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Library War: Love & War, Vol. 1 (Library Wars: Love & War #1)

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Akibat ulah "Komite Perbaikan media Massa", zaman ini pun dikenal dengan zaman perburuan buku. Sebagai pihak yang bersebrangan, Perpustakaan mempunyai hak membela dan mempertahankan buku-buku dengan pasukan khusus mereka, Task Force.

Dan Iku Kasahara, bertekad menjadi salah satu anggotanya, sejak dirinya dulu pernah ditolong seseorang dan menyelamatkan buku yang sangat dis
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 9th 2009 by Elex Media Komputindo (first published April 5th 2008)
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◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
As soon as I saw that this manga is about people who protect libraries, I was like "I HAVE to read this!" I love libraries. I'd live in one if I could. Seriously. Just give me a mini fridge and a small kitchen and I'm good.

I haven't read any mangas for a while and I realized how much I missed them. This manga was just so cute! It was especially hilarious, with Kasahara and Dojo constantly fighting over basically everything, haha. The whole idea of books being confiscated freaked me out! Anyone w
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Chris
I don't speak Japanese so I really don't know what Kiiro Yumi would feel about Goodreads Censorship.
Elena
I had never read manga before, and didn't really have plans to start, but then I read the premise to Library Wars, and just couldn't not read this one.

In the world of this manga, there is a war going on between a government committee created for the purpose of confiscating and destroying "unsuitable" books (which seems to be pretty much everything) and the Library Defense Force, a group of militant librarians formed to protect the books and people's freedom to read them. The main character of th
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Sesana
I really do like the premise of Library Wars, that the battle against censorship has become very literal. The Library Defense Force is an interesting concept. And I like the vaguely Utena-like idea that Kasahara was inspired by her "prince" to try and become like him. But the execution was somewhat lacking. We're told that the battle is very serious and requires elite soldiers with elite training. But we never see any incidents that reflect that. (I'll give the benefit of the doubt and say that ...more
Jess
Nov 20, 2012 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarians
Recommended to Jess by: the library gods
Shelves: z_12, manga
This got accidentally sent to my library via interlibrary loan, which is how the library gods gift a book. Thanks gods; I liked it.

Granted, it's set up for librarians to like: Library Task Force fighting censorship, Japan's version of Dewey, romance, funny bits, etc. I dig the illustrations & paneling.

Sure, Kasahara leaves a bit to be desired. She's melodramatic and ought to be good in at least SOME of her classes. Tezuka was right to call that nonsense. If nothing else, can she be awake? I
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Shaun Duke
Every time I attend a convention, I come back with a little something extra in my collections. For anime conventions, this usually means I leave with a lot of manga and candy. Such is the story of how I came into the possession of the first volume of Kiiro Yumi's Library Wars (thanks MegaCon!). Unfortunately, the journey did not end with the desired result. While the premise of Library Wars is an amusing one, the narrative and world lack any sense of continuity, leaving a story that feels both s ...more
Susan
In the world of this series, censorship is rampant, with book burnings and book seizures such a concern that libraries and local government agencies have had to organize (and mobilize) to fight back in the form of special military units called the Library Forces. The newest brash young star in the Forces is agent Iku Kasahara, who was inspired to enter her career because of a heroic act she had witnessed in her youth. Her bravery (and hotheadedness know no bounds) and neither does the drama of
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Rachel
A very funny introductory volume to Library Wars, a futuristic view of Japan where the government has "created a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable (back cover)," and the libraries fight back by creating a militant librarian task force which protects against censorship. The concept is just so cool sounding, and kinda makes me wish they had something like this in real life. The main character, Iku Kasahara, is one of the hardest working people in training to join the Task force ...more
Bonnie
As a librarian, it's difficult to resist a series called "Library Wars." It's like someone took Banned Books Week and created an alternate history out of it... or maybe I just feel that way because we just wrapped up Banned Books Week for 2010. It's got censorship, war, the Dewey Decimal System, awkward romance, and a little mystery. Yeah, seriously! This is the story of Iku Kasahara, a trainee with the Library Defense Force, a military group designed to protect books from being banned and censo ...more
Kim
In a world where the Japanese federal government has created a department to censor unsuitable books, the local government and the library join forces to literally fight against them. What results is the Library Forces. The Library Forces are split up into two departments: Library (the actual librarians and the books) and Library Defense (those armed to protect the library who also are trained to work in the library).

Ever since an incident in a bookstore when she was young, Iku Kasahara has wan
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Jennifer
I found this entertaining, particularly for anyone who loves reading (which I'm sure is everyone on Goodreads), even if it's in the same generic vein as most shojo. As per usual in most serialized manga, whether oriented toward girls or boys, the main character is somewhat bland, has some skills, but her only notable good quality, which is even spelled out in the text, is that she never gives up, since we like giving children The Little Engine that Could message. Kasahara is basically like a co ...more
Doug Beatty
So far I have read the first four volumes of this series, so I am going to talk about the series here. I quite like it. It is set in the future where libraries have to create a militia to protect the rights of all people to be able to read what they want. Other factions in the land, including education and the PTA are trying to censor books and take them away but the library can send a milirary team to collect the books and make them safe at the library. There are other instances where a private ...more
Nicole
I so LOVED this manga. I hope there are many more volumes to come. Not sure how much widespread teen/adult appeal there is, but as a librarian, I couldn't get enough!

At a time in the not-too-distant future, the government has formed a censorship outfit to rid society of what it considers bad media - if the federal government doesn't like the author or the books ideas, it wants the item unavailable to the public. In response, local governments have joined with the libraries to form military defen
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Phoebe Andamo
This manga is from a Japanese light novel series by Hiro Arikawa called Toshokan Sensō.

Set on the year Seika 31, this futuristic manga reminds me of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. The main plot is about their national government bans "harmful" books. The local government, however, sets up a Library Task Force to defend books in question. The heroine named Iku Kasahara enlists to Library Task Force to attain her dream of protecting books. She is inspired by a high ranking Library Defense Force ma
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Yodamom
Fun, and crazy. Banned books cause the need for heavily armed library patrols. Well done illustrations. I like the love interest thing going on and the struggles.
Mehsi
Decided to re-read this one, since I now have Volume 1 to 5, and plan on reading this series fully.

I totally love this series. The anime was fantastic, and I have a good feeling that the manga will be even better. :)

The world setting is one that attracted me to the anime in the first place. A world where books are being censored, where books are taken from bookstores, where there is a war going on at times between two fronts. And I loved the idea of libraries as being the one protecting the book
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Nicole
Not bad. I didn't love this, but I think it's OK writing - maybe just not to my (nascent) taste in manga. A few bad things: I found the organization of the artwork to be somewhat confusing, and the layout of the thought/speech bubbles IMPOSSIBLE. Yet the plot itself has some potential, if not that much originality, and I actually find the romance to be sort of...interesting. WEIRD (I hate romance as a rule). I'll give the next few volumes a chance.
Rachel Lizan
This was the first manga that I ever read. It took several pages for me to get somewhat comfortable with reading from right to left. I knew the pages moved right to left but I did not know that the frames on the page also moved right to left and that the text bubbles within each frame should be read right to left to get the correct sequence of dialogue. Once I mastered that and got into the story, I found the premise to be quite interesting with the idea of a military group defending books.

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Jennifer
This book was so amazing! I loved the scope of the story and can't wait to keep reading the series. It starts in a world where censorship is destroying some of the greatest works being published, at times not even because of their content. However, there is a force trying to protect those items: Library Task Force!!! It sounds so awesome and then I read it and it was like military training for librarians complete with actual librarian training and lectures and a whirlwind of work in the closed s ...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
Synopsis:

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!

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting start. I almost passed on this series because I saw more than one review where people professed to not liking Iku Kasahara (the heroine) very much. While I was reading, I understood where those pe
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Kara Kinsman
I thought this book was a fun, short read, with lots of action and a relatable character. I love strong protagonists with a background story, and this one especially is a story that avid readers will appreciate. I think a good book to pair with this one would be Ferenheight 451. Us future librarians know how powerful a weapon censorship can be, and how important it is to fight for our patrons' right to information. We have all seen the banned books list, and most people have read at least one ba ...more
Caryn
I wasn't sure how to rate this book…I have a neutral feeling. I was skeptical when I had to follow a diagram to read it and it was a graphic novel, which I don't normal read, but it was a fast read. One part of the book that I couldn't figure out was the random vertical boxes that read like messages from the author. I am not sure of their purpose or if was a common attribute of a manga book.

The premise of a library force defending books was an interesting concept, but will this idea entice teens
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Tess
I had never read Manga, but I was not bowled over by Library Wars the way I was by my first graphic novel, Craig Thompson's Blankets. The plot was shallow teen romance set in a surreal world wherein books were banned and protected by conflicting local and federal military forces. This setting provided plenty of fertile ground for meaningful plot, character, and thematic development. However, for some reason, Hiro Arikawa simply used the cleverly devised quasi-dystopia as a generic backdrop for w ...more
Laura
Working in the library myself, I find the mix of library work with "guns" wickedly entertaining. The story, art and character development/interaction is fresh and interesting. The conversation about censorship is thought provoking. And, the situation is extreme enough to thrill me. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Dojo sensei is totally my type. hah. This series tickles me.
Ariel Russell
Library Wars, Love & War, #1

Bibliographic Information:
Yumi, K., Arikawa, H., Watabe, K., McCoy, S., Utt, C., & Diaz, P. (2010). Library wars: Love & war. San Francisco: Viz Media.

Genre: Fiction Manga
Format: Book
Award Source: Recommended


Library Wars appeals to the teen audience because the story captivates the audience with pictures, conflict between the characters, and a mission to save and protect. The book focuses on standing up for the rights of others to be able to read the books
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Kennon Edwards
This was my first delve into manga genre. I already have a hard time with graphic novels but this one was read from right to left which made it somewhat more difficult. It was however an interesting story. I thought the topic of freedom of information and love of books was a great background to a plot that was a bit hokie for my taste. I thought that the multiple story lines kept it interesting and would make me want to read the rest of the series to find out if my assumptions are accurate.

I wo
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Jess
I loved this manga it was funny. The main is a clutz and does the stupidest things. The guy who is the love interest cracks me up because he cares . The art work is awesome. I enjoyed this Manga & cant wait to finish the rest of the series. If you are a fan of manga and like the dystopia genre. This is a great series for you.
Jennifer
A military-like Library Defense Force fighting against censorship is a fun concept, but this comic fails to deliver. Being a shōjo manga it focuses more on the not-so-deep introspections of a girl and less on the world of censorship and librarianism. The love/hate conflict between the soldier and her instructor is uninteresting. It reminded me of some of the animes I have watched, but lacked the humorous action and enjoyment of hearing Japanese. Instead there are scenes where nothing really happ ...more
Mary Duvall
I thought this was an interesting story and rather timely for me to read as I come near the end of my LIBS program. My last class had an assignment on filtering so some of the issues in the book sounded familiar as well. The struggle between administration and the rights of patrons is nothing new and the author did a good job at placing this topic in a future setting. The book offers something for readers who favor genres such as romance, mystery, military/government control, and so much more!

I
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Yvensong
I saw this on the shelves at the library and couldn't resist picking it up. How could I resist! A book about libraries and the issue of censorship!

On the whole, this seems to be a good start to an interesting series. The MC is typical of the cutesy, somewhat ditsy girl, who will triumph in the end. She butts heads with just about everyone, yet the other characters can see there's more to her than she lets to the surface.

The premise centers around a futuristic dystopia where censorship has take
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