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Tegami Bachi (Manga)

Tegami Bachi

Alternative Titles

English: Letter Bee
Synonyms: Tegamibachi, Tegami Bachi to Dingo
Japanese: テガミバチ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 100
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 6, 2006 to Nov 4, 2015
Authors: Asada, Hiroyuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Jump SQ


Score: 8.051 (scored by 4693 users)
Ranked: #7342
Popularity: #334
Members: 11,728
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Tegamibachi takes place in the land of AmberGround, a place of perpetual night only partially illuminated by an artificial sun. Lag Seeing works as a Letter Bee at the government delivery service named the Bee Hive. He travels with his Dingo, Niche, and her "pet," Steak and is entrusted with the hearts of everyone in AmberGround as he delivers their packages.

(Source: Wikipedia)


The first ten chapters of Tegamibachi were originally serialized in the Monthly Shounen Jump. A special chapter, "Tegamibachi to Dingo" was published as a one-shot in Weekly Shounen Jump prior to the launch of Jump Square, where Tegamibachi is now serialized.

Tegamibachi has been published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint since September 1, 2009, and started serialization in the March 2009 issue of their monthly Shounen Jump anthology. In Europe, the series has been licensed in Italy by Panini Comics under their Planet Manga division, Kana in France, and Planeta DeAgostini in Spain.

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Jun 14, 2015
I would give to this manga a solid 9 but until I see more development in the future chapters, I'll refrain from rating it so higly.

Story - 9
The plot seems to be childish and silly when you read it, it was very slow and it's still very slow during the last released chapters, but I realized many questions are being answered lately in the newest chapters, furthermore even though at a first glance it will look silly to you, it gets darker and darker.

Art - 8
I won't say it's the best drawn manga I have read, but if you can exclude the "off models" most read more
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Apr 20, 2010
"You're the first man who's ever made me wear pants" - Niche

If a line like that by the 2nd chapter, doesn't strike your attention as amusing than Letter Bee(or Tegami Bachi in Jap) may not be the manga for you.

I was first attracted to this manga through the anime adaptations 1st season which had aired recently, and wanting to know what happened after ep.25 piqued my interest to read on.

Story - 8
Without going into detail and providing spoilers; TB is a unique tale on its own which escapes from the mediocrity of school life stories which seems to be the common setting for most manga read more
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Oct 21, 2011
Be gentle with me because this is probably my first manga that I'm up to release date's with.

A story about a land, covered in pure darkness. With no light other than radiance of a man made star, hanging over the main capital. Under the light of this star, a job is being taken place, a job to deliver letters, and the heart contained in these letter's. The story follows a young boy named Lag seeing and his dingo (familiar) Niche, and her snack Steak. Together, they take on the task of defeating giachu, and delivering letter's at any cost. Their goal. To save their dear read more
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Jun 21, 2009
I started reading Letter Bee in shonen jump, like most beginings of manga, its a slow start , however the story continued at a slow pace. the main character is the biggest crybaby I have ever seen, and his crying starts to get repetitive after a while. The artwork is done well at least, barren wastelands, huge forrests, and small towns are the many sceneries I have seen so far. If the character of Niche didnt appear, I would have dropped the series out of boredom. Overall, Letter Bee moves at a snails pace, but from what I have read so far, the story could read more
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