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-->'''English Title''': ''Letter Bee''

''TegamiBachi'' is a manga by Hiroyuki Asada. It is set in the world of Amberground, a land where dozens of diverse and scattered towns are connected by the Letter Bees, an elite cadre of men and women who deliver letters, packages, and occasionally even people from town to town. Based in the shining capital city of Akatsuki, the Bees tirelessly work to deliver the mail... and with it, the ''''[[BoldInflation hearts]]'''' of their loved ones... to all the citizens of Amberground.

If you're an optimist, you probably think that sounds really nice.

If you're ''GenreSavvy'', you're probably wondering why an ''elite cadre'' is needed to deliver the mail.

You see, while the above description is all ''technically'' correct, it neglects to mention that Amberground is a [[WorldHalfEmpty truly awful place to live]], perpetually shrouded in darkness except for a small artificial sun over the capital and infested by [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever gigantic]], NighInvulnerable killer insects called Gaichuu. Gaichuu feed on the ''''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle Hearts]]'''' of humans (not the literal organ, more like a sort of LifeForce), and since a person's letters contain fragments of their ''''[[RuleOfThree Heart]]'''', Gaichuu are naturally drawn to large concentrations of mail. As a result, the Letter Bees ''have'' to be elite; they have the single most dangerous job in the world. To aid them, they are equipped with special weapons that allow them to harness the power of their '''[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Heart]]''' to destroy Gaichuu, and travel with partners/bodyguards called 'Dingoes' that assist them in their work, but they still don't have a terrific life expectancy.

The main story follows the adventures of Lag Seeing, a rookie Letter Bee (and former Letter) as he seeks out Gauche Suede, the Bee who saved him after his mother disappeared... and who has since disappeared himself. With his Dingo, a somewhat... ''[[CuteMonsterGirl unusual]]'' young lady given the name of Niche, Lag delivers letters, battles Gaichuu, hunts for the missing Gauche, and slowly but surely begins to find himself drawn into a hidden conflict that threatens to rip apart the already troubled land of Amberground.

The second season of the anime OvertookTheManga, leading to several events to play out a bit different while still telling the same story.

The anime has been [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-09-01/sentai-filmworks-adds-penguindrum-ninja-scroll-film-letter-bee licensed in the United States by Sentai Filmworks]] and is available [[http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Tegami-Bachi-Letter-Bee-Reverse/Info online.]]

The Character Page can be viewed [[Characters/TegamiBachi here.]]

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!!This series shows examples of:

* AbnormalAmmo: The Shindanjuu shoot bullets made of ''''Heart'''', the only thing that can kill a Gaichuu.
* AccidentalMisnaming: An older Bee named Moc Sullivan who doesn’t think much of Lag’s going beyond the call of duty deliberately gets his name wrong before leaving, and doesn’t listen as Lag shouts out his name again.
* ActionDuo: Lag and Niche.
* ACupAngst: This bothers Niche to some degree - especially given how nearly every other female in this series, if she's older than 10, has a larger chest than her.
* AlliterativeName: Sylvette Suede, Largo Lloyd.
* ArcWords: Gee, I wonder if '''hearts''' are important.
* AttractiveBentGender: Lag makes a very cute girl, and even Zazie acknowledges it.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Jiggy Pepper, Gauche Suede, Lag Seeing, [[AlliterativeName Largo Lloyd,]] [[SpellMyNameWithAThe Dr. Thunderland Jr,]] [[OverlyLongName Richard Belzaris BB Becktratus Jr., Rubemius Bregiuroa Banjorelo the Second]]...
* BadassNormal: Hazel Valentine. This man took on Niche after her [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInBadass training with her sister]]]] and had the upper hand for most of the fight. UNARMED.
* BattleButler: Dingoes, to their respective Letter Bee.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Nelli, also Lady Rei
* BigBrotherInstinct: Gauche, toward Sylvette. He works hard to become Head Bee and heal her legs, even though she's content just to be with him.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Gaichuu.
* BodyguardCrush: The evidence that Niche has one for Lag just keeps building over time. Even if it isn't explicitly romantic, she ''definitely'' [[ClingyJealousGirl wants to be the center of his attention and isn't happy when she isn't]].
* BoldInflation
* CallingYourAttacks
* CannotSpitItOut: Connor cannot bring himself to tell Lag about Gauche going missing, but Zazie can, possibly because Lag never told him about knowing Gauche. Kimidori cannot tell her mistress that she is the one who is sending her the picture postcards because she believes she let her down by selling her present.
* CoolBike: Jiggy's. [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum It runs on]] '''[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower heart.]]'''
* CordonBleughChef: Sylvette takes canned soup which already tastse pretty bad, and then adds "secret ingredients" which make it taste ''disgusting''. Only Sylvette and her brother actually think it tastes good.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The predominant religion in Amberground worships the Empress, who is allegedly both the wise and just leader of the country and a deity, while maintaining many of the trappings of Christianity (especially Catholicism)
** e.g. Statues of the Empress in churches resemble the Virgin Mary, burial markers are shaped like crosses but with extra lines to resemble a star shape
* DeathByChildbirth:
** Gauche and Sylvette's mother.
** [[spoiler:Niche and her sister]]'s mother, [[spoiler:Celica]].
* DrJerk: Dr. Thunderland really is a nice guy, but he does have the nasty tendency to scare the Hell out of people. Loudly announcing your desire to dissect the patient is ''not'' proper bedside manner, doctor.
* {{Dojikko}}: Turns out there's a reason Aria transferred to a desk job...
* EatTheDog: The team 'pet' is [[MeaningfulName named Steak for a reason]].
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:The man-made sun is ''alive''. And it occasionally ''feeds'' on the citizens, taking away portions of both their bodies and their '''hearts'''. Yikes.]]
** That [[BigCreepyCrawlies Cabernet]] that keeps flying around chowing down on folks is a pretty good candidate too.
** The Cabernet [[spoiler:has officially become one and it's suggested the more hearts it eats the more it will continue to become one. It even appears to be getting/have a heart.]]
* EvilVersusEvil: Reverse vs. the Government.
* {{Expy}}: Zazie is one of Tachibana Akane and Steak(!) is very obviously one of Harumoto, both from Asada's coming of age.
* EyepatchOfPower: Lag's Spirit Amber eye classifies as one of the more fantasy-inspired examples, though it doesn't make him any more or less BadAss.
* AFateWorseThanDeath: Having their '''Heart''' devoured by a Gaichuu causes a person to be reduced to a [[EmptyShell mindless, emotionless shell]] that can do nothing but sit staring into space until they starve to death.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Both Gallard and Valentine are part of Reverse in the anime]].
* {{Filler}}: Happened in the first series for a while before it went back to the manga (which is monthly, by the way), then it was put on hiatus. In the second season, the anime instead OvertookTheManga.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Lag, who's also TheChick.
** TheLancer: Niche and she'll fight anyone who says otherwise.
** TheSmartGuy: Connor, except when he's eating.
** TheBigGuy[=/=][[ViewerGenderConfusion Girl?]]: Zazie, who's a tad TriggerHappy
** TeamMom: Sylvette. Amusing, as she's twelve.
** TeamPet: Steak, Gus and Wasiolka.
* FormFittingWardrobe: Aria Link's outfits tend to be like this, especially in the manga. In a recent chapter, [[ChasteHero Lag]] ends up staring at her after she dons her old Letter Bee uniform, which is a little... tight on her, and when she frets about having gained weight he reassures her that she looks sexy.
* FullNameBasis: Surprisingly common.
* GenderBlenderName: Hazel Valentine, BoisterousBruiser extraordinaire.
* GratuitousEnglish: The Dingo is an Australian species of wild dog. The author probably intended to invoke a dog's loyalty, but they are considered dirty, feral pests, and calling a person a dingo is ''very'' insulting. [[FridgeBrilliance On the other hand]], since these creatures (Dingos in this series can be anything) are supposed to help the Bees perform their job as ''bait'' for the Gaichuu (only the power of '''Heart''' can permanently kill a Gaichuu), your Dingo would have to be extremely crazy and fearless.
** Not to mention the locations whose names are usually in English, and often nonsensical (Blue Notes Blues, Goodbye Amsterdam, Love Someone Down, Honey Waters).
* GreenRocks: Spirit Amber, the source of the anti-Gaichuu weaponry.
* '''HeartIsAnAwesomePower''': You bet your friggin' ass it is.
* TheHeartless: Gaichuu. Also, apparently [[spoiler:Gauche/Noir]].
* HeelRealization: Sara realizes that the lies she told in order to ensure that she and her husband would have a place to live and be respected resulted in a girl's father trying to deliver some letters himself and getting killed.
* HeroicAlbino: A number of these, including the main character.
** There are enough albinos in this world that they're not considered rare. (Having no sun probably lowers the risk of skin cancer.) In-story, they are referred to as "albisian" and have better capabilities than normal humans in some regards.
* HeroicRROD: Overusing the Shindanjuu can leave the users highly fatigued, and those who use it too much and use up all their '''heart''' lose their identities.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[Creator/MiyukiSawashiro Lag]] is [[StrikeWitches Perrine H. Cloystermann]] and [[ShugoChara Yoru]]. Also... wait for it... [[Manga/{{Beelzebub}} Baby Beel]]. DAAABUU!!!
** [[Creator/JunFukuyama Gauche Suede]] is [[CodeGeass Lelouche]].
** We also we have Niche's sister, who is none other than [[Creator/MamiKoyama Arale]] [[DrSlump Norimaki]] (in the original 1980s version; DragonBall fans will know her as Launch.
** [[Creator/NanaMizuki Sylvette ]] is voiced by [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Fate Testarossa]].
** [[Creator/KazuyaNakai Jiggy Pepper]] is none other than Dokuganryuu himself, [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara Date Masamune]]. YOU SEE?
* HumanMail:
** Niche started off this way, although she's actually NotQuiteHuman.
** Also how Lag Seeing was introduced: he was being mailed to his aunt's house.
* IllBoy: Nello
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Niche is a [[TokenMiniMoe tad too young]] to be 'fanservice', but she still has NoNudityTaboo. [[spoiler:Her sister]], on the other hand, plays the trope 100% straight.
* IWillWaitForYou: Darwin, who waits for the return of his Bee, Elena. [[spoiler:She died years ago, and he is eventually delivered to her grave where he is reunited with her in death.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dr. Thunderland Jr. often comes off as imposing and doesn't have or want any friends (although Gauche and later Lag understand him), but he cares for the good of those his research benefits, and even has hand-made tombstones for his specimens.
* LastNameBasis: Dr. Thunderland tends to do this.
* LawfulStupid: Lag refuses to doubt the Amberground Government even for a second, despite increasing evidence that they're extremely evil, guilty at the very least of performing horrible experiments on humans. Possibly justified by the fact that he's a naive kid with a serious case of hero worship towards the Bees, who serve said government, and that the main opposition, [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Reverse]], is possibly [[EvilVersusEvil just as bad]] [[BlackAndGrayMorality or worse]].
* LighthousePoint: Chapter 20.
* LineOfSightName: Lag called her Niche because he found her in a, well, niche. It stuck.
* MenDontCry: Averted. Lag cries. He cries quite a bit.
* {{Mons}}: Some of the Dingoes.
* MoodWhiplash: The story has a habit of jumping back and forth between two scenes at once, which can cause pretty heavy whiplash.
* MsFanservice: Aria Link. Also, [[spoiler:Niche's sister.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Yes, it really is a series about delivering the mail.
-->"The stars... ...twinkle. But dawn never comes... ...here in the land known as Amberground. There is a government service... ...whose agents travel to the darkest lands... ...regions where the light of the man-made sun that shines on the capital... ...never reaches... It is into their care... that the people... entrust their '''heart'''. Their job is... to deliver. To deliver... ...letters."\\
''Special Chapter: A Bee and His Dingo''
* MundaneUtility: Niche uses her sword-hair as a clothes-drying rack.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Maka
* OverlyLongName: Richard Belzaris BB Becktratus Jr. and his dingo, Rubemius Bregiuroa Banjorelo the Second.
* OvertookTheManga: In the second season of the anime, the manga wasn't finished when the episodes were made. Instead of adding {{Filler}}, the story was continued, leading to several events playing out a bit different.
** One main difference is that in the manga, [[spoiler: Garrard took over the Beehive and fired Lloyd, who then started travelling around trying to contact Lawrence]]. As of episode 17 of Reverse, nothing like that had happened, but instead [[spoiler: Lag found out about Garrard being a member of Reverse]].
* PantyShot: Niche, [[InnocentFanserviceGirl when she bothers to wear any]]
** Although in the anime, [[spoiler: the boxers Niche wears hide her skin well]]. And it's a RunningGag that [[spoiler: the viewer never sees when she's not wearing any, he's just told]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Gauche's mother dies in childbirth, Lag's is abducted, and neither of their fathers are around.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Lag to Niche. It may as well be a running gag. Unsurprisingly, Lag also says this to [[spoiler:her sister]].
* PrehensileHair: Niche. Also good for stabbing. The same with [[spoiler:her sister]], to a more extreme degree.
* PromotionToParent: Gauche after his mother's death.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Niche, again]]. Also [[spoiler:her sister, technically]], but at least she looks adult, if not as old as she really is.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: [[spoiler:Lag]] gets sent to a place full of undelivered letters.
* TheReveal: Episode 19 of Reverse reveals that [[spoiler:Lag's mother also had her heart taken by the artificial sun]].
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: [[spoiler:The Reverse organization]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Jiggy Pepper.
* RopeBridge: Lag must cross one of these, with predictable results.
* RunningGag: Sylvette's horrible tasting soup, which everyone tries to avoid eating.
* SamusIsAGirl[=/=]UnsettlingGenderReveal: Nelli
* ScarfOfAsskicking: So many of them...
* SceneryPorn: The anime is worth watching just to see the lush backgrounds. A far cry from your typical shounen series.
* ShoutOut The research facility named....Holden Caulfield....yeah.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Zazie/Zaji, Moc/Mock. Additionally, there's the Japanese romanizations vs. official translations: Gauche/Goos, Sylvette/Silvet, Roda/Lode, Connor Culh/Connor Kluff, Aria Link/Aria Rink, Sabrina Mary/Sabrina Merry...
* StayInTheKitchen: Despite being sad to say goodbye to her, Lag initially thinks it's too dangerous for Niche to be his dingo as a young girl. He gets over it fairly quickly.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Niche after failing to help Lag because of accidentally getting poisoned, and later losing to [[spoiler:"Roda"]].
* ThemeNaming: The three districts of Amberground; Akatsuki (the capital), Yuusari (the middle class district) and Yodaka (the poor section) are named after the daybreak, evening and night, respectively, based on their varying closeness to the sun.
** The Gaichuu are almost always named after liquor and cocktails.
* TimeSkip: In the second episode.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Lag's partnership with Lily. [[spoiler:Niche]] even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this by outlining the height difference with her PrehensileHair.
* ToBeAMaster: Gauche seeks the position of Head Bee [[spoiler:prior to his firing and FaceHeelTurn]], and so do many of the other Letter Bees. [[spoiler:Garrard [[ReassignedToAntarctica has Lag transferred]] due to not liking his having so many ideas despite being a rookie, and because he wants to be Head Bee himself]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Niche comes back to Lag with a few moves that she learned from [[spoiler:her sister]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Niche has all the signs of a type A, bitter to just about everyone, but generally very loyal to Lag (and goes into ClingyJealousGirl mode when another female approaches him) and genuinely wants to protect both Lag and Steak.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm:: [[spoiler:Garrard, over the Bee Hive]].
* WeirdSun: This world has no sun of its own so somebody made one and stuck it above the capital. [[spoiler:It's made of various people parts ([[EyeScream most often eyes]] for some reason...) and '''heart.''' [[ParanoiaFuel Um,]] [[NightmareFuel yeah...]]]].
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Lily Confort shows up for all of four chapters before she gets her heart eaten by the Cabernet Gaichuu]].
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Gauche]] appears before [[spoiler:Lag]] and reveals that he's turned evil.
* WhamLine: "And since Gauche Suede isn't a bee anymore..."
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Subverted. '''[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Heart]]''' is the only way to kill Gaichuu.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Not only are '''heart''' bullets the only way to kill Gaichuu, but Lag's also reveals the contents of people's '''hearts''', and resolves many misunderstandings.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Lag dresses as a girl to sneak into a convent [[spoiler:suspected of being a Reverse base]]. [[spoiler:Roda]] is not fooled.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Niche and Steak get paralyzed after drinking the honey water, leaving them unable to save Connor and forcing Lag to flee Sara and Hunt's followers.
* WorldHalfEmpty: When the mail is always late because cockroaches the size of trucks keep eating the mailman's soul, you ''know'' your world sucks. Hell, it doesn't even have a sun!
* XMeetsY: It's kinda like ''Film/ThePostman'' meets ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.
* ZettaiRyouiki: [[spoiler:"Roda".]] Sara also had one in a flashback.
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