Posted by psgels on 28 February 2010 with categories: Letter Bee



Um… so yeah. Last week I said that I was going to drop this series. This was because I found out that there were only going to be 25 episodes in this series. With anime’s current trend, there was no way for a second season to be announced, considering the popularity. I mean: Guin Saga and Pandora Hearts were much more well known compared to this series, and yet they didn’t get a sequel. At that point I had completely lost any sort of confidence about studios, willing to spend more than 26 episodes to a franchise unless proven to be commercially successful.

So yeah. A second season just got announced. I’m baffled. Seriously, this is the last show that I expected that of. Forget about all of the stuff I’ve said about this series’ length; Studio Pierrot, THANKS for restoring my confidence in sequels. This show rocks! And I’m very curious about that second season, since it looks like it’s going to start at the point at which this series is really going to get interesting. But please, do keep the fillers there within a limit. Or at least good. Definitely the best news I’ve seen this month.

Anyway, about this episode, we’re back to the manga again (very easy to tell, because it deals with the past of some of the important characters, in this case Sunderland). Overall, I liked the story of the blind researcher, especially the chemistry between her and Sunderland. You can see how this guy used to be much tenser in the past, and I think that we can blame her for changing him.

Oh, and Gauche also makes an appearance. The story will be continued in the next episode. I wonder whether he’ll be more than just a straight man in this story.
Rating: * (Good)

11 Responses

  1. Des says:

    hey! Did they really announce that a second season is coming up? is there a link to the announcement? yay! :D

  2. darkerthanblackswordsman says:

    So… will there be a break or will the second season begin immediately after the first ends?

  3. darkerthanblackswordsman says:

    So… will there be a break or will the second season begin immediately after the first ends?

  4. darkerthanblackswordsman says:

    Oops, sorry about the double post. To my defence, it said that the submission could not proceed when I clicked the first time…

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Ah, sorry about that. It’s going to start in the next Fall season.

  6. wandering-dreamer says:

    Just FYI, this is still anime-original material. However, 21 and 22 were written by the manga-ka which is why it feels like the manga (and we should be switching back to the manga about halfway through the next episode).

  7. DmonHiro says:

    Ah great…now I have 26 MORE episodes to translate. Oh well…it least they’re not gonna screw up the story. But…I already promised I would TL another anime after this one ends…guess I’ll have two projects next month. Well…I guess I can consider this a “leven up”.

  8. inkka says:

    Oh..this had a chance for second season but Pandora hearts didn’t…OK..

    From the first DVD sales Pandora sales around 7800 but Letter Bee sales around 4800. It’s like..almost 2 time aways. then why !!??

    But for the love and the trust that I give to manga version. I want to give this series any chance too.(If it can do right again like first 12 episodes)

    So The last thing that I want to know is..Now this series become to manga material right? and if I begin to watch again at ep20 or 21 I will get some problem or not? or I will miss main story or not?

    Thank you for answers.

  9. Westlo says:

    Eh…

    “I mean: Guin Saga and Pandora Hearts were much more well known compared to this series,”

    I’m pretty sure the Letter Bee manga is more well known that the Guin novels and PH manga.. Letter Bee manga sells like over 100,000 in it’s opening week.

  10. Solaris says:

    Um… so yeah. Last week I said that I was going to drop this series.
    Phewwww, we avoided another precure-sque anime to be blogged instead of this. That was a close call!! :P

    Frankly speaking i don’t know what other title could i suggest. Everything looks so clicheè :(

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:16 AM)
    Keep in mind mature plot elements are different from graphic violence. A lot of times you are shocked because of sympathy for the circumstances of the characters, not their actual vicarious pain which you feel. As things move away from live-action and become animated the less it looks human the less natural respond it elicits. That’s why a lot of anime have emotional deathbed monologues to help hammer home the point.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:03 AM)
    @Aidan: meh … I think Madoka could’ve also been better if it used a more rigid style. I heard a lot that the moe made it more shocking for some people, I guess I can see that even if I don’t personally feel that away at all. I think Madoka was a good series that brought a wider shonen type of audience to more adult themes, but some of the fan-praise to me is a little halfbaked and unfounded.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:49 AM)
    I’m fairly fond of the artstyle sunrise used back in the 90s also.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:46 AM)
    Actually with old artstyles in mind, I watched an old ova called california crisis recently, the character design stood out for me, the ova itself is fairly trashy however, more of a guilty pleasure.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:31 AM)
    I still don’t like the art in madoka regardless though.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:29 AM)
    “Even if a series which has detailed backgrounds and a sharp dark tone features moe characters the show would be considered lighthearted and Moe, and any violence will come off as forced or even comical.”
    Madoka says otherwise.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 04:24 AM)
    But still even in terms of cutesy looking female characters, I’m still going to pick the old art over the new usually.

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