Tegami Bachi - Letter Bee

The Story
In a land of perpetual night, your heart is your light. 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.

Gauche Suede is on his last delivery before a big promotion. In the outskirts of Yodaka, the darkest area of Amberground, Gauche is surprised to find that the package is a young boy named Lag Seeing. Lag had been traumatized by his mother’s abduction and is due to be delivered to his aunt. In this remote area rife with Gaichuu, Lag and Gauche face a dangerous journey that inspires Lag to become a Letter Bee.

The Review
This is a series that takes place in an interesting world. It takes its time letting us explore different aspects and learning about different characters, though that doesn’t mean the episodes themselves feel slow at all. It all starts when a boy named Lag is addressed and stamped to be sent to his aunt in another town and he is picked up by a Letter Bee (like a mailman) named Gauche picks him up.

Gauche is very determined and respective of his honourable job as Letter Bee, but Lag creates animosity between them right from the start and this is an ongoing source for humour to contrast the darker aspects of the story. Both Gauche and Lag have back-stories that are revealed during their journey showing the difficult, emotional situations each is dealing with separately. Of course what would a journey over dangerous terrain be without monsters to fight? And so Gauche and Lag find themselves often attacked by the Gaichuu in which there is no defence against except a special gun that all Letter Bees carry which, with concentration, will shoot a part of their heart energy at the insect-like creatures and reduce them to nothing. It is during one of these battles that a unique ability of Lag’s is found. Part Two gets even better which takes place five years later and concentrates on Lag along with the introduction of a fabulous female character, Niche.

About five years later, Lag becomes a Letter Bee in his own right. There are two mysteries that haunt this series. The first is what happened to Lag’s mother when she was taken off to the capital, the reason why Lag was mailed to his aunt. The second is why did Gauche disappear as well when he went to the capital as well shortly after.

We only begin to get answers by the end of the first season. The good news, there is going to be a second season. The bad news, we have to wait until fall to get it. Still, there certainly has been enough set up by this point that the second season has a good chance of being better than the first. If I did get tired of one thing, it was the whole thing about Niche and pants, but while annoying since nothing is really seen there is nothing for even someone like me to be squeamish about.