Library Wars

Library Wars

Love & War. 1

Graphic Novel - 2010
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"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!"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Viz Media, [2010]
Edition: Shojo beat edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781421534886
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5952 Y91L01 2010
Characteristics: 166 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Language Note: Translated from Japanese into English
Additional Contributors: Arikawa, Hiro 1972-
Watabe, Kinami
Alternative Title: Love & war. 1
Love and war. 1


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Aug 10, 2015

This is a great series. It has an important message. Everyone should read it if they have the chance.

Oct 21, 2013

Best manga with a dystopian twist!

Aug 30, 2013

Book review: "Library Wars: Love & War" by Kiiro Yumi tells the story of Iku Kasahara and how she joined the Library Defense Force after one of the soldiers had stepped in to save her favorite book from being taken away by the Media Betterment Committee, their goal to censor all media and deny the rights of citizens accessing free media. However, after being recruited, her drill instructor, Atsushi Dojo, seem to have it in her. No matter what, they always seem to be in an argument. Later on, being called by the Commander of the Base to be promoted into the Library Task Force (an elite squads of agents), she faces different challenges that costs her performance at work. Not giving up so easily, she will train herself and give it her all!
What I find interesting about this book is the fact that this revolves around the protection of books and how it's at war. Books are precious and there are a millions of them! Having no access to them is sad since they give out good knowledge and wisdom. Of course, nowadays, people don't often read actual book but are on their tablets and such. I like having the actual book instead of having a "digital" copy of it, in my opinion. Nonetheless, the art's beautiful, and the characters add on the extra fun factor. Iku has a rival named Hikaru Tezuka; they've been competing against each other ever since. Seriously, this book is a must for manga lovers and book lovers too! It may be fiction but it could happen one day and who knows? We may as well be prepared to fight for our precious books.

The_TARDIS_Is_Mine Feb 22, 2013

Unique and well plotted out. I love the entire series.

Jan 28, 2012

i think that the idea that they would do something like that in real life would be really weird but, in this manga it is really an awesome read!

Jul 30, 2011

Weird little manga set in a dystopia where the National Government is trying to ban books, but the libraries, which are run by the local governments, are trying to protect these same books. To do this, there is a defence force that is essentially a library military.

The premise should have worked, just because it was so weird, but the story slides into manga tropes too fast, with a plucky, but clumsy heroine who is in love with her superior and training officer. There is comedy and bumbling, but our heroine is somehow able to rise to the top in spite of all this due to her physical skills.

Really not as good as it hopes to be.

AwesomeShark Jun 07, 2011

I loved this book I read it twice in two days I loved it that much those of you who read this dont just drop it here!!! READ THE REST OF THEM!!!!!


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