Off the Shelf: Library Wars: Love & War, volume #4

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 04 (Library Wars: Love & War, #4)Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 04 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kasahara & General Inamine are rescued from the pro-censorship group Bakushu by the Library Task Force without casualties & Dojo & his team celebrate their return. On the way to the rescue, Dojo’s thoughts reveal he is Kasahara’s “prince” who saved her from the pro-censorship forces 5 years ago. (I mean, you probably figured that out a few issues ago, but it is nice to see his POV for once.) The happiness is short-lived though when Kasahara’s parents come to visit & her colleagues are pressed into helping her keep her secret. Despite the familiar disagreements between a headstrong daughter & her disapproving parents, Kasahara’s father reveals in a conversation with Dojo that he might have a change of heart.

Issue #4 brings a lot of new perspectives into the mix, which I enjoyed. Not only do readers get to see Dojo’s side of the story so far, Instructor Komaki, the tease that nettles whatever character he across, dominates the last chapter. While he does sort of serve as a voice of the audience cheering Kasahara on, we also get a few insights into his wry, odd sense of humor. Seems like Dojo is not the only one who feels protective of their newest member.

This issue also feels like something of a breather after the tense volume 3 but I’m sure things will be ramping up again soon. Kasahara’s struggles to be her tomboyish self & yet please her parents will be endearing to readers who have read any story with a similar protagonist. Library Wars has becoming a total indulgence for me this summer!

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