Crunchyroll to Deliver Fantasy Through Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee

Highly Anticipated Anime Adaptation of Blockbuster Shueisha Manga Coming to Crunchyroll Same Day as Japan Starting October 3rd

San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan (September 28, 2009) — Crunchyroll and TV Tokyo announced today the addition of TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE to Crunchyroll's Fall 2009 Anime Lineup. Adapted from the hit manga published in Jump Square by Hiroyuki Asada and animated by the legendary Studio Pierrot, TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE features acclaimed voice actress Miyuki Sawashiro in the lead role of Lag Seeing. More information can be found at http://www.crunchyroll.com/tegamibachi.

“There is high anticipation for TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE with our audience and with the greater community of online fandom,” said Rob Pereyda, Crunchyroll's Vice President of Licensing. “With its pedigree of talent and pent up demand for otherworld fantasy, TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE has the potential to be the next great Shueisha hit.”

TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE will be available worldwide (outside of Japan) in standard definition free of charge to all visitors of Crunchyroll's website and across the Crunchyroll network one week after airing in Japan. Crunchyroll's Anime Members will receive early access to the program in high definition 720P within one hour after its Japanese airing, starting October 3rd, 10:55 PM JST.

TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE joins over 20 other titles to form Crunchyroll's Fall 2009 Anime Lineup. Find out what else will be simulcasting at http://www.crunchyroll.com/lineup today.

Title Synopsis:

TEGAMI BACHI: LETTER BEE
In a land of perpetual night, your heart is your light.

Amberground is locked in darkness. A man-made star casts only a dim light over the land. The pitch-black wilderness is infested with Gaichuu--colossal insects with metal exoskeletons. The Gaichuu make travel between the cities of Amberground extremely dangerous. But thankfully the Letter Bees, a brave corps of messengers, risk their lives in order to keep the hearts of Amberground connected.

Gauche Suede is on his last delivery before a big promotion. In the outskirts of Yodaka, the darkest area of Amberground, Gauche is surprised to find that the package is a young boy named Lag Seeing. Lag had been traumatized by his mother's abduction and is due to be delivered to his aunt. In this remote area rife with Gaichuu, Lag and Gauche face a dangerous journey that inspires Lag to become a Letter Bee.

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