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Monday, March 11, 2013

It's Just Another Manga Monday: Library Wars Vol 8 by Kiiro Yumi

Falling behind again...never wanted to...

What am I to do?...Can't help it....

(To be sung in the voice of Greta Garbo)

I really think I should just change the name of my blog to Failed Blog, but that might cause some confusion as well as a stern talking to from the folks over at Fail Blog.

All, the good ideas are taken...

I had good intentions this week...There's been too many hockey games on. So, I missed posting my Friday Night is Movie Night post and it's frustrating, too, because I had watched a made from book movie that afternoon I meant to write about. I also missed my STS post. I did get only a few things this week, so I'll have to write about them next weekend. No, no. I'm sorry, but you're going to have to wait.

I am tired as heck, having worked 12 hours today. Because my boss cut my over time, I am falling slowly, but steadily behind in my work again. ON Friday, she approved me for up to 10 hours OT each week, so I worked later Friday night, all day Saturday and a few extra hours tonight. I'm wiped.

I looked at the elliptical, thought about going on it, but as I am currently using it as a drying rack for my comforter, it seemed too much trouble to remove it.

Instead, I realized I could actually write a post!!! And it's Monday. Hooray!!

So after the disappointment of last week's read, I went back to more familiar territory and bring you the latest installment of Library Wars: Love & War...

Alison Can Read started a weekly Manga Monday meme which I have jumped on. I've been reviewing manga from the start, but it is nice to have a place were like minded Otaku can meet and share our favorites.

Book Description (From Amazon):
Release date: September 4, 2012 | Series: Library Wars: Love & War (Book 8)
Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences rated teen plus.
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!

The Media Betterment Committee’s inquiry into Iku’s role in the so-called book burning continues, and an evil conspiracy comes to light. Someone on the team is deliberately manipulating Iku, and even her attraction to Dojo becomes fodder for the fight! Will Iku ever understand Dojo’s feelings for her?

My Review:
In the last issue, Iku was being interrogated in relation to a book-burning incident. The man behind the incident is one of her teammates' brother who has invited Iku out in an attempt to sway her to his side in hopes of being able to get to his brother through her. Tezuka doesn't see eye to eye with his brother and wants nothing to do with him.

Dojo finds out what she's up to and runs off to get her before she does something stupid. Touching moment. He comes to rescue her and saves the her prince and he leaves money on the table for her meal. Hmmmm.

Miss Shibazaki and Tezuka seem to be getting closer. They were working together to uncover the conspiracy that Iku was implicated in. I actually think they make a really good team.

Iku receives a certified letter from Tezuka's brother
Satoshi, Tezuka's brother, who returns Dojo's money from dinner.  He also comes out and tells her that Dojo is her prince she's been searching for.

As Iku's can't stop fixating on the idea that Dojo is her prince, she starts to see and accept that it really is him. Once she comes to that realization, she just can't look him in the eye and she doesn't know how to act around him. She's awkward and nervous and really can't deal with the thought that he might reject her. She tries to look beyond her fantasy of the prince and see Dojo for who he really is.

Finally, Marie comes to the library and drops a bombshell of her own. She was molested in the library. Komaki switches into super protective mode and Iku is on the hunt for the would-be molester. Miss Shibazaki dolls Iku up and the two of them prowl the library as bait. Iku, who is normally in fatigues, is wearing a mini skirt and make-up and is looking very feminine. But is Dojo even noticing?

To be continued.......

Volume 9 of Library Wars is due out April 2, so I don't have long to wait!!!


  1. Not a genre I've ever read though I keep meaning to do so.

    1. Well, manga's not for everyone. I keep trying to get Terri over at Alexia's Books and Such to give it a try, but she steadfastly refuses. I keep looking for the perfect series for her. Haven't found it yet.

  2. I hear great things about Library Wars! I really need to pick it up soon :)

    1. I have loved this series from book 1. I just like the fact that the library has a military arm and they have to defend people's rights to freedom of information.
      Plus I really love the interaction between Iku and Dojo. It's not sappy, as they fight a lot and Iku is usually doing something that Dojo is yelling at her for. But there are lots of moments where the interaction is just sweet.

  3. I have been thinking about reading this for a while now and now I know I have too. This sounds amazing lots of drama and of course what kind of bibliophile would I be if a i didn't read a book called "library Wars". Oh and don't worry too much about missing a couple memes it happens(:

    1. I highly recommend this series. I like the chemistry between all the characters and I really like Iku a lot. She is a heroine who is standing up to do what she thinks is right even though her family is against it. She's passionate and fights for what she believes in, but she's also innocent and vulnerable.
      I really like Dojo as well. He is hard nose as a superior officer, but he really cares about his team and believes in the cause they are fighting for, to protect the public's right to read what they want. He's really harsh with Iku, but you can tell that he really cares about her.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by! I post a manga review just about every MOnday, so I hope you check it out again.