January 30, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 13 by Kiiro Yumi
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*Published April 7, 2015*
This volume is a little heavier on the message it brings about censorship and a little light on the humor, but considering what this manga series wants to say about letting other tell you what you can and cannot read, it makes sense.
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 silenced a famous writer, and Library Forces member Iku Kasahara and her supervisor and secret crush, Dojo, must fight to protect his right to speak…and live! As the Library Forces wage a fierce battle against censorship, Iku and Dojo’s burgeoning relationship provides the team with a welcome distraction, and—unfortunately for them—some comic relief!
With Dojo and Kasahara, we see them FINALLY come to terms with their feelings for each other and what that could possibly mean for their continued working together as a team, but they can’t seem to see that they actually like each other. Or that the other likes them. Just kiss already!
The main story with this volume though is the Media Betterment Committee’s work in trying to silence our author from the last volume, Toma-san. Things seem to be going towards the worst at agents from the MBC and the Libraries for the Future all work to grab Toma-san and whisk him away. The Library Task Force is able to stay one small step ahead of them and keep Toma-san safe while his court case is going through the legal system. It’s here though that we finally start to see civilians reactions to the MBC telling an author they are no longer allowed to write, and we now see how the world is reacting to the MBC’s pronouncement.
It’s when Kasahara suggests that Toma-san leave the country in order to protect his freedom to write that a plan is hatched and the Library Task Force has a way to get Toma-san out of the country safe while also protesting the MBC and protecting Toma-san’s freedom to write. We can see that while the MBC may sound like a good idea in theory, in reality, it does nothing but make the world easier to oppress and herd. And now the world, in this manga, is seeing what it actually means to fall under the ire of the MBC’s eyes.
What would you do to protect your freedoms? Comment below and let me know!