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Library Wars: Love & War, Volume 1
     

Library Wars: Love & War, Volume 1

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by Hiro Arikawa, Kiiro Yumi (Illustrator)
 

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Fight for your right to read!

R to L (Japanese Style). Fight for your right to read!

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

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Fight for your right to read!

R to L (Japanese Style). Fight for your right to read!

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 out for her!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 11 Up—In the near future, Japan can legally restrict or censor any offensive media. Only libraries can acquire and circulate materials, censored or not. The Library Defense Force (LDF) was formed to protect libraries and their collections. While in high school, Iku Kasahara witnessed an LDF agent stop a government raid on a bookstore. She vowed to join the organization and be like her hero. Fresh out of college, new recruit Iku struggles through LDF training, which is like military boot camp. Based on the light novels by Hiro Arikawa, this adaptation to manga is well crafted. The artwork features natural, realistic character design and movement. Characters' faces are distinctive and expressive. Scenes are nicely detailed; layouts are not overcrowded. The action is fluid and easy to follow. The writing is very good, with engrossing story lines and nuanced characters. However, a problematic area is the treatment of women. Tall and athletic, Iku is the first woman to apply for a combat Defense Force position and not the traditional Librarian post. At one point, her superior slaps her across the face. In other instances, Iku is comforted by encouraging pats on the head from that same officer. Library Wars delivers an appealing, determined female lead in the midst of an intriguing war on censorship being waged in bookstores and libraries. Readers will be curious to see if future story lines focus on Iku's adventures as an LDF agent or on her quest to find her mystery hero.—June Shimonishi, Torrance Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421534886
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Library Wars: Love & War Series , #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
271,359
Product dimensions:
7.62(w) x 5.14(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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Meet the Author

Kiiro Yumi won the 42nd LaLa Manga Grand Prix Fresh Debut award for her manga Billy Bocchan no Yuutsu (Little Billy’s Depression). Her latest series is Toshokan Senso Love&War (Library Wars: Love & War), which runs in LaLa magazine in Japan and is published in English by Viz Media."

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Library Wars 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Saw the anime first. It had an interesting premise. I liked some of the characters. Same can be said for this first volume. I like the art style. Of course the title and libraries and books drew me in. Good start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is thoroughly enjoyable, and still reigns as one of my top 2 favorite manga. Set in a possible near future, it is an intelligent commentary on media censorship (a hot topic especially in Japan for quite a while now). Additionally, the series is witty and humorous, making it a joy to read.
V_1 More than 1 year ago
What an incredible plot! Completely plausible in my opinion. Iku is just the kind of strong heroine I love to see in a book. Never giving up and passionate but not without flaw she is a good main charactor for a good story. I'm not entirely sure why this book got the "Older Teen" rating. Besides a couple cuss words and crushes and a slight bit of violence (honestly, what do you expect with a gun like that on the cover?) there is nothing that makes this inapropriate for younger teens and even tweens. The art is amazing too, some of the best I've seen in manga. Allow me to adress a point made in the Editorial Reviews. "A problematic area is the treatment of women. At one point, her superior slaps her across the face. In other instances, Iku is comforted by encouraging pats on the head from that same officer." Yes, Iku is "encouraged" by pats on the head by an Instructor who obviously has feelings for her. What would you have him do? Hug her? That would discrace him as an instructor and expose his feelings for her in full force. He even tells her not to take it personaly when he slaps her. He would have slapped a guy just as hard. I believe Hiro Arikawa realized the treatment of women would be viewed as a problem and tried to make it very clear that is is not the treatment of women that is unjust but the treatment of Iku. Iku even says, "He never does this to other girls!" That was probably added in to show that it was not the author's intention to make it look like women are mistreated. Honestly, can't you people read between the lines? All in all this is an amazing book. I plan to continue with this series and I believe my expectations will be met if not exeded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite shojo manga. Wish more volumes were available as Nook books.
Vera-Iconica More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this manga to anyone!!!
MoonBunny13 More than 1 year ago
I was at the store today looking for a few new releases that had come out. I was not successful to find them. (Our local B&N store needs to get better at getting in the new stuff) So, still wanting to read something new, I picked this book up, along with the second one. I was not disappointed. its a thoughtful tale that somewhat reminds me of Fahrenheit 451 from the description, But it is focused around a young woman, Iku, the first woman to apply for the Library Forces (A job seen as more dangerous than being a cop or in the army during this time of the government banning books left and right for stupid reasons.) She is a strong woman dedicated to her job and a bit of a fiery personality, proving that she is cut out for this "men's" job. Yet she's not perfect. her attitude gets her in trouble and she finds that sleeping during her studies have put her behind, causing some embarrassing scenes.