Story & Art by Kiiro Yumi, Original Concept by Hiro Arikawa
Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel
Series: Library Wars: Love & War
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Vol. 1 Summary (via Goodreads):
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!
Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she’s finally a recruit, she’s finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!
I liked Library Wars more than I thought I would, which is good because I am definitely aimed to read the entire series.
The title peaked my curiosity first. With a word like “library” in the title, how could I resist? I read the summary and became more curious but still wary. I was sold on the idea but not completely sold, so I only took out volume 1.
Kasahara is very head-strong and sometimes doesn’t look before she leaps. But all her actions are always in good faith. She is also a fellow bookworm so that makes her okay in my book (no pun intended). She’s kind of an air-head with a heart of gold. I expect she’ll do many great and surprising things in this series.
I liked that the conflict, though in the background at the moment, is censorship of books (and by extension any typed of media deemed “harmful”). But censorship is on a whole different level and I really like that aspect of the story. That the world has come to military actions to protect books is intriguing.
In the foreground at the moment is Kasahara and her place in basic training for the Library Forces and the introduction of other main and secondary characters.
Also, there is heavy romance in the air clearly between Kasahara and her instructor, Sergeant Atsushi Dojo. It’s so obvious they like each just as it’s obvious to all the other characters.
Still, I enjoyed volume 1 a lot and will continue with this series. The writing is pretty solid and the story captivates me. Plus, I have to know if Kashara’s dreams come true.