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Alternative Titles

English: Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed
Synonyms: Shigofumi: Stories of Last Letter
Japanese: シゴフミ


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2008 to Mar 23, 2008
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Ranked: #10302
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When someone dies, what should their final words be? Words that couldn't be said while still alive—of love, hate, hope, regret, or perhaps words without any importance. These words are sent through letters called "shigofumi" from the recently deceased to the living. Mikawa Fumika is a mail carrier of these shigofumi, delivering them alongside staff and her partner Kanaka. However, there must be something more behind Fumika's silent exterior; shigofumi mail carriers are deceased humans with the same appearance they had just before death. Despite this, Fumika is still aging...

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Episodes  0 / 12
Aired  Jan 6, 2008 to Mar 23, 2008
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Shigofumi: Stories of Last Letter
Side story: Shigofumi Picture Drama
Sequel: Shigofumi Special

Characters & Voice Actors

Ueda, Kana
Ueda, Kana
Matsuoka, Yuki
Matsuoka, Yuki
Asano, Masumi
Asano, Masumi
Katou, Masayuki
Katou, Masayuki


Satou, Tatsuo
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Nagai, Tatsuyuki
Episode Director
Kimura, Shinichiro

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Mar 9, 2008
Shigofumi is a Psychological, Supernatural, Drama about a mysterious courier (Fumika) and her talking staff (Kanaka) that deliver letters from the dead. Even though they are the main characters, the series tend to follow the person/people related to the person in account (person who wrote the shigofumi). The short series is full of episodic stories, with each being different from the last but they all deal with the same issue… ‘death’. Each story varies in the levels of disturbing content so if you thought it would be a walk in the park then you are sorely mistaken but there are also plenty of heartfelt stories read more
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Mar 28, 2008
Upon reading the summary for this show, most would think it's just another episodic and unoriginal anime with silly stories and characters that have no depth. I, too, was one of those that wasn't expecting much of Shigofumi, but after taking my chances, I was thoroughly impressed.

At first we're presented to separate stories that revolve around the delivery of Shigofumi, the letter from the dead. But the themes and characters involved are a lot more serious than you'd normally see in shows like Jigoku Shoujo and Shinigami no Ballad, shows that follow the same basic concept of Shigofumi. Bullying, child abuse, teenage suicide, the list read more
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Apr 11, 2008
First time I heard this series, I was hesitant to watch it due to the fact "shinigami" or other death-related themes are proliferative in the anime market these days but boy...was I wrong. :D

Story: 9/10
The story is well-made with "death letters" being the main dish. No beating around the bush since all storyline will end with each episode in the early parts. Although at first, it may be bit confusing, especially Fumika's story but will eventually be revealed later on.

Art: 8/10
Not as appealing or dazzy such as Shakugan no Shana but J.C. Staff made good use of the artwork and styling. Some episodes however are read more
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Dec 2, 2013
Shigofumi. A letter (fumi) delivered from the afterlife (shigo). Hence, Shigofumi. The final message left by one who's died. Letters from the departed. Strong feelings are required to be able to send a Shigofumi. Passionate love. Deep belief. And... hatred.

The above paragraph comprised of lines from Episodes 1 and 2 of this show, Shigofumi was adapted from the light novel series of the same name by Ryo Amamiya by J.C. Staff, known for other anime franchises such as Raildex, Shakugan no Shana, and Toradora! With direction by Tatsuo Satou, character designs, original and anime, by Kouhaku Kuroboshi and Tetsuya Kawakami, respectively, the series revolves predominantly read more
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Jigoku Shoujo and Shugofumi involves interaction of normal human life and the supernatural. The two of them features different sets of characters and different cases in each episode, but the story ultimately led to the main characters who happens to be the key in all of what's happening. 
This anime has the same level of thrill. It's not as good as the death note masterpiece but it is really good. I recomend it to all thrill seekers 
Similar protagonist with a talking object as their companion, although Shigofumi isn't all about exploring different people and so on like Kino's Journey is, as Shigofumi actually contains a major story. Also, the character designer of the original Kino no tabi did the first draft character design for Shigofumi, just thought that was worth mentioning out of interest. 
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Altought Shinigami no ballad has less episodes it still looks like shigofumi. Both have girls who work for the afterlife and in shigofumi they have an staff and SNB has a cat. Every episode is a diffrent story in both anime. 
imagine life as a coin...
the lighter part of the coin you see and the dark part behnd..
are somewhat the same analogy i can give them both 
dramatics beyond belief (you are kept constantly on the edge of your seat), extremely bittersweet taste, leaving u feeling reflective. deep deep dramas on the human essence of life and aspects of life.....powerful 

Opening Theme

"Kotodama (コトダマ)" by ALI PROJECT

Ending Theme

"Chain" by Snow*

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