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Letter Bee episode 13 *dropped*

My patience has now finally worn out with this show. This was an episode where I found myself drowning in cheese. In those rare occasions where I could break the surface of the cheese, instead of gulping in air I was breathing in stupidity. The flowers were specially grown to instantly erupt, Niche’s clothes-disintegrating attack, generic evil baddies who flee in the face of someone with backbone and not once ounce of character backstory or development. Last week caught me in the Christmas spirit and therefore in a fine mood. I watched this in the back of a car that’s way too small for my 190cm frame (vertically, not horizontally) and was not in the mood to consume all that cheese when I just had a sandwich with that very ingredient (it was meant to have some of that turkey left over from Christmas but it fell on the car-floor and, while attempting to pick it up, stood on it). Finally watching Detroit Metal City cheered me up a lot. Watching Letter Bee did not.

If I think back to that pilot episode that got me so excited for this series, when has Letter Bee shown that level of quality? The first two episodes certainly looked like it would carry on the form but since then it’s only produced one quality episode, that being episode 10. There was certainly things to like about Letter Bee, in particular the beautiful artwork and phenomenal imagination that went into creating Amberground. But the pacing, the cheese, the lack of any villain you could take seriously, the pacing again. At first I thought it was because Pierrot were too intent on keeping every detail on the manga in when a better director would have cut out scenes but it was the fillers that eventually killed my enthusiasm. Letter Bee attempting episodics resulted in drowning in cheese and mountains of unfunny jokes. As much as I love you Niche, your underwear got awfully dull very soon.

2009 has been a good year, certainly a step up from 2008. But this season just hasn’t produced anime that coincides with my tastes. With the inexplicable popularity of Kimi ni Todoke, I’ve finally given up on me ever enjoying a shojo series. Action + Hot Girls just doesn’t interest me, neither does moe or ‘reference anime’. I’m looking for some adventure, maybe some action. Heck, there hasn’t even been a decent comedy series (no, Nyan Koi is an average comedy series). In the end, this season has been the season where I finished the least amount of series. This is autumn, that just shouldn’t happen. But the fact of the matter is I enjoyed more series from both winter and summer than this season, and this upcoming winter looks like it will outstrip the lot of them. But otherwise I’d like to forget this season.

Damnit, I’ve been whining a lot recently. Expect some more upbeat posts in the future.

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  1. temperus
    Posted December 29, 2009 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    I hear ya. I dumped Letter Bee a while back for Armed Librarians, which is going in the opposite direction in terms of story and quality. I also managed to get into Aoi Bungaku and Eve no Jikan, which kept me sane while everyone else watched Railgun and Kimi ni Todoke hoping for something interesting to happen.

    Speaking of Todoke, I’m wondering how much longer they can milk it? I found it cute for all of two episodes before it started to become obvious it was just the same stuff over and over. I haven’t liked any recent shoujo, but then I’m getting old (maybe I’m finally old enough to appreciate Honey and Clover’s ridiculous take on “romance”).

    I guess I could suffer through more Winter Sonata or White Album, but frankly I think Spice and Wolf II was “good enough” to fill my “romance” quota for a while.. while I wait for the Darker than Black OVA I might just dip into Fullmetal Alchemist or Requiem for the Phantom.

    I also agree that 2009 was light on decent comedies. I settled into Astro Fighter Sunred II, but I’m sure that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I suppose that’s why people were happy to see yet ANOTHER season of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (although I’d had more than enough after the first season).

    I’m honestly not looking forward to the new lineup for Winter, but that’s fine – there is a lot of stuff I still haven’t seen from past years.

  2. Scamp
    Posted December 29, 2009 at 11:44 am | Permalink


    I’ve been surprised at how little love Bantorra gets. I’m really enjoying the show and the madness that is Hamyuts Meseta. That, Trapeze and Darker than Black are the only shows I’m still watching from this season.

    SZS, oh god did that show outstay its welcome. I stopped watching back in the second season. However I can’t hold much grudge against Shaft when they produced Bakemonogatari which not only fufilled my comedy quota but also produced one of the best romance episodes I’ve ever seen with episode 12.

    There is a fair few interesting shows from next season though. I didn’t want to bash the autumn season during the season preview because of how much I hate it when people do that but even then I could tell I would be hard pressed to find something I liked. But take my word on this, next season will have more quality shows than this season.

  3. ksfwolfe
    Posted December 31, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m reading the manga for Letter Bee; it is, in my opinion, a lot better than the anime :P

  4. Posted January 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    The flowers had me cracking up because it was such a stupid plot development. Oh lordy.

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