Kasahara is told that she is not GOOD ENOUGH to be involved in the defense of Odawara Archival Center. She is hence assigned to protect Inamine for a funeral procession by the willful decision of Dojo. She is down due to the hurtful words of Dojo, but she decided to take this security job seriously.
She got more than she bargained for. There is now a group of suspicious people that are trying to lay their hands on Inamine in order to bargain for the Media Purification Brigade Militia.
The group kidnaps Inamine to bargain for the archives secured by the Library Task Force in Odawara. Kasahara tried to escape, but the group warns that they will bomb up the funeral procession if she tried to flee with Inamine. Inamine decides to go with them. Kasahara insists to follow Inamine to protect his human rights, and the kidnappers allowed her request. Back at the headquarters, Genda realize that the group lied about the bomb.
The police also arrived to help in the investigation, along with Maki to report on the event. Kasahara tries to take care of Inamine, and reminds him jokingly to put it a good word for her. He smiled and said he would. Kasahara realizes that she has to do the best she can before the Library comes to save them. The kidnappers called the Library and Genda wished to talk to the hostages. Kasahara tells them to inform Shibasaki to cancel their appointment in Transall. She adds that the place is very expensive.
Komaki told Dojo not to worry, since Kasahara is in high spirits. The kidnappers also informed Genda to burn the archives within two hours. The police is unable to detect the source. However, after calling Shibasaki, it turns out that Kasahara’s words was a hint about their location (Tachika). The information is currently getting replicated, but Shibasaki reports that it might not be in time. Dojo decides to check on the process, while clearly worried for Kasahara.
Inamine seems to be hurting in his right prosthetic leg as he requested to remove it. Kasahara remembers about how Inamine lost the leg in the Hino’s nightmare. The removal of the leg is actually a location signal to the Library. Genda orders the Task force to move off. The police tells them that they should be in charge, but Genda says they have not gained their trust after the Hino’s Nightmare.
The police says that the area is out of the library’s jurisdiction, only for Genda to proclaim that they will purchase all the land surrounding it to make it theirs. Genda also sarcastically said that they can construct a new library. In the worst case scenario, they will pay the penalty to break their contract with the landowners. Dojo thinks about how similar Kasahara is like him, and how he hurts Kasahara due to his own fears. Kasahara wonders if her hint is enough for the Library Task Force.
Dojo makes Kasahara realize that he’s out there, and the Task forces charges in to save Inamine and Kasahara. Inamine promises to tell Dojo about Kasahara’s good job. Dojo praises her and apologizes about saying that she is not good enough. Kasahara is surprised how happy she is with his praise. She tells him that she will go beyond him, but started quarreling when Dojo picked on her. Kasahara also rejected Tezuka, as it is clear he dated her because Dojo says he can learn something from her. Kasahara also realizes that her parents will be coming over to meet her.
All right, despite being a really cute episode (YAY FOR Kasahara x Dojo moment), I do have some complains about the episode. For one thing, I know that the context is not really foolproof. However, Genda’s reaction to buy everything within the area to get in their jurisdiction was very unrealistic. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw it since it is like trying to suspend reality. They are really trying to make the Library so cool that they will cut steel.
One more thing that annoys me must be the Hino’s Nightmare. Yes, the police fouled up. Yes, 12 people are killed. Yes, the Library has huge hate. Let’s not forget to give the enemy some credit. It’s part of strategy that the Media Purification Brigade Militia that they beat the police. So, seriously let it rest already. I really think that the Library is totally blinded by one incident. It is a symbolic event rather than a true massacre, but it’s just over-exaggerating in the hatred for the next 20 years.
Before I start complaining how the already thin background and story is trying to go out of proportions, the main bite of the show fulfills its promise completely. The Dojo monologue is downright awesome, with him showing his insecurity and sensitivity toward Kasahara. It might not be love as yet, but it is clear that he sees a reflection of himself on her. He does not want her to get hurt because of her. However, she did now because of his decision to leave her out.
He reprimanded himself and just wanted her to be well. I must tell you all to watch that scene of monologue IMMEDIATELY because it is just about the sweetest scene I have seen for a long time. Dojo’s seiyuu, Tomoaki Maeno, really pulls off the voice of Dojo excellently. He has really impressed me with his vocal capabilities and that firm yet gentle feel. He’s giving a good display of himself, and he is also going to be in the sequel of Someday’s dreamers (which a speedsub I am in, will be handling, unless it gets licensed).
An addition thing about Toshokan Sensou in the background is about Inamine’s leg. In this rather dysfunctional future, it seems that technology has gone in such a powerful way that all digitized information can be easily tracked by either party. If you think how a mechanism as sophisticated as the prosthetic leg can be created, it is likely that the only possible way to transmit information is through books. That is perhaps why it is a battle of books. Needless to say, it is still highly surreal but who knows what the future lies?
History has told us that humans have been poor in predicting the future. Ten years ago, The Internet has been predicted as a source of political pluralization and a new age for democracy. We are now at the present. The number of voices have increased, but the influential voices remain to an elite few: the elite of popularity. The Internet is also said to free nations from the shackles of oppression, and lead to a new age of information sharing.
Is it true right now? Information control techniques have developed to cover most common users except the deviant who finds a way past such strict protocol. We know about the great firewall of China. We know how more sophisticated technology can be utilized to track every single step of a suspect. Technology is always developing. Can we really say that such drastic information control will never happen to an authoritative central government in Asia, or the world?