Toshokan Sensou

Library Wars

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Library War, Toshokan Kakumei, Library Revolution, Library Rebellion, Library Crisis
Japanese: 図書館戦争
English: Library Wars
Spanish: Library Wars
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2008 to Jun 27, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2008
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:45 (JST)
Licensors: Discotek Media
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.431 (scored by 2724727,247 users)
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Ranked: #21142
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Popularity: #2484
Members: 74,547
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In the year 1989, the Japanese government passed the Media Betterment Act, allowing a group of soldiers known as the Media Betterment Committee (MBC) to destroy and censor any "problematic" media under the guise of protecting public morals. As a response, regional governments established the Library Defense Force (LDF), whose members take up arms and put their lives on the line to protect freedom of expression. At the top of the Kanto branch of the LDF stands the Library Task Force (LTF): an elite squad consisting of only the most exceptional fighters.

As a high schooler, Iku Kasahara experienced the terror of censorship first-hand when she refused to surrender the newest volume of her favorite series to MBC agents. She only came out unscathed thanks to a lone member of the LDF, who protected her and her beloved book. Now in her 20s and still unable to forget the man who saved her, Kasahara joins the LDF in the hope of becoming just like her prince.

But LDF training turns out to be far more rigorous than she could have imagined, and her instructor, LTF member Atsushi Doujou, seems fixated on making her life a living hell. Given her struggles, Kasahara is shocked when she is selected as one of the two new LTF recruits as a result of Doujou's recommendation. As Kasahara does all she can to become worthy of the LTF and unravel her enigmatic superior's motivations, she wages war—both on the battlefield and in her personal life.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Hamana, Takayuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Hiramitsu, Takuya
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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"Atashi no Machi, Asu no Machi (あたしの街、明日の街)" by Hitomi Takahashi

Ending Theme

"changes" by Base Ball Bear


Jul 10, 2008
Toshokan Sensou (or The Library Wars), is another one of those odd anime that I seem to end up reviewing. The show has a nice premise which is reminiscent of Orwell's 1984 and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 all rolled into one.

The anime is based on a series of four light novels by Arikawa Hiro (entitled Toshokan Sensou, Nairan, Kiki, and Kakumei respectively), which were published from 2006 to 2007. The novels were later serialized in two mangas. The first manga was made by Yumi Kiiro, and published in Lala magazine from September 2007. The second was made by Furudori Yayoi, and was published Dengeki Daioh magazine ...
Sep 9, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Toshokan Sensou seems like the kind of anime you want to watch just because of the premise: the story of the first woman to join a military force specialized in fighting against censorship. Sounds incredible, right? Well, sadly it fails to justify the idiosyncratic politics that frames the whole setting, as well to present any meaningful insight of such complex themes. Does that mean the show sucks? Not exactly. While the simplistic nature of the setting can be underwhelming, it's a completely functional field for the true crop of the story grows: the characters.

Ultimately, Toshokan Sensou is a coming of age. Kasahara Iku must not ...
Feb 5, 2021
Summary: Toshokan Sensou is an unfortunate case of a solid premise (what if libraries had their own militaries to fight off censorship?) wasted on uninspired material and a scattershot approach to genre that causes the tone of the series to careen wildly from one scene to the next. The pieces of a good show can sometimes be found here, but it's ultimately a disappointment that never capitalizes on the ideas that it has.


+ Intriguing premise. Though it never really makes the most of it, the sight of people in military fatigues doing book readings for children at the local library before fighting off ...

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