The action immediately kicks off with the Battle at Ibaraki Museum. Both sides exchange fire & suffer numerous injuries, particularly the MBC who allow their own soldiers to be trampled in a desperate attempt to ram the human blockade of the Defense Force. Even though the Defense Force holds off the opposing force, the exhibition opening is still rocked with violence. A vigilante force try to hold the local governor hostage but Major Genda faces them down & is severely wounded. The director of the Library snaps & tries to burn down the building, incapacitating another ranking officer. Despite all of the above, the Task Force helps the Mito forces pick up the pieces & prepare them to keep the base running. The Kanto soldiers return to their base, only to find that Inamine has taken responsibility for the dysfunction at Ibaraki % resigned, turning his command over to his second.
An intense, somewhat bloody issue. The Library Wars series doesn’t get dark too often, but when it does. . . whoooooo. Genda standing covered in blood & grinning like a maniac, the trampled soldiers, Sugahara’s breakdown–you can’t blame Kasahara for having nightmares. The stakes were very dear in this issue & I was captivated the entire time. I’m also curious to see how well the new commander will do. We’ve seen other weak & untrustworthy CO’s & with Genda’s leap in promotion, I’m feeling uncertain about this change. (Speaking of which, I kind of love Genda now, crazy bastard that he is.)
On a bright note, Kasahara’s colleagues among the Mito forces have become true friends & both groups of soldiers pull together in the face of adversity, believing they can make something better out of the chaos. Library Wars is a series that believes in goodwill & trusting in others, an outlook that really adds to the appeal of this manga. Are you reading this series yet? You totally should!