Do you know the feeling of anticipation for the next episode of an anime series to arrive? Do you feel the agony knowing that you have to wait for a week in order to get more of a certain anime series? Do you feel the anguish that nobody seems to know how good this series is because everyone is keen to sub Code Geass, Vampire Knight and Special A? I am experiencing these strong feelings because Library War (Toshokan Sensou) is just about one of the most visually appealing shows this season.
Nonetheless, this is a series I will definitely blog even if no one cares about it. I know it deserves to be given WAY more attention than it is getting now. To all fansubbers of Menclave, Strawberry Mint Subs and Ureshii/BSS, PLEASE SUB IT NOW, IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S A GOOD ANIME! Enough whining, it’s time for the review. I also included a link tag for those who do not want to be spoiled with the episode summary. You can click the link below in order to skip to the thoughts section. I hope this new feature will be good for anyone who does not want the summaries and yet want to comment.
Kasahara is undergoing mountain hiking exercise with the rest of the Task force. After bumping onto Tezuka, Kasahara is given a cold eye by him. Kasahara and Tezuka are actually nominated by Komaki and Genda to enter the task force. Kasahara also remembers about Asako’s comment that Tezuka is the top cadet officer. However, Kasahara wonders whether he is as good as people described. Genda asks Kasahara what she is thinking, and she asks why they are doing an exercise in the wild. Genda says that he likes it but Dojo adds that it is to prevent an incident like the Hino’s nightmare.
Tezuka is surprised at Kasahara’s ignorance, and explains that the lack of proper organization and regimentation within the Library Task Force (LTF) caused 12 deaths in Hino Library when Media Improvement Brigade Militia (MiB) invaded. the LTF is not able to save the people there in time. Tezuka adds that he wonders why Kasahara is in the Task force, but Dojo defends her. In target shooting, Kasahara only manages to hit half of the targets, while Tezuka easily hits dead center. Kasahara gained praise by Dojo through roping down the helicopter, surprising her as Dojo does not give compliments. Tezuka seems to be somewhat reluctant before getting down.
The last exercise in the wilds is to trek to the top, as the Task force is split into two. Genda warns of a roaming bear. Kasahara goes into panic mode and ignores Dojo’s assurances that there are no bears sighted before. Kasahara is drained from the trek and falls. Dojo tells Tezuka to help her as it is a team effort. Eventually, Kasahara’s team got there first. At night, Kasahara wakes up to see a bear and punches it, only to realize that it is a senior in a bear’s clothing. The next day, Asako laughs about her “bear-killing act”, and cannot imagine about Kasahara’s femininity at all.
Komaki reminds Dojo that Kasahara is really similar to him when Dojo is a trainee (in bear-killing). The two starts quarreling about the bear, with Komaki enjoys the quarrel. Kasahara, due to her lack of studying, is unable to handle the classification of books. Tezuka fully insults her incompetency. She makes an excuse that there is no time between physical and classifying training. Tezuka adds that she should take her initiative to learn since there are two break days, and says that stupid and incompetent people should just shut up.
Dojo tells him that he is taking this too far, and tells Kasahara to work on the remaining tasks. She starts to cry, but regains her composure. She continues to work when Dojo and Komaki leaves. Dojo is worried and asks Asako to take a look at Kasahara who is still working. Kasahara asks Asako to teach her in classification, and Asako warns her to prepare herself. Eventually, she is able to do it with the harsh training of Asako. The two also finds something fishy with the lack of classification for a few books. Dojo tells Tezuka to recognize and trust her more.
Asako says that all the “missing” books are in the conference room as the library merchants are here to examine it. The MiB infiltrates the library, as the LtF is in full alert to protect the basement. Asako realizes that the library merchant is in cahoots with the MiB, and warns Kasahara about it. Kasahara defies orders to rush up, and she faces resistance. Tezuka shoots a MiB member and he drops the bag filled with the books to the ground below. Tezuka is going to call backup, but Kasahara realizes that there’s no time to waste as she asks for cover. She jumps down with the rope as she knows Tezuka has fear of heights.
She manages to receive the bag and the other members from the LtF arrived in time to save her. Dojo screams at her recklessness, and she realizes that she has genuinely made Dojo worried. She apologizes but Dojo also praises her for her quick thinking in order to save the books. At night, Tezuka walks off with Kazahara, and Kazahara praises Tezuka for his good markmanship and cover. Tezuka stares at her and says he has a proposal for her. He suddenly confesses his love for her.
I really like Dojo now for Kasahara’s future love interest (and her prince?). Instead of being a total pain in the a**, Dojo is actually a very kind and sweet instructor. I mean, he is the type of instructor that all females will want to have. He’s a totally tsundere at that, and I know that our resident community female bunny is thinking of him that way. I really like how he is very harsh at her mistakes, but he is so cool when he protects Kasahara from the evil mouth of Tezuka. I think that it’s pretty obvious now that it is a Dojo x Kasahara pairing. Yay for sweet fierce shoujo love!
Everyone who reads my entries often will know my liking of a strong female lead. Kasahara clearly fits the criteria. I mean, how many girls can dropkick an instructor without any hesitation and punching a “bear” to oblivion? Without counting the magical girls, a normal girl is usually unable to do this. That is why I appreciate the strong-headed Kasahara. I am tired of damsel in distress girls who are made use as stupid fanservice. I do not need that to enjoy my anime. That is why Kasahara is a huge positive in this series.
The action scene at the end of this episode is exciting, and does not use any cheap thrills to fake the action. I like how they attempt to do some realistic flaking and group formations in military operations. I do not remember enough to name them (maybe Crusader can eventually fill me in on them) but it is clear that they are not going on a macho solo action hero style of action. Every single main character is not deus ex machina, and it’s through tactical skills and luck for them to survive in this gun fight. I guess I am not the kind of viewer that enjoys a hero blasting everyone into oblivion easily without a single sweat.
On the episode itself, production I.G really establishes its credibility as a top-notch animation company. It’s hard to find any fault with the fluid graphics for a weekly series. Library Wars have this good infusion style that does not fit in the shoujo or shounen genre. Instead of being lackluster, it works perfectly well as the romance has a strong sense of shoujo (two stubborn males, and a love triangle) with downright cool military action gunfights. I do not see how it is done inappropriately. Can you?
Lastly, on the lighter side of life, who thinks that Tezuka is queer? I mean, just a few days ago, Tezuka cannot wait to rip her apart (not in the dirty way) but suddenly he wants to jump on her. Ok, jumping on her might be an exaggeration, but I cannot even understand how this strange elite is thinking. Perhaps, he is doing it because he is turned on by the bear-killing act and her machoism? What do you think is the most plausible reason? I am in a loss on his motivation.
In addition, before I stop, what do you feel about the premise of information control and books in this series? Do you find it unrealistic, thought-provoking or plain boring?