Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 132 (August 18, 2014)

Weekly Shonen Jump is off this week in Japan, due to the Obon holidays. However, Viz Media has released a bonus issue this week, which focuses on the Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee manga series. I’d already read the first volume of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee prior to reading this issue.

After the first few pages of the manga, a page has been added that explains the various terms that appear in the series. This is followed by an advertisement for the manga series, and then the manga story itself continues.

Tegami Bachi: Lettter Bee is set in AmberGround, a land of perpetual night that’s only partially illuminated by an artificial sun. The main character of the story is Lag Seeing, a boy we first meet after his mother was kidnapped and he was sent as a “delivery” to his aunt. A Letter Bee named Gauche Suede makes the delivery, and Lag idolizes him and wants to become a Letter Bee himself. Five years later, Lag leaves the village he’s lived in with his aunt to go through the interview process in order to become a Letter Bee.

Throughout the material that’s included in this issue, “heart” becomes a major theme. It heart that’s used to fight against giant insects called Gaichuu, and heart is mentioned several times when Gauche talks about sending letters. I should also point out that whenever the word “heart” appears in the text, it always appears in bold letters. Making that word be in bold every time it appears is a clue to the reader that heart will play an important role in the story.

Ultimately, what ends up being included in this issue is the vast majority of the first volume of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee. While I’d read this material before, it’d been a while since I last read it. This issue helped to refresh my memory of what I’d read previously. Just like when I read the first volume previously, reading this issue reignited the intrigue I felt after I first read this material a few years back. At some point, I really do need to get try to read the other volumes of the series that have been released.

I also wanted to add that the art in Tegami Bachi, Letter Bee is very bright; Asada uses a lot of white and contrasts to make the art seem brighter than what you would normally expect to see in a manga. Because of this look, the art in this manga really stands out in comparison to most other manga out there.

New Manga Releases: March 4, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for March 4, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Clover: March’s Hare GN 1
Black Bird GN 18
Blood Blockade Battlefront GN 5
Blood-C GN 3
Blue Exorcist GN 11
D.Gray-man Omnibus GN 3
Dragon Ball Omnibus GN 4
From the New World GN 3
Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden GN 12
Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends GN 6
Midnight Secretary GN 4 (18+)
Nisekoi: False Love GN 2
One Piece GN 70
Oresama Teacher GN 16
Phantom Thief Jeanne GN 1
Pokémon Adventures GN 21
Pokémon Adventures Black and White GN 3
Psyren GN 15
RIN-NE GN 14
The Sacred Blacksmith GN 4
Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows GN 2
Skip Beat! Omnibus GN 7
Strobe Edge GN 9
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee GN 16

New Manga Releases: November 5, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for November 5, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Air Gear Omnibus GN 2
Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party GN 1
A Centaur’s Life GN 1
D.Gray-man Omnibus GN 2
Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus GN 4
Mayo Chiki! GN 4
Midnight Secretary GN 2
Naruto GN 63
One Piece Box Set: East Blue and Baroque Works, Volumes 1-23
Pokémon Adventures GN 19
Pokémon Adventures: Black and White GN 2
Psyren GN 13
Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows, Vol. 1
Skip Beat! Omnibus GN 6
Strobe Edge GN 7
Sweet Rein GN 1
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee GN 15
Ultimo GN 9
Vampire Knight GN 17
World War Blue GN 3
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s GN 5

New Manga Releases: August 6, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for August 6, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Clockmaker’s Story GN
Bakuman. GN 20
A Certain Scientific Railgun GN 8
Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus GN 3
A Devil and Her Love Song GN 10
Happy Marriage?! GN 1
Kamisama Kiss GN 13
Kanokon Omnibus GN 3-4
Kaze Hikaru GN 21
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You GN 17
Kitaro GN
Knights of Sidonia GN 4
Library Wars: Love & War GN 10
Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus GN 2
Naruto GN 62
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 16
Otomen GN 16
Pokémon Adventures: Heart Gold Soul Silver GN 1
Pokémon Black and White GN 11
The Sacred Blacksmith GN 2
Slam Dunk GN 29
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee GN 14
Toriko GN 17
The Wallflower GN 31
World War Blue GN 2

New Manga Releases: May 7, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for May 7, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

Bakuman. GN 19
Black Bird GN 16
Bleach Omnibus GN 5
Claymore GN 22
Dance in the Vampire Bund GN 14
Dengeki Daisy GN 12
Hunter x Hunter GN 30
La Corda d’Oro GN 17
Naruto Omnibus GN 5
Naruto GN 61
Negiho GN 1
Otomen GN 15
Pokémon Adventures GN 16
Psyren GN 10
Strobe Edge GN 4
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee GN 13
We Were There GN 16
Zero’s Familiar Omnibus GN 1

New Anime Releases: April 9, 2013

Here are the new anime releases for April 9, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

Inu X Boku Secret Service: Complete Collection [DVD]
Inu X Boku Secret Service: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Letter Bee: Season 2 – Collection 1 [DVD]

New Anime Releases: February 19, 2013

Here are the new anime releases for February 19, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

Baka & Test: Summon The Beasts OVA Special Collection [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Kamisama Dolls: Complete Collection [DVD]
Kamisama Dolls: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Collection 2 [DVD]
Tiger & Bunny Set 1 [DVD]
Tiger & Bunny Set 1 [Blu-ray]