Tegami Bachi 6

February 22, 2012

Hiroyuki Asada – Viz – 2011 – 13+ volumes

Yeah… I’m still not feeling this one. It has wonderful art, and does a wonderful job of bringing the fantasy world it creates to life. I really can’t get enough of looking at it. But the stories… they’re just about the strength of the heart over and over and over again. It’s just sadness and bittersweetness and whatnot in every chapter, and I just wish something different would happen.

It almost does, in this volume. The story finally introduces Jiggy Pepper, the express letter bee. He’s pretty cool, in the heroic rides-a-motorcycle-and-fires-a-gun way. He offers advice, but that’s about it. The bulk of the chapter he’s in is about a lonely old man in a lighthouse. The story before that is about a woman who can’t write letters, so draws pictures instead to cheer up her mistress. There’s another story about a little girl that wants to make a doll for her older brother to remember her by when he goes away. This parallels the life of Gauche and his sister.

It’s heartfelt, and well-written. But I’m starting to get tired of these types of stories. They’ve done about all they need to to give the reader a feel for Lag and the rest of the cast. I keep hoping a larger story arc will start before too long.

I might get my wish, because the end of the volume has a chapter where Lag and Niche take a trip to the place where Niche grew up, and along the way Lag finds a bullet with enough heart in it to let us know what happened to make Gauche evil. But… even this story wasn’t all that interesting, and it involved the main characters and the plot of the series.

I’m going to try a couple more volumes. It’s technically a good book. There’s nothing wrong with the stories, and they are well-written and genuinely sad. But I find that I want something more from it. But if nothing changes in the next couple volumes, I’m going to have to give up and declare it not for me.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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