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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
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Paperback, 166 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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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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Jerry
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise, great artwork, plenty of action and intensity...all in all, great stuff.
Alexa
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
When I originally picked this up, it was because I thought the premise was fun - and it more than delivers. I really liked getting an introduction to this world and the characters, and I'm so looking forward to finding out what happens next.
Jess
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 did
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Merb
Dec 23, 2015 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..."

Summary
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
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Arooj
Oct 25, 2011 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
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Sesana
Mar 21, 2012 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
Christine
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Jeanette
I don't speak Japanese so I really don't know what Kiiro Yumi would feel about Goodreads Censorship.
Shaun Duke
Apr 30, 2011 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
Kendra
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is literally everything I wanted it to be.

Also dude, so excellent. It's like what if Farenheit 451 was real but helloooo Libraries exist? So what would be THEIR next move in that sort of world?
Militia. Book-protecting Militia, obvs.
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Jeff
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spicy-manga
“This isn’t a game. You don’t just beat your enemy and score points. They might come back at you.”

Man, that’s hardcore.

Delirious Disquisitions
Note: Review based on Volumes 1-3.

I picked up Library Wars for its interesting premise: libraries forming their own armies, aka the Library Forces, to fight against government-sanctioned censorship. With the promise of a kickass female protagonist who is one of the first women to enter the elite team that's on the front lines of all the action.

It is a pretty badass concent that falls hilariously flat in its execution. Iku Kasahara, the main character, is little more than an impulsive brat that
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Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2018
Love this! The storyline feels so relevant to today. The government censoring books for 'problematic' things. It's kinda like a nightmare of what could come if certain people got their way. If this ever were to happen Id be the first to sign up for the Library Forces. Now, let's actually talk about the manga shall we?

Iku has dreamed of joining the Library Forces ever since she was saved by her 'prince' when she was trying to get a fairy tale book that she had waited a decade for. The government
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Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
The characters and their dynamics were the best part of this, along with the art style and goals of the protagonist. I'm so down with the romance, even though it's mentor/mentee so I can't recommend it. I also can't get myself to take a "library military" seriously, so I won't be continuing this series, at least not at this time.
Susan
Jan 21, 2012 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
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Emma
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Who could not want to pick up a book about defending all the books!?

But the military stuff was too over the top for me and the protagonist is a total bumbling idiot. It probably gets better as it goes but I have way too many other things I want to read to invest more time in this.
Yodamom
Feb 10, 2014 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.
bella farren
Aug 25, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
I was so excited about this premise but the characters just ruined it for me. Got about 30% through, but after the instructor slapped the main female character after she made a mistake (his dialog “don’t take this personally. I would have done the same no matter who it was.”), it ruined it for me.

I had a quick flick through some of my GR friend’s reviews and apparently it doesn’t get much better, so I’m fine with leaving this one there.
Beth F.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Everything I imagined it would be and more!!! It’s so good! It reminds me of Fahrenheit 451 + military (maybe Fullmetal Alchemist) + Fullmetal Panic.
Patricia
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Picked up a bunch of different mangas to try and expand my boundaries or whatever. Will definitely be continuing this one.
Laura A. Grace
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-read
I picked up this book because of a recommendation from a friend who said it was a fun series. After reading the premise, I knew I definitely wanted to try it!

Overall, I did enjoy it, though some of the paneling got me confused in a few places. It didn't seem to flow well and was unsure if I was reading in the right order. Really affected the reading experience for in those sections. However, it was still a really intriguing story. I loved the friendships and the humorous romantic tension that l
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Dov Zeller
Aug 17, 2015 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
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 18, 2012 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
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Karene
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kabc2019
I have become extremely fond of this series. I can't imagine a more suitable format (though I must say that if I could get a hold of the original novels in English they would also be in my collection!), for this story. I work in a high school library where the constraints of censorship are considerably looser than when I worked in an elementary school (which, though understandable, I found constantly chafed at my feelings and beliefs that accessibility was the MOST IMPORTANT THING about a librar ...more
Anna
Mar 12, 2011 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
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Renata
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a fun concept and one that obviously appeals to me as a librarian. I don't read much manga and it's still kind of hard for me to read it and understand all the tropes. I know this is popular with a lot of my teens and I assume they are into the romance plotline that was just pretty meh for me.

still, yay libraries!
Stephanie
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fluff, gn, ebook, library, ya, nwa
It has been years since I've read a manga series, but the title caught my attention. It's so cute! The art makes it feel like a fun, lighthearted story, even though the plot circumstances (government banning books and a task force devoted to intellectual freedom) is frighteningly plausible. Definitely reading the rest of the series.
Kait
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
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Justine
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Glad to find the characters again, in a new format! It's great to "see" them, and to live, once more, their adventures with them! I still love the story, the budding romance, and the humour!!
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