Kasahara Iku is an officer working under the Task Force. She has never truly buckled under the immense stress faced in her work. Kasahara is a heroine, being the only female officer who is good enough to be under the Task Force. However, her biggest challenge ever is arriving right to the doorstep of her work place.
It’s time for World War III to happen. Or in other words, her parents are coming. What kind of ammunition will she use to defend herself? By the way, the three preview shots are just so cute, huh? Oh, my fansub decided to drop Library war, but since Menclave is doing such a good job, there’s no need for another group.
The others are looking at the report of Odawara in the latest copy of the Library magazine. Kasahara’s conservative parents are finally here for the visit, as Kasahara clearly freaks out. There is a real likelihood for her to be forcefully brought back, and her image in that magazine did not help. It can be shown from her stammering speech with her parents while the others looked on. Her mother is worried about a check from the Media Purification Brigade and also asked to tour the base.
Kasahara asked Dojo to make some excuses to reject the tour, but he told her that it’s impossible since they have passes. Kasahara tried to ask Dojo and Shibasaki to accompany her in the tour. Eventually, Kasahara bribed Shibasaki with a mega meal for her to tag along. Her mother quipped about the base, but Shibasaki says that the roar of a supervisor is scarier (a dig at Kasahara). At the canteen, Genda nearly leaked out the truth, but Dojo dragged him away in time.
However, Genda said he prepared housing for Kasahara’s parents. On their way to the man’s dormitory, Kasahara’s dad notices that Kasahara has a lot of trust in Dojo. Dojo is surprised, but her father said that Kasahara looked at Dojo for help first. Kasahara’s mother visited Kasahara’s room. Thanks to Shibasaki, the presence of her Task force uniform was covered up as Shibasaki’s boyfriend’s uniform. Later in the bath, her mother complimented Shibasaki’s femininity but noticed Kasahara’s scratched arm. Shibasaki can also tell that Kasahara is stressed out by the ordeal.
The next day, Tezuka asks whether she is fine. Kasahara is lining up the books when Komaki noticed that Kasahara’s mother was grabbing the magazine with Kasahara in the Inamine abduction incident. Her mother wondered about the incident, and her father told his wife to read up on earlier volumes. Kasahara tried to take the book away, but was reminded of the 2nd article of the Library Act: all users have the freedom to all the information they want.
Dojo tells her that the latest edition is hot, and Kasahara can try to distract them before they picked up on that edition. Her father also tested her, and asks why she is so incompetent, compared to Dojo and Tezuka. At that time, a man tried to escape with a book. He manages to shake off a library officer, but Kasahara manages to subdue him. However, that revealed her not-so-simple role in the Library. That night, Dojo tried to lie about Kasahara’s real job to her father. Kasahara’s father asked Dojo about Kasahara.
Dojo told him that Kasahara is poor at administration work, but is very reliable in protecting books and is an indispensable member of the Library. The next day, her parents are clearly worried, and her mother wanted her to withdraw. Surprisingly, Kasahara’s father supported Kasahara’s decision. When Kasahara told them about her reason to be here, they agreed that it’s a good reason. As they left, Kasahara cried and felt sad that she lied to them.
This episode is dead hilarious. Some of the comedy scenes have to be watched to laugh at. There’s really no time for me to describe them. So, I hope that you guys get to watch it soon. If anyone did not watch the first four episodes of Library War, they would have thought that this show is all about the comedy (which is a partial truth, but I digress).
It’s a very light hearted episode that gives a bit of character development for Kasahara. She is clearly growing up and has gained the confidence to face her parents truthfully. She might not grow at all as a library officer, but she has grown as a person. I really think she cries a bit too much for my liking, but it is clear that behind her strong headed character is a girl who is quite unreliable and needs tender care for growth.
In addition, Shibasaki is surprisingly getting my attention with her coy but intelligent demeanor. As much as she likes to make fun of Kasahara (a lot), she also protects her whenever it becomes somewhat dangerous. Point-in-note is the uniform where she calmly states that it’s hers. Then, she folds and tells Kasahara’s mother to keep a secret as it is her boyfriend’s clothing. I just think that she is so cool to manipulate simple-minded Kasahara, but it is not a fake friendship. Shibasaki truly cares for Kasahara. No, not in the yuri style.
On the plot this episode, I thought that her father is the type that deals with the facts. He knows that Kasahara is in good hands with Dojo. Dojo is really impressive as a superior, in any father’s eyes. I can understand why he can rest assured with Dojo around. He’s cool, he’s reliable and most of all, he cares about her daughter. There’s still no romance, damn it, but he rocks. No, I am not fanboying him. I am just stating about the plot.
So, in all, wonderful episode after some rather intense episodes. It’s not really filler, but a good way to slow down the pace a little.