Libraries in pop culture: Toshokan Sensō from Japan

This is an image of the main characters from the series Toshokan Sensō. Source: Wikipedia

This is an image of the main characters from the series Toshokan Sensō. Source: Wikipedia

Toshokan Sensō, which literally translates as ‘Library War’ is a Japanese Manga series in which the fight against censorship becomes a literal battle for intellectual freedom. This series started life as a ‘light novel’ series in Japan in 2006 – a shorter, lighter style of fiction primarily targeting young adult readers. It has since proven extremely popular and new iterations as a Manga series, an anime series, a radio show, an anime movie and most recently in 2013, a live action movie.

Toshokan Sensou tells the story of Kasahara Iku, the first woman to join the Library Task Force. In the near future in Japan, the Media Enhancement Law has been forced upon the population censoring all books and media. To counter this, the Library Defense Force was created. To protect themselves against the Media Enhancement Law Commission, all major libraries are fully equipped with a military Task Force, who take it upon themselves to protect the books and freedom of media of the people. This anime follows Iku and her fellow soldiers as they protect various special books and artifacts from the oppression of the Media Enhancement Law Commission. A love story, war story, and comedy all rolled into one (Synopsis from MyAnimeList

You can check out a trailer for the series on YouTube:

And here’s the trailer for the live action film, also from YouTube:

Plus there is lots of information about the series at the extensive Wikipedia page as well as reviews and information on the anime series at MyAnimeList

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