January 23, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 10 by Kiiro Yumi
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*Published August 6, 2013 (ebook version)*
We actually see a little bit more into Kasahara’s past as the Library Task Force travels to her hometown in this volume. It’s good to see what she’s coming from as well as why she’s still hiding her job from her parents.
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!
The Media Betterment Committee has censored an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Iku’s hometown! Iku’s top-ranked Library Forces team must train the local troops to defend the freedom of speech using any means necessary…but the librarians there resent her position and aren’t shy about making their feelings known. Soon Iku’s parents catch wind of her secret life as a member of the Library Forces, with disastrous results!
I think what I loved most about this volume was not only do we see Kasahara’s strength, we see her weakness as well. In her hometown, the library there looks down on the task force. The librarians have such a hard hold on what’s going on, that the task force has been reduced far below their capacity. They are second class workers in every sense of the word. Kasahara though does what she does best: she stands up not only for herself but for her colleagues as well. She suffers from discrimination and hazing, which she was warned about, but it always hurts more than you originally thought you would.
It’s only when one of the female officers of Kasahara’s hometown called her parents. Her parents show up at the library and her mother is livid. She is devaluing Kasahara and all of the hard work, telling Kasahara that she is not acting like a girl and she must quit now. Kasahara finally blows her top and tells her mom what she truly thinks. The main surprise is Kasahara’s father tells his wife to be quiet. He has known that Kasahara was a member of the Task Force since their first visit and he approves of what she’s doing. This seems to shock Kasahara’s mother more than anything; it shocks Kasahara as well.
We see that while Kasahara’s mother is a bit of a bitch, we see that Kasahara’s father is a man who supports his daughter in all that she chose to do. And he supports his daughter and loves his daughter for who she is, not for who she should be. This is where we see the difference between loving your daughter for who she is and trying to make your daughter into someone else. I think that’s why I love this particular arc a lot because we see how much family approval can get in the way, but how it can also be a great boon.
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