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Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Volume 1 (Tegami Bachi #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  4,459 ratings  ·  86 reviews
In Amberground, a dangerous terrain where a man-made star casts a permanent twilight, young Lag Seeing aspires to become a Letter Bee: a postman entrusted to deliver the hearts of people separated from the ones they love.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 4th 2007)
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Anila
It was pretty much a sure bet that this series would be excellent, considering it was recommended to me (very strongly) by the same person who recommended Full Metal Alchemist. And actually, I'd heard about Tegami Bachi before - it has an excellent reputation.

This is the kind of story that is so original and cool and fun that it leaves the reader with an urge to write something themselves, and the ideas are so engaging and filled with possibility that said reader must work hard not to be derivat...more
Courtney
What a charming and unique series! I love the concept: a world where there is only darkness and an artificial sun to combat it, where society is split by a rigorously enforced caste system, where sending a simple letter from one town to another is a death-defying mission that requires a strong heart to survive.
Volume one opens with Letter Bee extraordinaire, Gauche Suede and his "dingo" (a necessary companion for each Letter Bee), picking up a letter in the form of a young boy who must be deliv...more
Dani
I only made a spur of the moment decision to try this because I realised there was a shota but I'm glad I did. This was really good. I'm holding back from giving it five stars because I want to see how the rest of the series fares first, but this could easily become one of my favourites.

The other reason I picked this up was the art--it's absolutely gorgeous. Everything is really beautiful, the character designs are stunning, the world is so detailed, I just love it all. I especially love Gauche'...more
Ashley Chen
First off, THE COVER! It is GORGEOUSSS!! I love the details, the saturation, the colour! I knew I had to pick this up from all the other manga I borrowed from my friend. :3 Yes, I judge the manga by its cover.

Okay, now to the story. In the world of Tegami Bachi, it is kind of like a dystopian-ish. I mean we get the land divided into 3 sections from the rich to the poor. That trend doesn't change and it is predictable. But to me the plot is nice. I mean Letter Bees, coolio! The atmosphere reminde...more
the golden witch.
Another spectacular translation from Viz. (Wow, they've been on a role lately!)

I was very pleasantly surprised and overjoyed to see how this series has been translated so far, especially with the "untranslateable" worlds like shindanjuu (heart+bullet+gun) and the monster names. Not only did they leave those words untranslated but in the margins actually provided the kanji and the reading of the kanji, explained the meanings to American readers. That, in my opinion, goes above and beyond the call...more
duniamimpigie Anggi
(Nah kan, jadi keterusan nambahin manga di rak GR :p)
Jadi, Tegami Bachi ini juga manga FAVORIT si Gie ♥♥♥
Udah baca sampai chapter terbaru! Dan berharap diterbitkan di Indonesia~
Selain Natsume, Tegami Bachi-lah manga yang mampu membuat saya banjir air mata ;A;
Ceritanya sangat fantasiyah, namun tetap heart-warming. Konsep awal mengenai dunianya kreatif, tidak biasa. Plot tidak terlalu lambat dan konfliknya sejak awal jelas (well, saya sedang membandingkannya dengan Natsume Yuujinchou yang plotnya...more
Littlebearries
In Amberground, it is the job of the Letter Bee to deliver the letters of the people... whatever those letters may be.

The story opens with us meeting a diligent Letter Bee by the name of Guache Suede. He and his dingo (the name given to the Letter Bee's helper companion... which can be anything from a dog to a man... in Guache's case, it's a dog named Roda)are on their way to pick up a letter, which turns out to be Lag Seeing, a small boy who has been left handcuffed to a post with a mailing sli...more
Doug Beatty
I have read five volumes of this series, and really like the story. The art is fantastic and reading it for the art alone would be a good reason.

This is the story of the letter bees. There is a society that is caught in a caste system, and people are scattered around the world. The main city of the wealthy has an artificial sun, and it houses the beehive, where the letter bees congregate to deliver mail (they are the postmen of the world). One of the young letter bees was found years ago with p...more
Sesana
I'm going to be generous with this review, because it is the first volume. No, it didn't quite click with me. But I did get the feeling that this is the exposition volume, and the story will really start in earnest in the next volume. The art is quite good, which helps, and there are some interesting aspects to the world of Amberground. But even though I have no real complaints, nothing about this volume impressed me. I do think it'll get better as it goes, but I don't know if I'm going to conti...more
Melissa
Melissa Wickelhaus
Genre: Adventure
The first volume of Tegami Bachi, Letter Bee follows the young Lag Seeing as he is delivered to his aunt by Gauche Suede, a Letter Bee who travel the countryside delivering letters. After their adventure through the Gaichuu, huge insects protected by metal exoskeletons, infested wilderness, Lag Seeing declares that he wants to become a Letter Bee like Gauche, and once he is old enough he begins his own adventure to do so. This adventure includes both action and...more
Pizza Floff
Just keep in mind that I'm reviewing this as a reader who has read more then a single volume of this series. Like most shounen Jump labeled manga, this is NOT a get the job and enter an everlasting journey to no tomorrow. It actually has plot, the best part for any series and most critical! The description paints off the first volume, a boy named Lag who's set out to be a Letter Bee to reunite with his friend Gauche. While that may sound like an over used plot, this series actually makes it inte...more
ISS Singapore
We have Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Vols 1 & 2
R to L (Japanese Style). In Amberground, a dangerous terrain where a man-made star casts a permanent twilight, young Lag Seeing aspires to become a Letter Bee: a postman entrusted to deliver the hearts of people separated from the ones they love.
FutureSimp
I gave this book a low score as nothing really happened. I'll give the second book a try hoping this book was just laying the "groundwork" for the story . I suggest checking this out at a library first.
ku. [ semi-hiatus ]
I am in love with their covers are soo... (I was about 2 say kawaii but thats not the word im looking for)anyway, this sounds like an awesoe story i think it should be an anime. :P //shotah
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: The dark planet intrigued me but mostly the plot revolves around mail carriers and I {ahem} really like getting mail, so thought this sounded cool. Plus the cover is gorgeous.

Comments: Amberground is a dark planet divided into three rings separated by rivers which also separates the classes. In the middle of the planet is Akatsuki, the city of the government and wealthy. No one may enter without extremely hard to get special passes. Above Akatsuki is a man-made sun which glow...more
Jody Mena
Wow, what a unique story! Letter carriers (bees) delivering mail across a barren, post-apocalyptic world that is perpetually in twilight under the light of a single, man-made star that hovers over the city of the aristocracy - what a thrilling concept, its a very alien setting. You don't normally think of the job of a letter carrier as being particularly adventurous, but this is a really fascinating philosophical take on mail - that they are delivering a piece of a person's heart to the ones the...more
Eleonore Rigby
"Von allen Dingen auf der Welt... ist das "Herz" das kostbarste! Am Anfang aller Dinge steht das "Herz". Das "Herz" macht uns zu dem, was wir sind... "

In "Letter Bee" begeben wir uns auf eine Reise in das Land Amberground, welches unter dem ewigen Sternenhimmel liegt. In Amberground ist es den ganzen Tag lang finster, nicht einmal die künstliche Sonne, die man dort angelegt hat, kann das Land gebührend erleuchten. Dennoch herrscht reges Treiben in Amberground, vor allem durch die sogenannten "Le...more
Charles
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Vanessa
Letter Bee (Tegami Bachi) Volume 1
Once upon a time, I pulled out a manga from its hidey-hole on the shelf at a book shop. The artwork was absolutely gorgeous, and the use of colour was really quite striking – blue, purple, and shades of grey and white. I had heard a little bit aboutLetter Beebefore I blindly bought the first volume (the lengths I will go to if a book has a pretty cover…), but nothing much. A friend of mine who watchedthe anime told me he’d stopped after the main kid had cried f...more
取るに足らない (tina) (hiatus: school)
This manga was so cute and adorable. Which is not suppose to be the point of this manga but I liked it haha. I'll bump up the rating because it's the first ^_^ Where do you see a pretty strong plot now days? Manga story's and drawing ideas are recycled mostly. Its rare to come up with something unique and individual so that the reader stays within the story and follows it till the end. I get a feeling (and I'm pretty sure) this series is heavily underrated, overshadowed by the always popular On...more
Daniel Gutierrez
The Story was well paced in this 1st book with few but really good characters to keep you interested, with a dark tone(the story isn't happy and joyful) and heroic characters with a strong protagonist its a really good story. The plot was mostly an introduction to the characters and the world they live in.I feel that later down the road the characters will be flesh out and story will pick up at a faster rate but since this is the first volume don't expect to be blown away but if you read more v...more
Jeridel Banks
Ever wondered the lengths it takes for your local postal worker to deliver mail to your box? I didn’t--until I read the first volume to Hiroyuki Asada’s Tegami Bachi.

In a land where everything is drowned in pitch darkness, the only source of light is from Akatsuki, a man–made star in the center of Amberground. Armored insects called Gaichuu infest the darkened regions. The only way for residents to mail anything is through the Amberground National Postal Service, a delivery service where its po...more
bakanekonomama
Kenang-kenangan dari mahasiswa Universitas Keio, Tokyo, setelah saya membantu penelitian mereka selama sekitar dua minggu di Jakarta. Mereka datang dalam rangka penyusunan skripsi, yang sebenarnya lebih mirip tugas akhir aja, krn di Jepang kalo mau lulus mah kayaknya nggak serepot di Indonesia. Hehehe

Di hari terakhir ada pesta ucapan terima kasih kepada mahasiswa Indonesia yang telah membantu mereka. Dan.. jadilah saya diberi manga ini, karena mereka tahu saya doyan baca manga, plus kaos One Pie...more
Susan
I'll be the first to say---the plot's a little all over the place in the first two volumes, the characters all have names that sound like the pseudonyms of the spammers that infiltrate your inbox but it's at least something different. Gauche Suede, a mail carrier (a.k.a. Letter Bee) finds himself delivering an unusual package: Lag Seeking, a small boy, who has been abandoned by his mother. According to the child, she was abducted by force, but whatever the case, there's clearly something odd goi...more
James Jr.
This is actually my second time reading this manga. It is so fast paced and full of action that it's an easy read. The characters are complex and likable and the story is fantastic and unique. The artwork is brilliantly drawn and keeps you interested from page one! I am excited to continue this series. It is unique in more than one way. The cover is a nice hue of purples and blues and fits the overall mood of the story. This is a must read for all manga fans.
Gigi
Apr 16, 2010 Gigi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who like to read mangas. :3
Recommended to Gigi by: ...My aunt?
Shelves: manga-manwha, owns
I found this series from my aunt bringing us a Shonen Jump magazine. I was looking through and saw how cute the art was, so I decided to read more of it. My book store doesn't have a huge collection of mangas, so I was forced to read it online. When I did I was super duper surprised; I fell in love with it! I got totally hooked and read all of the chapters in two days.

I love how the characters actually have emotions like real people. I don't care how big of a crybaby Lag is because it only adds...more
Kirsten
Nifty little manga! It's set in the world of Amberground, a strange land lit by an artificial sun. The richest and most privileged live in the center, and receive full light, but most live in twilight or darkness. Cities are surrounded by wilderness full of Gaichuu, gigantic, nearly invincible insect-like creatures. The only people who regularly travel between the cities are the mail carriers, known as Letter Bees.
One day a young Letter Bee known as Gauche Suede comes across something unusual: a...more
Muhammad Irfan
Di Dunia dimana tidak ada Matahari yang menerangi permukaan tanah, kecuali di Ibu Kota yang memiliki Matahari buatan, ada sebuah profesi yang memiliki tugas dan tanggung jawab yang besar. Profesi itu bernama Letter Bee, sang pengantar apapun, termasuk manusia.

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Pemilihan setting di Alternate World adalah hal yang menarik dari beberapa judul Manga. biasanya yang bertema fantasi (memang Manga umumnya selalu bergenre fantasy). Letter Bee adalah salah satunya. Saya suka Alternate World di Letter B...more
Hillary
Sep 26, 2010 Hillary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Manga readers
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Jolene
Dec 21, 2009 Jolene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy, city of ember lovers, black cat
Love the illustrations and storyline of this manga. Gauche is a letter bee(aka postman) who must deliver mail in the most treacherous areas of Amberground. One day he comes a across Lag,a little boy, who turns out to be a package he must deliver. On their journey they must fight Gaichuu, who are ferocious insects who thirst for human hearts. After Lag is delivered he dreams of becoming a Letter Bee like Gauche. Before Lag is interviewed to become a Bee he comes across a lost package in the form...more
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