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An anime adaption of the Tegami Bachi manga series was announced in the June 2009 issue of the Jump SQ magazine, and was set to be green-lit for October 2009. This first season of the anime series is directed by Akira Iwanaga, and began airing in Japan on the TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi and other affiliated television networks around Japan on October 3, 2009. The first season finished broadcasting on March 27, 2010.
A second season of the anime, called Tegami Bachi: Reverse was announced in the Puff magazine in Japan during an interview with the artist. This season of the anime retained its previous voice cast, and is also directed by Akira Iwanaga. The second season of the anime premiered on October 2, 2010, and finished airing on March 26, 2011, leaving many questions unanswered.
The author of Tegami Bachi, Hiroyuki Asada, has expressed approval for a third season, which is yet to be announced. This may prove difficult, as the second season had to create filler due to it being ahead of the slowly-written manga, in turn creating several anime-manga inconsistencies which may hinder the production of a third season.
Episode and OVA List
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There are 25 21-minute episodes in each season, 25 3-minute OVA episodes of Letter Bee Academy, 25 3-minute OVA episodes of Letter Bee Reverse: Specials, and one 27-minute pilot episode called Letter Bee: Light and Blue Night Fantasy. This totals to 101 watchable episodes. Regular episodes can be watched in HD for free on Crunchyroll.
Letter Bee Academy
A series of three-minute original anime shorts was included in each Japanese Region 2 DVD of Tegami Bachi. Titled Letter Bee Academy (テガミバチ学園 Tegami Bachi Gakuen), the omake series focuses on the background settings of the world of Amberground not touched upon or elaborated much in the anime, and provides a hilarious class setting with chibi versions of the characters.
Letter Bee Reverse Specials
A series of three-minute original anime shorts was included in each Japanese DVD of Tegami Bachi Reverse. Titled Letter Bee Reverse Specials (裏テガミバチTegami Bachi Reverse Specials), the omake series.... (We're watching it right now, and will write a summary once we're done.)
First Animated Adaptation
A special anime adaptation/pilot episode, running for 27 minutes, was shown during the Jump Super Anime Tour events in Japan in the fall of 2008. It was titled Tegami Bachi: Hikari to Ao no Gensō Yawa (テガミバチ 〜光と青の幻想夜話〜?, Letter Bee: Light and Blue Night Fantasy), and was animated by Studio Pierrot. The Original Video Animation was translated for free by Anthony Carl Kimm on the Jumpland website with English subtitles. It was later released on DVD in the beginning of 2009. It was retold and reanimated in the main story in episode 17, Letter Bee and Dingo.
NOTE: All the OVAs can be watched subbed here.