January 11, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 6 by Kiiro Yumi
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*Published September 6, 2011*
I think what I like most about school/real life anime is that they do Valentine’s Day and I love seeing how much people freak out and I love seeing the difference in how it is celebrated. In Japan, the way I understand it is that Valentine’s Day itself (Feb. 14) is for girls to give chocolate to the boys they like, then on White Day (March 14-ish) boys reciprocate by giving chocolate back to the girls. So I just find it fun when a manga/anime does a Valentine’s Day mini-arc.
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!
It’s Valentine’s Day, and Iku’s hopes are dashed when Dojo, the guy she’s been crushing on–and who’s her Library Force superior!–receives an elegant box of chocolates from another woman. Romantic intrigue strikes the whole team as Shibazaki meets a would-be suitor and confides in Iku about her tortured love life. And it seems that Hikaru is being followed by someone from his past…
I think that besides having Kasahara spy Dojo supposedly receiving elegant chocolate for Valentine’s Day, we get to know more about Shibazaki in this volume. We learn a little bit more why she acts the way that she does, but that she truly does see Kasahara as a friend and wants to be as close to her as a friend can be. I also like that we see some division within the library now when it comes to an article in a magazine. Yes, the library has to protect the magazine and make sure that it’s not picked up by the Media Betterment Committee, but at the same time, they are not sure whether the article in the magazine should be distributed to the public.
For someone who works in a library, without an MBC watching over them, it’s interesting to see how the politics in a library can lead to a library questioning its purpose, which is to provide all information for everyone. Not certain information for certain people.
What do you guys think of something like this happening in your local library? How do you feel about your local library? Comment below and let me know!