After a series of heavily fan-service filled titles dominated the winter releases, it’s refreshing to see the release of another traditional shonen series in the UK, especially one that comes as highly acclaimed as Fairy Tail, winner of Animax Asia’s “Anime of the Year” in 2010. But does Fairy Tail live up to the hype? Or will it be disappearing into obscurity?
In the peaceful land of Fiore, magic is commonplace. Commonly used as a tool, wizards can join a guild – an organisation through which jobs are offered up to wizards with a reward available to the one who completes the job. Fairy Tail is one of the most famous of these guilds, widely renowned for its powerful wizards and lack of restraint, Fairy Tail grabs plenty of negative attention to accompany its positives…(Read More)
Tegami Bachi seperates itself from more mainstream Shonen Jump titles instantly, its softly toned blue-white colour scheme a refreshingly calming alternative to the boldly coloured Naruto or Bleach, it is a mood that is eminated throughout the first two volumes of the manga, a mood somewhat unusual amongst most Shonen titles on the market. As Bakuman is keen to point out, the most popular Jump series are traditionally battle manga, so it is perhaps not surprising that a series like Tegami Bachi never featured in the main Shonen Jump lineup.
Tegami Bacchi (literally: “Letter Bee”) follows the day to day adventures of a “Letter Bee”, a government employee charged with delivering mail across the perpetual darkness of Amberground. Yes, essentially a postman. However, the job is not as easy as you may think, for amongst the wild darkness of the outer areas of Amberground lurk tremendous beasts that have a nasty habit of getting in the way. The giant insectoid “Gaichuu” are fierce creatures covered in armour stronger than swords, and ability to sense a person’s “heart”. Not only that, but the only way to kill a Gaichuu is to use a specially modified weapon to fire a fragment of your heart into one of its weak points, a concept strangely reminiscent of the Care Bare Stare, however, the results are gladly more spectacular……(Read More…)
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Cats are cute! I love cats! Everyone loves cats!
I’m guessing that was author, Yuji Iwahara’s logic when creating this story. He even mentions in his commentary that he has put aside his usual grand themes, and gone back to basics with a school setting and talking animals. It certainly sounds a lot different from the more sinister series that he has also been involved in (such as Darker Than Black).