Saturday, March 15, 2014

Manga Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Volume 9, by Kiiro Yumi and Hiro Arikawa

Rating (Out of 5): ~4.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April, 2013
Volumes: 12+
Spoilers: For the previous volume only.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

Goodreads Synopsis:

There's a groper in the library and Library Force members Iku and Shibazaki are sent in as bait! Iku's undercover outfit makes her vulnerable...will she be able to defend herself if the pervert targets her? Later, Library Force members are required to take a test that involves reading stories to a group of rambunctious schoolkids. Coming from a big, unruly family, Iku definitely has the upper hand!


"'Strength in a time of crisis.’”

This is just so good!
The first chapter concludes where the last one ended, with the pervert and the Marie storyline. Then we move onto a big one, where Iku and Tezuka and Shibazaki are taking the exams to move up to Sergeants. Shibazaki isn’t worried at all, Iku’s worried about the written exam, and Tezuka is worried about the skill test. This extends for a while; Tezuka trains a little with Shibazaki, and it’s becoming very apparent that they like each other. Iku trains a little with Dojo, but is constantly freaking out about him.
Now that she knows, and she’s realizing her feelings for him, she’s starting to notice so many things about him, and so many things that he does for her. And it’s just so sweet! And adorable! And hilarious! And awwwww! Her feelings are so apparent, I understand her so well during this. Komaki is sympathizing with her, trying to help, but also finds all of it just hilarious. And no one else knows that she knows, or they don’t know themselves, so they just think she’s going crazy, particularly Dojo. It’s just hilarious.
That whole storyline is making me so very happy, and the grinning just never ceases.
The last chapter in this volume has to do with a big censorship case, with a cliffhanger going into the next volume. It delves into parts of the MBC that I didn’t know before, and that really bothers me now. I like where it’s going. 
I just freakin’ love this series. It’s so good. And I only have one more volume till I’m all caught up, sadly.

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