Posted on 20 March 2011 with categories: Letter Bee



You know what? There have been a lot of anime based on wonderful stories that unfortunately didn’t have enough time to animate these entire stories. Leaving aside the series like Giant Killing that managed to pick a logical point to end, and series that just ended up rewriting the entire source material, Letter Bee turned into one of the better attempts to wrap up its story. It’s obvious that the final quarter of this series isn’t its best, but at the same time: I can’t really fault it for anything here, aside from just not being as good (and perhaps being a bit sloppy in the adventure department at times).

This episode again: granted, it was pretty much a “now that we made up let’s all fight the big evil together”… but it just did everything so solidly. Everyone pretty much acted like you’d expected. Sure, it was a bit disappointing to see Dr. Thunderland turn good again, right after it was revealed that he worked for Reverse, but seeing the nature of Reverse I don’t really blame him to have a change of heart either. He probably had a few talks with the twins, who also had all the reasons to eventually step away from them. Also, Largo went in to get the help of Maka? I mean, why not? If there’s anyone who can stop that Cabernet it would be Maka, and after Nichi’s visit I don’t see them refusing a genuine request from someone like him.

Everything pretty much flowed into each other based on how pretty much the entire cast has matured over the series and stopped caring about these revenge plans that really harm more than are useful. Pretty much the only one who didn’t develop was Lawrence, who I liked the least in this episode. Next episode we’ll see whether or not that action of his was pointless.

The creators pretty much ended up wrapping up the story of Letter Bee by instead of having things spiral out of control, they tried to reduce the tension between the characters. And the way in which they did this… it was actually pretty plausible and worth the large amount of episodes they put into it. The plot is less exciting, but at the same time there also weren’t any cheap plot twists, rushed conclusions, or downright ass-pulls. The plot still plays around with morals, but the characters are brought together through this single evil entity of the Cabernet. The Cabernet alone is a pretty lousy villain of course, but as a plot device it did its job pretty nicely.

If only this series had more episodes, though.
Rating: * (Good)

3 Responses

  1. Hogart says:

    The concept’s alright, if cliched and predictable. But it feels too rushed – almost like a recap of what we should be seeing.

    I don’t know much about the antagonists or Lloyd, and although what happens makes sense it feels like we missed an episode or two explaining WHY it happened the way it did.

    Still, it’s not bad. Just feels rushed and hollow compared to the first half of the season.

  2. yajyaj says:

    the non manga stuff is simplys said horrible

    i thought the show was not bad, but now its all … dont like, is just bad

  3. hoiut says:

    For anime-original material, given the amount of time they had left on this, what a fantastic end-game buildup, and the action this time around was good, too — I especially liked the Maka sisters’ duo.

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  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:59 AM)
    @Wyatt You shit, that’s my catch phrase. Lol
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:58 AM)
    @Wyatt: I like the reboot of Casshern as much as much as the old ovas.
    I hate most remakes though.
    Sailormoon reboot, no point I’ve read the manga twice.
  • WyattX
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:58 AM)
    Lupin, it always has a special place in the bottom of my little black heart though.
  • WyattX
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:56 AM)
    @Emma Who knows where the anime trend will lead, we can’t say for sure. But, it’s all I see as far as the eye can see. Harlock reboot, I haven’t seen. Actually, I don’t catch many reboots, and I most certainly won’t be watching the Sailor Moon remake anytime soon.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:56 AM)
    Fucking hell moe…I could COULD find something that involves moe girls being human hunted to death by a guy with a shotgun but no nooo the moe would just make for a jarring experience with the violence.
    Fuckers…=<
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:54 AM)
    @K-off:Its much easier for me to listen to instrumentals/none English lyrics when writing. My brain gets confused if I write in English while listening to something in English.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:53 AM)
    @Wyatt: While I do think moe/fluff has its place/appeal I think its taken over to obscene levels now and I miss the “bit of the ol’ ultraviolance ” it replaced
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:53 AM)
    @Wyatt If I recall, you listen to French and German music. People can like a certain song even if they don’t understand the lyrics, fuck you, mTV.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:51 AM)
    @Wyatt: I liked the Leiji Matsumoto style music video too. And speaking of Matsumoto the Harlock reboot movie was alot better than I thought.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 09:50 AM)
    Bubblegum crisis has unfortunately not aged as well as I though, still, my childhood anime and I love it.

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