Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 4
Finished: Feb. 23, 2011
First Published: Feb. 1, 2011
Publisher: Viz Media
Genre: manga, fantasy, YA
Gauche's Shindan-juuu... the Nocturne No. 20!
Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.
Reason for Reading: next in the series.
Another great entry in this series. Briefly without giving anything away this volume continues to expand upon our main character, Lag,'s development. We learn a little more about Niche's mysterious being and Lag spends time with a couple of other Letter Bee's with whom we've only met in passing before. A couple of new characters are introduced, both of whom appear they will be major characters from now on, especially since the next volume is named after one of them. Most importantly to the plot we learn that there are people who are not happy about the way things are being run by the government.
I didn't notice Lag's "crybaby" attitude showing once this time around. He has really started to mature. Niche is up to her tricks with underwear again since we find out Sylvette gave her a pair of lacy girl's undies and she does not like them. There is plenty of humour to be found in this volume. But there are also several fights with the Gaichuu (and others) for those looking for action and most importantly of all, to me, the plot and characters move forward in several directions continuing with the main plot of trying to find Gauche, whose trail they know they are upon, and continuing and introducing several side plots as well. Now just to wait for May and Volume 5. This is one of my favourite manga series.