Monday, May 3, 2010

Letter Bee Review



Letter Bee (Tegami Bachi) has all the right ingredients to be a great shonen series: a dark, futuristic setting; rad monsters; cool weapons powered by mysterious energy sources.

Summary story: 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 Bee, 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 ( it is giant insects covered in jeweled armor, said to be spirit insects that lost their hearts), Lag and Gauche face a dangerous journey that inspires Lag to become a Letter Bee,.

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I felt that the Letter Bee is very good because the characters' memories are characterised by a melancholic atmosphere and some very touching scenes that just warm the heart. The main character, Lag really is cry-baby! It make me don't like it but, Lag still never give up and nearly become mature when he faces a lot of challenges during his journey to deliver an important letter to his destination. There are very funny scenes where he convinces his dingo, Niche that she has to wear underwear! :D Especially, there’s Steak and Niche. The relationship between these two is just so weird, it’s funny and make me laugh when they looks very stupid. Every Letter Bee have their own Dingo (partner), such as leopard, dog, snake, etc.., include the human! O_o!! No matter they are injured or don't care what's others saying, the dingo must support the Letter Bee, so they can to protect them from Gaichuu.

Wow, this is good idea about “heart” as a magical, omnipresent energy that penetrates and surrounds most living beings and will used as the "heart" bullets, the gun’s dream-sharing capacity gets only a cursory explanation; the dream sequences are hella confusing, requiring several readings to figure out whose memories we’re seeing... But, there is a disadventage of using "heart"; memory's powers are related to the love they hold in their hearts, and how much power they have to expend and how much damage that can withstand is linked to strength of heart. For example, a Letter Bee, used a lot of "heart" bullets to fight with Gaichuu so letter bee’s heart has a limit when he/she tired. Or, he/she can lost 'heart', mean they will lost emotion and important of memories at same time... That is why Letter Bees do the dangerous jobs in their life, but their salary are very high.



I like the amazing landscape filled with nature and falling stars in the Letter Bee! You will know why the government need the Letter Bees and what happened to the dark planet which they live? Why Gaichuus are existed in their planet? It is very really interesting story that also have a lot of mysterious behind the letters!

Enjoy to read manga "Letter Bee" in Manga Fox!
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