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Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Volume 1

(Tegami Bachi #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  7,047 ratings  ·  147 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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Wart Hill
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
I liked this more this time than the first time i read it.
Kogiopsis
May 23, 2011 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 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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Amanda
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute one I’ve wanted to read ever since the cover caught my eye when I used to be a library page. I don’t read much manga but I enjoyed it! It makes me wonder if it was inspired by the old news story of a boy mailed to his aunt by his grandmother, with the postage around his neck.
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'
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Ashley Chen
Nov 17, 2012 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 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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haf
Mar 18, 2016 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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Sesana
Jun 12, 2014 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
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
12 Oct 2015 :

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
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Edited : 26 April 2017 - sampai vol.20 (tamat)

*turunkan rating jadi 2☆*
*tariknapasdalamdalamsiapngerant*
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Forthright .
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Complex world-building, but I'm going into this series having already watched the anime a few times, so I have some much-needed context. Amberground is a world with no sun. Only the elite can live under the artificial sun, which means the poorest caste lives in perpetual night, under beautifully starry skies. The storyline introduces letter bees, highly trained government couriers who can travel freely in order to deliver letters. They work in tandem with a "dingo," an animal companion who helps ...more
Venesa
I literally saw this on goodreads and thought the cover was really pretty (yes im the fool who judges books by their covers) so i bought 2 volumes lol. Its actually alot better than i was expecting, its such an interesting and unique premise and im so glad i bought them. The world of Tegami Bachi has no sun and instead a man-made sun gives artificial light to the capital city. The main characters reside in the outer reaches of the country where the only light they have is a twilight to moonlight ...more
Mahra
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
1. I picked this manga to cleanse my soul after reading an awful shallow book.

2. It served its purpose, I actually saw myself really in love with the idea of hearts in this volume, and how a job of a letterbee is to deliver letters and such

3. I think I love the idea of an artificial sun.

4. I am not someone to be totally interested in any fantasy universe but this one is seemingly interesting

5. I’m gonna read the next volume and give a better judgement

6. The art is good btw



One start for the ar
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Ashley
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm always shocked at how fast my sister finishes graphic novels. I've been to the library 3 times in the past week to borrow new graphic novels for her, Letter Bee one of those graphic novels. I originally decided to try and read them with her but I realized I would never be able to catch up with her with the rate she goes.
So. Tonight I picked up Letter Bee and was able to finish it in roughly 30 minutes? Which certainly made it easier for me to understand my sisters reading pace. I give it 4
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Rose  Heartfilia
To add all the manga's!

I mostly read mangas when I think that the anime was great but I want answers or expect the story line to go differently. I watched Tegami Bachi during the airing season, that's a long time ago and it has always been on my to-read-list. So here I am trying to read this at some point and to see if I finally get the answers that I wanted years ago.

To be continued :)
Okuta Otherside
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great artwork, great characters, great story! Manga that you should have in your bookshelves!
Tania
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I watched Letter bee when it was been broadcasting and I loved it. It was only this year I decided to read the manga and it's as beautiful as the animation.
Anyway. This story follows Lag Seeing, a boy who's aiming to become the head-bee in order to find his mother and discover what happened to Gauche Suede, his friend and the letter bee he looked up to.

Hiroyuki Asada's work is wonderfully drawn so it's completely worth to take a look at it.
Littlebearries
Mar 03, 2011 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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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
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usagi ☆ミ
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 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.
Charmaine (CharmySketches)
The artwork in this manga was really inspiring but it did seem that the characters were more interesting to me than the portions of the manga in which we are told the lore of the Amberground rather than shown. I'm definitely interested in continuing this series in hopes that the art continues to be great and the story gets better fleshed out.
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 19, 2009 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.
kuseyo
Dec 29, 2011 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
Justyn Rampa
This was AMAZING!!!

Further review to follow later because I'm hungry now:-/
Ashley
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Clair
May 18, 2012 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 about Letter Bee before 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 watched the anime told me he’d stopped after the main kid had crie
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Col
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Volumes 1-9 review

I'd be hard pressed to say anything about this was particularly bad. The art was expressive and dynamic, the characters are varied, and the premise of delivering letters in a world with only an artificial sun was interesting. However, I found that none of these ended up appealing to me. I disliked the clothing design of the series, the large insect monsters were visually uninteresting to me, and the environments were dull. The only thing that stood out to me were how shapely al
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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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