Off the Shelf: Libary Wars, issue #6

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 6 (Library Wars: Love & War, #6)Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 6 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love is in the air–Kasahara & Dojo have a charged moment together in a snowfall after she mistakes an encounter between Dojo & a secret admirer. Shibazaki is pursued by a curious, guileless admirer & ends up reflecting on her past relationships. But the frivolity doesn’t last long as the Task Force must protect patron access to the latest controversial issue of Weekly New World. As a result, the new head librarian makes a startling decision at the beginning of his tenure. And Taiga, one of the two pranksters from issue #3, crosses paths with the Task Force again, causing both Kasahara & Tezuka to remember their own brothers.

While the previous issues have touched on relationships outside of the obvious romantic ones, #6 has been much more satisfying in really exploring the history behind the friendships & family ties. This is a nice inversion, especially since this volume opens with Valentine’s Day–readers might think that the focus would just be on the romance. Instead, Yumi takes the idea of pursuit to highlight what actually motivates the various characters. Shibizaki’s admirer not only allows her to reflect on how she’s built up being a social butterfly into a form of deflection but nicely sets up her further investment in her friendship with Kasahara. I especially loved the side-story with Taiga & his brother setting up Kasahara’s & Tezuka’s flashbacks–Yumi’s story structure is impressively balanced with action & character development. The author mentions in one of her footnotes that Tezuka’s brother will be more prominent in the coming issues. All I can say is bring the drama, this should be fun!

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