Review: Library Wars: Love and War Vol 5 by Kiiro Yumi and Hiro Arikawa

 

Title: Library Wars: Love & War Vol 5

Author: Kiiro Yumi & Hiro Arikawa

Publisher: Viz

ISBN: 978-1421538440

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Iku is about to face her most difficult challenge—her parents are coming to visit the library where she works! When she joined the Library Forces, she told her parents that she was just going to be a librarian. Now she has to come clean that she’s on the ultra-dangerous Task Force. Can her parents ever accept that she’s a library warrior?

Review:

I was just a tiny bit disappointed with this volume of Library Wars, but I think that I am expecting too much from the series now.  I found the first four volumes extremely satisfying, and I don’t know if it’s possible for every single installment of a series to leave as big an impression on me.  What would have made this collection of chapters better?  More Dojo and Iku interaction!  The last two bonus manga were wonderful, and I wish the rest of the book would have been more like them.

The wrap up with Iku’s parents brought a smile to my face, because her father finally saw that his daughter is a dedicated and motivated employee for the library.  Iku isn’t always the brightest bulb on the tree, but I firmly believe that she is the most determined one, and she takes her job tasks very seriously.  She just isn’t suited for all of that paperwork that she’s expected to perform.  Iku is at her best when her passion leads her actions, and that’s when I like her the best.  When she jumps into a situation because she sees an injustice being committed.  She would dive into a shark tank if she thought it would save a book or a library patron, and that kind of dedication is hard to beat.  It was nice to see her father finally stand up for her and to give her credit for trying to do something that means so much to her. 

The rest of the book didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat.  Komaki is arrested under suspicion of abusing a person with disabilities, and it’s got the library in an uproar.  Iku wants to prevent him from being taken into custody, but Dojo, fearing that both of them will be arrested if she interferes, intervenes.  Komaki is taken away by the MBC, and then they attempt to force a confession from him.  Iku wants to engage Marie’s help, the girl that the MBC claims Komaki has abused.  Iku has seen Komaki and Marie together, and she strongly suspects that they have feelings for each other.  Dojo refuses to get Marie involved, which leaves Iku to act on her own.

I just didn’t find this story line as compelling as previous ones, mainly because Dojo and Iku aren’t the stars this time around.  While I like Komaki, he just doesn’t hold a candle to Dojo.  There is just something about Dojo’s taciturn, gruff exterior that appeals to me, and the rest of the men in the series pale in comparison.  I don’t think I realized how much I like him until he wasn’t constantly in the spotlight, but now I’m kind of hung up on him and gosh darn it, I want to read more about him! 

There are three bonus chapters included, and all three of them are light and humorous, especially after Iku gets a make-over. Ha!  Eat your heart out, Dojo!  Someone else is going to sweep her off her feet if you keep hiding your feelings!  Even if they are inappropriate, given that you are Iku’s commanding officer!

Grade: B

Review copy purchased from Rightstuf

2 thoughts on “Review: Library Wars: Love and War Vol 5 by Kiiro Yumi and Hiro Arikawa

  • August 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm
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    While I really enjoyed the Komaki story (I think I like him a little more than you do), I too felt that v05 was weaker than the previous volumes. I think you’re right that it’s the sparks between Iku and Dojo that propel the series to its heights. Without those sparks (or an insufficient quantity of sparks), the story is good but not as great as it can be. Here’s hoping v06 returns to the fireworks show we both love so very much.

  • August 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm
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    @LKK – Yes, yes, yes – I am hoping for the fireworks :)

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