17. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 7 by Hiroyuki Asada

Blue Notes Blues by Hiroyuki Asada (US) - (Canada)
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 7

Pages: 192
Ages: 13+
Finished: Jan. 15, 2012
First Published: 2006, Japan (English: Nov. 1, 2011)
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, manga, science fiction, fantasy
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

Yo! Zazie here! The Letter Bee?

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Publisher's Summary: "Lag has discovered that his long-lost hero Gauche Suede lost all of his heart, became tangled up in an anti-government organization called "Reverse," and is now known as "Marauder Noir." Noir’s trail leads Lag and Niche to the icy northern town Blue Notes Blues. It just so happens Niche was born here. Lag and Niche uncover her mysterious origins: a sacred underground lake...where her brethren still dwell."

This is a plot developing volume with major climaxes happening with two major story arcs.  First the story of Gauche Suede.  Lag already knows what he has become and what he is up to but as both he and Zazie are working in the same area, it is Zazie who has a major run in with Gauche and we finally see to what depths he has sunken.  Meanwhile, Lag himself has found something else of interest in this neighbourhood and the mystery of Niche is finally unveiled and is a unique fantasy story, one which makes her an even more interesting character.  A fast-paced read, this series is always very easy to jump into the next volume and get carried away with the story.  Rated T for 13+ I've always found this series to be very mild compared to others with the same rating, however, this volume does have almost complete female front nudity.  If you look at the girl on the cover, let's just say there is a whole lot more clothes on her there, than in the book!  But as I said it is *almost* and her scenes are not s*xual in any manner.  Just an FYI.  I can't wait for the next volume.  I wish they published this series more often!


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