Review: Library Wars: Love & War Vol 2 by Kiiro Yumi & Hiro Arikawa


Title: Library Wars: Love & War Vol 2

Author: Kiiro Yumi & Hiro Arikawa

Publisher: Viz

ISBN: 978-1421534893


May Contain Spoilers

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Fight for your right to read!

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! When the director of the Kanto Library Base gets sick, a temporary replacement is assigned, according to regulations. But Iku and her roommate Asako discover a trail of missing books that lead back to the temporary Director. Has he betrayed everything the Library Forces stands for and handed books over to the enemy?!


Oh my gosh, I love this series!  How can I not? It’s about a plucky girl who loves books so much that she joins the Library Task Force to defend them against the Media Betterment Committee, a branch of the federal government created to censor what the citizens of Japan read.  The libraries are supported by the local governments, and they stand behind open information for citizens.  These people are willing to give up their lives to ensure that libraries remain stocked with all books, and that the privacy of library patrons is protected.

Iku is a fun character.  She is brash, quick to lose her temper, and so impulsive that she is constantly getting herself into hot water. She is another character who likes to act first, and think things through later.  I love personalities like hers, because you never know what is going to happen next.  Iku gives going with your gut feeling a whole new meaning, and it makes life extremely uncomfortable for her at times.  As an enlisted member of the armed forces, there is a pecking order she is supposed to follow, but with her hot-headedness, common sense often goes out the window.  Her superiors don’t like that trait very much, and they don’t hesitate to let her know!

There is so much chemistry between Iku and all of the other characters, and it makes the book so much fun to read.  She is such a passionate individual, and she can’t help but act from her heart.  Not everyone agrees with her or thinks that she deserves to keep her spot on the Library Task Force, and it causes a lot of tension for Iku.  That’s what I love the most about the series.  The characters seem so genuine, and I can relate to them. I care about what happens to them.  It isn’t often that I like all of the characters in a series, and I am enjoying that novelty.

Grade: A

Review copy provided by publisher

One thought on “Review: Library Wars: Love & War Vol 2 by Kiiro Yumi & Hiro Arikawa

  • March 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Big fan of the Library Wars series. I picked up all 4 volumes at once and read through them twice in succession. All of the characters have such distinctive personalities. Their interpersonal dynamics are the series’ highlight.

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