During the 31st year of Seika, the battle between the Library Force and the Media Improvement Committee reached a new level of violence. Each group has armed itself for either the freedom of expression or the "protection" of society from the bad influences of media.
Kasahara Iku joins the Library Force with the intent of finding her "Prince" who helped her during a censorship exercise by the Media Improvement Committee and with her strong will of protecting books.
The mood of the story doesn't stay in one spot for a long amount of time and the things that occur stay in motion and are not forgotten (which happens at times in other mangas). There are suspenseful, though-provoking, tough, sweet, sweaty, and many funny times that interchange throughout the book at points when you least suspect it. There is a special and well-exhibited unexpected combination of the gentle and rough, the thinkers and fighters, that makes it seem like they were meant for each other. The further along in the series you go, the more you learn about the unique pasts of the characters
(who all have great developments) and how they come into play in their present time. There is a considerable amount of romance that is expressed in a unique and touching way throughout the entire manga. The author touches on various topics of both personal and worldly issues which the reader can relate to due to the fact that the storyline is set in the near future on earth (the world we know). Even if you don't love libraries or books that much, the other aspects that arise will drag you in and leave you waiting impatiently for the next volume to be released.
I have a very low tolerance for annoying characters and over-used clichés. This story has both in spades and I can’t put up with it anymore. I was initially drawn to this series because it was about government censorship and I liked the anime a lot so I figured I would love the manga. Well I don’t. Why? Because despite this being about an adult woman in the military, Iku is your typical shoujo heroine: socially awkward, air headed, clumsy/not good at anything (well except for physical fitness), damsel in distress, and a complete crybaby. She is practically crying every other chapter and is being
comforted or rescued by her tsundere commanding officer, Dojo, who bullies her (and even hits her multiple times) because he wants to teach her a lesson so that she can succeed-- oh and we can’t forget that he also does it to cover up the fact that he likes her *rolls eyes* Their relationship and physical characteristics (tall girl/short guy) reminds me of Risa & Otani from Lovely Complex, but unlike those two who are teenagers, Iku & Dojo are adults who behave in an immature way that is not at all endearing or funny.
Stereotypes all over the place! I’ve already talked about the leads, so let me go through the supporting characters…
Shibasaki- bishoujo roommate who is calculating and seemingly unable to fall in love… of course this will change and I’m sure you’ll be able to predict who her love interest will be.
Hikaru Tezuka- the kuudere rival of Iku who becomes somewhat of a brother figure later on.
Komaki- smiling, laughing nice guy who turns out to be a pedophile (yeah, I knew he was too good to be true!)
Marie- a shy, hearing impaired teenage girl who has been in love with her neighbor Komaki since she was a little girl. Of course she is victimized (well all the female characters are actually-- that way they can be rescued).
I do like two characters though: friendly, bear-like Captain Genda and the sly megane Satoshi Tezuka. I wish they were featured more because they are far more interesting than the others!
This manga is very good when it's focusing on the serious themes of government censorship. Unfortunately the other half consists of the rom-com “love story” of two completely unlikable characters. I find it ridiculous how long it took Iku to figure out who Dojo was too.
Typical shoujo style with big eyes for the girls and spiky hair for the guys. It has comedy elements so of course you will see some exaggerated expressions, chibi faces, and bandages on heads after someone (usually Iku) gets hit. The men are muscular since they're in the military so at least there's some eye candy when they're not in their uniforms.
For me, characters are actually more important than the story. I’ve enjoyed many series that don’t have a complicated plot as long as I care about the characters and love reading about their lives. Since I only like 2 people in the Toshokan manga, that pretty much kills any enjoyment I could get from it.
There are very few stories out there about female characters in the military. If you’re going into this expecting a strong and capable female lead though, you will be disappointed. There are far too many elements that can already be found in shoujo's like Lovely Complex and Skip Beat. This manga would be so much better if it focused more on the dystopian government... but I guess that would make it josei and obviously they didn't want that. *shrugs* I guess it just comes down to personal preferences. If you like rom-coms and don't mind weak females, then give this one a try.
This is my most Favorite Manga. I agree with another critic, laughing so hard = exhausted. The action and suspenseful romantic scenes are great too. The reason why I said it's "suspenseful romantic" is because 10 volumes in and well ... let me put it this way:
You want MORE!!!
I am always on the edge of my seat to get the next volume.
I absolutely love all the characters.
(Especially Dojo) ^-^
Ps. Do not forget to read the bonus manga's at the end of each volume. They are usually really funny and sweet.
Generally full of comedy~ I end up exhausted most of the time for laughing too much.
Romance or love related emotions/actions was never really "clear" or "serious".
The main character is aggressive with high motivation, which reminds you of the young naruto in many ways, though it's just that she is a bit more mature than young naruto.