Anime Review: Letter Bee Reverse Episodes 2 and 3

(Originally published on Livejournal on 12/10/10)

Anime Review:
Letter Bee Reverse Episodes 2 and 3

What this is about: I have reviewed the first episode of every subtitled anime show of the Fall 2010 season. For the shows that received an initial ‘thumbs up’, I am going back and looking at the second and third episodes — which ones will survive to the next round?

Series Premise: In the forever-twilight world of Amberground, the young Lag Seeing realized his dream to become a Letter Bee so that he could follow in the footsteps of his hero, Gauche Suede. After many difficulties and missions with his dingo Niche, he has finally crossed paths with Gauche again — except Gauche has lost all his memories and is now part of Reverse, a group in opposition to the government and letter bees. Now he must strengthen his resolve so that he can save Gauche and keep his promise he made to Gauche’s sister, Sylvette.

ep.2 tl;dr review: Lag searches for and underwear-less and disillusioned Niche; Stooopid clown provides opportunity for reunion and reconciliation.

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Episode 2 Summary: Lag is running all over town trying to find Niche, who feels she is a failure as a dingo and not worthy to be by Lag’s side. After breaking in to the Sinners Bakery and Gun Shop to cook a sacrificial Steak, Niche is captured then treated kindly by shop owners Jacob and Sandra. A commotion outside draws their attention, as a drunken street performer attempts to walk a tightrope, and Lag reaching out to save him. The rope breaks and they are about to fall, but is saved by Niche. The two are reunited and Niche dons the boxers (as a sign of her subservience). Jacob gives Lag a special bullet designed to convey a specific message to whomever it is fired at, so that he might help recover Gauche.

ep.3 tl;dr review: Lag is on the case of the Mystery Letters; Kind anonymous maid is the culprit.

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Episode 3 Summary: Lag Seeing is hired by Ray Attlee, the weak, sickly owner of a large mansion to find out who has been sending her anonymous letters. The letters are unsigned, showing pictures that remind Ray of her hometown, and she wishes to thank the anonymous person. After some sleuthing, Lag figures out that the letters actually come from the hulking but kind-hearted new maid, Kimidory, and she begs Lag not to tell her master. The mean-spirited, overbearing head maid overhears and tries to take credit, but Lag fires one of his bullets at the letter revealing the true feelings behind them. Turns out Ray had met Kimidory when they were children and formed a brief special bond, and Kimidory had followed after her years later to help and comfort the ailing Ray.

My Thoughts: Oh boy! More filler episodes rather than *actual story*! Aren’t we so lucky!

Seriously, way to bring the main story to a grinding halt, guys. So far, out of the first three episodes of the new season, only a tiny fraction of those three episodes have been devoted to advancing the Gauche Suede/Reverse story. Not that the actual episodes were bad at all – the whole “mystery letters” short story was quite touching and nice. But one of the biggest complaints people had about the first season was that it seemed to devolve into unnecessary side stories and diversions…and it seems we may be continuing the pattern here. I’m getting impatient, I want to see some growth and plot development, and I’m edging towards dropping the series unless it starts to really move in that direction — fast.

The Verdict: — Pleasant but largely irrelevant.

For more info:

My review of Episode 1:
Random Curiosity review of Episode 2:
Random Curiosity review of Episode 3:

Returning back to the second episodes of the Fall 2010 series coming up next: Bakuman (2-3), Otome Youkai Zakura (2-3), Kuragehime (2-3), Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge (2-3)

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