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

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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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Wart Hill
Jun 25, 2015 Wart Hill rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
I liked this more this time than the first time i read it.
Kogiopsis
May 23, 2011 Kogiopsis rated it it was amazing
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
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Courtney
Nov 14, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
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
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Dani
Jan 16, 2013 Dani rated it really liked it
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'
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Ashley Chen
Nov 17, 2012 Ashley Chen rated it it was amazing
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
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Doug Beatty
May 07, 2011 Doug Beatty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
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
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King Haffiness
May 16, 2016 King Haffiness rated it it was amazing
Usually in any manga I read, I look for a gripping storyline and art. Tegami Bachi has both of these. The first time I read it was because I saw the cover and read the summary and they both were perfection.
Tegami Bachi is somewhat dystopia fiction, with a whole new world. From the very first page to the very last page Hiroyuki Asada managed to keep us flipping pages and that is exactly what I look for in any book/manga I read.
When you go further ahead into the manga you realize it has A LOT of f
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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 lam
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Littlebearries
Mar 03, 2011 Littlebearries rated it it was amazing
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
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Sesana
Jun 15, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
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
Guguk
Sampai volume yang sudah terbit dan dibaca (lupa berapa tepatnya...)
Rating masih bisa berubah sesuai sikon & ending (^,^)/

Gambar : 6.5 bintang
Cerita : 3.5 bintang
Humor : 4 bintang
Sistem dunianya yang membingungkan : -8 bintang

Mungkin musti dibaca ulang secara marathon ^ ^) *bacasambillari*

Niche lucu & kuat (^,^)9
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
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Melissa
Apr 15, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
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
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Selena

Too. Much. Info dump.

Soooo much info dump.

Sooooo bored.

It's an interesting concept, but the amount of info dumping was frustrating. Truth be told, not much stuck in my head because of it.
Ashley
Mar 27, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it
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Dianna
Jan 10, 2016 Dianna rated it it was amazing
In a world where the inhabitants are classed by their distance from an artificial star and dangerous creatures lie in the between, brave messengers risk their lives to deliver the love that goes into peoples' letters.

Tegami Bachi is a book for everyone, whether you're a fan of fantasy and graphic novels or not, because the world that it immerses you in is stunning, unique, encouraging, heartfelt, and simply euphoric. I cannot put this series to the side and believe me that is shocking for I have
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Maxwell
Apr 20, 2015 Maxwell rated it really liked it
This book is an action manga called tegami bachi (letter bee)vol 1 by Hiroyuki Asada. The story revolves around a world dominated by gaichuu, or giant armored bug-like monsters, and the courageous letter bees, the postal service that brave these monsters for deliveries. The main characters are Lag Seeing, a young boy mysteriously sent as a package with a lot of heart, and Guache, a letter bee willing to brave anything to deliver Lag and get promoted. However, Lag is traumatized by a recent abduc ...more
Jesse Zellmer
Feb 27, 2015 Jesse Zellmer rated it it was ok
Shelves: art-comics-manga
So far I've read the first 5 volumes of this manga. Premise: Awesome. Story: meh. Not really even with a capital M. Tankobon manga like Tegami Bachi are something I can see myself getting into; where there is an individual story with a beginning and end to each volume without much cutoff (ala Mushishi). It's really a cozy and intimate little experience that I get with most books. I like manga, but the problem with other series I enjoy like Soul Eater is that it's just one collective work where y ...more
Pizza Floff
May 28, 2014 Pizza Floff rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-collection
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
Paul
May 18, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
Tegami Beach by Hiroyuki Asada, is a very standard sci-fi manga. While many of the details such as the fact that the special people deliver letters, most things such as there being a group that works for the government and uses magic to help them is not original. There are many examples of similar manga I could come think of, but the first one that comes to mind is full metal alchemist, the government in both is very similar and how people can use the magic also has its similarities. Because the ...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
Sep 23, 2009 FutureSimp rated it it was ok
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.
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Feb 29, 2012 ᴋᴜsᴇʏᴏ rated it really liked it
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
Nick
Oddly, this is the only manga that sort of fits in the same genre as David Brin's The Postman. In this weird dystopian world, with only an artificial sun for light, the most important people are the ones who deliver the mail through the dangerous wastelands.
Like a lot of manga, there is a lot of weird humor interspersed with a serious story, but this is only distracting once in a while. Mostly the difficulty with this series is that it takes a while to begin to make sense. I will read more to s
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Jennifer
The thing that struck me first about Tegami Bachi was the art's whimsical and charming feel. Although most of the setting is swathed in darkness, this darkness isn't always menacing, although it is the home of monsters; it's also a place where one can appreciate the beauty of the stars and the writer solitude of twilight. I enjoyed the art for evoking this whimsical feel, although Iv found some of the action sequences slightly difficult to follow.

Although Tegami Bachi is generic in some ways (it
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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
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Jody Mena
Jun 01, 2015 Jody Mena added it
Shelves: manga
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
Sep 14, 2011 Eleonore Rigby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
"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
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Charles
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V
Sep 21, 2013 V rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, manga
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
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Hiroyuki Asada (浅田 弘幸 Asada Hiroyuki) is a Japanese manga artist who is best known for his steampunk series Tegami Bachi. The first manga series he created was called I'll, and was a basketball series. All of Asada's manga were serialized in the monthly shōnen anthology Monthly Shōnen Jump (which has since been discontinued; Tegami Bachi now appears in its replacement Jump Square). He made his deb ...more
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