Monday, October 3, 2016

Manga Review: Tegami Bachi, Volume 19, by Hiroyuki Asada

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: June 2016
Volumes: 20.
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 18. 20.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 Bees, a brave corps of messengers, risk their lives in order to keep the hearts of Amberground connected.

Lag returns from his training to find Amberground in chaos. The government is crumbling, revolution is under way, and the sun itself is going out. The Letter Bees’ last hope is to penetrate Akatsuki, the mysterious capital of Amberground and source of the sun’s power. But who will be the one to enter Akatsuki and forge a new world: Chico, who’s prepared to make any sacrifice for her people, or Lag, who holds out the impossible hope that every life can still be saved?


I've thought before about picking this series up, because it looks really pretty. This volume left me feeling rather lost, but I do think if I were to start from the beginning, that I would enjoy it more.
Lag returns in this volume, seeing his friends and the villagers again after what I guess has been a long time. He's apparently grown a lot in that time, and everyone is really happy to see him. It's heartwarming? And now he's determined to fight Spiritus on his own, and they head off to the capital for the first time.
The capital is an odd place, and it's a surprise to all of them. (It would probably be a bigger revelation to me if I understood more what was happening.) The capital is not at all what they thought it would be, and even seems to be a lie to what they've been told.
I'm intrigued by what the reveal with the capital means, but since I've missed so much of the series (all of it), I don't quite understand enough to keep reading. It is a pretty art style, though some of the expressions don't convey too much at times. I can see why some people would be following along, though.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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