January 16, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7 by Kiiro Yumi
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*Published February 12, 2012*
Another day, another Library Wars! I read these all at one essentially, so that is why all the reviews are coming out at once. I promise you, there are only eight more after this, then we can move on to other stories!
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!
Hikaru’s big brother is working for the enemy, and he wants to reunite with Hikaru. Meanwhile, someone is posting negative reviews on the library’s website, and Kasahara intends to find out who. Later, personal issues are set aside when the Library Forces find out about a book burning on their home turf!
This issue turned out to be one full of a lot a drama. Like, a LOT of drama! We find out that Tezuka’s older brother works for Future for the Libraries committee, which sounds like a good thing until you realize that this committee wants libraries to censor some things in order to move the agenda forward of not having media censored in the future. This irks Tezuka to the point where he no longer looks up to his older brother.
We also find out that there are negative reviews being posted on the library’s own website, which seems to contradict what the library stands for. As Kasahara works to find out who is posting these negative reviews, we learn that there was a book burning within the library! Which is definitely something that the library is against!
With all of this drama, it’s sometimes hard to remember that this isn’t real. But it feels very real, especially in today’s political climate. I think that’s what I’m liking about this manga series, is that it feels so real because of the possibility of it being real. Our world is trying not to offend so many people in such a way that censoring could/can/will be taken to a too far extreme. The only question is then, what will you do about it?
What do you think of censoring? Do you think that it’s used correctly? Comment below and let me know!