January 25, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Hi guys! Sorry if you were expecting a post yesterday, I literally just forgot to write one up. I meant to, believe me, I did, but I had a morning shift at work and that happens so rarely that I realized, as I was getting ready for work that I didn’t have a post ready to go up and had no time at work to write one. I apologize, but we now move onto today’s post!
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 11 by Kiiro Yumi
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*Published April 1, 2014 (ebook version)*
This is one of the high-intensity volumes of the series because we pick directly up where the last volume left off; the Media Betterment Committee seeking to strike the museum in order to take the exhibit.
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.
Fighting censorship at her hometown art museum, Iku Kasahara and her fellow Library Forces team members are involved in a fierce skirmish in which several ranking officers are severely injured. The damage is far reaching, causing a rift in the Library Forces management that makes Iku question her place in the organization. In the midst of this controversy, Iku’s relationship with her direct supervisor, Dojo, grows more intimate when a long-discussed tea-date begins to sound more like a romantic liaison!
For me, the arc this series is the raid on the museum in Kasahara’s hometown was one of the hardest ones to read. Not because of the violence…not fully anyway, but it’s because of how close something like this could happen in our society. We also see how much people resort to violence in order to get what they want. This violence actually brings harm to several ranking officers, including Major Genda, who is a man no one thought would fall. Then we see the local library’s task force leader stop the library director from setting the pamphlets that advertise the museum exhibit and this leads to him going to the hospital with Genda.
I can see this happening and I know that it’s probably happening in other places throughout the world. Violence has always been a weapon that has been used to suppress and oppress those that wish to speak out. I also love that we also see that there are always going to be others that will stand up to violence in their belief of what is right. It’s also interesting to see that there are people who will stand up without using violence, or at least use it defensively.
For me, this was just a hard one to read, not because of the material but because of the people and those that care for them. We also see that people have different ideas of what it means to stand up for what they believe in. How do you stand up for what you believe in? What do you stand up for? Comment below and let me know!