Story overview:
After defeating the gaichuu, Lag gets a glimpse of Hunt’s and Sarah’s old memories. Apparently they came across the real “man who could not become spirit,” who had happened to meet up with Gauche during a fight. This man represents the anti-government organization, Reverse, and he wants Gauche to join them.

Having falsely taken this man’s identity, Hunt and Sarah see the horrible results of their crimes. Yet, because of them, Lag was able to get another hint as to the location of his dear friend.

To Lag’s great surprise, his current letter delivery leads him to the source of his quest. Yet what he finds puts him into a deep state of despair.

My thoughts
Because of the time gap between reading volumes 4 and 5, I was a little confused as to what was happening when jumping back in, but after several pages it came back to me. I was pleasantly surprised at the advancement of the plot in this volume–so unlike the filler episodes of the anime. After reading this I’ve determined that I’m pretty much done with the anime; the manga is way better (since it moves forward so much faster). I even thought this volume was better than the last two, and nearly as good as the first.

Things to consider:
I found nothing questionable or unfitting for preteens and older. Good for both girls and boys.

Opportunities for discussion:
When Niche fails to protect Lag, she struggles with feelings of inadequacy. She even goes so far as to run away. Lag, on the other hand, doesn’t care about her failure. He only wants her to come back, and so he searches far and wide to find her, his dear companion. I think so often that we don’t feel we are good enough for God’s love. In one sense, we aren’t, but ultimately God has extended his forgiveness to us anyway, and, like Lag, acts as a Shepherd, searching to bring back His lost sheep.

Past reviews in this series:
1) Tegami Bachi (Volume 1)
2) Tegami Bachi (Volume 2)
3) Tegami Bachi (Volume 3)
4) Tegami Bachi (Volume 4)

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Comments
  1. Luis says:

    I think this manga and anime is really religious it talks about the Virgin Mary.i honestly believe the Arthur of this Series hiroyuki asada is Christian or catholic.also the manga is really pure and clean

  2. It’s not the Virgin Mary per say, but yes, the head of their religion is a woman. I haven’t read far enough into story to sort that out, but one site says, “. . . the central figure of their religion is their empress.” If that’s true, then there’s little Christian merit: more along the lines of Tibet/Buddhism. No mention of an external God, instead, everything focuses on the internal heart. Heart is everything to this tale. Heart exists both inside and outside religious beliefs.

    That said, it doesn’t bother me either way. I like the tale because it has a good story. The plot gets a little too derailed at times IMOP, but overall I still find it a worthwhile read.

    Thanks for sharing your insight! Hope this response helps to clarify 🙂

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