Manga/Anime Recommendation: Library Wars (Toshokan Sensou)

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I highly recommend Library Wars. There’ s even a reference to a prince, just like Candy & her prince of the Hill 😉

1660588_618296081592166_259475896_nSynopsis from mangaart:
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.

My thoughts:
Library Wars has it all. Humor, suspense, action, and of course romance. The premise may seem a bit over the top but that didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. All in all, it’s a very entertaining story. The best thing is the ending. Rest assured you won’t be dissatisfied. And yes, she did find her ‘prince’ in the end. All in all, I can say that Library Wars is like Candy Candy with ‘kickass’ Candy and gruff Albert (actually it’s more like a hybrid of Albert and Terry). No joke there. Honest 😀

There are several adaptations available. The original version is a light novel series by Hiro Arikawa. The manga adaption was published after the 4-volume novel series was completed. There are two different version of the manga, one is shoujo style and the other shonen. I prefer the shoujo one, Library Wars: Love & War, just because I’m a shoujo fanatic :D. And the mangaka, Kiiro Yumi, has done such a great job of staying as close as possible to the original novel, and her beautiful depiction of the characters and scenes makes the manga such an excellent read. While the novel is already completed, the manga is still running in Japan. But we should be pretty close to the end now.

In addition to the written versions, there are a 12ep+OVA anime, anime movie, and live-action movie adaptations. I have to say that I wasn’t too impressed with the 12 ep anime. I thought the execution was not as well done as the manga or the novel. The pace was too fast, and lots of important details were eliminated. Heh–no surprise there. The anime movie, however, is just perfect, great pace, development, and length. As for the live action-movie, I didn’t expect I would like it, but I did. It was well acted and filled action-packed scenes, no expense spared. Definitely, one of the best manga-to-live action movie adaptation I’ve ever seen so far.

If you’re interested, here some useful links:
I suggest you follow the order here (anime->novel) to maximize the enjoyment factor (we all know how anime adaptation tends to skimp on details and skip scenes)

Anime (12 ep)
OVA (anime side story)
Anime Movie (kakumei no tsubasa) – when I watched this, the storyline in the movie was way more advance than the manga but now it’s closer. Still, if you don’t want to be spoiled. Don’t watch this yet. But I just have to say that this is my favorite 😀
Live-action movie – cast: Eikura Nana, Okada Junichi
Manga (Shoujo version) – Love & War is officially licensed by VIZ, you can purchase from them directly.
Translated Light novels (reading order is Sensou > Nairan > Kiki > Kakumei)

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