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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! Iku is witness to a disturbance during a Board of Education speech on protecting children from the danger of books. 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! Iku is witness to a disturbance during a Board of Education speech on protecting children from the danger of books. The perpetrators are two young boys protesting the banning of their favorite books. But while Iku wants to reach out to the next generation of book lovers, Dojo insists that they can't play favorites. Will Dojo's prickly insistence on sticking to the rules ruin their budding friendship?


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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! Iku is witness to a disturbance during a Board of Education speech on protecting children from the danger of books. 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! Iku is witness to a disturbance during a Board of Education speech on protecting children from the danger of books. The perpetrators are two young boys protesting the banning of their favorite books. But while Iku wants to reach out to the next generation of book lovers, Dojo insists that they can't play favorites. Will Dojo's prickly insistence on sticking to the rules ruin their budding friendship?

30 review for Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Ehh, it's time to give this series the boot. I usually give manga 3 volumes to convince me to continue and this series has failed to do that. I really wanted to love this series - I'm a librarian myself and the subject of this manga is very real and topical - but the execution is just Not Good and makes the whole premise unconvincing. This is a series that you really can't read with too critical an eye, because there are too many holes in the world-building. I'm normally okay with suspending my d Ehh, it's time to give this series the boot. I usually give manga 3 volumes to convince me to continue and this series has failed to do that. I really wanted to love this series - I'm a librarian myself and the subject of this manga is very real and topical - but the execution is just Not Good and makes the whole premise unconvincing. This is a series that you really can't read with too critical an eye, because there are too many holes in the world-building. I'm normally okay with suspending my disbelief for stories like this, but I find that Library Wars takes itself too seriously for me to be able to do that. A few other random observations: - Iku cries like ALL THE TIME. GET IT TOGETHER GIRL. - Iku and Dojo's relationship is completely inappropriate in a military setting such as this. The way Dojo treats/touches Iku is so unprofessional and something a military superior would never ever do. - On that note, Iku is so disrespectful to her superiors. - The "baddies" in this are so lame. "Omg it's a bunch of old ladies who want to want to censor books in school libraries." I mean, yes, this is a real problem. But it doesn't make for very exciting reading. Anyway, it's too bad - this could've been a fun series. I also love reading the "hate to love" trope (which this has) but I honestly can't get past all the other nonsense to enjoy those bits.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    More action and drama from this series. I've had a lot of fun with it so far. Let's hope the series continues down the same track. More action and drama from this series. I've had a lot of fun with it so far. Let's hope the series continues down the same track.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I can honestly say that this series just keeps getting funnier. I originally picked it up because of the library police theme but I can't seem to put it down. Kasahara and Dojo's interactions are funnier than ever and she still doesn't realize that Dojo is her "prince." This volume digs further into the issue of the MBC and the Library's fight about censorship. We are introduced to 2 children who want to make a stand against their school library being closed to them. We also learn more about Kas I can honestly say that this series just keeps getting funnier. I originally picked it up because of the library police theme but I can't seem to put it down. Kasahara and Dojo's interactions are funnier than ever and she still doesn't realize that Dojo is her "prince." This volume digs further into the issue of the MBC and the Library's fight about censorship. We are introduced to 2 children who want to make a stand against their school library being closed to them. We also learn more about Kasahara's family and how they would be disappointed if they knew she was in the combat force, which leads to an interesting interaction between Dojo and her. Finally a big battle takes place between the MBC and Library as they are transporting invaluable documents about the MBC to the library. While this is happening Kasahara and the Library director get into their own trouble, which is a giant cliff hanger! There are also bonus mangas included. These are quite silly and fun and give further dimension to the characters. This is one of the books that makes me laugh out loud in public

  4. 5 out of 5

    Merb

    "You see a problem and you point it out. That's my girl." Summary This third volume focused on two stories, one longer than the other, and one more serious than the other. Story/plot This volume had two really great stories. The first one involved some young children which was interesting and a nice change since the first two volumes only had young or older adults. The second story was longer and quite serious, which I really liked. I enjoyed reading about a much more serious and worrisome story li "You see a problem and you point it out. That's my girl." Summary This third volume focused on two stories, one longer than the other, and one more serious than the other. Story/plot This volume had two really great stories. The first one involved some young children which was interesting and a nice change since the first two volumes only had young or older adults. The second story was longer and quite serious, which I really liked. I enjoyed reading about a much more serious and worrisome story line. I felt concerned about characters safety for the first time in this manga. I will carry this worry over into the next volume. So this volume strayed away from the pattern of the first two volumes with a different story line. It was refreshing. Art style I love love loved the art in this volume! It was just gorgeous. The detail in the eyes is stunning. I can feel the time, effort, dedication and love that has gone into this manga through the detailed and beautiful artwork. It makes the story a very pleasant read. I feel like Kiiro Yumi has really found her stride now, and the story just flows in her own distinct style. She also had atmosphere down pat. The thickness or lightness of the lines always fits the scenario and really adds to how I emotionally respond. The art is very well done and always improving. Characters ~ Kasahara ~ Kasahara had problems she had to confront in this volume, and these were problems she had been avoiding. I feel like this volume was the beginning of a personal and emotional battle for her. My admiration for her continues to grow as she confronts her problems even if she is scared. A great character development is beginning for her and I really love that. I also love that she isn't prideful and can admit her mistakes and always works to improve them. ~ Dojo ~ Dojo was great in this volume. Always looking out for Kasahara in the ways he thinks are best for her, even if it makes her think badly of him. He is so nice and it's lovely to read about. I feel like my ways of thinking are similar to him and so I feel very in tuned with him. I also enjoy his battles with his feelings. It's pretty cute. I also enjoyed seeing his bravery in the battle field. He's a nicely complex character. ~ Side characters ~ I didn't feel like any other characters outside of Kasahara and Dojo had a major role in this volume, it was pretty heavily focused on those two. In saying that, I still enjoyed this volume even if there was a lack of character variety. I really like Shibasaki. I think she's a lovely side character to have in the best friend role. She's mature, sophisticated, intelligent and reads people really well. She is so in tune with what's going on and how other characters think and feel, which is a great support for Kasahara who is not so great at that. I really hope she gets her own side story. Conclusion This volume was complex, serious and deep. I really found myself invested and it always had my full attention. I cannot wait for the next volume! The cliff hanger was a great way to ensure readers pick up the next volume. We need to know what happens! "So... now you know why. He pulled you off the team... not because you're a burden... but because he knew what it would do to your family. He went out of his way for you."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Guns, guns, guns, this library system seems to have guns hidden on everyone. It's not uncommon to have somebody shooting at you while trying to check out a book that is deemed unacceptable. Yes this series is all about banned books, and censure by radical groups. It's also about love of the heart and of the deed of goodness. I love how these characters will put their life on the line to keep one book in the system. The romance is blossoming and is sweet to watch. Off to book 4 Guns, guns, guns, this library system seems to have guns hidden on everyone. It's not uncommon to have somebody shooting at you while trying to check out a book that is deemed unacceptable. Yes this series is all about banned books, and censure by radical groups. It's also about love of the heart and of the deed of goodness. I love how these characters will put their life on the line to keep one book in the system. The romance is blossoming and is sweet to watch. Off to book 4

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lynsy

    This volume delved more deeply into censorship issues, which I feel strongly about, and things are starting to get more intense. There were also some cute bonus bits in the back :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura Grace

    Oh my goodness, this series really just picked up!! I significantly enjoyed it much more and it was a lot more intense on the action. Plus, those bonus manga at the end were so CUTE!! Ahhh! Totally made me laugh so much. Come to think of it, I laughed a lot more in this one and felt the story was much smoother. A tad bit more language then the first two books, but I am super excited to read more in this series. I literally was about to give up on it, but so glad I didn't. Volume four here we come! Oh my goodness, this series really just picked up!! I significantly enjoyed it much more and it was a lot more intense on the action. Plus, those bonus manga at the end were so CUTE!! Ahhh! Totally made me laugh so much. Come to think of it, I laughed a lot more in this one and felt the story was much smoother. A tad bit more language then the first two books, but I am super excited to read more in this series. I literally was about to give up on it, but so glad I didn't. Volume four here we come!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Neyly

    Note: Manga series No 4.5 stars for Vol. 3; an undeniable 5 stars. Iku's strengths surface some of the time, but her inability to control her temper lands her in trouble more of the time. Fortunately her superior, Dojo, almost always manages to step between her and looming disaster - literally. The attraction between the two is palpable, despite Dojo calling her an idiot, etc., more often than not. Secondary characters strengthen the storyline. Vol. 3 ends on a cliffhanger. I can't wait to get my Note: Manga series No 4.5 stars for Vol. 3; an undeniable 5 stars. Iku's strengths surface some of the time, but her inability to control her temper lands her in trouble more of the time. Fortunately her superior, Dojo, almost always manages to step between her and looming disaster - literally. The attraction between the two is palpable, despite Dojo calling her an idiot, etc., more often than not. Secondary characters strengthen the storyline. Vol. 3 ends on a cliffhanger. I can't wait to get my hands on Vol. 4. Recommend: Perfect escapism.

  9. 5 out of 5

    beth {hiatus} F.

    That cliffhanger is so mean. Otherwise, it was fun and enjoyable. I’m really loving this series. Also! In one of the scenes near the beginning, there is a profile shot of two characters. What really impressed me was that the profiles were not identical. More often than not, manga artists will have completely identical profiles for their characters. This one showed a difference in not only the eye shape, but in the formation of the lips.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    The most exciting collections procedure of all time. Also, teaching children how to do surveys and fight with presentations. I'm so proud! The most exciting collections procedure of all time. Also, teaching children how to do surveys and fight with presentations. I'm so proud!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    Even if I already read this series (with the novels by Hiro Arikawa), I still love to read the story in another format! And I loved the side stories!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    of COURSE it ends on a cliffhanger UGHHH WHYYYY

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen • Just One More Page

    This review is also posted on my blog. (view spoiler)[I’m starting to become very quickly annoyed at this series. It’s not really that much about the protection of books against censorship, and more about the drama between squad mates, particularly Dojo and Iku. I can smell their “romance” brewing miles away, but I just cannot get into or support romantic relationships that bud from anger, hostility, and abuse. That is such a shitty idea to romanticize, and I tolerated it in the first two volu This review is also posted on my blog. (view spoiler)[I’m starting to become very quickly annoyed at this series. It’s not really that much about the protection of books against censorship, and more about the drama between squad mates, particularly Dojo and Iku. I can smell their “romance” brewing miles away, but I just cannot get into or support romantic relationships that bud from anger, hostility, and abuse. That is such a shitty idea to romanticize, and I tolerated it in the first two volumes under hope that it would get better, or at least be handled better, but it’s in the third volume now and there is absolutely no sign of anything like that happening. If it was going to, it would have by now. Their relationship is going to continue to be based on yelling on each other and either refusing to show praise or positive emotion, or handling it with the maturity of a pre-teen, and since that’s 90%+ of the focus of the story, I’m not sure I want to continue reading about it. I sorely am disappointed with the potential of what this story could have been. With the subject matter, it could have been SO good and addressed SO many important issues in wonderful ways (and it did, a few times! so I know it could have happened, and I know the author has it in her!), but instead it’s just barely brushing on possible issues to use under the pretense of plot while focusing mainly on the budding romance. It’s like it’s using the drama of what the plot could be to make things happen between the two of them that are highly unlikely to actually happen, should these events be real. (If the director were to be kidnapped, WHY would Iku, the one pushing his wheelchair, be the only one to also be taken in an entire squad of bodyguards? Other than to make Dojo freak out and make you want to read volume four, I mean.) Add on top of that how confusing the art style is to read the majority of the time - it just isn’t very clear or coherent, and is actually very difficult to follow - and I’m actually pretty sure I won’t be continuing the series on from here. Especially when I think of it this way: I’m trying to read only one manga series at a time, to avoid confusion, and I would rather pick up a new series than continue this one. So, I guess my mind is made up then. Don’t let me turn you off from this though. I was expecting there to be more to it than a poorly put together love story, and my expectations weren’t met, so I’m reacting accordingly. But if you enjoy the kind of fluffy read that focuses mainly on the relationship building and the romance, then by all means, don’t let me sway you. If that’s the case, you’ll probably love it! But as for me? My relationship with this series ends here. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like this series so much because I enjoy Dojo so much. Iku is so clueless but Dojo admires her so much that you can't help but feel affection for her too! I do dislike her mini-rampages but its also a nice contrast to Dojo's cooler approach. I loved the plot of this volume! The story was so unexpected. I liked that the governments's forces finally took some action that the library people could react to. The commander is kidnapped, luckily Iku is there to protect him! I liked Dojo's exclusion of I like this series so much because I enjoy Dojo so much. Iku is so clueless but Dojo admires her so much that you can't help but feel affection for her too! I do dislike her mini-rampages but its also a nice contrast to Dojo's cooler approach. I loved the plot of this volume! The story was so unexpected. I liked that the governments's forces finally took some action that the library people could react to. The commander is kidnapped, luckily Iku is there to protect him! I liked Dojo's exclusion of her. First because we do know he admires her but also because he put up with her reaction, knowing she'd take it hard, but he did it anyway because he loves her! (Sometimes we do the wrong thing for those we love...) BOTTOM LINE: Cool cliffhanger ending!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    I enjoyed this volume. It deals with the continuing powerplay between the MBC and Library Forces. We also are back to the issue with Kasahara's deception about her actual role with the library to her parents and Dojo's brusque treatment of her while masking his care for her. I love that Dojo has Komaki who points the underlying truths to him as Kasahara has Shibasaki to tell her the real reasons behind Dojo's actions. Very exciting build up and cliffhanger. I can't wait to get the next volume. I enjoyed this volume. It deals with the continuing powerplay between the MBC and Library Forces. We also are back to the issue with Kasahara's deception about her actual role with the library to her parents and Dojo's brusque treatment of her while masking his care for her. I love that Dojo has Komaki who points the underlying truths to him as Kasahara has Shibasaki to tell her the real reasons behind Dojo's actions. Very exciting build up and cliffhanger. I can't wait to get the next volume.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katt Hansen

    That girl needs to tell her parents what she's doing! Which raises the question of how old she is anyway -I haven't caught that. Anyway, it's never good to lie, and now she's being left out of an assignment because of it. Only, she's in the thick of things with this new assignment. Bonus stories were very cute too. :) Love to see how the characters develop. That girl needs to tell her parents what she's doing! Which raises the question of how old she is anyway -I haven't caught that. Anyway, it's never good to lie, and now she's being left out of an assignment because of it. Only, she's in the thick of things with this new assignment. Bonus stories were very cute too. :) Love to see how the characters develop.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    I'm really liking the manga so far. Especially the slow build friendship between the MC and Dojo. Its kind of sweet, even if they bicker but you can tell they'll have each other's back. I like that. Anyway, good volume. I'm really liking the manga so far. Especially the slow build friendship between the MC and Dojo. Its kind of sweet, even if they bicker but you can tell they'll have each other's back. I like that. Anyway, good volume.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    My friend was right. It does get better. Let's see if it can keep it up. My friend was right. It does get better. Let's see if it can keep it up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    Teaching children how to fight better fights! Unfortunately the grownups are the ones who really needed to be taught how to fight like grownups...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Schnoebelen

    What a cliff hanger!!!! I can say that this is definitely the volume that has me hooked on the series and officially emotionally attached to these characters. Instructor Dojo is such a little cinnamon roll in military clothing. I can't handle him most of the time (a good example is the shopping scene in the bonus pages at the end of this volume). What really got to me during this volume was that is once again showed the different type of power that were happening through this battle over censors What a cliff hanger!!!! I can say that this is definitely the volume that has me hooked on the series and officially emotionally attached to these characters. Instructor Dojo is such a little cinnamon roll in military clothing. I can't handle him most of the time (a good example is the shopping scene in the bonus pages at the end of this volume). What really got to me during this volume was that is once again showed the different type of power that were happening through this battle over censorship. Showing how talking and providing research to back up your words can be a lot more powerful in the right moment than physical action. But later in the volume it shows the opposite. Iku is faced with having to deal with past decisions playing a role in her current situation and this leads to many things happening throughout the volume. I loved this so much and the role Dojo played through out this had me tearing up a bit (total surprise to me since I didn't know I was that attached lol). I need to know what happens next because what a way to end it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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! Iku is witness to a disturbance during a Board of Education speech on protecting children from the danger of books. The perpetrators are two young boys protesting the banning of their favorite books. But while Iku wants to reach out to the n 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! Iku is witness to a disturbance during a Board of Education speech on protecting children from the danger of books. The perpetrators are two young boys protesting the banning of their favorite books. But while Iku wants to reach out to the next generation of book lovers, Dojo insists that they can't play favorites. Will Dojo's prickly insistence on sticking to the rules ruin their budding friendship?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie - Books Less Travelled

    In this one things heat up, with both love and war in the air! We start out with a story about two children protesting to protect their favorite book. It's a nice change from the daily life at the Library, and definitely welcome when the next story starts. The second part of this volume is much more serious and dangerous for our favorite team. Dojo and Kasahara both as stubborn as ever, fail to see eye to eye, but they do have some welcome moments of peace in this one. I can't wait to see what h In this one things heat up, with both love and war in the air! We start out with a story about two children protesting to protect their favorite book. It's a nice change from the daily life at the Library, and definitely welcome when the next story starts. The second part of this volume is much more serious and dangerous for our favorite team. Dojo and Kasahara both as stubborn as ever, fail to see eye to eye, but they do have some welcome moments of peace in this one. I can't wait to see what happens in the next volume!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary-Jean Harris

    This was such a good book, I couldn't put it down! The illustrations are great and I laughed out loud a lot. The events also became more important as Iku gains experience in the Library Task Force. And as always, the characters were amazing: very "three-dimensional." I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series! This was such a good book, I couldn't put it down! The illustrations are great and I laughed out loud a lot. The events also became more important as Iku gains experience in the Library Task Force. And as always, the characters were amazing: very "three-dimensional." I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    I will say that this is one of the first shojo mangas that I've ever read that doesn't lean heavily into romance. Normally I wouldn't keep reading because come on... it's shojo! This story however has me hooked, I loved the plot in this one much better than those of the other two. The stakes felt higher, the characters could've gotten hurt. It really had me worrying what would happen. Once I finished I had to download the next one ASAP because I am just that invested into the storyline. I will say that this is one of the first shojo mangas that I've ever read that doesn't lean heavily into romance. Normally I wouldn't keep reading because come on... it's shojo! This story however has me hooked, I loved the plot in this one much better than those of the other two. The stakes felt higher, the characters could've gotten hurt. It really had me worrying what would happen. Once I finished I had to download the next one ASAP because I am just that invested into the storyline.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julia Stephenson

    Iko notices that the MBC is trying to censor reading material and it bothers 2 boys on the board. They react by setting off fireworks. So Iko decides to help the boys win the debate that books should not be censored for school aged children. She is featured in the newspaper during the debate which makes her feel insecure because her parents might see it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    This volume has a lot of emotional outbursts that are both good, bad, and extremely awkward. Of course leaving out emotions can be just as cutting. And the best of intentions can put the people you care about in danger. So much fan service! So much action!! So much CLIFFHANGER!!! But those extra chapters were so cute! I love little tsundere Dojo~ This series has 15 volumes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kellie

    I love Library Wars! I picked up vol 1 as a joke, thinking it was going to be lame. Now I’m obsessed!! I can’t get enough. This series has been such a pleasant surprise for me. The characters have a balance of softness yet toughness and I just love that. I love characters that prove just because you are genuine and kind it doesn’t make you weak. I can’t wait to read more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I like this series but I'm struggling to love it. The professor/instructor love hate relationship is promising as well as the war against censorship. Where I get lost is the army of second and third tier characters that don't have much depth. At some points it gets hard to distinguish who is who and what they mean to the leads. I like this series but I'm struggling to love it. The professor/instructor love hate relationship is promising as well as the war against censorship. Where I get lost is the army of second and third tier characters that don't have much depth. At some points it gets hard to distinguish who is who and what they mean to the leads.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nadina

    Thank goodness I have the next volume already. This volume was left on a cliffhanger, but not a bad one. I am really enjoying how this story is progressing and how there is an even focus on the relationships and the mission to defend books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    nerdybaker

    Little Hard to Follow Once again, i feel that this book jumped around a bit. It took a few panels to really realize where i was at and who was speaking. It was a solid 4 on the scale for #3. Good story line as we jumped more into the history of the main idea.

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