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

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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 h
Paperback, 186 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by VIZ Media (first published April 5th 2008)
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Christine Bowles Yes and No. At the very basic core of the story yes. But I think it is more about the girl who wants to step up against the censorship. But then, I am…moreYes and No. At the very basic core of the story yes. But I think it is more about the girl who wants to step up against the censorship. But then, I am only 1 book in. There may be more about the issue of censorship itself further in.(less)

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Dec 23, 2015 Merb rated it really liked it
"This isn't a game. You don't just beat your enemy and score points. They might come back at you. Just because I know how to move... doesn't mean I'm good at this..."

Iku Kasahara grew up being known as a tomboy, but also loved reading books. When the government created the Media Betterment Committee, representatives had the legal right to dispose of any media that had been listed as inappropriate. When Kasahara was trying to purchase a book and had it taken from an MBC representatives, sh
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
Aug 24, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
Recommended to Chris by: Jeanette
Shelves: comic-books
I don't speak Japanese so I really don't know what Kiiro Yumi would feel about Goodreads Censorship.
Nov 20, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: librarians
Recommended to Jess by: the library gods
Shelves: manga, z_12
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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Oct 25, 2011 ◕ ◡ ◕ Arooj rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Mar 21, 2012 Sesana rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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
Shaun Duke
Apr 30, 2011 Shaun Duke rated it did not like it
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
Jan 21, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
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
Laura (ローラ)
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.
Feb 10, 2014 Yodamom rated it really liked it
Shelves: crack-a-smile, manga
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.
Dov Zeller
Aug 17, 2015 Dov Zeller rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphics-comics
This was between a 2 and a 3 for me. I think the particular slapstick humor of manga is one I sometimes have a hard time relating to and the sudden intensity of emotion (suddenly there, suddenly gone) tends to feel jarring and a bit forced. In this particular book, it's the slapstick humor that both makes and breaks it for me.

The basic premise is, Iku Kasahara, female protagonist, wants to be in the special fighting branch of an army which is made up entirely of men and whose sole purpose is pr
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 18, 2012 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenny (Reading Envy) by: Stereo Nacht
This is the first volume of manga I've ever read, so I am unsure right now how much of my likes/dislikes have to do more with the form than this particular volume.

If reading graphic novels can be a challenge, and it is, many of us have to kind of shift into that mode of reading - manga is harder! Although translated into English the reading order starts back to front, right to left. I had to constantly force my brain to do it differently than how it wanted to.

The story is interesting, library sp
Mar 12, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
[voiceover] In a world where libraries have formed a military group to protect themselves, and homicides committed in the course of the war over media have been decriminalized, one girl dreams of joining the Library Defense Force . . .

I enjoyed this first entry into the series, although the heroine was a little too hapless at times, and was often patted on the head by male figures, which is what keeps it from a five-star rating--the library action scenes, especially those where the team is in th
Nov 04, 2015 Bobby rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
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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
Jun 08, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, shojo
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
Nov 08, 2016 L.A. rated it liked it
Mostly love, with a little war thrown in.

The government wants to censor what people read. The librarians aren't having it. Not content to just be normal badasses, they form a special Library Defense Force, an elite corps of highly trained fighter-brarians who are a cross between FBI agents and Green Berets. Iku Kasahara has wanted to be on the Library Defense Force ever since she had an encounter with one of their agents in a bookstore, who rescued the book she was about to buy from government a
Oct 05, 2010 Bonnie rated it really liked it
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
Miss Ryoko
Jul 29, 2015 Miss Ryoko rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, library-book
Actual rating: 2.5

This is a series I've been wanting to check out for a while... unfortunately I wasn't overly impressed with it.

The general idea for this series is pretty awesome - ridiculous book ban so the library becomes some sort of bad ass military unit itself to protect the books. I totally dig that! However, the execution for the first volume was, well, rather boring. I think we're supposed to be behind Iku and her dream of protecting books, but for the most part, I didn't really care ab
Doug Beatty
May 07, 2011 Doug Beatty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
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
Feb 24, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
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
Phoebe Andamo
Dec 06, 2012 Phoebe Andamo rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, w
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
Jan 09, 2011 Deb rated it did not like it
In a future where many books banned, one group stands for freedom & justice.

It's a totally familiar setting for most dystopian readers. The library has special forces that combat the government. A special forces agent saves a book of fairy tales that a young girl is buying, leaving her with a burning desire to join the special forces and save books just like her hero. She doesn't quite remember what he looks like, but she'll confess her love when she finds out who he is!

Funny enough, her fr
Feb 14, 2014 Bodea rated it it was ok
Note: This review is for the entire series. I’ll only do individual reviews for a series when it has 5 volumes or less or I've received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Finished the last volume today. I don't have much to say about this one. I like the concept and thought it had lots of potential. This series had some cute moments between the various couples that have been developing throughout and the concept is interesting and relatable in many ways in terms of rights and censorship. Ho
Nov 17, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
I had a hard time with this book. The concept was interesting enough, but I couldn't invest in the characters. I had issues at times figuring out who was speaking, even after carefully looking at the panels.

Maybe I don't read graphic novels enough, but the best ones I have read are the ones that I can tell what is going on while just needing to glance at the pictures. But this felt over-complicated.

I have the second one, but am having a hard time finding the motivation to read it.
May 20, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: teens-ra, manga
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.
Julia Marie
Jul 03, 2016 Julia Marie rated it really liked it
This is my first ever Manga!! I have to admit, I was very skeptical to begin with. I even had to get some help in reading it! But overall, I enjoyed it. It lacked a bit of substance and just overall seemed very random. And I didn't like how it ended mid-plot. actually, I'm not quite sure what the plot even was! I did enjoy the artwork! I'm not sure if I'll continue this series or not... but it was worth the hour-long read so we'll see :)
Go Places
Dec 20, 2013 Go Places rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Set in a dystopic society where books are banned by the government, this manga tells the story of an army of kick-ass librarians who banded together to defend the right to read.

I’ll be honest; I hardly ever read shoujo. I tend to go for the more gritty stuff. However, at the urging of exlibrisdementis, I decided to give it a try. And you know what, the manga’s pretty good. It’s a cute, funny, romantic read with enough library geekery that makes me chuckle from time to time.

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