As the defense of their Musashino library comes to a close, Kasahara finally understands that she is still lacking in her ability to be a member of the Library Task Force. Even though she has done a good job to protect the books, it is apparent to Dojo that she is still not experienced enough to be completely independent.
In this episode, it is time for the defence of Odawara, a privately owned data bank that will soon be abandoned. How will Kasahara handle the pressure this time. Will a scenario like Hino’s nightmare happen again?
p/s: I will be involved in a sub of Library War. I have already translated Episode 2. For those who want actual word by word translation quality, I might not be able to do it since I am translating from Chinese to English (while hearing Japanese to make sure). However, I am confident to state that it will be mostly correct. So, look out for the episode 2 subs. I am also starting on the translation for Episode 3. You should see them soon somewhere. Do give me feedback when you do, all right? In fact, it will be released by Orange subs. Wait for our High quality Episode 1, 2 and 3.
Ayako asks for Kasahara’s response, and Kasahara says she told Tezuka that she will think about it. Kasahara states this is the first anyone has confessed to her. Ayako tells her that Tezuka is smart, good looking, serious, taller and is the son of the Library Association’s director. Kasahara feels queer to accept on those terms, but cannot find a reason against it either. The police is looking for help on a suspect from the Library, but is rejected by Inamine Kazuichi, the Leader of the Kanto District Headquarters.
One of the police is annoyed, but the other explained that it is the incompetence of the police that results in the Hino’s nightmare twenty years ago. Inamine was one of the survivors and lost trust in the police. It also results in the militarization of the Library. It is also reported that a famous businessman died in Odawara’s hospital. In the meeting room, they discuss about the closing down of Odawara’s Archival Center due to the death of the businessman. The Kanto Library is taking over the books, with murmurs from the lecture.
This is because the Archival Center contains material from the Media Purification Brigade Militia. It is likely that they will attack during the transfer. They have not done so as it is privately run, and all members are told to defend the Center while the materials are shipped using a helicopter. Kasahara is left off from the mission to protect Inamine. Kashara asks why she is left out, and Dojo bluntly says that she has not done anything to prove his trust on her.
It turns out that Genda actually wants Kasahara to go, but Dojo does not allow it. Ayako also reminds her that Kasahara cannot even take care of herself, much less responsibility. Tezuka confronts Dojo and tries to fight for Kasahara’s entrance. Tezuka also understands from Dojo’s explanation. Komaki says that Dojo should not work on his selfish impulse to protect Kasahara. Ayako also reminds Kasahara about the reason why Dojo does not trust her. Kasahara decides to learn security lessons from Ayako.
The next day, a reporter came to interview Kasahara, the first female in the Task force. Dojo says Kasahara will not be in the coming mission. At night, Tezuka leaves for Odawara and he asks for Kasahara’s response. Kasahara says she will give him a response next time. The next day, the Library Task force is fortified within the Archive Center. Kasahara is escorting Inamine to the closing ceremony of the Archive Center. They defend well, and despite the various casualties, are able to transport the two huge containers of books back to the Kanto Library after a ferocious gun fight.
Eventually, Genda reports that they have left some books (novels and magazines) for the Militia to confiscate, as it is part of a gentleman’s gift. They cannot allow the Media Purification Militia to return empty-handed. However, they also receive news that there are suspicious people appearing at the closing ceremony, and warns Kasahara. Dojo knows that this means trouble for Kasahara.
I was informed by Jen that novelist is a female. It is hardly surprising because there are feminist themes in this episode. Yes, it is a stereotype by me that females who writes about military themes often inject girl power. Yet, I like it. The clear revealing evidence is that Kasahara is actually the first female in history to be in the Task force, the elite forces of the Library. I believe with the harsh physical training, her role is definitely not customary purposes.
It proves something about the pursuit of areas that are mostly male-dominated. It also exhibits that no matter how clueless and normal Kasahara is (she’s not super human despite being the Bear Killer), she is a person you can relate to that will break the boundaries of a mainly patriarchal occupation. Other than high idealogical information, this episode shows a gun fight.
I feel that the gun fight feels somewhat interesting. It seems that the gun fight is not really to kill anyone (even though there are 13 known personnel injured). In a real fight, most of the gunfire is like cover fire. They cannot use artillery because it will result in carnage and destroy the information. That will give him extremely bad media coverage, particularly when the alternative media controlled by the Library is ready to screw them up. Open fire is legal, open warfare is just bad PR. You can dispute with me on this view, since it is filed with some loopholes.
Wow, wow and wow. I didn’t expect Dojo to be so blunt but it is just so amazing how he did it. I feel that he is right to do so though. Despite Kasahara’s physical ability, her mental skills have left much to be desired. If anything, she never truly thinks but works on her gut feeling. It might have proved her good to have trust in the right people, but it is also showing how she is unable to assume responsibility and safety. What good is a soldier if she can solve something but does not know what to do after that? Planning is paramount to success.
Oh, and Tezuka is not playing a prank on her. I wish she accepts his proposal…NOT. I am a firm Dojo x Kasahara supporter because they are just so cute together. I mean, when they quarrel, it’s so cute. When Dojo goes so stern on her, it is so cute. Everything about them has a cute vibe. What do you think? Is there any scene in this episode that strikes you deeply?