, fumi?), which literally translates to an "after death letter".