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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 9781421529516
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: TegamiBachi

TegamiBachi Vol. #03

TegamiBachi Vol. #03 Manga Review

By Sakura Eries     October 19, 2010
Release Date: September 07, 2010

TegamiBachi Vol. #03
© Viz Media

Lag meets Sylvette Suede.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Hiroyuki Asada

What They Say
Lag almost breaks the record time on his Letter Bee test, securing a job as a Letter Bee! But his celebration ends with unwelcome news: the record holder, Gauche Suede, is no longer a Letter Bee! Shocked, Lag seeks out Gauche's little sister Sylvette to learn exactly what happened. But Sylvette has no answers, only memories and a broken heart. Gauche would never abandon his sister like that! Could it be he lost his heart... or his life?!

The Review!
It never ceases to amaze me that Tegami Bachi is a Shonen Jump title. Certainly it has many key aspects of shonen manga: a young protagonist, guns and monsters, plenty of action, and fanservice. However, Lag's crybaby personality turns the shonen formula on its head, and if you thought that he was bad, get ready to be washed away in a veritable flood of crybaby tears in Volume 3.

Enter Sylvette Suede, Gauche's little sister. As far as looks and personality go, she's like a female version of Lag, and when both of them start crying, watch out. And there is quite a bit of crying as the story delves into more detail about Gauche's disappearance.
After Zazie's devastating revelation in Volume 2, Lag meets with Sylvette, who confirms that her brother went AWOL and has been missing the last four and a half years. She's initially cold towards Lag and acts like she's forgotten about her brother, but Lag is able to see into her true heart and, using his Spirit Amber, reveals a clue that might lead to Gauche. In addition, Aria also shares information about the mysterious Day of Flicker that hints that what's going on with Gauche is more than one Letter Bee's personal business.
In addition to Chapters 8 through 10, Volume 3 also contains "Special Chapter: A Bee and His Dingo" (49 pages) and another excerpt from Dr. Thunderland about Amberground.
In summary:
Although Lag has succeeded in becoming a Letter Bee, his road has only begun. As he learns about Gauche's inexplicable disappearance, he resolves on a new mission in life: to find both Gauche and his mother even as he delivers the hearts of the people of Amberground.

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