January 21, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 9 by Kiiro Yumi
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*Published April 2, 2013 (ebook version)*
In this volume, we wrap up a small story from the previous volume, and we also get the full story of our three lower-ranked officers testing to advance. This is one of my favorites if only because we see how different Kasahara, Tezuka, and Shibazaki all react to having to read to children.
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.
There’s a groper in the library and Library Force members Iku and Shibazaki are sent in as bait! Iku’s undercover outfit makes her vulnerable…will she be able to defend herself if the pervert targets her? Later, Library Force members are required to take a test that involves reading stories to a group of rambunctious school kids. Coming from a big, unruly family, Iku definitely has the upper hand!
With the groper story, we see how it ends with Kasahara taking the full form of the bait that Komai figured out; he targeted those who were hard of hearing or deaf, such as Marie. So, as Kasahara walks around with an earpiece in, she is targeted, but she is unable to fully defend herself because HEELS ARE THE WORST! But we also see that Kasahara’s team is looking after her and are able to catch the guy! Yay!!!
But the main story of this volume is seeing Shibazaki, Tezuka, and Kasahara all prepare and take the test that would allow for their advancement. We can see that Shibazaki is fully confident in her abilities to not only pass but pass with flying colors as she takes the very last slot for the kids’ storytime. For Tezuka and Kasahara though, this is a test that will make them or break them. Kasahara is worried about the library handbook, with book learning not being her strongest suit; Tezuka is facing his worst nightmare – reading to a bunch of little kids!
It’s here that we see the strengths of these two characters: Kasahara grew up in a large family and so knows what needs to happen to entertain little ones, with more than reading a story; she provides an outdoor activity for them and it encourages them to explore the library and learn more about where they are. For Tezuka, we see him just be his nervous self; he sits on the group and starts to read to the kids who are intrigued enough to want to sit on him, near him, as he is a tall person and just listen to him slowly make his way through the story. We see two very different types of storytelling and that they both work. Kasahara and Tezuka worked with their strengths and they both passed, thankfully!
The start of the next arc in the series comes with a celebrity interview about this past before he became famous and censorship. It’s a good one, I promise!
What do you guys think of censorship? Are there cases where it’s gone well? What about gone badly? Comment below and let me know!