「テガミバト」 (Tegami Bato)
To put it bluntly, I haven’t been very enthused about the very filler-ish feel of the Tegami Bachi episodes lately, so I haven’t made an effort to be on top of posting about it. I feel that the series has a lot of potential with the established backstory and overall premise/setting, but the writers haven’t been making good on it with the anime original content. For the most part, they have me wanting to drown myself in alcohol like the street performer so I can forget what I watched. Mind you, this is coming from someone who hasn’t read the manga, but you don’t really have had to to discern what is and isn’t source material. There’s a pretty stark contrast between the captivating, emotion-filled episodes the series started off with and what’s been shown for the past month or so (excluding episode 17 which was pilot episode goodness).
This week, we have a trio from a church/orphanage who feel they can deliver letters just as easily as Letter Bees and not have to charge as much after one of the kid’s letter pigeon passed away. To prove that to the masses, they openly challenge some Bees to a delivery race, which Headmaster Largo approves on a whim. Naturally, the three that get dragged into this are Lag, Zazie, and Connor, who have to show these naive “Tegami Bato” (Letter Pigeons) scrubs that it’s not all fun and games when Gaichuu are involved and you have no shindan to fend them off with. In cookie-cutter fashion, Lag’s shindan reveals their reasons for trying to establish their own postal service, and everyone makes up in the end with the Letter Pigeons admitting defeat. In short, Zazie’s expressions here and here sum up my thoughts on this episode.
On the plus side, it looks like the next episode will center around Niche and Sylvette when Lag gets sick, which regardless of whether it’s filler or not, is already better than having new characters come and go every week.