My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Here we are, readers, at the end of this awesome series & guess what. Happy endings for everyone! Kasahara succeeds in getting the author Toma to the British Embassy to defect through a crafty plan that involves birthday cards in code & the author himself dressing up in drag. The Library Forces turn out in droves to support their lone agent & the world’s attention is drawn to Japan’s censorship conflict. Kasahara & Dojo admit their feelings to one another, the federal government begins talks with the prefectures to end the war of attrition, & everyone gets paired off with their ideal partner. (And Satoshi has too much to keep him busy & stops being any more creepy than he already is. Whew!)
There’s something old-fashioned to this happy ending where everyone ends up with who they like, but overall this last volume of the main story satisfies on both the action front & the romantic side. Kasahara’s plan seems desperate & once again returns to the theme of her loneliness before her squad turns out in force to support her. (Genda is pleased by her daring, of course, crazy man-bear-barbarian that he is.) And then, after her heroics, our heroine visits “her prince” in the hospital & they kiss & kiss & kiss & kiss before settling down to have a quiet, egalitarian marriage. Awwwww. . .
I honestly don’t know if there’s another manga quite like this for me. I think this is not just because the romance takes a backseat to the action, but there is something that is so 1990’s about it that just really pleases me. (And yes, I realize that this is meant to be a futuristic story but hear me out.) Everything from Kasahara’s accessories (her dolphin pendant at the end of this volume looks like thousands of cheap necklaces Clair’s used to sell) to her struggle as an action girl surrounded by guys (Ms. Parker, Agent Scully, Samantha Waters–anyone?)–all of it just hits that specific nostalgia point for me without being dated or cheesy. Library Wars just hit me at the right time & I’m sooooo very happy to have read it.