Library War


Library War 図書館戦争, Toshokan Sensō is a Japanese light novel series by Hiro Arikawa, with illustrations by Sukumo Adabana There are four novels in the series, though only the first novel is called Toshokan Sensō; the subsequent novels are named Toshokan Nairan, Toshokan Kiki, and Toshokan Kakumei The novels were published by MediaWorks between February 2006 and November 2007 Two volumes of a spin-off series entitled Bessatsu Toshokan Sensō 別冊 図書館戦争, lit Supplement: Library War have also been published by ASCII Media Works As of April 2008, the original four novels and volume one of the spin-off series have sold over 125 million copies in Japan1 The story was inspired from the Statement on Intellectual Freedom in Libraries of the Japan Library Association23

Two manga adaptations were published by Hakusensha and ASCII Media Works A 12-episode anime adaptation by Production IG aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block between April and June 2008 Two Internet radio shows started in April 2008 meant to promote the series which are hosted by voice actors of the anime An anime film produced by Production IG was released on June 16, 2012 A live action film was released on April 27, 2013 with a second one released on October 10, 2015

Contents

  • 1 Plot
    • 11 Story
    • 12 Library Team
  • 2 Characters
  • 3 Media
    • 31 Light novels
    • 32 Manga
    • 33 Internet radio shows
    • 34 Anime
    • 35 Films
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
    • 61 Episodes
  • 7 External links

Plotedit

The background of the plot is based on the Statement on Intellectual Freedom in Libraries that went into effect in Japan in 1954 amended in 1979, and the terms are a little different from the Freedom of the Library Law that appears in Toshokan Sensō

The simplified declaration:3

It is the most important responsibility of libraries to offer collected materials and library facilities to the people who have the Right to Know as one of their fundamental human rights In order to fulfill their mission, libraries shall recognize the following matters as their proper duties, and shall put them into practice

  1. Libraries have freedom in collecting their materials
  2. Libraries secure the freedom of offering their materials
  3. Libraries guarantee the privacy of users
  4. Libraries oppose any type of censorship categorically

When the freedom of libraries is imperiled, we librarians will work together and devote ourselves to secure the freedom

In Library War, the fourth chapter of the Freedom of Library Law states:4

  1. Libraries have freedom in collecting their materials
  2. Libraries secure the freedom of offering their materials
  3. Libraries guarantee the privacy of users
  4. Libraries oppose any type of improper censorship categorically
  5. When the freedom of libraries is imperiled, we librarians will work together and devote ourselves to secure the freedom

The details will be amended anytime according to the Media Betterment Act and its enforcement

Storyedit

The premise of Library War involves the Japanese government passing the Media Betterment Act MBA as law in 1989 which allows the censorship of any media deemed to be potentially harmful to Japanese society by deploying agents in the Media Betterment Committee MBC with the mandate to go after individuals and organizations that are trying to exercise the act of conducting freedom of expression activities in the media5Ep 01 However, local governments opposed to the MBA establishes armed anti-MBA defense force units to protect libraries from being raided by MBC agents under the Freedom of the Libraries Law6 The conflict between MBC agents and library soldiers has continued to 2019, when the story begins6 In accordance with the Japanese era calendar scheme, 1989 in Library War is rendered the first year of the fictional Seika 正化 era, rendering 2019 as Seika 317

Library War follows the life of Iku Kasahara, a new recruit in the Kantō Library Base who joined in 2019 after being inspired by a high ranking Kantō Library Defense Force member who saved a book she wanted to buy that was targeted for censorshipEp 01 After joining, however, she finds the pace to be very demanding, and that her drill instructor Atsushi Dojo seems to have it in for her and working her harder than the other recruits On multiple occasions, Kasahara shows herself to be reckless, particularly when she puts Dojo in danger by not securing a criminal in the base's library, and later getting involved with Media Betterment Committee agents despite not being a high enough ranked official; in both instances Dojo has to help her out of trouble Despite these imperfections, Kasahara is enlisted into the base's Library Task Force, an elite group of soldiers who go through rigorous training in order to respond during difficult operations This is partially due to Dojo realizing that he did not give Kasahara adequate training, so he gives his recommendation that she join the task force,Ep 02 of which he is a member, in order to correct this mistake on his part Other recommendations come from the captain of the task force, Ryusuke Genda, and second class task force library officer Mikihisa Komaki who is the same rank as Dojo Along with Kasahara, another new recruit named Hikaru Tezuka is also enlisted into the task force who is much more capable at the position than Kasahara Kasahara continues to try her best in the face of difficult challenges while protecting the books she has sworn to protect As the story progresses, a romance blooms and Iku and Dojo make romantic feelings for each other evident

Library Teamedit

The Library Team Defense Force 図書隊防衛部, Toshotai Bōeibu, or Library Defense Force LDF, in Library War is a paramilitary organization in Japan which serves to defend libraries against the Media Betterment Act MBA enforced by the Media Betterment Committee MBC and other pro-MBA independent factions Different from the normal librarian department 業務部, gyōmubu, which performs librarian functions like modern librarians, the LDF's main goal is to provide self-defense from the MBC during library raids, though their jurisdiction only extends so far as in the confines of library facilities in connection with the LDF, meaning they cannot extend their effort even into the city where an LDF base is locatedEp 02Ep 04 However, there are provisions around this, such as in accordance with Library Law Article 30 regarding book collection in that LDF Library Officers or above can choose to buy any book they want, even books targeted for censorship by the MBC The LDF has ten bases throughout Japan in ten regions of Japan: Hokkaidō, Tōhoku, Hokuriku, Chūbu, Kantō, Kansai, Chūgoku, Shikoku, Kyūshū, and OkinawaEp 02 Each of the bases act under the provisions of the local government, and houses a public library where civilians can read and check out books

In the early years of the conflict the library forces were not well organized, so coordination with neighboring forces was often delayed which caused problems in times of armed conflict One such incident in Library War occurred on February 7, 1999 in Hino at the Hino Library which later became known as the Hino Nightmare 日野の悪夢, Hino no AkumuEp 02 The incident was caused by an independent group which sided with the Media Betterment Committee raiding the Hino Library and caused the deaths of twelve people who were against the Media Betterment ActEp 03 Since that day, the library forces armed themselves in self-defense and have become much more organized; the public even acknowledges the LDF as having more combat experience than the police or the Japan Self-Defense Forces The incident also caused the formation of library bases in ten regions, and the system of library forces in operation at the beginning of Library War

The Library Defense Force has several branches which contribute to the organization as a whole At the top is the Administrative Department where library administrators work doing daily administrative duties such as planning, organizing, staffing, budgeting, or directing The Department of Defense works on defending against the Media Betterment Committee, and one section of the department consists of the Library Task Force, an elite group of soldiers who go through rigorous training in order to respond during difficult operations At the Kantō Library Base, there are about fifty members in the task force The Logistical Support Department works on stocking books and supplying the Department of Defense with military equipment, though it does not get involved with general outsourcing There is also a Human Resources Department in charge of human resources, and an intelligence agency There are approximately 30,000 members in the Library Defense Force throughout Japan The German Chamomile is used in the insignia of Library Officers and above because the flower was a favorite of the late wife of the Library Defense Force commander Kazuichi Inamine

Charactersedit

Iku Kasahara 笠原 郁, Kasahara Iku Voiced by: Marina Inoue Portrayed by: Nana Eikura Iku Kasahara is the protagonist of Library War; she is twenty-two-years-old and is initially ranked Library Clerk First Class, but is later promoted to Library Clerk Supervisor She joined the Library Defense Force's Kantō Library Base in 2019 after being inspired by a high ranking Kantō Library Defense Force member who saved a book she wanted to buy that was targeted for censorship She holds this unknown person in high regard, thinking of him as her "prince", and she wants to be an "ally of justice" as he was for her As such, she has a strong sense of justice when it comes to freedom of expression and is willing to put her life on the line for the books she has sworn to protect When she enters into recruit training however, she finds it to be very challenging, especially since her drill instructor Atsushi Dojo seems to have singled her out for more attention and pushes her harder than most other recruits In high school, she had been a member of the track and field team, so she has a lot of stamina and drive to continue with the Library Defense Force Library War main characters from left to right: Komaki, Shibasaki, Kasahara, Genda, Dojo, and Tezuka When the story begins, Kasahara is a sub-par recruit who constantly prone to making critical mistakes and is not as knowledgeable about the cause she is in the middle of compared to others around her, mostly due to her not paying attention in lectures on the base Despite these apparent flaws, she is recruited into the base's Library Task Force, an elite group of soldiers who go through rigorous training in order to respond during difficult operations While at first she starts out slow, she soon becomes capable of clerical tasks in regard to working in the base's library, though she still finds it difficult to make a positive impression on Dojo, her superior officer Later on, Kasahara finds out that Dojo, her superior, is actually her "prince" and she begins to warm up to him somewhat Atsushi Dojo 堂上 篤, Dōjō Atsushi Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno Portrayed by: Junichi Okada Atsushi Dojo is a twenty-six-year-old member of the Library Task Force and is ranked Librarian Second Class He is 165 cm 5'5" tall, though is thought to be too short for Kasahara, despite her only being 5 cm 2" taller He is very tough on Kasahara due to her not inspiring enough trust in him, and the fact that he believes he did not give her adequate recruit training Part of the reason why he pushes Kasahara so much is that he sees his old self in her, and he is angry that she is bringing that back to him with such emotional force, despite him trying to forget about it He later realises that he hurt her just so he could protect his fragile self He often worries about Kasahara and even defends her from comments from others Mikihisa Komaki 小牧 幹久, Komaki Mikihisa Voiced by: Akira Ishida Portrayed by: Kei Tanaka Mikihisa Komaki, like Dojo, is twenty-seven-years-old, is a member of the Library Task Force, and is ranked Librarian Second Class He is typically seen smiling or laughing at his coworkers, especially concerning the conversations between Kasahara and Dojo He is also one of the instructors in the Task Force He often gives advice to Dojo or Kasahara in regards to the relationship between them, whether it be on a personal or professional level He is partly responsible to Kasahara being drafted into the Task Force Hikaru Tezuka 手塚 光, Tezuka Hikaru Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki Portrayed by: Sota Fukushi Hikaru Tezuka is a member of the Library Task Force and is initially ranked Library Clerk First Class, but is later promoted to Library Clerk Supervisor He is drafted into the Library Task Force at the same time as Kasahara, though shows himself to be much more capable in terms of knowledge gained in lectures, clerical work in the base's library, and in typical combat He finds it hard to give credit to Kasahara in the beginning since she is not up to what he considers to be the standards of a Library Task Force member, though he later recognizes her improvement Due to a comment by Dojo that he could learn some things from her, Tezuka asked Kasahara if she would date him, though she later turns him down He has an older brother named Satoshi Tezuka, who is a part of the government's Future of the Library Committee Asako Shibasaki 柴崎 麻子, Shibasaki Asako Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro Portrayed by: Chiaki Kuriyama Asako Shibasaki is in the Library Task Force and is initially ranked Library Clerk First Class, but is later promoted to Library Clerk Supervisor She works as an intelligence specialist, and is very good at gathering information She is Kasahara's roommate, and after Kasahara joins the task force, Shibasaki helps her study the catalogs in the base's library through a form of negative reinforcement involving giving her candy when she gave the wrong answers which leads her to break out in pimples Shibasaki often tells Kasahara things she finds out in regards to Kasahara and her direct superiors such as Dojo or Genda She tries to give Kasahara advice and cheer her up when she is sulking due to events most often brought on by Dojo, though in the beginning of the series, she has slight feelings for him Ryusuke Genda 玄田 竜助, Genda Ryūsuke Voiced by: Kanji Suzumori Portrayed by: Jun Hashimoto Ryusuke Genda is the forty-three-year-old captain of the Library Task Force and is ranked Supervising Librarian Third Class It is partly due to him that Kasahara is drafted into the Task Force, since he is the captain and had the final say He is very strong, and Kasahara even thinks he has enough brawn to take on a bear He is a veteran field commander and possesses great politic acumen; on one operation he ensured the Media Betterment Act forces secured books and magazines the Library Defense Force already had copies of so that they do not leave empty handed and in disgrace He is willing to take great risks to achieve objectives, such as purchasing a building for declared use as a future library only so that the Task Force could raid the premises in order to rescue Kasahara and Inamine when they are taken hostage Kazuichi Inamine 稲嶺 和市, Inamine Kazuichi Voiced by: Haruo Satō Kazuichi Inamine is the commander of the Library Defense Forces who is in direct charge of the Kantō Library Base and has been involved with the conflict between the Media Betterment Committee and the Library Defense Force since the beginning Twenty years prior to the beginning of the story, a major conflict between the two factions, called "The Hino Nightmare," occurred at the library in Hino, Tokyo where a group siding with the Media Betterment Act raided the library Inamine was caught in the middle of the conflict and lost his wife and his right leg because of it

Mediaedit

Light novelsedit

Library War began as a series of light novels written by Hiro Arikawa, and drawn by Sukumo Adabana There are four novels in the series, though only the first novel is called Toshokan Sensō; the subsequent novels are named Toshokan Nairan 図書館内乱, lit Library Infighting, Toshokan Kiki 図書館危機, lit Library Crisis, and Toshokan Kakumei 図書館革命, lit Library Revolution The novels were published by MediaWorks between February 2006 and November 2007 The first volume of a spin-off series entitled Bessatsu Toshokan Sensō 別冊 図書館戦争, lit Supplement: Library War was published on April 10, 2008 by ASCII Media Works, and the second followed on August 9, 2008

Mangaedit

A manga adaptation, titled Library Wars: Love & War 図書館戦争 LOVE&WAR, Toshokan Sensō Love & War, is drawn by Kiiro Yumi and was serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazine LaLa between September 24, 2007 and December 24, 20148 Hakusensha published 15 tankōbon volumes between April 5, 20089 and June 5, 2015 Viz Media licensed Library Wars: Love & War, and the first volume was released in North America in June 201010 As of April 5, 2016, there are 15 volumes released in North America

Another manga adaptation, titled Toshokan Sensō Spitfire! 図書館戦争 SPITFIRE!, is drawn by Yayoi Furudori and was serialized in ASCII Media Works' shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh between the January 200811 and June 2008 issues One volume of Toshokan Sensō Spitfire! was released on June 27, 200812

Internet radio showsedit

Two Internet radio shows produced by Animate first aired on April 10, 2008 under the same main title Kantō Book Base: Public Relations Department 関東図書基地 広報課, Kantō Tosho Kichi Kōhōka, but with differing subtitles The first show, with the subtitle Men's Dormitory 男子寮, Danshi Ryō is hosted by Tomoaki Maeno and Tatsuhisa Suzuki who play Atsushi Dōjō and Hikaru Tezuka in the anime adaptation, respectively; the second show, with the subtitle Women's Dormitory 女子寮, Joshi Ryō, is hosted by Marina Inoue and Miyuki Sawashiro who play Iku Kasahara and Asako Shibasaki in the anime, respectively1314 The first volume compilation CD containing some of the broadcasts was released on August 6, 2008 with the second compilation on December 26, 200815

Animeedit

See also: List of Library War episodes

It was announced by Production IG via MediaWorks advertising that they would animate Library War1617 The anime is directed by Takayuki Hamana and written by Takeshi Konuta It aired 12 episodes in Japan between April 10 and June 26, 2008, on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block A commercial and promo were both created to promote the series after the series was announced18 Five DVD compilation volumes were released between August 6 and December 3, 2008; the first two contain the two episodes each, while the latter three contain three episodes each The third volume contains, in addition to episodes six and seven, an original video animation episode19

The anime's opening theme is "Atashi no Machi, Ashita no Machi" あたしの街、明日の街, performed and written by Hitomi Takahashi,20 with Satoru Hirade on composition and arrangement and produced under Sony Music Records The opening theme single was released on June 4, 200821 The ending theme is "Changes" performed and arranged by Base Ball Bear22 of EMI Music Japan with lyrics and composition by Yūsuke Koide The ending theme single was released on May 8, 200821 The anime's original soundtrack was released on June 25, 200815

Filmsedit

Main article: Library Wars: The Last Mission

An anime film with the same staff as the TV series titled Library War: The Wings of Revolution 図書館戦争 革命のつばさ, Toshokan Sensō Kakumei no Tsubasa was released in Japanese theaters on June 16, 20122324 The film made its North American premiere at the 12th annual Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema on November 17, 2012

A live action film was released on April 27, 201325 A second film, Library Wars: The Last Mission, was released on October 10, 201526

Receptionedit

In the fourth Japan Science Fiction convention, Library War won the 2008 Seiun Award for Japanese long fiction27 In the initial Anime DVD charts, Library War was ranked first on the top ten28 before it went down to eighth place29 The series had sold in 2008 a total of 7,949 copies30 In 2008, Bessatsu Toshokan Sensō I had sold 62,737 copies and was ranked seventh best light novel while Bessatsu Toshokan Sensō II was ranked the fifth best light novel with a total of 67,874 copies sold31 As of April 2008, the original four novels and volume one of the spin-off series have sold over 125 million copies in Japan1 After its debut broadcast, Library War had an average household rating of 4532 The series also has a strong fan backing, as noted by Deb Aoki, manga guide of Aboutcom, who says that when Viz Media announced their license for the Love and War manga version, "a cry of delight rose up from fans of this manga, anime and light novel series"33 The live action film grossed US$168 million in Japan34

See alsoedit

  • Book burning
  • Book censorship
  • Fahrenheit 451

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "Introduction section at the anime's official website" in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved August 11, 2008 
  2. ^ "Toshokan Sensō subject: Hiro Arikawa author" in Japanese August 18, 2007 Archived from the original on November 28, 2007 Retrieved March 20, 2008 
  3. ^ a b "Statement on Intellectual Freedom in Libraries" Japan Library Association Retrieved March 20, 2008 
  4. ^ "Termonlogy section at Library War's official website" in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved July 1, 2008 
  5. ^ "Library War" Production IG Retrieved February 14, 2009 
  6. ^ a b This line is always narrated by the leading voice actor of the show at the beginning
  7. ^ "Introduction story section at the anime's official website" in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved May 8, 2008 
  8. ^ "Library Wars: Love & War Manga to End in 3 More Chapters" Anime News Network September 20, 2014 Retrieved May 25, 2015 
  9. ^ "図書館戦争 LOVE&WAR 1" Library Wars: Love & War 1 in Japanese Hakusensha Retrieved February 1, 2010 
  10. ^ "Viz Gets Gente, Library Wars, Grand Guignol Orchestra, Nice to Meet You, Kamisama" Anime News Network September 27, 2009 Retrieved September 27, 2009 
  11. ^ "Dengeki Daioh January 2008 issue" in Japanese MediaWorks Retrieved February 29, 2008 
  12. ^ "The Cover of the July Issue of Dengeki Daioh is Iku!" in Japanese ASCII Media Works May 23, 2008 Archived from the original on October 13, 2008 Retrieved November 20, 2015 
  13. ^ "Official website for Men's Dormitory radio show" in Japanese Animate Retrieved April 28, 2008 
  14. ^ "Official website for Women's Dormitory radio show" in Japanese Animate Retrieved April 28, 2008 
  15. ^ a b "Official website for CD Section" in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved February 15, 2009 
  16. ^ "Production IG to Animate Library War Sci-Fi Novel" Anime News Network November 7, 2007 Retrieved April 27, 2008 
  17. ^ "Library War Television Anime Officially Announced" Anime News Network November 12, 2007 Retrieved April 27, 2008 
  18. ^ "Library War Promo Movie, Commercial Posted Online" Anime News Network April 3, 2008 Retrieved April 27, 2008 
  19. ^ "DVD goods section at the anime's official website" in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved May 8, 2008 
  20. ^ "Hitomi Takahashi's profile at Library War's official website" in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved April 27, 2008 
  21. ^ a b "Music section at the anime's official website" in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved May 8, 2008 
  22. ^ "Base Ball Bear's profile at Library War's official website" in Japanese ASCII Media Works Retrieved April 27, 2008 
  23. ^ "Library War Film's Staff, Release Listed" Anime News Network December 29, 2011 Retrieved December 29, 2011 
  24. ^ "Library War: The Wings of Revolution Film's Trailer Posted" Anime News Network March 9, 2012 Retrieved March 9, 2012 
  25. ^ "Library War Live-Action Film's Promo Aired" Anime News Network February 11, 2013 Retrieved February 11, 2013 
  26. ^ "図書館戦争 THE LAST MISSION 2015" allcinema in Japanese Stingray Retrieved October 14, 2015 
  27. ^ "Library War, Dennō Coil, 20th Century Boys Win Seiun Awards" Anime News Network August 24, 2008 Retrieved August 26, 2008 
  28. ^ "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, August 6–12" Anime News Network August 14, 2008 Retrieved February 17, 2009 
  29. ^ "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, August 13–20" Anime News Network August 25, 2008 Retrieved February 16, 2009 
  30. ^ "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, December 3–9" Anime News Network December 9, 2008 Retrieved February 17, 2009 
  31. ^ "2008's Top-Selling Light Novels in Japan" Anime News Network January 4, 2009 Retrieved February 17, 2009 
  32. ^ "Japanese Anime TV Ranking, June 2–8" Anime News Network June 15, 2008 Retrieved February 17, 2009 
  33. ^ Aoki, Debi October 8, 2009 "Closer Look at VIZ Media's New Manga, Books for 2010 from NYAF" Aboutcom Retrieved December 13, 2009 
  34. ^ "The Asian films driving global box office" Film Business Asia May 16, 2014 Retrieved May 17, 2014 

Episodesedit

  • ^ "My Prince Charming is in the LDF" Library War Episode 1 April 10, 2008 Fuji Television 
  • ^ "Library Task Force" Library War Episode 2 April 17, 2008 Fuji Television 
  • ^ "Odawara Battle" Library War Episode 3 April 24, 2008 Fuji Television 
  • ^ "Rescue the Book General" Library War Episode 4 May 1, 2008 Fuji Television 

External linksedit

  • Anime official website Japanese
  • Live action film official website Japanese
  • Library War anime at Anime News Network's encyclopedia


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